If you’ve read my blog for a while you might recognize some of the items from this list of gifts for Francophiles available online. I pick things that I really love and believe in and I know will be cherished year after year. The list is compiled throughout the year and I hope it provides a little shopping inspiration either for yourself or for a loved one!
Gifts for Francophiles Available Online: For Her
La Bouche Rouge Lipstick
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.
Atelier Paulin Lucky Charms Bracelet
I fell in love with Atelier Paulin years ago and still haven’t fallen out of love. I have several of the Atelier Paulin initial rings and love the idea of adding in a necklace. ships quickly worldwide offers free delivery on orders over $250. They stock such cool and unique brands so you can feel like you’re really shopping from Paris. They’re currently having a Black Friday sale with 20% off. Enter code BLACKFRIDAY20 at checkout.
Bright Lights Paris Print Shop
Francophile Angie Niles took prints from her Bright Lights Paris book and created a print shop. There is such a great variety and I think the prints would be a great gift for a sister, mother, grandmother or girlfriend. I really love the Pink Silk Scarf Trio print – it would be the perfect pop of color with a series of black and white Paris prints!
Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Night Infusion Firming Moisturizing Cream
One of my favorite night creams is the Caudalie Resveratrol Night Cream. 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.
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. 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 – candles are all handmade in Normandy. 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. It sells out every year so get it while you can! There are also smaller candles in the other holiday scents.
Luxury Shopping from Paris with Paris Chic Code
If you have your heart set on a luxury item straight from Paris, Latrice from Paris Chic Code is your go-to. Through her luxury procurement service she can be your shopper on the ground in Paris and give you access to items only available in France. What better way to surprise someone on your list than with a gift straight from Paris?
Sophie Cano Paris x Notre-Dame de Paris Bags
If you read my Five Friday Finds from France series you might recognize these fun Sophie Cano Paris x Notre-Dame de Paris bags. They’re now available to shop and they are just adorable. My favorite is the Mini Cathedral Bag (for some reason this is only available on the French version of the website), but I also really like the Baby Bag “Le Chemin” and the Le Chemin Pouch.
Cooking Class and Lunch with Véronique at Cuisine Elegante
Since moving to Paris I’ve been fortunate to get to know the lovely Véronique Bawol, otherwise known as Cuisine Elegante and the nicest French lady you will every meet! Véronique offers fabulous cooking experiences including market visits, cooking classes, and lunch in her beautiful apartment. I can’t recommend booking a class with Véronique enough on a trip to Paris – it is such a unique and authentic experience!
Gifts For Francophiles Available Online: For The Home
Sonja Bajic‘s 2023 Calendar
Everyone needs a 2023 calendar, and this one by Sonja Bajic is perfect for a Francophile. Each month features a different French town or scene. I’m honored that my photo inspired the cover and October! The calendars are limited edition and printed on high quality matte paper – perfect for framing the images afterwards!
Bernardaud’s ‘Tout Paris’ Collection
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of beautiful French porcelain. While I tend to lean towards vintage and antique pieces, Bernardaud’s new ‘Tout Paris’ collection has my heart skipping a beat. The pieces feature iconic Parisian monuments, landmarks and scenes. You’ll spot Palais Garnier, Place de la Concorde, Sacre Cœur, Guimard Métro entrances and more. I love the assortment of colors – they’re beautiful for mixing and matching and are all dishwasher safe.
Churches of Paris Book
This gorgeous Churches of Paris book features stunning photography of 37 of the most stunning churches in the French capital. A wonderful and seasonally appropriate book that could perhaps inspire stops on future trips to Paris!
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 Pearl Fringed Throw and think throws are always a welcome gift for the home. There are lots of different colors to choose from!
Life in a French Country House: Entertaining for All Seasons Book
If you’re wondering how to bring the French joie de vivre into your home, look no further than the Life in A French Countryside: Entertaining for All Seasons book. Cordelia de Castellane is truly a master and shares all of her entertaining secrets including recipes, table design, flower arranging and more – all broken down by season. This book is truly *the guide* for entertaining à la française.
Champagne Club Subscription Box
For Champagne lovers, La Box Champenoise is the ultimate subscription box. Every quarter you’ll receive six different Champagnes from independent winemakers in the region. This is such a unique gift and a great way to become familiar with smaller wine growers. A perfect way to prepare for a trip to Champagne or reminisce following a trip!
Vintage French Monogram Napkins
I love vintage French monogram napkins and am always on the lookout for initials I know. When I saw these vintage French ‘OG’ monogram napkins I thought they were just too fun. The set of six would be great for cocktails and a pretty way to bring France into your home.
Paris Chic Book
From the first time I read about the 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. I think it will be ‘the’ large format Paris book for quite some time to come.
La Porte Bonheur Print Shop
This year I expanded La Porte Bonheur to include a Print Shop. I have prints from Paris and Normandy and well as phone cases from both Paris and Normandy. Each item is printed on demand and ships internationally.
Provence Glory Book
Craving a trip to the South of France? Provence Glory will provide plenty of inspiration. This book truly captures the spirit of the region and flipping through it is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
Gifts for Francophiles Available Online: For The Foodie
Mauviel 1830 Frying Pan
After attending the Dîner Cousu-Main at Musée Christian Dior 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, someone who just had a baby (or just yourself)! Worldwide shipping available.
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 🙂
Antique French Floral 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. These Ch. Pillivuyt et Cie 19th century Vieux Paris Floral Dinner plates are sold as a set of six (multiple sets are available) and were found at a brocante in Paris. They would be beautiful mixed and matched with other pieces you already own.
Molly J. Wilk’s Virtual Pastry Classes
My friend Molly has an Online Pastry School that I’m so thrilled to be a part of. Molly is so incredibly talented and makes French pastry approachable and fun. Membership is closed for this year, but I recommend joining her for a virtual class and also picking up a copy of her book, French Pastry Made Simple. She also has a fabulous shop with aprons, oven mitts, tea towels and more. Everything is made in Versailles and would make fabulous Christmas gifts. Last year I joined Molly for a Croquembouche and Bûche de Noël class – both were major hits with my family!
L/Uniform Mini Press Bag
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 mini press bag, which can be monogrammed. 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
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 prefer the round shape. If you need help picking a size they have a handy guide. You can also change out the knobs which is a fun way to mix up pieces you alrady have. 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!
Food Tours and Cooking Classes with the Real Emily in Paris
My friend (and Paris Christmas Walk partner) Emily gives the most wonderful Paris food tours and soufflé classes. Not only will you get plenty of tips for shopping the markets and specialty food shops in Paris, but you’ll also get to chat all things life in Paris. Emily also writes my favorite newsletter, A Week in Paris, which you can subscribe to here.
Gifts for Francophiles Available Online: Fantasy Gifts
Olympia Le-Tan Paris Clutches
Olympia Le-Tan clutches are conversation starters – they’re trompe l’oeil (optical illusion) books and feature the most fabulous embroidery. The clutches are an investment, but it’s so much fun to look at the different designs. Some of my favorite Paris-themed clutches are the Eiffel Tower Life Cover and the Seurat Eiffel Tower.
Baccarat Martharita Glasses
A Print from the Gray Malin “Dogs of Paris” Series
I got to be a part of the Gray Malin “Dogs of Paris” photoshoot in July and it was one of the most fun things I did this year. For anyone who loves dogs, Paris or both the photos would be the perfect gift. I really can’t pick a favorite…but I am partial to the shots with Rio the golden retriever and my favorite café Les Antiquaires. All of the shooting locations are so iconic!
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 Snowflake Charm 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. It’s fun to browse the entire collection, but this snowflake charm caught my eye. It would be so pretty on a tree!
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.
A Trip to France
Of course, the ultimate gift for any Francophile is a trip to France. I would be honored to help you put together an unforgettable itinerary. If a trip to France isn’t in the cards for this year, I also offer memberships which give you an insider’s look at life in Paris.
I hope you enjoyed this list of gifts for Francophiles available online! Stay tuned for much more holiday content from France to come!
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