Being a New Orleans Saints fan in Falcons country isn’t always easy. The oldest rivalry in the NFC South has its enthusiasts on both sides, and none are more passionate than the Saints fans who live, work and play in “enemy territory” here in Atlanta.

If you’re looking for some last-minute stocking stuffers or gifts for that “Who Dat” in your life … And if that special someone on your list is a foodie, too … here are a few ideas for their stockings this Christmas season.

New Orleans Saints Light Up Ice Cubes

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Long ago, in days we don’t like to recall, fans of the “Ain’ts” started wearing paper bags over their heads at games. Those days are long gone, thankfully, and fans from New Orleans to Atlanta are proud to call the Saints their own.

There’s no reason for a Saints loyalist to do his or her drinking in the dark this year, but that doesn’t mean a bright addition to their holiday cheer can’t make those long winter nights more fun.

This officially licensed set of four light-up cubes are reusable, you can stick ‘em in the freezer to get them to, well, freeze, and they last up to 300 hours. Of course, you can turn them off between games, when you’re no doubt drinking less interesting beverages.

Copeland’s Atlanta Gift Cards

Example of customizable Copeland’s Atlanta gift cards

Christmas is fast approaching, so you may not have time to order anything online and wait for shipping. Here’s a stocking stuffer that you can get right away!.

Since 1983, Copeland’s of New Orleans restaurants have combined New Orleans flavor and comfort with an upscale sensibility that that embodies the heart and soul of Southern Louisiana. And with two locations in Atlanta, a gift card makes a great gift for any Cajun-cuisine-loving fan who finds himself or herself in Georgia.

Copeland’s has great menu items for everyone, including flavorful takes on seafood, pasta, salads, steaks and desserts. And for a limited time, you can get a $25 value gift card for free when you purchase a $100 card for a friend. Because while it’s better to give than receive, it’s never wrong to get a little something for yourself, too, right?

You can order a Copeland’s Atlanta gift card online or in-store at 1142 Barrett Pkwy NW in Kennesaw 3101 Cobb Pkwy, Suite 220 in Cumberland. Your recipient can even check their gift card balance online if they’ve used it once and want to use a remaining balance on a return trip. The cards are valid at all participating Copeland’s of New Orleans, Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland’s, Batch 13 Biscuits & Bowls and Copeland’s MKT locations. 

Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning

Don’t have time to head to Copeland’s? The Saints fan on your list can get authentic Cajun flavor at home thanks to Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning. Tony was a man who knew how to cook.

His Creole seasoning is a great addition to gumbo, jambalaya, etoufees, gravies and roux. It’s good on just about any meat, particularly stuffed chickens, smoked sausage and boudin. It’s got a little heat and a salty bite, but this stuff will make your salt and pepper shakers obsolete.

Since it’s football season, why not up your snack game by adding it to nachos, popcorn, hot wings and beer nuts?

Fleur de Lis Oreo Cookie Molds

Like Oreos? Who doesn’t!

Like the Saints? Even better.Now you can make your own chocolate-covered Oreos with this fleur-de-lis cookie mold. The fleur-de-lis (in case you missed it) is a stylized lily common for hundreds of years in military and Catholic symbolism and often associated with Louisiana and Cajun culture.Just fill the molds 1/3 full with melted chocolate, drop in your favorite cookie, then top off with more chocolate.  Chill in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes, and they’re ready to serve. Chocolate-covered Oreos are easy to make, and with the wide selection of Oreo flavors available these days you can mix it up and make it fun.

Know of any other great gift ideas for Saints fans? Hop over to our Facebook page and post on our wall. Here at Copeland’s Atlanta restaurants, we’re all about good food, friends and fun, and we’d love to hear from you!

Finally, if you’re a Saints fan in Atlanta — or if you know one — we invite you to don the old gold, black and white and join us on game day when our Cumberland location is packed with “Whodats” watching the action on the giant flat-screens over the bar. It gets pretty crowded (especially when the Saints are playing the Falcons), but there’s always room for a few more. So come early, get a good table and join us for the game.