Are you absolutely enamored with all things French? Or maybe a friend or family member is the Francophile in your life? From the romantic streets of Paris to the delectable cuisine, there’s just something about the French way of life that captivates the heart and soul.
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift for a fellow Francophile or looking to indulge your own passion for all things French, you’re in for a treat! The Oui In France Francophile Gift Guide is here to transport you to the enchanting world of France, filled with charming surprises and delightful treasures that will delight any lover of La Belle France.
GIFT GUIDE: France-inspired gifts for Francophiles
I take a lot of care when putting together my Francophile gift guides with France-inspired gifts, so rest assured these are quality products. They’re all either gifts from France or have a strong connection to France in some way. In most cases, they are items I personally own or have tried.
Also, I’m releasing my Francophile gift guide on the early side and that’s because many of the items on my list will sell out (especially my Etsy and Anthropologie picks and the Advent calendar). If you see something you like, grab it now!
Alrighty, whether you’re shopping for a friend, family member, or even treating yourself, get ready for my curated collection of French-inspired gifts that are sure to add a touch of je ne sais quoi to your life.
1. Paris Travel Scissors: These little scissors feature the Iron Lady in all her glory and will quite literally keep Paris in your grasp. They’re just the right size for your toiletry case and all your travel needs.
2. Paris Holiday Mug: I’m a big fan of quality mugs and this 13.2-oz one exclusive to Anthropologie takes the cake. Available in five different cities including Paris, the stoneware is hand-painted, decaled, and glazed. I love the writing on the inside of the mug. I have the New York one and think of my favorite city fondly every time I make my coffee. Grab the Paris one before it sells out (and it will)! Why not pick up the Paris juice glasses and dessert plates to complete the set?
P.S. This holiday monogrammed bistro mug is my second favorite.
3. France Apron: No Francophile cook’s kitchen is complete without a France-inspired apron! Made of durable cotton and designed for everyday use, this Sur La Table apron is breathable and will whisk you away to France every time you cook. Can’t get enough? Then check out this fun dishtowel perfect for kids learning French. I love this macaron one too.
4. Baguette Christmas Tree Ornament: No Francophile’s Christmas tree is complete without a France-inspired ornament or two. Put this French baguette ornament front and center. This Eiffel Tower ornament is a nice choice if you want a Paris-themed one.
5. Palais des Thés Holiday Garden LIMITED EDITION: This special tin features organic Garden Herbal Loose Tea N°25, which is full of wintery flavors and caffeine free. If you’d like to try all four of the limited edition teas, opt for this sampler pack instead. The tin design is fab!
6. Paris Tea Towel: This Paris tea towel is made by Charvet Editions, one of the last linen mills in France, which has been in business since 1866. It’s a super resistant and thick linen/cotton blend. The Paris and Eiffel Tower designs are carefully woven on the tea towel and is a model of refined French weaving. The store it’s from — French Address — is owned by a French woman named Mathilde so you’re supporting a small business at the same time. Same with #14 below. Shop early since the gifts all come from France (with very reasonable shipping prices, might I add.)
Note: If you’re not familiar with high-quality made-in-France linens, they’re expensive for a reason. They’ll last you a lifetime!
7. Eiffel Tower necklace: This beautiful two-tone diamond-accented Eiffel Tower pendant necklace is from Enchanted Disney Fine Jewelry, so if your Francophile is a jewelry lover, this might be just up her alley. You can never have too many necklaces, right?
8. Castelas Classic Extra Virgin Olive Oil: I had the pleasure of first tasting Castelas olive oil in 2010 on my first trip to Provence. My family and I did a tasting at their farm and I’ve been a loyal customer ever since. Castelas makes some of the best olive oil out of France, so if you’re a petite gourmande like me, grab a bottle for yourself this year!
The Classic Extra Virgin Olive oil is cold pressed and made from a blend of four types of olives local to the AOP Vallee des Baux de Provence. Its natural aromas are of artichoke, almond, apple and tomato with a complex peppery taste.
9. Paris notebook: The lovely Brigitta designed everything in her Etsy shop Tubidu, including this gorgeous hardcover Paris-inspired notebook. Use it to plan out your next trip to France! It’s 5.75″ x 8″ with 150 lined pages that are perforated so you can easily tear them out. You’ll think of Paris every time you write in it! In addition to notebooks, you’ll find super creative Paris illustrations as well.
10. Croissant Ring: This gold vermeil croissant ring from Quince is sterling silver layered with a thick layer of 18k gold and reminiscent of everyone’s favorite viennoiserie. Check out the matching earrings too. I have several Quince jewelry pieces and they’re top notch.
11. Goutal Rose Pompon Eau de Parfum: I’m not a big perfume person but I tried Goutal on a whim a few years ago an fell in love. Goutal makes timeless, high-quality fragrances and I hope you love Rose Pompon as much as I do. It smells like you’re in the middle of a rose garden – intensely floral and fruity, delicately gourmand. The eau de toilette is a bit more cost effective to wear daily and eau d’Hadrien is another favorite scent. I wrote all about my beauty and skincare essentials I can’t live without.
12. Paris vs. 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. 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.
13. Croissant Socks: These fun socks are made near Limoges from Oeko-Tex certified cotton and are a croissant lover’s dream. They feature everyone’s favorite viennoiserie as well as the colors of the French flag up around the ankle. They’re just what you need to add some yummy French flair to your outfit.
14. Bon Voyage Leather Luggage Tag: Are you in search of a uniquely French luggage tag for your next big trip? Look no further than this red leather luggage tag that features the words “Bon Voyage,” which is French for “Have a good trip!” It’s made of Italian leather at a French luxury leather goods manufacturer. It also comes in black, blue, and pink if red isn’t your cup of tea.
15. La Manufacture du Miel – Lavender Honey from Provence: Harvested in Var, this lavender honey is some of the best around. It’s sweet with intense and fruity aromas that linger on your tongue and leave you with a bouquet of fruity and colorful flavors. The texture is smooth, almost melting and it crystalizes with time giving it a finely grainy appearance after a few months. Enjoy it on toast, in your cup of tea, or savor it on its own.
16. Richard Faust Paris Puzzle: I don’t know anyone who can resist a nicely designed puzzle, and this Paris-themed one ranks high in that category. The illustration features all of Paris’ iconic landmarks and is a great way to spend an evening with fellow Francophile family and friends.
17. Oui In France Francophile Scene Sticker: My bestselling design now comes in a Francophile Scene die-cut sticker over in my shop. Stick it on your laptop or tablet, suitcase, or whatever else needs a little Francophile love. The colorful design is also available in tees, mugs, and other items. If you want something a bit more risqué, check out my all outta phoques sticker instead.
18. Saint James Minquidame Breton Striped Shirt: Nothing says “French style staple” like this traditional Breton Striped shirt from iconic French brand Saint James. I have the Minquidame style which is a more flattering women’s fit. It comes in all kinds of colors and is of the highest quality cotton. For more background on this style, check out my blog post on Breton striped shirts. Here’s a post on what to wear in France.
19. Homesick France Candle: Whether you’re French and missing home or your heart just lives in France, this Homesick France candle is for you. Inspired by the sights and smells of France, this candle fills the room with notes of tobacco and lavender. Soy wax/glass jar. Made in USA. This boulangerie candle is my second fave.
20. Wildgrain Box: For the bread and pastry lover in your life, get them a box of artisanal goodies from Wildgrain this holiday season. You’ll get free croissants in every order for life via my link and everything easily bakes up from the freezer to your oven in no time (no defrosting necessary). Easily make bakery fresh bread and pastries in the comfort of your own kitchen and channel the French boulangerie whenever you want! I did a Wilgrain review on my blog if you’d like to learn more.
21. Bonne Maman Advent Calendar: This is my top Advent calendar and it sells out every year, so grab yours now. It features 24 (1-ounce) jars from everyone’s favorite French jam brand, Bonne Maman. Spread the jams onto fresh toast, a fancy PB&J, or mix it with yogurt for a French treat.
The limited edition tastes are inspired by the holiday season and feature one-of-a-kind combinations of flavors, such as Raspberry Chocolate, Pineapple Ginger, Quince, and Strawberry Guava, which you won’t be able to find anywhere else. It’s a tasty gift for the jam connoisseur in your life. Don’t forget to grab this one for yourself!
22. Catherine Goron Paris in the Snow photograph: I connected with Catherine’s work back in the day when we both first moved to France. She’s back in the U.S. now but her Paris photography is classic. What I love about her photography is that you can feel the movement and emotion in the scenes she captures. This snowy Paris print is one of my favorites.
23. 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 progress.
24. Paris Decorative Paper Tape: Adorn a scrapbook, notebook, photo album, gift packaging, 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. Affordable Francophile gift ideas don’t get better than this!
25. NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Shimmer Multi-Purpose Dry Oil: Last but not least, this Nuxe oil has been one of my top French pharmacy items for years. It isn’t greasy and won’t rub off on your clothes. Use it in the summer on your legs and arms. It’s also great in the winter and gives a subtle shimmer to your shoulders and décolleté area.
Hope you enjoyed my Fracophile gift guide full of France-inspired gifts this holiday season! Happy shopping!
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