Got a loved one that’s head-over-heels for all things Parisian? Check them off your holiday shopping list with these classic gifts that are sure to please anyone dreaming of travel to France.
1. A Taste of France
French cuisine is world-renowned and while nothing can quite match the experience of a moonlit dinner on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, this gift basket of imported foods can help set the mood for a candle-lit picnic at home. Just add an Edith Piaf record and you’re all set!
Looking for stocking stuffers instead? La Panier Francais has a wide variety.
2. A Book to Pass the Time
Whether they’re ready to dig into planning a trip or looking to take a walk down memory lane, a book can bring France to life right before their eyes.
- Europe’s Top 100 Masterpieces
- Moon Provence, Moon French Riviera, or Moon Normandy & Brittany
- The Age of Light
- The Paris Secret
3. Wine Club Membership
Encourage your Francophile friend to explore the incredible world of French wine with a bi-monthly Bordeaux subscription. Gifters have the option to send exclusively reds, or a red and a white, for up to 6 months. (And here’s hoping your friend is the sharing type…)
4. Savon de Marseille Soap
Give the gift of that effortless French beauty routine with these soaps that have been hand-crafted in the South of France for generations.
5. Anything from Diptyque
This beloved brand has been doling out to-die-for candles and perfumes from Paris’ Boulevard Saint-Germain since the 1960s, and have become a cult favorite. One whiff, and they’ll be dreaming of la vie Parisienne.
6. Moleskine Notebook
There’s nothing like a blank page to spur the creative mind—perhaps, like Parisian expats of the 20s, your loved one will be inspired to pen the next great American novel with this Moleskine notebook.
7. A Bottle of St. Germain
This artisanal French liqueur, crafted from hand-picked elderflower blossoms, is the perfect addition to any home wet bar. The sweet, floral flavor goes wonderfully with champagne—santé!
8. Paris-Themed Glassware
Etched with a Paris street map, these chic rocks glasses from Well Told will pair perfectly with that bottle of St. Germain.
9. Mariage Freres Tea
The delicious herbal concoctions from Mariage Frères are relatively easy to find in the U.S.—most high-end food shops will have them in stock—as well as online, where the gourmet tea brand ships worldwide.
10. Fleur de sel de Guerande
Fleur de sel (literally “flower of salt”) is practically a religion—it’s even become known as “the caviar of salts.” Traditionally harvested only in France, this special salt from the small Brittany town of Guerande will provide the perfect finishing touch for any budding chef.
We know, we know—no French gift guide is complete without the crème de la crème of French patisseries: the macaron. Macaron Café in New York City ships boxes of their deliciously fluffy cookies nationwide, so stock up! Pro-tip: these little guys make for excellent stocking stuffers.
12. Vintage French Travel Posters
These adorable destination posters are the perfect combo of travel inspiration, vintage flair, and characteristic French charm.
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