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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!