Looking for the perfect gift for the Francophile in your life? This post includes over 30 French gifts for her. Here is a selection of my favorite French, or French inspired, gifts that will bring joy at all price points. From $10 to $300, there is something here for the chic women in your life, including yourself!
From luscious French chocolates, Parisienne gift cards and French cuisine books to my favorite marinière shirt and trench coat that has become a weekend uniform for me you are sure to find the perfect gift for her!
This gift guide is supposed to help you find the perfect gift for someone you love that loves France, particularly the South, and all the beauty that it offers. My hope is that this guide helps you in finding the ideal gift for a loved one, not just for the holidays, but for any time you want to show someone love with the ideal gift.
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30 French Gifts for her
1. Miniquiers Modern from Saint James: Light and versatile, the Breton striped shirt or marinière MINQUIERS MODERNE embodies a French state of mind. Saint James embodies the quintessential sailor look making it the iconic French look. I wear these every weekend, they have become my uniform for whenever I do cooking demonstrations - they are chic yet incredibly comfortable.
2.Jacques Pepin Menus & Memories: This book is the perfect gift for anyone who likes to entertain or host dinner parties. I had the incredible experience of having dinner with Jacques Pepin a few years back (my husband cooked for us!) and he told me about this special book that he hand illustrated which invites you to write the menu whenever you have guests over and they can also leave you little notes. Each page is different and the entire book is truly a work of art. Looking back on past dinners with dear friends is so special. Highly recommend!
3.The Supreme Charcuterie Gift Collection from D'Artagnan is a splurge, but enough for a party of 8-10 and an impressive gift. A cocktail party in a box with exceptional quality French charcuterie
A French icon
4.Longchamp Le Pliage Bag: This iconic and world-famous bag is the ideal travel bag for traveling or going to the park with its well-recognized flap. I have several colors and sizes and love them for travel.
5.Coffret Maison Dark and Milk Chocolate: It's no secret that Maison du Chocolat has perfected the art of making the desired aphrodisiac. This 60 piece box offers the best of both worlds in different sizes, dark chocolate and milk chocolate.
6.La Petite French Cuisine Box by Best French Forever. I collaborated with Cynthia last year to create this box and the quality of the gifts is exceptional. The Mortar and Pestle is prominently displayed in my kitchen and I use the apron every day!
7.Opinel Knives Small Kitchen Set Really efficient cooking knives that will make the francophile foodie in your life so happy! I use mine daily.
8.French Illustration by Anne Vuitton. I love her chic, modern style of illustrations. I am also fortunate to have her as a close friend- we met over instagram through her illustrations and I am so glad she is in my life!
9.French Towel, Le Petit Prince, so cute for a household with francophile kids. My son Pierre loves Le Petit Prince.
French Gifts that are beautiful and functional
10.Le Creuset 10qt Stock Pot. How wonderful would it be if your everyday pot was as beautiful as it is functional? My dear friend Louise gifted this pot to me for my birthday a few years ago and I think of her everytime I use it (which is a lot!).
11.Thé Mariage Frères: This French Breakfast tea adds a luxurious element to breakfast
12.Diptyque candle: I love Sapin for Christmas and my husband and I buy one for each other every year to bring the Christmas tree scent into our home (we use a synthetic tree). I also love the Figues scent - smells just like fresh figs.
Francophile foodie Kitchen Essentials
13.Jean duBost Laguiole cheese knives: Perfect to serve with your plateau de fromages
14.Liquid Marseille Soap: Panier
15.Yvonne Estelles Blue Towel: Yvonne Estelles
16.Le Creuset Coffee Mugs: I have them in plain Marseille Blue (they last forever! I bought mine 8 years ago and use them daily) but now I really want these ones with the olive branches embossed in them
17.Sur La Table Kitchen Towel: Sur La Table. You can never have enough "torchons" in a chef's kitchen! We love these kitchen towels that are as beautiful as they are functional.
18.Natural Life stainless bowl: Natural Life. How beautiful is this! We have at least 8 stainless steel bowls in our little kitchen - they are so versatile and unbreakable!
19.Maman necklace: French Wink. So cute!
20.Bastille Day Gift Set: Lots of Festive French goodies! My favorite are the Haribo Strawberries. The kitchen towel is an exceptional quality as well.
21.Tshirt, New York Cheri: French Wink
22.Le Bouquin: French for Beginners: A digital book. A modern guide to learning French by Cecilia Jourdan of HelloFrenchNYC. Her account is so much fun! She makes learning French easy and relevant to today's conversations.
Some of my favorite books for francophiles
23.Let’s eat Paris: Amazon I recently received this book to review and really enjoyed it! A full encyclopedia of eating in Paris that is beautifully illustrated.
24.Gâteau: The simplicity of French Cakes: I made the Gâteau aux yaourt with my daughter and she loved it!
25.An American in Provence by Jamie Beck. I love Jamie Beck's photographs and this book tells the story of her first year in Provence. Absolutely beautiful.
26.Claris the Mouse Bonjour Riviera: My daughter absolutely loves the Claris the Mouse series by famed illustrator Megan Hess. Bonjour Riviera brings me right back to La Côte d'Azur every time I read it to her.
For the hostess with the mostess
27.Handpainted ceramic blue & white plates from Back Country Mercantile. I love these ones with the blue Christmas tree for the holidays.
28.Joie: A Parisian's Guide to Celebrating the Good Life: “More than being a terrific guide to the city, it’s a thoroughly comprehensive guide to better living.”—Chioma Nnadi, editor of Vogue online.
29.La Maison du Chocolat: Christmas Gesture Gift box includes delicious high quality chocolates, perfect for a hostess gift.
30.Sezane Trench Coat . I wear this coat every day. I throw it over leggings for school bus pick up and feel immediately put together or slide it over my shoulders to go to the ballet with my daughter. It is one of my favorite pieces in my closet.
32.These Eiffel Tower thank you cards are the cutest thing in the world and a great inexpensive gift. I love having Thank you cards on hand to write to friends and family.
I hope you enjoyed this list of my favorite (32!) French gifts for her. What else would you add to this list?
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.
Le Chef's Wife
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Bonjour! I am Anina Belle. I translate the fancy cooking of my Michelin-star trained French Chef Husband, Le Chef, into easy to make dishes that busy people with no culinary training (like me!) can make at home. We have two young kids (5 and 2) and I have a full time job in hospitality in addition to this blog. I strongly believe that even busy people deserve to eat well at home.
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