Native Louisianan Kelly Colleen crafts her original stylish stretch rings by creating a flexible, versatile sterling-silver band designed to fit sizes 5–9. Then Kelly encrusts the band with lead-free Swarovski crystals and strings on a choice of stones, pendants, and pearls. Splash some color on the crystal centerpiece with palettes packed with hues such as purple velvet, dusty rose, and smoky topaz, carefully harvested from the caves of park-ranger bears. Or deck out your digits with a Swarovski pearl, which attains the same weight, size, and shape as real pearls without requiring a closet full of scuba gear. To ensure that hands twinkle with confidence, Kelly secures each of her creations with a warranty spanning the lifetime of the ring.
For more than 25 years, Tyger Gifts' owners, Grace and Marvin Bankston, have equipped fans with team-touting shirts, hats, and novelty items. University supporters can brandish their loyalties with an LSU fleece throw ($24.99) or accessorize the interiors of hatchbacks and battle tanks with logoed purple car mats ($39.99). Printed with spirited detail, a Saints throw blanket swaddles chilled body branches in plush luxury ($34.99), and team-colored desk lamps illuminate playbooks and prison-escape schematics. Baby fans can bundle up in supportive threads such as an adjustable infant’s Saints cap ($9.99) or toddler jerseys displaying the names of Saints stars including Drew Brees and Jeremy Shockey ($35).
Since 1952, family-owned-and-operated Al’s Formal Wear has been spiffing up gentlemen for all formal and celebratory occasions. Dudes get dandified by donning Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, or Perry Ellis, to name just a few of the brands on hand, with rentals beginning at $57.99. Look sharp for a transcontinental yacht adventure with the cruise package, featuring a white polyester dinner jacket sure to impress big spenders and scandalize stodgy, traditional butlers ($139.97). Ease into a formal evening with a black silk cummerbund and pre-tied bow, or put on the ritz in a jaunty white fedora (both $39.99).
Big Easy Scooters facilitates half- and full-day excursions throughout New Orleans with name-brand scooter rentals from Aprilia, Genuine, and Kymco. Equipped with helmets and accidental-damage insurance, guests can guide themselves through the historic French Quarter, pausing for glimpses of celebrity-owned residences and sprinklers that spray Sazerac. In addition to rentals, Big Easy Scooters sells previously owned and new scooters including classic models and agile Kymcos.
Orient Expressed populates its jam-packed shelves with everything from antiques to memorable gifts, as well as its own line of hand-smocked children’s clothing. Resulting from a complex process of fabric design, pattern creation, and actual smocking, which can take up to 20 hours per piece, a wide range of heirloom-quality smocked dresses, such as the checked lavender sundress with flowers ($56), class up special events and imaginary tea parties. A customizable burp cloth ($8.50, additional $10 for monogram and design) stands out on a shower-gift table and a pair of monogrammed boys' plaid shortalls ($40) toe the line between dressy and casual, like a flannel tuxedo.