Gifts With A French Accent

French-inspired gifts. Gift ideas for Francophiles. Details at une femme d'un certain age.If you can’t get to Paris for Christmas, here are a few gift ideas for the Francophiles on your list…

Gift Ideas For Francophiles

1. Lotion

I actually discovered this hand lotion last year at a fancy garden center. It’s wonderful! Not greasy, or heavy. (Paraben-free.) Available in Rose or Lavender fragrance. I also really like the packaging with a flip-top on the cap.

2. Living Forever Chic

Tish Jett’s latest book on French lifestyle, Living Forever Chic: Frenchwomen’s Timeless Secrets For Everyday Elegance, Gracious Entertaining, And Enduring Allure is a fabulous addition to any France-lover’s bookshelf. She covers style and beauty, of course, but also entertaining, decor, manners, customs, and l’art de vivre. (Read my full review here.)

3. French Press

Coffee lovers will attest it’s one of the best ways to brew an aromatic and delicious cup of coffee, and this one with copper accents will look wonderful on the breakfast table.

4. French Bee Glassware

The bee has been an important French symbol for centuries. Since the Merovingian Dynasty, it’s been a sign of royalty, and is also said to represent immortality. These French bee glasses are lovely and durable. Available in several sizes, and with matching pitcher and carafe.

5. “Royal” Bee Cachepot

Store trinkets or small utensils in this porcelain cachepot with a traditional French bee design. Or use as a vase for a casual floral arrangement. Smaller 6″ size also available.

6. Lovely Lips

This very gentle lip balm and scrub has a luxurious feel and soothing rose fragrance.

7. Moutarde de Dijon

We visited the Edmond Fallot museum and tasting room in Beaune earlier this year, and brought home several jars of their wonderful mustards. This charming metal pail is filled with traditional Dijon mustard.

8. Entertaining Through The Seasons

Sharon Santoni’s gorgeous book My French Country Home: Entertaining Through The Seasons is packed with photos and recipes for seasonal dishes. You’ll get plenty of French Country entertaining and decorating inspiration here!

9. My Paris Kitchen

This book of stories and 100 recipes by food blogger David Leibovitz is on my wishlist. It includes photos around Paris and in his Parisian kitchen. He brings an American perspective to the Paris food scene, and is always entertaining.

10. Macaron Ornaments

Keep the holidays sweet!

11. Savon de Provence

I was introduced to Bastide products by Sharon Santoni. This fig-scented artisanal soap from Provence would make a nice stocking-stuffer or gift basket addition. (I’m partial to fig, but there are other fragrances too, including Lavender.)

12. Le Bouledogue

Ok, so maybe it’s a little cliché, but I couldn’t resist including this French Bulldog iPhone case. Adorable!

French Gifts That Keep On Giving

If they’re planning a visit to Paris, why not treat them to an excursion with Paris Shopping Tour? This personalized service will customize a tour based on interests, taste and budget. Get to know the Paris destinations where locals shop!

Read more about my excursion with Paris Shopping Tour HERE and HERE.

Unboxing My Stylish French Box subscription box for November. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And finally, for that Very Special Person on your list, consider a subscription to My Stylish French Box. Four times per year, they’ll receive a gift box of uniquely French items hand-selected by Sharon Santoni. And the November box has been re-issued…you can still get one in time for the holidays!

The re-usable boxes are beautifully packaged and a treat from the first opening. Here’s a peek at what’s inside the November box…

Ornaments from My Stylish French Box November. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Charming ornaments, dressed to party!

Linen bar towels from My Stylish French Box November. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Festive bar towels, antique silver sugar tongs, and a scented candle…

Beaded tea light sconces from My Stylish French Box. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And handmade beaded candle holders. But there’s much more, and I don’t want to spoil all of the surprise. Click here for more details and ordering information.

Vive les fêtes!

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  1. I’ll be in Paris during Christmas week, visiting for the first time! As a family we’ve been studying the Rick Steves guidebook and we booked a Paris Greeter tour for 12/26. Can’t wait!

    1. I have taken the entire family to Paris more than once, and I think arranging a tour guide is an excellent idea. People will want to do different things, so it’s nice to have an idea of what it available and where it is. I haven’t done Paris at Christmas, so I’m hoping you’ll come back and tell us about it. (One thing I wouldn’t want to miss is Christmas season at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, so if you get the chance, I hope you’ll take it.)

  2. So excited for your Paris trip! What a wonderful thing to have to look forward to. My two besties and I go on a Girls’ Trip every year, and once we have it all booked, we like to think of it as a big wrapped present in the corner that makes you smile every time you walk by (think of) it 🙂
    Thank you for introducing me to Susan Santoni – hers is now one of my favorite blogs and I love following her on Instagram. Susan Street also just gave you a nice plug today, for fashion advice for us 5’2″ girls. I told her I could be your stunt double.
    Best wishes as you pack!

  3. What a great lineup of gifts! I see a couple that my girlfriends would love as well as my trainer at the gym for the last 11 years. He just got engaged last night… I’m so excited for them… He loves to cook and they’re both just beginning to entertain so thank you!!

  4. I fell in love with that hand cream when I was in Paris this summer, although I prefer the Mediterranean scent. I was disappointed I didn’t purchase more when I was there. I just ordered my Christmas Present!!!!! Thanks Susan!!!!