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Good morning friends, a happy Saturday to you. It is going to be cold and rainy here this morning which gives me the perfect excuse to sit in bed and read and drink chocolate. Are you a person that likes to read in bed and relax on the weekend or do you like to jump up and start the day?
What are your plans for the weekend? Sunday we are going to a chili cook-off and to dinner to celebrate my nephews 14th birthday. As for today, I am not sure, I am trying to convince my husband to hang two light fixtures.
Have you been shopping? I have been thoroughly enjoying everyones gift guides, and have seen many fun things to gift family and friends.
I love Paris, I fell in love with the cobbled streets, the beautiful gardens and cafes a long time ago and every single time I return I visit “my old favorites” and then I just wander and discover something new and beautiful.
I remember one 2 week trip I only took one photo(unheard of in the age of social media) and never stepped foot in a museum. I simply woke up every day and wandered all day from one arrondissement to another. I stopped in churches and was lucky enough to hear a few of the choirs practicing for Christmas concerts. I peaked in open doors and discovered secret courtyards. When I was chilled or tired I stoped at a tea room or cafe for a chocolat chaud or just to people watch. I sipped mulled wine at the Christmas markets and I nibbled eclairs and Punitions from Poilane bakery while enjoying a minute of silence in a favorite park.
I know that many of you are Francophiles as well so I thought I would share some gifts that I love and that you might as well.
Holiday Gifts for Francophiles 2021
Poilane Bakery is my favorite bakery in Paris and the Punitions cookies are delicious too.
My Paris Kitchen, one of my all time favorite cookbooks.
French Pastry Made Simple: Foolproof Recipes for Éclairs, Tarts, Macarons and More Molly offers classes in Versailles.
The Cook’s Atelier: Recipes, Techniques, and Stories from Our French Cooking School,this cookbook is another favorite at our house. they also offer cooking classes.
Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart is one of may all-time favorite books about Paris.
Don’t forget the little francophiles, they will love Claris the Chicest Mouse in Paris!
Puzzles and Toys
Isn’t this set of wood blocks cute. I might be tempted to keep it for myself.
Anthropologie always has some fun Parisian pieces and this year is no exception, I think plates and mugs are so pretty.
This is a splurge but I think it is kinda cool, Dawn Wolfe Folded Map Dress – Paris
French Cheese Collection, I love cheese!
La Maison du Chocolat Dark Chocolate Truffles are decadent and delicious. If you are in Paris make sure to try the hot chocolate they serve, it is so good.
French Croissants from Paris to your door.
And don’t forget your Bon Maman Advent Calendar.
Thinks Small, Small Business Artisans That Is
Carol a longtime blogger and artist lives and creates in Paris, she moved there many years ago to live her dream. You can see more of her work on her blog and Etsy shop and you can purchase this original watercolor and many others. You can find Carol at Paris Breakfasts.
Another amazing artist, photographer is Jamie Beck she and her husband moved to Provence to create a new and different life from the one they were living in New York. They are the creators and photographers of some amazing ads for Ralph Lauren, Channel, Etc. Jamie is currently writing a book and during the Covid-19 shutdown she created a series of photographs called the Isolation Creations. These stunning pieces are available for sale in her shop along with phone cases, cards and and original art. Jamie Beck & Co.
Of course perfume, a beautiful candle, wine or Champagne are wonderful options as well. You could even put together a little gift basket. If you wanted to make a Parisian treat you could bake some Madelines and add a canister of tea, add a cup plop it into a basket, wrap it in cellophane and voila a Francophile gift basket.
You could also order a subscription box from My French Country Home, Sharon’s boxes are beautiful, they are a little expensive but they are worth it. Sharon also has a magazine that your friends and family will love, you can subscribe here.
Mimi Bleu of Belle Inspiration also offers tour, a magazine and a subscription box.
There are more gift suggestions in the collage below. Simply click the photo and you will be magically transported to the shop. If you click any link in this post I will earn a small commission.
I hope you found some inspiration for your Francophile gift shopping. Have a wonderful weekend friends.