With the holidays coming up, I got to thinking about some of the gifts I want to send to my out of state friends and family that represent Louisiana. Everybody loves something 'Cajun', myself included!

Now, some of these won't fit into a 'basket' per se, but they are a true representation of all the wonderful things in the great state of Louisiana! My favorites are below, but I would love to hear what you would include.

 

  • Gift certificate for boudin, cracklin', jambalaya and gumbo. Any specialty meat market in state can help out with these!
  • An authentic Louisiana pirogue from Ron Chapman Shipwright Inc.
  • A swamp tour in the Atchafalaya Basin
  • A Turducken from Hebert's Specialty Meats in Maurice
  • Handmade Frottoirs (Zydeco scrub board), Ti-feras (triangles), and accordians - all made in Acadiana
  • A ride on the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras float in New Orleans
  • A fishing boat charter, leaving out of Grand Isle
  • An overnight stay and tour of the most haunted house in America - The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville
  • A Cajun Microwave from Al Simon
  • Cookbooks - from the Junior League of Lafayette 'Talk About Good', and the Junior League of Baton Rouge 'River Road Recipes'
  • Handmade duck decoys and a Duck lease in Gueydan
  • Gift basket of Community Coffee
  • A king cake from Manny Randazzo's in New Orleans, or Meche's Donut King in Lafayette
  • A painting by famed Acadiana artist George Rodrigue
  • Music from Louisiana artists Harry Connick Jr., Tim McGraw, The Neville Brothers, and Grammy Award winning Zydeco artist Terrance Simien
  • Season football tickets for UL Ragin Cajuns, LSU Tigers, and New Orleans Saints
  • Tickets for Bayou Country Superfest