December 15, 2016
Gift-giving is one of those benevolent acts that requires several critical components to come together in order to make the perfect package: it should be creative and thoughtful, yet useful; selflessly chosen, but still reflect a little bit of you, the giver.
Whether you’re still looking for the perfect holiday present for a sibling or could use a thoughtful something extra for the best friend, here are our picks for Paris-inspired gifts that are topping our lists this year.
Róża Kalinowska, a New Yorker by way of Warsaw, is the lovely lady (and creative force) behind CO TO, a bespoke pillow and textile brand created in Róża’s Montmartre studio. Sourcing high-quality raw organic materials, like wool and cotton, from neighborhood favorite, Le Marché St-Pierre, the charming result proves the perfect mix of quality and simplicity… all with a touch of Parisian chic. Peek at CO TO’s current pillow collection, or reach out to commission and custom piece, here.
Christmas gifting with style yet not social compromise? Look no further than made-in-Paris marque, Les Sublimes, an eco-friendly clothing brand by Alexis Assoignon and Kachen Hong. The line is basics-focused – tees, tanks, and comfy day-to-night bodycon dresses – and thoughtfully mixes luxury, sustainability, and style.
The work of Nichole Robertson, photographer and one half of Obvious State, provides a unique solution for almost any giftee. Whether you’re buying for a Fracophile, graphic design guru, or literary lover, Obvious State’s wares – think a quirky and creatively designed Dostoevsky quote tote, or pretty Paris photo print – are sure to suit.
You may have seen photos by Rebecca Plotnick, Chicago-based photographer and founder of Everyday Parisian blog, dotting HiP Paris or stumbled across her enviable Instagram (a must when you want to dream of Paris!), but did you know Rebecca’s work is also available for purchase? From black-and-white rooftop views to the winding, ochre-stained streets of the Marais, Rebecca has a special way of capturing the soul of our favorite city, and one of her prints is just what our walls need.
When in French by Lauren Collins is the latest Francophile literary sensation, and with great reason. The story follows the ups and downs of falling in love, integrating with a new city, and navigating intimacy in a foreign language. When in French proves a delightful read – and gift – for anyone who loves travel, linguistics, and, well, a good love story.
The French have an undeniable knack for style, whether it be a minimalist and timeless approach to fashion or eclectic take on interior design. Sharon Santoni of My French Country Home celebrates both in her book, My Stylish French Girlfriends. The text goes inside 20 authentic French homes and the lives of 20 unique French women, living all over the country. This elegant ode to French décor and design, and the people who bring them to life, would be a enviable addition to any coffee table collection. Another option? Sharon’s new My Stylish French Box, a quarterly subscription box filled with covetable French products.
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- Vogue France has all the tips for a luxe Christmas in Paris, from decorations, to fashion and events.
Written by Erin Dahl
Erin's had a whimsical affair with Paris since her first trip as a wide-eyed teenager. Though she currently lives in Brooklyn where she writes travel blog Carry On To with a fellow New Yorker, Erin returns to Paris as often as possible, constantly seeking out her new favorite address or event. Erin is Editor for The HiP Paris Blog as well as Paris Operations Manager for Haven in Paris.
Website: Carry On To
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