It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again to be thinking about holiday gifts, but it is! This year I wanted to put together a group of French gifts all available online. Now that shops are reopening in France starting on Saturday I hope to be able to provide even more options from local places. This list of 32 gifts for Francophiles available online has a little something for everyone!
32 Gifts for Francophiles Available Online: For Her
La Bouche Rouge
La Bouche Rouge is a French clean beauty brand committed to sustainability. The gorgeous leather cases are refillable and lipsticks are manufactured in France (near Orléans). All of their ingredients are listed, and don’t include allergens, polyethylene, PPMA, BHT, beeswax or perfume.
La Bouche Rouge offers different lipstick sets that come with a case and two refills. Initials can be engraved on the lipstick cases to make for a perfect personal gift. They have just about every color of lipstick you could want – but you can even order a sur-measure custom color. You can shop La Bouche Rouge online or in select retailers like Forty Five Ten in Dallas.
Atelier Paulin Initial Ring
These delicate Atelier Paulin Initial Rings are so easy to wear – it almost doesn’t feel like you’re wearing jewelry. Each ring is handmade and you can choose an individual letter, form initials or even different words. I have a couple and I wear them everyday!
Bright Lights Paris Print Shop
So many didn’t get girls trips to Paris this year (myself included – I missed all of my visitors). If your trip didn’t happen this year or have a trip coming up next year, this Girls Trip to Paris print from Angie Niles’ Bright Lights Paris print shop would be the perfect gift! All of the prints are based on illustrations from Angie’s Bright Lights Paris book.
Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Night Infusion Firming Moisturizing Cream
I look forward to putting on this Caudalie Resveratrol Night Cream literally every night. It smells so good, leaves your skin feeling dewy and silky soft. Also, it helps with dryness, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and prevents the loss of firmness and elasticity. It’s good for every skin type including mine (which is sensitive) so it would be a safe bet and such a treat for anyone on your list.
Monsieur Fella Heart Pendant Necklace
The Monsieur Fella Necklace would be a thoughtful gift for a grandmother, mother, sister, friend, girlfriend, wife or more. The gold heart pendant is beautiful on its own, but would also look pretty layered with other pieces. It’s available for worldwide shipping via Le Bon Marche. Right now you can get 20% off your order with code BLACKFRIDAY20 at checkout!
Comfort is key for me so I pretty much exclusively wear sneakers walking around Paris. With Veja sneakers you get to feel put together and chic and your feet will thank you. I think this white leather pair would make just about anyone happy. Veja also makes men’s sneakers if you’re looking for something for him – both my brother and Romain have multiple pairs!
Cire Trudon Holiday Candle – Fir
Everyone has their favorite French candle brand – mine happens to be Cire Trudon. Founded in 1643, Cire Trudon is the oldest candlemaker in the world still active today. With the lockdown I haven’t gotten a chance to smell their new holiday scents (that will change Saturday!). This Fir candle is an all-time holiday favorite. It smells better than my Christmas tree and the packaging is so pretty to gift as a gift.
Wit & Whimsy’s Stationery Collaboration
It’s always fun to take the time to send someone a handwritten letter (and it’s even more fun to receive one). It’s an especially important thing to do during and after the holidays. Meghan Donovan from Wit & Whimsy’s Letterhead Stationery collaboration with The Illustrated Life is about adorable as it gets. You can choose from either pink with a croissant or blue with a baguette and have the choice to add your letterhead or leave the French Bonjour and Coucou. The cards are perfect for saying thank you or for snail mail throughout the coming year.
32 Gifts For Francophiles Available Online: For The Home
Be My Guest: At Home with the Tastemakers
If anyone is looking for a gift idea for me, I’d like a copy of Be My Guest: At Home with the Tastemakers. Casa Lopez’s owner and creative director Pierre Sauvage goes into the homes of twenty influential tastemakers and hosts to share interior design, tablescapes, entertaining tips and even go-to recipes. The perfect hostess gift or gift for anyone who loves to entertain!
Maison de Vacances Throw
I’m completely obsessed with everything Maison de Vacances and their Palais-Royal boutique – a must visit when you’re in Paris. Maison de vacances means holiday home, so as you can imagine everything the brand makes is laid back, soft, cozy and of course oh so French. I love this Nuage Fringed Throw and think throws are always a welcome gift for the home. There are lots of different colors to choose from!
Féau & Cie
The first book about the master woodwork firm Féau & Cie features not only interiors from special projects around the world (places like Paris, Tuscany, New York, London and more), but also plenty of detailed photographs from the Parisian atelier. This book filled with the decorative Féau & Cie masterpieces will delight any design or art lover.
Become a Member of Bleu, Blonde, Rouge
I can’t think of a better way to bring Paris and France to your home than with Claudine Hemingway. Claudine provides so many rich stories about Paris, France, and French history already on Instagram, Facebook, through her weekly live videos and on her podcast. However, with the Bleu, Blonde, Rouge Patreon Membership you can get so much more. Memberships start at as little as 5€/month making it the perfect gift for just about any Francophile on your list!
King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV
Another great gift idea for history buffs is King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV. It’s the most up to date and comprehensive biography on the Sun King in English. It’s described as a “global biography of a global king” and is sure to be a hit for anyone interested in le grand monarque.
I wasn’t expecting to love MyPuzzle Paris as much as I did. I thought it was going to be impossible and honestly kind of boring, but once Romain and I got started we couldn’t stop. It’s a great way to test your knowledge of the streets of Paris. There are plenty of monuments and landmarks to give you hints and places to start from. I promise, once you get started with this puzzle you won’t want to stop!
French Vintage Hand-Embroidered Napkins
These hand-embroidered linens from La Porte Bonheur were found in Normandy and each feature a different flower. The set of eight would be a beautiful addition to a lunch or dinner table and a pretty way to bring France into your home. (As a PS – all linens are now being sent from the US so the shipping cost is lower).
From the first time I read about the new Paris Chic book I knew it would become an instant favorite of mine and other lovers of Paris. The photos are just stunning and really capture the energy of the city. The photos remind me a bit of some of the photos from two of the Bouquinistes Auction books – Paris des Poètes and La Nuit de Paris. Paris Chic is definitely a new must-have book on Paris.
32 Gifts for Francophiles Available Online: For The Foodie
Mauviel 1830 Frying Pan
After attending the Dîner Cousu-Main at Musée Christian Dior this summer I learned more about Mauviel 1830. Described as “probably the best cookware in the world,” Mauviel 1830 was founded in 1830 in Villedieu-les-Poêles, a Normandy village known for its copper. The products are of the highest quality and loved by professional chefs as well as home cooks. A great frying pan is always an essential. If that doesn’t sound like the most exciting gift, they also have gorgeous copper champagne buckets, a copper fondue set for a fun winter activity, beautiful butter dishes and more.
Willi’s Wine Bar Bottle Art
Willi’s Wine Bar is a Paris institution. One of the best parts about it (there are a lot) are the Bottle Art posters on the walls. Each year Willi’s releases a new poster, and a selection is available online. If you know someone who loves food, wine, and Paris they’ll probably love Willi’s Bottle Art. There are latest and current editions, rare and vintage editions, as well as artist signed editions.
French First Name Bowls
I’ve always wanted a bol prénom of my own, but with a name like Landen I can’t say I’ve ever come across one. Luckily for me, Faiëncerie de Pornic makes these hand-painted bowls where you can not only choose any name, but you can also completely design your own bowl down to the colors and design on the inside. This would be a special and authentic French gift for family, friends, or just yourself!
Staub Crêpe Pan with Spreader and Spatula
Crêpes and galettes are an easy, fun, and delicious thing to make at home – but you absolutely have to have the right tools for the best results. Using this Staub Crêpe Pan with the spreader and spatula will almost guarantee the best results. Romain would also like me to mention for the best results you should use French flour as well, available here. Although I’m sure any buckwheat flour will be just fine 🙂
Kalk Blue and White Dinner Plates
One of the most satisfying parts of cooking is putting the finished dish on the plate and gathering around the table to enjoy the meal. Antique and vintage porcelain makes me happy, which in turn makes the time around the table more enjoyable. This set of eight blue and white dinner plates was found at a brocante in Paris and would be beautiful mixed and matched with other pieces you already own.
French Cooking Classes at Home
Even if you can’t travel to France or physically be together with your loved ones this holiday season, you can still take a pastry class together from a beautiful apartment in Versailles! Molly J. Wilk’s virtual pastry classes cover a whole variety of subjects and sweet treats so there’s something for someone and every schedule. She’s currently offering holiday-themed classes but watch her schedule for more. I’m taking the holiday cookie class with my mom, sister, and best friend and can hardly wait.
Likewise, La Cuisine Paris is offering a whole host of video classes that you can do from home. Although I haven’t tried them yet personally I’ve heard great things! There’s everything from French sauces to French bread basics, mastering soufflées and more. You also have the option to purchase gift cards for a single or series of video classes!
L/Uniform is where I can always find something for everyone on my list, especially those hard to shop for people. They have the best everyday and travel essentials and everything can be personalized. This year one of my favorite items is the apron, which can be monogrammed in multiple places. They also have a sweet mini apron available for kids. The next time you’re in Paris be sure to check out their boutique on Quai Malaquais for even more personalization options!
Le Creuset Dutch Oven with Copper Knob
Le Creuset pieces are an investment, but once you start using them you won’t want to cook with anything else. A signature Le Creuset piece is the dutch oven, and I adore this meringue and copper knob combination. These dutch ovens are so versatile, you can use them on the stovetop or in the oven and they distribute and hold heat so well. Each is made in France and comes with a lifetime warranty so you don’t have to worry about your investment. The handles do get hot – so one of my favorite purchases to go with the dutch oven are these handle grips!
32 Gifts for Francophiles Available Online: Fantasy Gifts
Sponsor a Bench in the Jardin des Tuileries
For even someone who has everything, chances are they don’t have a bench in their name in the Jardin des Tuileries. As a part of the project to restore the Grande Allée you can donate €4,000 or more and have a loved one’s name inscribed on a plaque on a bench for 10 years. All trees have been sponsored to date.
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame by Yayoi Kusama
The Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2012 by Yayoi Kusama is completely sold out online in the US – but you can still buy it in France and have it delivered. This would be special for someone who loves Champagne and loves art. I recently saw it at La Grande Épicerie and can confirm the box is exactly as happy as it appears.
Maison Drucker Headboards
Maison Drucker has an entire host of French rattan pieces from café chairs to bistro pedestal tables, but why not take it a step further with a rattan headboard? There are four different styles available, all customizable and made sur-measure. To give you an idea, here are the color options available as well as the different types of weaving.
Crystal Clear Glass by Virgil Abloh
This Crystal Clear by Virgil Abloh glass for Baccarat is one of those things that you kind of have to see and hold in person to understand just how cool it is…but trust me it’s that awesome. It’s really heavy and highly impractical for daily use, which makes it just right for a fantasy gift.
Buly Soap Dispenser
Now more than ever, washing your hands is important. You’ll see these gorgeous Buly soap dispensers at special restaurants around Paris (and the world) like Le Voltaire and Le Procope. They are also available at home. You can choose the name to engrave, the color of the marble, and of course a signature Huile de Savon scent to go with it. Each soap dispenser is made by hand in France.
Vintage Christofle Art Deco Cocktail Shaker
No bar is complete without a beautiful cocktail shaker. This vintage Christofle cocktail shaker from the 1930’s is perfect. The design is timeless and most importantly it will make your drinks taste that much better!
Petit H Dove Ornaments
All Petit H by Hermès products are “born in reverse” – meaning they’re created from existing materials. In turn, each item is one of a kind. Normally you’ll only find Petit H products at the Rue de Sèvres store in Paris and very occasionally at other stores around the world. The Rue de Sèvres store is currently being renovated, so the Petit H creations are all online. It’s fun to browse the entire collection, but these porcelain dove ornaments caught my eye. They would be great as holiday decor but are neutral enough to use year round.
Baccarat Rouge 540
I’m almost 100% sure that Baccarat Rouge 540 is my favorite smell ever. I have a few of the small samples that I use very sparingly for special occasions. It’s a perfume that really holds its scent – yesterday I sprayed a little bit, wore it all day, went for a run, took a shower and the perfume was still there. Once you smell this scent you’ll be hooked.
I hope you enjoyed these 32 Gifts for Francophiles available online! Stay tuned for much more holiday content from France to come!
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