Every holiday season, there's always that one person who insists they don't want anything for Christmas. They have probably told you that they don't need anything and to not spend your hard-earned money on them. If you are anything like me, you enjoy the act of giving and put a lot of thought into making sure the gift is something they would actually enjoy.

This list is for anyone on your list who claims they don't want any presents this year for Christmas. I totally understand not wanting a bunch of junk that you won't ever use but these a thoughtful ways to show appreciation to that friend or family member who "doesn't want anything" for Christmas.

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Make a Donation in Their Name

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This is for that person who really means it when they say "Do NOT buy me anything". This is the perfect 'gift'. You can choose to donate to a local animal shelter like Acadiana Animal Aid or sponsor a family from Faith House in their honor. The Acadiana community has so many people in need and helping a family or organization in need is a thoughtful way to still include this person in the spirit of Christmas.

Gourmet Gift Basket

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Create a gourmet gift basket filled with locally sourced Louisiana delicacies. Include items like pralines, pecans, a selection of hot sauces, Cajun seasoning blends, gourmet coffee or tea from a local roaster, and perhaps a bottle of fine Louisiana-made wine or craft beer. This thoughtful assortment allows them to indulge in the flavors of their home state.

Gift Cards to Places You Know They Frequent

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Everyone has to grocery shop and fill their car up with gas at some point. Getting them a gift card to Rouses, or a local meat market if they enjoy cooking meals at home would be a great idea. While a gift card to a gas station might not be super exciting, it is very practical and will be used at some point, you could even throw in a gift card to one of the thousands of car wash places we have in Acadiana.

Subscription Services

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Consider gifting a subscription service tailored to their interests. Whether it's a subscription to a Louisiana-based magazine or newspaper, a membership to a local museum or art gallery, or even a subscription box featuring items from local artisans and businesses, this gift keeps giving throughout the year. These days they have a subscription box for every interest from beauty, and international snacks, to a sock of the month, you can't go wrong with a gift that keeps on giving all year long.

Grocery Delivery Membership

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You could also consider paying for a couple of months of a grocery delivery service like Instacart. Chances are they would never pay for it themselves and would appreciate a few months or a year of having groceries delivered to their front door. It's $9.99 a month or $99 bucks for the whole year.

Outdoor Adventure Gear

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For the outdoorsy type, consider gifting items related to outdoor activities that Louisiana is known for. This could be a set of fishing gear, a sturdy backpack for hiking through Louisiana's beautiful parks and trails, or camping essentials for their next adventure in the bayous. If they love the outdoors and don't already own a hammock, they need one.

Local Books or Literature

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Explore books that capture the essence of Louisiana, whether it's historical novels set in the region, cookbooks featuring traditional recipes, or non-fiction books about the culture, music, or traditions of Louisiana. A carefully chosen book can offer insight and entertainment, making it a meaningful gift. Consider checking out Beausoleil Books in downtown Lafayette.

Customized Apparel or Accessories

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Think about personalized apparel or accessories that showcase Louisiana pride. Custom-made T-shirts, hats, or tote bags featuring iconic Louisiana symbols, landmarks, or local slogans can be a stylish and thoughtful gift that allows them to display their love for their home state. If they are beach bums, a beach blanket or chair with their initials would be a great gift.

Spa or Relaxation Gifts

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Everyone appreciates some relaxation time. Consider a spa gift basket with luxurious bath products infused with scents reminiscent of Louisiana, such as magnolia, jasmine, or lavender. Alternatively, a gift card for a local spa or wellness center can offer them a well-deserved break.

Choosing a gift for someone from Louisiana who claims they don't want anything for Christmas can be a delightful challenge. By considering their interests, the unique culture of Louisiana, and opting for locally sourced or personalized gifts, you can present them with a thoughtful gesture that reflects your appreciation and understanding of their preferences. Remember, it's the sentiment behind the gift that truly matters during the holiday season.

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