4 New Orleans-Inspired Gifts That Give Back

Show a little love for the Big Easy this season with these noteworthy gift ideas that benefit New Orleans' nonprofits.

In tonight’s finale of Brothers Take New Orleans, Jonathan and Drew wrap up their renovations of two New Orleans homes, receive the judges’ final word on the winner and donate those homes back to the community.

Drew enlists help from brother JD Scott working on the exterior of the New Orleans shotgun house he and Jonathan designed and restored. 

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Want to do your part to show the Big Easy a little love as you shop for holiday gifts? We’ve rounded up a few picks that will bring joy to your recipient and the community.

Rough-and-Tumble Bag

Kicker Kalozdi named DamnDog — a rugged offshoot of his family’s 40-year-old, New Orleans-based premium bag and specialty products company — after his French bulldog, Dozer. He really does give a damn; a portion of all DamnDog’s sales benefit an annual charity. This year, it's the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

005 — Under Gear Box (Rebel Gray) - damndoghq.com, $120

Saucy Socks

The thoughtful folks at Bonfolk Collective note that socks are the most requested and least donated item at America's homeless shelters, and they aim to change that. For every pair of socks the New Orleans' collective sells, a pair is donated to a local shelter or charity. (Harry Tompson Center, New Orleans Mission and Covenant House have all received gear from Bonfolk.)

Jazzamatazz Socks - bonfolk.com, $18

A Bird for Bathtime

A "design for good company" based in New Orleans, Goods that Matter creates eco-friendly products that benefit the environment. To date, the company has donated $25,710 to aid in wetland restoration, oil spill cleanup, disaster relief, education and advocacy groups.

Their BirdProject Soaps are a literal interpretation of that mission. As the activated-charcoal-based, cypress-scented soap wears away, the user is left with a pure white ceramic bird handmade from Louisiana clay. Ten percent of the proceeds from the soaps goes to help with environmental cleanup and animals affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

BirdProject Soaps + Keepsake - ourgoodsmatter.com, $28

Coffee With a Kick

Avery and Janet Glasser of Bittermens Spirits — now in Portland, Ore., after three years in New Orleans — were inspired to create a coffee-based liqueur. They blend NOLA-sourced coffee beans with organic roasted French chicory root, vanilla, cacao nibs and Belgian candi syrup. "We thought that if we're going to use New Orleans in the name, then we want to give something back to the city," the Glassers say. For every bottle they sell, then, they donate 50 cents to a New Orleans charity. Most recently, they’ve supported Tipitina's Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank and Grow Dat Youth Farm. Not bad for out-of-towners — not bad at all. 

Bittermens New Orleans Coffee Liqueur - spirits.bittermens.com, $24.99-$26.99

Find the Bittermens in cocktails at Cafe Henri and Cane & Table in New Orleans and at Harvard & Stone in Los Angeles.

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Challenge No. 3: The Bedrooms and Bathrooms

After staying at or under budget for the first two challenges -- the living rooms and the kitchens -- the brothers finally managed to bust their piggy banks in this bedroom and bathroom challenge. Was it worth it? Click through to see the incredible designs in the sleeping quarters of their reconfigured double shotgun house. 

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BEFORE: Drew's Guest Bedroom

The side of Drew's quad-sided fireplace facing the guest bedroom was badly damaged and beyond repair. How does Drew manage to work it into his design? 

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AFTER: Drew's Guest Bedroom

After making the damaged fireplace structurally sound, Drew refinished it with a chevron patterned tile with an almost faux wood aesthetic that carries his rustically modern theme into the guest bedroom.

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AFTER: Drew's Guest Bedroom

Twin beds in the guest bedroom appeal to families looking to maximize use of their space. 

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AFTER: Drew's Guest Bedroom

A neutral gray color palette on the walls gives room for the deep tones and rustic finishes in Drew's new guest bedroom. 

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AFTER: Drew's Guest Bathroom

A vintage penny round backsplash for the vanity is the perfect detail to offset the classic white subway tile in the guest bathroom shower. 

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Drew with the Advantage

After winning last week's kitchen challenge, Drew gets a little help from his brother JD in this crucial, tie-breaking bedrooms challenge. 

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AFTER: Drew's Master Bedroom

A deep walk-in closet with a barn door to maximize space is just the cherry on top of this bedroom oasis in Drew's side of the shotgun.

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AFTER: Drew's Master Bedroom

Using reclaimed wood from Jonathan's side of the house, Drew created an accent wall that stretches up and over the ceiling for a canopy effect. 

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AFTER: Drew's Master Bedroom

New windows and bright whites throughout let the new flooring and wood accents steal the show in the master bedroom.

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AFTER: Drew's Master Bedroom

The devil is in the details, like these accents and character pieces in Drew's new master bedroom.

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AFTER: Drew's Master Bathroom

Handcrafted from a hickory tree, the custom, live edge countertop for the master bathroom vanity is a winner in and of itself. 

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AFTER: Drew's Master Bathroom

A tiled accent wall in the master bathroom shower stretches all the way up to the 9-foot ceiling for an eye-popping detail.

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BEFORE: Jonathan's Guest Bedroom

Jonathan also had a fireplace in his guest bedroom, though in much better shape than Drew's. How will he revitalize it in his space? 

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AFTER: Jonathan's Guest Bedroom

Painting the repaired fireplace white lets it match the new decor without losing its rustic flare. 

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AFTER: Jonathan's Guest Bedroom

The gold patterned wallpapered ceiling was a design risk that paid off in the final product of Jonathan's new guest bedroom. 

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AFTER: Jonathan's Guest Bedroom

See that door? The reconfiguration of the houses' layouts means there's an exterior door in the guest bedroom, which could be awkward but somehow works in the new space. 

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AFTER: Jonathan's Guest Bedroom

A yellow color palette with neutrals and gold accents set Jonathan's bright guest room apart from the rest of his shotgun. 

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AFTER: Jonathan's Guest Bathroom

A classic hexagon floor tile pairs elegantly with a navy patterned wallpaper in the guest bathroom. 

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AFTER: Jonathan's Guest Bathroom

Who can resist a pop of yellow against a blue and white bathroom background? 

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AFTER: Jonathan's Master Bedroom

Go bold or go home! Jonathan continues the dark trim from throughout the house into the master bedroom with a tin tile wainscoting. 

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AFTER: Jonathan's Master Bedroom

Did we mention the green velvet sofa? Talk about bold and beautiful. 

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AFTER: Jonathan's Master Bedroom

Owl accents on the nightstand bring a bit of whimsy to Jonathan's bold but cozy sleeping oasis.

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AFTER: Jonathan's Master Bedroom

Fresh flowers on a mirrored accent table are always a welcomed finishing touch in a bedroom.

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AFTER: Jonathan's Master Bathroom

Oil-rubbed bronze finishes against a green wall and carrara marble countertop shout southern, New Orleans elegance.

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The Judges: Erin and Ben Napier

The hosts of HGTV's Home Town are regular visitors of New Orleans, a few hours from their native Laurel, Miss., and are ready to crown a winner. Who will it be? 

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WINNER: Jonathan!

Though they fell in love with Drew's large subway tile in the bathroom and use of reclaimed wood in the master bedroom, Jonathan's tin tile wainscoting and abundant use of green, Erin's favorite color, throughout sealed the deal. 

Click to see Drew and Jonathan's kitchen renovations and living room makeovers

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Don't miss the finale of Brothers Take New Orleans tonight at 9|8c when Drew and Jonathan join forces to renovate their building’s exterior—and face final judgment from local real estate experts and appraisers.

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