If someone on your gift giving list is obsessed with all things French, this post is for you. From food to books to home decor, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Francophile gift ideas.
Francophile gift ideas
Paris versus New York: A Tale of Two Cities
If your coffee table is in need of a new book, Paris versus New York: A Tale of Two Cities is the one to buy ($12). This chicly illustrated book cleverly compares Paris and New York through unique observations and witty taglines. Lovers of both cities will appreciate this one-of-a-kind gift. Bonus? If you love the concept, check out the Paris versus New York postcard set.
Paris Decorative Paper Tape
Adorn a scrapbook, notebook, photo album or anything really with this Paris Decorative Paper Tape perfect for all France lovers. If you’re into DIY projects, this Japanese washi-style adhesive paper tape has endless possibilities. Francophile gift ideas don’t get better than this!
Mussels pot with lid
Mussels, or moules in French, are deliciously popular in Brittany and are always served in a mussels pot like this one. Seven inches in diameter compete with a lid for the shells and the word moules on the front, this is a must-have for any mussels lover who wants to eat the dish like the French do.
Magnetic French poetry
Jazz up your fridge or another metal surface with the Magnetic French Poetry set. Created by native speakers, use the set to increase your vocab and to leave little messages for yourself or someone in your family. Practice makes perfect, right?
Castelas Olive Oil
For the foodie, pick up a bottle or three of Castelas Olive Oil. I had the pleasure of visiting the Castelas mill in the South of France this summer and the owners are extremely nice which makes buying their products that much more worthwhile.
Lavender Marseille Soap
No Francophile’s bathroom is complete without some Lavender Marseille handsoap by Panier de Sens. Available in a variety of scents, this chic soap will make you feel one step closer to France with every pump. It makes a nice party gift that’s classy but budget friendly.
The Country Cooking of France
Love French food? The Country Cooking of France is a standout cookbook that belongs in your kitchen. With over 250 recipes (including desserts!) like the time-honored La Truffade to the Languedoc specialty Cassoulet de Toulouse, there’s something for every cook and palate.
MACARONS by Pierre Herme
No one can resist the sweet pull of delectable macarons — THE French dessert of the moment that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Try your hand at whipping up a batch of your own with MACARONS by Pierre Herme. This 200+ page book contains tons of gorgeous photos for inspiration, so what are you waiting for? If you’ve visited one of his shops in Paris, you know he makes the real deal. And you can too!
Eiffel Tower wall decal
Bring a touch of Paris to a wall in your home with this Eiffel Tower Wall Decal by Etsy seller Vinyltastic. Available in a bunch of great hues, this is not your ordinary wall art. It adds French flair to spaces of all sizes, and with a croissant and an espresso, can make you feel like you’re there in Paris — almost. ($45)
No Francophile gift ideas post would be complete with a food pick like these croissants. This buttery pastry is the quintessential French must-have, and while your local bakery probably does an alright job, the Williams-Sonoma croissants are worth every penny. You’ll get 15 croissants created by master pastry chef Jean-Yves Charon made in the traditional French style. Shipped frozen, this French staple will have you dreaming of the streets of Paris with every warm, flaky bite.
Now that you have all your Francophile gifts picked out, wrap it with this lovely Paris wrapping paper and Eiffel Tower gift tags!
Rachel M says
This is a great list! I am especially a fan of the Macarons by Pierre Herme. What’s not to like? Right?
Another one to add (and looks great with those macarons or the croissants) is Laure Selignac (http://www.laureselignac.com) , specialists of fine decorative porcelain from Limoges, all hand-painted in France. Feel free to contact me if you would like more info.