5 unique gifts perfect for the Paris lover in your life
The holiday gift season is just around the corner and soon you will need to choose gifts for the special people in your life. Your Francophile friends and Paris lovers will appreciate gifts from France, so we’ve put together a list of our favorite websites selling French products and delicacies.
1. Postcards from Paris
Richard Nahem, American blogger and photographer living in Paris since 2005, recently launched a collection of exclusive postcards from iconic Paris doors. He has photographed hundreds of doors since 2007, and his fine art photo postcards are printed on heavy matte card stock, much like vintage postcards. They come in sets of three (9 postcards) or six (18 postcards) from the Eye Prefer Paris Etsy store. The series of six includes blue doors, red doors, green doors, iron doors, wooden doors and elegant door knockers. The doors range from the solid wood doors of 17th-century palaces to ornate Haussmann-style ironwork and Art Nouveau buildings.
Each set of postcards are lovingly hand wrapped and mailed in an elegant French blue envelope. For the Christmas gifting season, Eye Prefer Paris will include a personalized handwritten note to the recipient. The cost for a three pack set is $ 35 plus $ 5 shipping or a six pack set for $ 65 which includes free shipping. These cute French souvenirs are exclusively available on Etsy.
Pro tip: Check out Nahem’s super Instagram Parisian doors.
2. Diptyque candles
Diptych was one of the first companies to produce scented candles from 1961. This year they are celebrating their 60th anniversary with candles and special edition products. In recent years, Diptyque has expanded its product line to include a line of perfumes and colognes, skin care products, fragrance diffusers and blankets.
On November 26, Diptyque launches The Black Candle, a limited edition candle, and it’s available for sale for just four days. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support its commitment to support the fight against COVID-19 around the world.
One of Diptyque’s most extravagant holiday gift offerings is its Advent Calendar 2021, which is a collection of 25 scented treasures packaged in a beautiful box that makes a wonderful keepsake – and costs $ 425. Solid perfumes, in balm form, are another popular item, and for the holiday season, Diptyque is selling a limited edition refillable box named Capital Water which has an intense scent of chypre rose.
Three unique holiday candles include a scent of pine with hints of logs, a holiday pastry with hints of cookie and cinnamon, and a snowflake with accents of mimosa, white musk and iris.
All Diptyque products are made in France and they have a US site where you can order gifts that will be shipped within days.
3. Small Boat
One of the most popular children’s clothing brands in France, Little boat has grown and now offers most of its products also in adult sizes. Originally known for its super soft and premium cotton t-shirts, Petit Bateau also offers a full range of clothing including pajamas, underwear, socks, dresses, jackets, tops, coats, sweaters and raincoats.
For the holidays, Petit Bateau offers a wealth of gift items for everyone, from newborns to grandmothers. Among their popular gift boxes, beautifully packaged in a festive box, are an adorable cotton dress with a heart print and a pair of gray jersey tights for girls ages 3-12 and a pair of brushed fleece overalls for girls. infants with a classic French horizontal-striped long-sleeved t-shirt.
Dress up for Christmas with special clothes and outfits. Boys can wear a wool and cotton sweater with jacquard snowflakes on the front; girls can swirl around the Christmas tree in a sparkling dress with a white tulle skirt, silver stars and a cotton long sleeve top; and accessories include adorable bow ties, suspenders, scrunchies and headbands.
Petit Bateau is also renowned for its high quality cotton and flannel pajamas.
4. Chocolate And Macaroons
As the saying goes, the best way to reach a person’s heart is through their stomach, and French chocolate and macaroons will prove it gloriously.
Demanding Parisian gourmets get their dose of chocolate at Chocolate House, a brand offering the highest quality chocolates in France.
For the holidays, Maison du Chocolat fills a pink hat box with a selection of their premium chocolates, which include ganache, truffles, pralines and bars.
Another holiday treat is an edible, handmade Christmas ornament with a red ribbon made of dark chocolate sprinkled with almonds, pistachios, caramelized hazelnuts and candied raspberries.
The ultimate chocolate decadence, 35 champagne flavored truffles are presented in a beautiful teal green box with a chocolate colored ribbon.
Spare the usually disastrous fruit cake and instead send a delicious combo of a chocolate almond cake and a lemon pound cake.
The iconic macaroon and the inventor of the modern macaroon, The duration goes all out for its holiday collection.
Twenty-four irresistible confections, including marzipan, chocolate candies, caramels and chocolate-coated orange zest, are inside the box specially designed for the Advent calendar.
Laduree collaborated with Mellerio dits Meller, a renowned French jeweler, to create festive packaging in Christmas tree green with gold borders. You can order a selection of 16 or 24 macaroons in a Meller box, or a basket with four chocolate coated macaroons, a Mellerio tea, a chestnut cream (250g), and a box of 14 chocolate squares in assorted flavors.
Besides the classic macaron flavors such as chocolate, pistachio, coffee and vanilla, LadurÃ©e offers more exotic flavors such as rose and cardamom, pear and chestnut, blackcurrant, passion fruit and their Exclusive vegan macaroon flavored with blood orange and ginger.
You can also extend the Laduree vacation experience at their luxurious tea rooms and cafes in Miami, New York, Washington, DC and Los Angeles.
5. French gourmet cuisine
A sure-fire gift for any Francophile is French gastronomy. From mustards to pÃ¢tÃ© to French cheeses, you will find our selection of the best gastronomic sites below.
Bon appÃ©tit box
A French couple, Zoe and Bertrand, moved to the United States from their native France in 2014 and started a new business, Bon appÃ©tit box, sale of high-end gourmet gift baskets. They fill their baskets with the best artisanal food products from France and offer unique baskets and two- and four-month subscription baskets. The Noel Box, designed especially for Christmas, combines savory and sweet treats such as pure butter, dried waffles, chocolate and hazelnut spread, caramel and nut nougat candies, sun-dried tomato spread, and mini madeleines with chocolate chips. Another offer, the Holiday Box, which includes a foie gras terrine, authentic Breton butter biscuits in old-fashioned tins, cherry jam, sea salt with truffles and a bar of milk chocolate sprinkled with it. of caramelized pecans.
Pro tip: Bon Appetit Box offers you a 10% discount on your first order.
The French Basket
The French Basket is an American company specializing in gourmet products imported from all regions of France at reasonable prices. Their long list of products includes foie gras and pÃ¢tÃ©s, biscuits and biscuits, chocolates, mustards and vinegars, pickles and olives. Holiday specialty items include a chocolate Eiffel Tower from Maxims, fruit jelly bars from FranÃ§ois Doucet, an Angel Advent calendar filled with 24 individual milk chocolates, a limited edition jar of jams from Bonne Maman cranberries and cherries and three mini Maxims boxes with vintage illustrations from the turn of the century, filled with mink and dark chocolate candies.
Another great gift from the French Basket is La Box, a $ 59.99 per month subscription, which gives the gift of 8 to 12 French gourmet products packaged in an elegant box each month. The price includes free shipping to the United States
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