If you know a Francophile (or are one yourself), then this collection of 15 Gifts for the France Lover is for you! Do you know someone who is headed to Paris on vacation? Or perhaps you know some newlyweds headed to the South of France on their honeymoon? From the tastes of Paris (think a croissant map of Paris or mailing some of the best bread in Paris to your BFFs doorstep) to their chic and ever classic look of the French, this guide is sure to get an “oh là là” from any Francophile on your list.
1. Beaux Jours Swimsuit: The perfect swimsuit for “Beaux Jours” (which means “Summer Weather” in French). A great piece for anyone headed off on vacation or perfect for a honeymoon.
2. Paris Croissant Map: Written, researched and photographed by Yuriko Yamamoto who is a pâtissière also European pastry researcher. It features 34 of very best Paris croissants. Includes a brief history of croissant and plus a special glossary of Viennoiserie. Grab one and snacking your way through the city of love (and food)!
3. Merde Zip Pouch: Merde, meaning “shit” in French, is the perfect name on a small zip pouch… I, mean, don’t you generally have a ton of crap in your little bag? I know I do.
4. French Girl Lumiere Body Oil: Smooth a few drops over your limbs after a shower or bath and feel deeply, sexily French Girl all day: pure organic coconut, argan, rose-hip-seed, and sesame oils are infused with ayurvedic botanical absolutes, resins, and essential oils to treat the skin and create the gorgeous scent all at once. We also use it on the wrists and behind the ears as a subtle perfume, and as a supremely indulgent (and skin-revivifying) bath oil.
5. Staub Cast Iron French Oven: Staub enameled cast iron cookware is the top choice for chefs and home cooks alike. Rooted in French culinary heritage, Staub’s renowned cocottes are timeless pieces, perfect for casual meals or sumptuous suppers. The Essential French Oven with Chistera lid is the latest star in the cast iron collection. Plus, isn’t it so pretty?!?
6. Le Freak C’est Chic Bandana: This bandana is the perfect unisex accessory. “Le Freak C’est Chic” is a nod to the playful French saying.
7. Diptyque Fig Candle: Hand poured in France, this candle recalls fig trees warmed by the sun. All parts of the tree are represented here. The fig tree is slightly fruity with green and woody notes that give it character.
8. How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are: From four stunning and accomplished French women — at last — a fresh and spirited take on what it really means to be a Parisienne: how they dress, entertain, have fun and attempt to behave themselves.
9. Madeleine Pan: This Madeleine Baking Pan is professional-quality bakeware for creating beautifully delicate madeleine cookies. Made from professional-quality tinned steel so heat is distributed evenly for uniform baking, from sides to the center. Its reinforced beaded rim ensures many years of secure handling into and out of the oven without the pan warping. Easy to use and clean. Whether learning how to bake cookies or perfecting a family recipe for madeleines, this pan offers an amazing baking experience every time.
10. French Boules Game: Boules (pronounced: bul) is a collective name for a wide range of games. The objective? To toss or roll the heavy silver balls (called boules in France) as close as possible to a small ball. It is a lot of fun (and can get excitingly competitive).
11. The Art of French Baking: From éclairs to soufflés and macaroons to madeleines, when it comes to desserts, no one does it better than the French. Beautiful, elegant and delicious, French desserts are easy to create at home as only a few basic recipes are needed to make some of the world’s most renowned cakes and tarts. The Art of French Baking is the definitive collection of authentic French pastry and dessert recipes. From Tarte Tatin and Hazelnut Petit Fours to Cherry Tartlets and Choux Buns, it contains more than 350 simple recipes that anyone can follow at home.
12. Laudree Paris Coffret Praline: Ladurée, the famous French luxury bakery and sweets company founded in 1862—and one of Paris’ first “salons de thé,” or tea salons—is one of the world’s best-known sellers of the macaron cookie, and other delicacies like these chocolates. The “Coffret Praline,” or Praline Box, contains crispy hazelnut praliné coated in dark chocolate. Yum!
13. French Hand Soap: A great hostess gift; Compagnie de Provance’s liquid soap is made in a cauldron according to tradition, and is elaborated with vegetable oils. Naturally glycerined, it gently cleanses the skin. It is a citrus fragrance created in Grasse, with notes of white tea.
14. Soludos C’est La Vie Smoking Slipper: How darling are these shoes? They’re perfect for a trip to France, but also great for everyday wear back at home.
15. Poilane Bread: If you don’t already know about the INCREDIBLE bread from Poilane, all you need to do is listen to (or read) this piece on NPR about the “Best Bread in Paris” (which is a pretty incredible title to hold – especially in a city that’s famous for its bread). Known Fact: David Lebovitz says one of the reasons he moved to Paris was to be closer to the Poilane bakery. Yeah, it’s that good.
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