Tiff's Gifts sells locally made goods and teaches DIY holiday crafting lessons |  Latest |  Weekly maneuver

Tiff’s Gifts sells locally made goods and teaches DIY Holiday Home Decorations | Latest | Weekly maneuver

Tiff’s Gifts NOLA sells merchandise from 35 local artists and vendors, who showcase their creativity in home goods and gifts, including door hangers, tea towels, and other custom goods.

“We have every type of vendor you can imagine; our vendors include veterans, single moms, and even an 11-year-old making earrings,” says owner Tiffany Helena.

“Cool Finds” is only half of the business motto for Tiff’s Gifts NOLA. Helena also offers classes on DIY art projects, including an upcoming “Yardi Gras” class where participants will learn to create oversized Mardi Gras flower door hangers, similar to what artists created to decorate homes during the 2021 Carnival season when the pandemic shut down other festivities.

Helena originally opened her shop on Chastant Street in Metairie under the name Tiff’s Treasure Trove as an offshoot of her successful eBay business selling vintage goods. In March 2022, I decided to rebrand and change the name to Tiff’s Gifts NOLA. She also renovated and expanded the space and overhauled the inventory to include more items from local artists at accessible prices.

“My favorite part of the shop is the community; helping people sell their art and make their dreams come true,” says Helena.

Tiff’s Gifts NOLA also offers several kids’ classes that spark creativity, such as the Super Art class. The store has games for children to play with while their parents do their shopping.

Children’s section of Tiff’s Gifts, where kids can play while their parents shop

“We have a play area for the kids where they can play while mom and dad shop with a kitchenette and toy box,” says Helena, a busy mom on her own.

Almost all of the items at Tiff’s Gifts NOLA can be made to order, from tags to apparel.

“We can custom-make anything because we have artists who have (potential) in printmaking and everyone is so creative. It’s really like if someone can think of it, we can make it happen,” she says.

“People have said, ‘Can you make champagne glasses with fleur-de-lis that says on them?'” Typically, the response time is only 72 hours. We can make pictures, words – whatever, anything. People are calling to order custom-made dresses for girls and custom-made clothes for boys.”

On weekends, the store has special pop-ups that show additional sellers.

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“Everyone says, ‘Oh, you have a little bit of everything,’” says Helena. “And we really do.”

Tiff’s Gifts NOLA is open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm at 4413 Chestnut Street in Metairie. Art classes are held on site or in the banquet room of Vincent’s Italian Restaurant next door. Classes are $30-35 per participant, and everyone leaves with crafts and other things. To learn more or register, visit tiffsgiftsnola.business.site or on Facebook at facebook.com/tiffsgiftsnola.

Upcoming events and lessons

November 6th

Pizza and craft party for kids, 1-3 p.m

November 13th

Superhero craft lesson for kids, noon – 2 p.m

November 20

“Yardi Gras” door affair class for adults, 2-5 p.m

December 11th

Craft fair in the banquet room at Vincent’s Italian Restaurant and in the parking lot with over 40 vendors, perfect for holiday shopping, 10am-4pm

December 18th

Cookies and hot cocoa with Santa along with holiday crafts, pictures with Santa, face painting and other games. Two sessions: from 10:30 am to 1 pm and from 2:30 am to 5 pm

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