Gifts of Gratitude for Moms & Teachers

Gifts of Gratitude for Moms & Teachers


The month of May signals the impending end of springtime, as well as the school year. They can be bittersweet or exciting milestones, depending on your perspective, but they also bring to mind two very important groups of people that deserve a little tribute this time of year: moms (Mother’s Day is May 13) and teachers!

Both hardworking groups put in a lot of long hours — not to mention their hearts and souls — to ensure the development and well-being of children. A kind word of thanks and a token of appreciation can go a long way towards letting them know how much they’re appreciated.

Here’s a handy list of establishments on both shores that offer either the perfect gift, or the perfect gift card!


Fun Activities


Posh Paint Pub (Metairie)

Pottery shop offering painting activities for all ages


Painting with a Twist (Mandeville)

Adult instructional art classes that feature friends, wine, and a lively instructor


String a Bead (Metairie)

Bead supply store also offering jewelry-making classes


Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts (Kenner)

Performance art theater that stages countless adult and children’s productions year round.  


Playmakers Theater (Covington)

Theater group that produces multiple annual plays


Creole Queen (French Quarter)

New Orleans Paddlewheeler with various cruise options on the Mississippi River


Be Hooper, Be Happy  (Mandeville)

Hula Hoop Dance/Fitness Classes


KKD Photography (New Orleans)

“Capturing life as it happens.. the beautiful, silly and fun moments!”


Kali Norton Photography (Hammond)

She specializes in wedding and motherhood photography.


Coffee & Eats


P.J.’s Coffee of New Orleans (Multiple location on both shores)

Locally based coffee chain that originated in the Carrollton neighborhood of New Orleans.


Starbucks (Multiple location on both shores)

Ubiquitous coffee stores with stand-alone stores, plus locations inside many Target and Barnes & Noble stores.


Core Meals (Hammond & Multiple New Orleans locations)

Healthy, ready-made meals that are prepared fresh in a commercial kitchen under the direction of an award-winning chef.


Gattuso’s Neighborhood Restaurant (Gretna)

Low-key bar and grill offering comfort fare with a southern twist, plus live events and outside seating.



Salons & Spas


Body Art Day Spa & Hair Salon (Destrehan)

Hair, eyelash, brow, makeup, and nail services, plus therapeutic massages, body wraps, facials, teeth whitening, and laser therapy  


Earthsavers Spa + Store (Mandeville, Metairie, Uptown)

Full menu of spa services, plus unconventional healing services, and immunotherapy


Jacqueline’s Family Hair Studio (Mandeville)

Hair services, plus mani/pedi, facials, and lip/eye waxing


Kristi King Skin Care & Brow Specialist (Mandeville)

LED light therapy and other state of the art technology, in addition to standard treatments


Michael Franks Salon (Harvey)

Haircuts & styles, hair color, makeup, waxing and more


Nicole Caro (Mandeville)

Facial/acne treatments, plus tinting and facial/body waxing


Books, Music & Movies


2nd & Charles (Covington)

New and used books, plus video games, records, DVDs, t-shirts, and eclectic gifts and accessories


Barnes & Noble (Mandeville, Metairie, West Bank)

Huge selection of books, music and gifts with multiple locations and easy online shopping. (Plus, Starbucks!)


AMC Movie Theaters (Hammond, Harahan, Harvey, Metairie)


The Grand Theatres (Kenner, Slidell)


Movie Tavern (Covington)

Features full in-theater food and beverage service, plus roomy, luxurious seating.





Simply Chic Boutique (Mandeville)

Stylish women’s clothing and accessories


Trades of Hope

Sales of these ethically crafted accessories and home decor empowers impoverished women around the world and provides entrepreneurial opportunities for American women.



Fun, fashionable, comfortable women’s clothing


Fleurty Girl (Multiple location, Both Shores)

Kitschy, fun New Orleans gifts, t-shirts & accessories


Auraluz (Metairie)

Linen and gifts, in addition to children’s clothing.