Made-in-France Christmas Gifts
If you’re looking to give your loved ones a unique gift this Christmas, or even a memorable treat for yourself, why not jump on the current trend that’s sweeping through the country – le made in France. Local artisans are gaining notoriety for high-quality products that make excellent gifts. Plus, there’s always an extra pleasure in knowing exactly where an item comes from. Here are some of our favorite French producers, with a variety of different specialties, to give you ideas for all the family!
Gifts for Young Adults
Wondering what to get the nephew or daughter-in-law who’s always ahead of the trends? Don’t try and second-guess what the next ‘in’ brand is going to be – go for a handmade artisanal sweater or scarf that’s been made in France. Two of our favorites include Bleu de Paname (which has distributors in the US) and Orijns (which has an online store).
Gifts for the Home
If you’re looking for a special gift for a friend, a thoughtful item for the home is usually a safe bet. Lussan, in the south of France, is famous for its pottery, and the local ceramic specialists Céramique de Lussan make some really cute pieces. We love the little mice that come in at only 18 euro, or the wide selection of ceramic chickens.
Gifts for Her
You have a special lady in your life, and you’re searching for a unique and thoughtful present? La Botte Gardiane produce made-to-measure shoes, bags and belts. They’re long-lasting and exceptional quality. Another French manufacturer that has an e-boutique is Plus de Pulls, an ethical company who specialize in beautiful knitwear created with recycled wool. Not only is the end product wonderfully soft for these cold winter months, but you’ll know you’ve contributed to a good cause.
Gifts for Him
Shopping for men is – despite what they say – not an easy task! If the gentleman in question really deserves a treat, have a look at Caulaincourt, who produce luxurious accessories and shoes. Over 100 French artisans hand-work the leather for unbeatable quality.
Gifts for Kids
Nowadays, stores are full of poorly-made products that kids get bored of before the holidays are even over. Kolinoste produce one-of-a-kind, 100% hand-made “doudous”(cuddly toys/comforters) that are sure to become your child’s bff for life (we’ve still got ours…!) Our second recommendation for kids’ presents is Les Jouets Libres, who focus on creating toys that a) are original and quirky, b) can travel anywhere, c) your child will connect with and d) that can be adapted/grow with your child. Their website will make even the most serious adult want to join in the game!
Coming to Paris?
If you’re planning on paying Paris a visit before Christmas, we recommend you check out the numerous ‘concept’ stores that have popped up all over Paris, notably the one at BHV. They’re the ideal place to pick up a unique gift to take back home with you. Also, don’t forget that we’ve got Skip the Line Eiffel Tower Tours – more details this way!