It’s that time of year again! If you have a Paris-lover in your life, I have some gift ideas for you—affordable luxuries inspired by Paris and France.
Paris Door Postcards by Eye Prefer Paris
Richard Nahem of Eye Prefer Paris has launched a line of really cute postcards, showcasing his famous photos of the doors of Paris. Perfect stocking stuffers. You can grab them on his Etsy Shop.
Paris (& French) Products by Genuine France
Friend Patty Sadauskas of Genuine France, has created a huge line of items showcasing her wonderful photography of Paris (and other places in France). This is just one of many images to choose from, and just a few of the products you can order. From masks and totes, to iPhone covers, coasters, notebooks—even puzzles—there is something for everyone. You can also just order a lovely framed photo. Check out the full line, here.
PARIS FOR THE SENSES
Luxurious Candles by Diptyque of Paris
Diptyque opened their first shop in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in 1961. Their candles are luxurious, with both single-note and more complex scents. I love the classic roses scent, but feu de bois (firewood), reminds me of sitting by the fireplace in a grand chateau. These are a bit of a splurge, but totally worth it.
Liquid Marseille Soaps from Panier des Sens
Pretty, right? Marseille soap is used for everything in France, even laundry. These soaps from Panier des Sens, with their ornate labels and large range of scents, make the perfect host or hostess gift.
CHEESY? OR ADORABLY PARIS-ESQUE?
Who doesn’t love a good Eiffel Tower thingie? Here are just a few ideas. (Click on name to buy.)
- Eiffel Tower Kitchen Towel by Garnier-Thiebault. This company has a shop in Paris’s Left Bank that sells scrumptious linens. Their 100% cotton “Vintage Eiffel Tower” kitchen towel makes drying dishes a lot more stylish. Or use it as a tea towel. You use tea towels, don’t you?
- Eiffel Tower Mug by TechoEcho.* Ooh la la, what a cute little mug! I would personally use it to store rings and earrings.
- Eiffel Tower White Gold Earrings. Speaking of earrings…these are 18K white gold-plated bling (zircon bling, that is). (Yeah, I bought them.) Small and delicate (less than half an inch tall), they’re more chic than cheese.
- Kurt S. Adler Eiffel Tower Lights. This company has been making Christmas deco since 1946. But this string of 10 battery-operated Eiffel Tower lights is not just for the holidays anymore. I ordered them immediately for my tiny tree.
- Godinger Eiffel Tower Goblets. Admit it: you want them. I have these, too. Bought them in a little boutique—ironically, in New York. You can get yours here.
*I can’t vouch for the safety of the glaze on this item. Please read the label carefully before using as drink ware.
From fiction to memoir, these books (and one not-so-subtle plug) are sure to inspire.
Sophie Valroux’s Paris Stars by Samantha Vérant
In this delectable novel, a chef on the rise fuels her passion for cooking while enduring the hardest challenges she’s ever faced after a debilitating injury.
Dear Paris by Janice MacLeod
Be transported to the banks of the Seine, a corner boulangerie, or beneath the Eiffel Tower with these beautifully illustrated vignettes of life in the City of Light.
Let Them Eat Pancakes by Craig Carlson
A second helping of tales on the joys and challenges of working, eating, and loving in France from the New York Times bestselling author of Pancakes in Paris.
My (Part-Time) Paris Life by Lisa Anselmo
Poignant, touching, and lively, this memoir of a woman who loses her mother and creates a new life for herself in Paris will speak to anyone who has sought purpose after loss or reinvented themselves.
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