After the year we’ve had, who isn’t looking forward to some holiday cheer? You may not have been able to travel to France this year and indulge in a little shopping, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it online.
If you have a Francophile in your life, you can still get them the perfect gift online. Or if you’re a Francophile yourself, and you want to share your love of France with those you love, here are some holiday gift ideas:
Give the gift of a classic pair of Parisian sneakers. Veja has casual sneakers and running sneakers for women, men, and children. Their sneakers are made from a combination of ecological and sustainable materials and come in both leather and vegan options.
Maison Kitsuné is a Paris-meets-Tokyo fashion brand and coffee shop. Their signature Parisienne/Parisian t-shirts and sweaters for both women and men make a great gift for Paris lovers. Or, grab them anything with Maison Kitsuné’s signature fox logo in the French tricolor—blue, white, and red.
Another brand sporting the French tricolor is Le Slip Français. Le Slip Français is known for their underwear and socks, but they also make pajamas, swimwear, clothing, and accessories.
Once you’ve chosen your gift, you can also customize it. Choose the color of the yarn and a word or message to be embroidered on the item. What’s more, it will come ready-to-give in a gift box.
This one might be a little cliché, but everyone loves a striped Breton top, known as a marinière in French. Saint James has been making classic Breton tops since they became the official uniform of the French Navy in the 18th century. They come in the blue, white, and red of course, but there are other colors and styles too. Saint James also offer a customized embroidery service.
I love receiving gourmet food products as it’s not something I usually spend money on buying for myself.
You can get themed gift boxes from La Chambre aux Confitures. They have French chutneys and condiments for the grill, confits for cheese, tapenade and spreads for apéro, and jams and honeys for brunch. Or there’s the “France in jams” tasting boxes, their specialties, or a limited edition Christmas box.
They are served in reusable stoneware jars, made in Burgundy and enamelled by hand, and packaged in a black gift box featuring the gold Maille logo. Add an aged Modena balsamic vinegar or an extra virgin olive oil with truffle.
Tea drinkers will love a gift from Kusmi Tea. “The Collection” box features 15 miniature flavored loose-leaf teas and infusions with a box of 100 filters and a tea spoon. Matcha lovers will adore the “Matcha Box.” It contains everything you need to prepare your tea: a box of matcha, a traditional bowl, a bamboo whisk, and spatula.
Francophiles will love their pillowcases with French messages such as “belle de nuit,” “danser toute la nuit,” and “dormir toute la journée.” French also features on some of their purses, beauty pouches, and toiletry bags.
For the home chef, you can’t go wrong with something from Le Creuset. Go all out with one of their famous cocottes or the indulgent fondue set. If they’re a bit out of your budget, they also have some great accessories, such as a ceramic mortar and pestle, oil and vinegar dispensers, and sauce jars. I just bought myself a cute set of salt and pepper grinders in pale pink.
Another gift idea for cooking aficionados is a set of French knives. Laguiole have been making French knives in the eponymous village and according to a tradition since 1828. Their Original Forge de Laguiole knives feature the famous engraved bee symbol. They have table knives, folding knives, sommelier knives, and more.
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- Prepare for your holiday meal with French cooking classes online.
- Read about how to host a French apéritif at home.
- Find 40 French Christmas ornaments online thanks to Landen Kerr.
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