Holiday Gift Guide, HiP Paris Blog

Salted Caramel Macarons from La Petite Sucre

It’s that time of year again! The time of aimless meandering through crowded streets or malls, searching for the perfect gift for that special someone. To make it a little bit easier for you, Nichole Robertson has put together a sweet little francophile gift guide. She is also offering up three great gift packages for three lucky readers: each winner will receive one extra-large print of your choice from the Paris Print Shop, a 2014 Paris calendar, and a set of four cards from the Paris Traveler Series! Instructions for entering are at the bottom of the post. Good luck! -Genevieve

Update: Congrats to our winners Adelle in Vermont, Jacqueline in Maine, and Chris in West Virginia!

I’m Nichole. I’m a writer, photographer and co-owner of an NYC metro-based creative studio, Obvious State. The focus of my work for the past few years has been Paris photography, so I spend a lot of time traveling back and forth (and staying in Haven in Paris apartments, which is how I met the lovely HIP staff).

Holiday Gift Guide, HiP Paris Blog, Print by Nichole Robertson

Extra large print from the Paris Print Shop by Nichole Robertson

I spent about two months this year working on The Paris Journal and my second book with Chronicle Books, which means I was able to frequently satisfy my own Francophile urges: Bordier butter, Laurent Dubois cheese, La Fermière yogurt and baguettes. Many, many baguettes.

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Merci stampParis street style bookpillow by Alexandra Fergusonmetro coaster by Tilissimo

You see the theme there, right? French dairy and bread. Not exactly giftable, or available in the US. Though I’ve discovered that you can buy Échiré butter here and on Amazon, and have happy danced over that discovery.

Holiday Gift Guide, HiP Paris Blog, Bags by Kasia Dietz

Bag by Kasia Dietz

So if you can’t fly your loved one to Paris this year, I put together a few things for that favorite Francophile in your life.

Holiday Gift Guide, HiP Paris Blog, Calendar by Nichole Robertson

Paris Print Shop Calendar by Nichole Robertson

Merci Stamp
Being polite never looked so elegant.

Salted Caramel Macarons
It used to be tough to find macarons in the US, but these days you can even score Ladurée in New York in the Upper East Side store. If you can’t make it to Paris or New York, you can order these.

Kasia Dietz Hand-printed bag
Kasia is a New Yorker-turned-Parisian and I love all of her fantastic bags, especially this one.

Holiday Gift Guide, HiP Paris Blog, Le Petit Paris by Nathalie Benezet

Le Petit Paris by Nathalie Benezet

Paris Metro Coasters 
Everyone loves a good map, and if you’re not sure about wall space, these coasters are a cute alternative.

C’est Si Bon Pillow
It’s all good sounds so much better in French.

Mastering the Art of French Eating 
Follow Ann Mah around France as she tests the local food.

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Sweater by Madewellbag by Kasia Dietz and travel kit from Diptyque

Le Petit Paris 
Little bits of Paris on your plate is never a bad thing.

Bien Fait Sweatshirt
Well done, Madewell, well done.

Diptyque Paris Travel Set 
Most Francophiles have had a Diptyque candle or two, but this body care set is another way to deliver their favorite French scents.

Holiday Gift Guide, HiP Paris Blog, Print by Nichole Robertson

Extra large print by Nichole Robertson

Three more gifts, and three chances to win big from Nichole’s shop, The Paris Print Shop. Each winner will receive a 24×30 print of their choice, a 2014 Paris Calendar and a set of four cards from the Paris Traveler series. Here’s how to enter:

1. Leave a comment here on the blog
2. Share this Facebook post and leave a comment
3. Repin this pin

That’s it! We’ll choose a winner by end of day Friday, December 13.

Each winner will receive:

– Extra Large, 24×30 Fine Art Print
– 2014 Paris Calendar
Set of Four Cards, Paris Traveler Series

And as an extra little something, HiP Paris readers get 20% off Nichole’s online shop, the Paris Print Shop. Just enter promo code HIP2013 at the check-out. Happy holidays!

Written by Nichole Robertson for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Nichole Robertson

Nichole is a writer, photographer and author of Paris In Color (Chronicle Books, April 2012). She began the Paris Color Project when she moved to Paris in January 2009. What started as daily blog photos blossomed into a three-year project.When she’s not photographing Paris, eating French butter, or baking cake, she’s writing. Nichole co-runs a multidisciplinary creative studio with her husband Evan, and writes copy for clients like Real Simple, Bravo TV, Tribal DDB, Amala Beauty and Estee Lauder brands.


  1. Love your post and gift ideas, it did inspire me for my Christmas shopping! These prints are just gorgeous… I am also a Paris lover and a big fan of French Macaroons. I recently bought some from an online store I love: – they have a great selection of French products and I discovered that they also carry nice Paris prints.

  2. Love the print with the pink flowers. Would be a lovely addition to my sewing room. Cheer me up during the long winter months. What a lovely blog!

  3. Paris saved my life. I got pneumonia in Paris on my last trip… (I know, doesn’t sound good) …but by getting pneumonia I found out I needed surgery… which saved my life! Merci Paris!

  4. Hello! Hope I am still on time to enter giveaway! I am a fan of Nichole’s photos and etsy shop!
    Would be nice to win the prizes but I want to thank you for the promo code too 🙂 think I will place a mini order! Thanks!

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