From the ALG Style archives – originally posted December 3rd, 2017 in New Orleans Magazine
These tips will make gift-giving easy this year.
Selecting the perfect present for a loved one or anyone that makes your world happier and easier can be a little overwhelming. With time and maybe money scarce, attempting to find or do something thoughtful for everyone in your support group can be daunting. You want your colleagues and friends to think you put energy and attention into their gift, but who has the time, especially during the holidays, to shop for everyone on your nice list? We can help you create the illusion that you are a Pinterest meets Martha Stewart gift-giving goddess.
Here are a few tips and tricks to gift-giving done right.
1. Go through a week in your life and write down all of those wonderful people that keep you from losing your mind. Everyone from the babysitters that do not judge you when you come home stumbling out of your Uber to the fabulous hairstylist who makes you feel red-carpet worthy.
2. We recommend you put yourself in the gift receiver’s shoes. Think about what their life might be like — their schedule and what may cause them stress. Is there something you can do to remove some hassle from their day? Where do they get their coffee or lunch? Maybe they just need help with a few things around the house. Paying for a couple of hours from an organizing service like the Neat Nest is a genius idea.
3. Have a budget and make your gift personal. You do not have to spend a ton of cash on a gift. Even if a gift card is for $10, as long as you pair it with a funny or lovely note card, it gives the impression that you spent some time thinking about that person. Gift cards get a bad rap. Yes, a gift card to Applebee’s that you picked up at Walgreen’s before the party is tacky. However, a gift card for the same monetary value to their favorite wine store is classy not trashy.
For joyful gatherings when you must look spectacular, and for posh gifts for fashion-forward friends, Lukka Boutique has trendsetting accessories and clothing. The inventory appears as if Santa’s elves moonlighted for Vogue over summer break and then went to work at Lukka. It’s festive fashion heaven. Lukka Boutique opened its second location in downtown New Orleans in the Beacon Building. Lukka’s original store is in Baton Rouge.
Michele Percy, senior buyer/partner for both locations is thrilled to be in New Orleans. She loves the excitement and the fashion risks women in this city take. “The Lukka customer is sophisticated with a little edge,” she says. “Our look is classic and feminine with a modern twist.” Percy also understands that the holidays can get extra busy, and she prides herself on exceptional customer service. “Our No. 1 goal at Lukka is to offer a shopping experience like no other,” she adds. “We will deliver, pick-up and alter items if needed.” Lukka understands that we have a busy life and time is precious.
Along with their top-notch shopping experience, Lukka will be able to dress you for every holiday shindig. For an elegant night out visiting fancy hotel lobbies and enjoying cocktails, Percy recommends anything in velvet from a luxe pant suit to a velvet slip dress. Perhaps if you are attending NOLA Christmas Fest for a date night, a fur vest, leather pants and python booties may not be the most functional for ice skating, but you’ll still look hot.
Lukka carries an extensive collection of designer brands like Cinq a Sept, Halston and Susana Monaco. Denim lines include coveted labels such as Current Elliot, DL, AG and J Brand. Any fashion addict would love to receive anything from Lukka. If you are having trouble picking out something for your chic loved one, accessories are an effortless idea. Percy fancies jewelry for several reasons. “Jewelry always fits, rarely goes out of style and can transform a basic outfit into something fabulous.”
Lukka is in the center of all your favorite holiday stops and experiences. Pick out a great Insta-worthy outfit to wear to The Roosevelt New Orleans or drinks at The Ritz-Carlton.
Lukka New Orleans
1000 Girod St.
Happy haute holidays!
–Aimée Gowland and Corrie Pellerin, ALG Style