It’s been quite the year. To start the giving season in good cheer, why not get a head start on holiday shopping with this list of French-inspired holiday gifts. All of the many options on our list have been purposefully chosen to help bring France home for the holidays until you can get there in person once again. Treat your friends, family, loved ones, and yourself! And, of course, if you can, buy from local shops when possible!
OUR FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2020
Why French Women Wear Vintage: and other secrets of sustainable style by Alois Guinut
Guinut’s newest book builds on the style secrets, brands, and timeless essentials of Dress Like a Parisian. She teaches you how to buy less but better, mix new and old, and care for clothes. Save the planet and money while looking chic!
A Parisian Bistro: La Fontaine de Mars in 50 Recipes by Cécile Maslakian
Available on Amazon
While the buzzing atmosphere might be hard to recreate, you can make their magnificent recipes. Dishes like cassoulet, pâté, and strawberry pistachio sabayon will transport you to the heart of the City of Light.
Drinking French: The Iconic Cocktails, Apéritifs, & Café Traditions of France by David Lebovitz
Dive into the drinking culture of France in this stunning book. Drink recipes—spanning hot chocolate to apéritifs and cocktails—will lift the spirits, along with recipes for snacks to satisfy your salt cravings. Santé!
The New Parisienne: The Women & Ideas Shaping Paris by Lindsey Tramuta
This fascinating book focuses on one of the city’s most prominent yet mythical features: its women. Discover women-owned shops, venues, bistros, and more. Lindsey Tramuta explores oversimplified archetypes and recasts the women of Paris in their glorious complexity.
Self Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race by Thomas Chatterton Williams
Born in the US to a Black father and a white mother, Chatterton Williams believed one drop of black blood meant one was black. Then, he married a white French woman, moved to Paris, and became the father to two white-presenting children, leading him to question whether these labels can adequately define them, or anyone.
Dinner in French: My Recipes by Way of France by Melissa Clark
NY Times food writer Melissa Clark’s most recent cookbook features 150 recipes, bringing a modern twist to classics such as salade Niçoise, scalloped potato gratin, lamb shank cassoulet, ratatouille, sheet-pan chicken, and apricot Tarte Tatin, just to name a few.
Old World Italian: Recipes and Secrets from Our Travels in Italy by Mimi Thorisson
One of our favorite French bloggers Mimi Thorisson chronicles her family’s new adventure in Italy, where they have been based for the past few years. You’ll find 100 recipes from diverse regions, and Oddur Thorisson’s stunning and evocative photography.
STOCKING STUFFERS AND OTHER SMALL GIFTS
With all the handwashing going on, being kind to your hands is paramount. Marseille’s Fer à Cheval soaps are organic and free of chemical nasties. A set of gently perfumed soaps, an unscented bar, or this set of soap cubes are great (and practical) gifts for anyone on your list.
Chocolates from Maison du Chocolat
Hand-made chocolates from one of the greatest chocolatiers in the world? Yes, please! Our picks: the Hatbox, Coffret Maison, sugar-glazed chestnuts, a praline gift box, and indulgent truffles. Whichever you choose, you can’t go wrong.
Candy from Maison Boissier
The beautiful, reusable tin alone is reason enough to buy these Parisian gummy hearts. Or, delight your inner child with these gourmet gummy bears. And, in case we haven’t given you enough chocolate options, chocolate pearls, whether plain or crispy, are the perfect stocking stuffer.
During uncertain times, there is something comforting about the tried and true. One French luxury candle brand is certainly that: Diptyque. Evoke the Mediterranean landscape, scent your home with the smell of roses and black currants, or transport yourself in front of a roaring fire.
PARISIAN POSTCARDS AND WATERCOLORS
Swedish-born Lina Nordin Gee took social media by storm with her daily watercolors painted during le confinement. Her Parisian Postcards are full of charm, light, and joy and come in three different sizes. The perfect gift for Francophiles, art lovers, and travel enthusiasts.
We were smitten with Jessie Kanelos Weiner’s dazzling book Paris in Stride. Now, a limited edition run of prints from the book are available to purchase, along with NY-themed prints, stickers, postcards, and more. Don’t miss the limited-edition prints of Île Saint-Louis, Les Deux Magots café and our favorite Paris, je t’aime.
My Stylish French Box, an offshoot of My French Country Home, takes the guesswork out of gift shopping. Our favorite, naturally, is the Paris Chic Box, which we created in collaboration with My Stylish French Box. It captures the essence of the stylish Parisienne and is perfect for the chic woman in your life.
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