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Have a special person in your life that is a francophile? I’ve got the best French gifts that they’ll adore!
As someone who is also obsessed with traveling to France any chance I get, I’ve found many delightful products over the years that’ll make any lover of this country very happy.
From regional products and perfumes to culinary delights and novelty gifts, these are hands down the most unique French gifts to give for any occasion!
- Best French Gifts For Francophiles
- Best Food Gifts For French Lovers
- Drink Gifts Ideas for France Lovers
- Best French-Made Gifts For Francophiles
- French Gift Novelty Items
- Other Great French Gifts For Francophiles
Best French Gifts For Francophiles
For lovers of French culture and cuisine, check out the best gift ideas from France below!
Best Food Gifts For French Lovers
To love France is to also love its rich cuisine, right? So here are some fantastic food gifts for Francophiles.
1. French Cheeses
Celebrate the season or birthday with delicious French cheese. Now, depending on where you live, you can purchase imported cheese if you’re not already in France. Many grocery stores and local cheese shops will sell things like Brie, Camembert, or perhaps Bleu D’Auvergne.
So this makes it particularly easy to purchase and bring to a party or celebration as a gift.
But, if you can’t get to the store and want more French cheese options, check out Fromages.com. They ship both within France and worldwide, and offer a wide variety of cheese.
And they also have themed cheese boards!
Who doesn’t love the delights of 2 soft meringue cookies with a deliciously sweet filling? If you really want to impress your friends, you can make your own macarons to gift.
If you don’t want to go through all that trouble, because let’s be honest, macarons can be quite finicky, you can also purchase them online.
With chocolate shops all over Paris, it is always a lovely gift to bring to loved ones around the world. Now, this is far easier to transport on the plane, but you can also purchase delightful French chocolates from places like La Maison du Chocolat or Richart online and have it shipped.
4. Dijon Mustard
I absolutely loved visiting Dijon and sampling mustard at as many shops as I could find. And my favorite by far is Edmond Fallot. Luckily, for you, it is available to purchase online if you can’t take it in your suitcase.
Enjoy regular Dijon mustard or gift them various kinds like tarragon, blackcurrant, and more!
5. Bonne Maman Advent Calendar
Want to give them the gift that keeps on giving during the holiday season? The Bonne Maman Advent Calendar is always a popular French gift idea!
Yes, you could also purchase tasty jams alone as a gift, but who doesn’t love to be surprised each day with a new jam flavor?
6. Pain d’Epices
Nothing rings in the holiday season quite like the smell of pain d’epices. This gingerbread isn’t like the cookie but is actually a bread made with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc.
It is delicious on its own or with some jam. Learn to make it yourself thanks to this simple recipe.
7. French Spices/Seasonings
9. Raclette Grill
I understand this is a little niche. Am I secretly hoping my husband sees this list and gets me this? Perhaps. But if you have a friend who LOVES raclette, this is a perfect gift.
Raclette is a cheese that is melted and scraped over bread, meats, veggies, etc. And while the actual contraption you may see at restaurants near the alps may be a bit cumbersome, you can also get this raclette grill to conveniently grill veggies and meat on top while you melt the cheese in little drawers to pour over it. It is perfect for throwing a raclette party!
10. Crepe Maker
A crepe maker is the perfect gift for aspiring home chefs and sweet tooths alike. If they love a good crepe, why not purchase them a gift that allows them to make them all the time?
11. Madeleine Pan
For the bakers out there, a Madeleine pan is a great idea! These nonstick pans will have them making delicious Madeleines in no time.
12. French Cookbooks
There are so many great cookbooks that’ll inspire the home chef in all of us. Here are some great French ones packed with tasty recipes!
- Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
- Join Us at the Table by Annie Sargent
- My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz
- Let’s Cook French by Claudine and Jacques Pepin
- Let’s Eat France by François-Régis Gaudry
- French Pastry Made Simple by Molly Wilkinson
Drink Gifts Ideas for France Lovers
Aside from the delicious treats mentioned above, let’s talk about French gifts when it comes to beverages.
13. French Wine
It had to be said, right? One of the easiest and most delicious things to give someone who loves both France and French wine is a bottle of vino.
Thankfully, for the most part, it isn’t hard to find French wine. Head to a wine shop near you or bring some back from France (just be sure to pack it in a wine sleeve to keep it safe!).
I’ve brought several bottles of wine home from France both from Burgundy and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. As my husband is a big wine nerd and loves French wine, he always loves seeing what I bring home.
But if you can’t ship it home from France, you can certainly purchase it from sites like Wine.com or even at your local wine shop. Ask the people working at the shop what they recommend based upon your loved one’s preferences.
14. Hot Chocolate
Have them reminisce on their time sipping creamy hot chocolate in France with the gift of their own hot cocoa.
A popular French hot chocolate brand is Poulain, which you can get online here!
There is also the option to purchase hot chocolate mix from Edwart Chocolatier!
For a refreshing summer drink that they’ll love, purchase them some flavored sirops to add to their water.
Mint, lemon, strawberry, and raspberry are all popular flavors to check out!
16. French Press
For the person who really enjoys a cup of coffee at a sidewalk cafe, this is for them. Grab them this lovely French press so they can imagine a leisurely morning at a cozy spot in Paris.
Best French-Made Gifts For Francophiles
Okay, we’ve covered food and drink. Let’s cover some French gifts you’re going to want to give your French-loving friend ASAP.
17. French Pharmacy Products
No, we’re not talking about medications or a first-aid kit. French pharmacy beauty products are top-notch. I seriously can’t get enough of them. And luckily, you can get many of these famous brands online!
I’m obsessed with Nuxe. Their Reve de Miel line is incredible. For soft lips, I love the Lip Balm.
For the best gentle makeup removal facewash, I love the Reve de Miel facial cleansing gel. Aside from that, their Huile Prodigieuse is a cult-classic fave. This nourishing face and body oil is lovely.
French lavender or olive oil soap from Provence is always a lovely gift idea. Thankfully, you can get this soap year-round!
While it is best picked up from a local market in Provence if you can, you can also get it online.
19. Silk Scarf
I love a good scarf. On a chilly day, it is the perfect accessory. You can purchase a nice, silk scarf too to help them complete their perfect outfit.
20. French Perfume
French-made perfume is always the way to go. Thankfully, there is no shortage of perfumes made in France. From YSL and Chanel to Diptyque, there are ample places to purchase French perfume for your favorite person.
21. French Lingerie
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but the sheer number of lingerie stores in any given French city or town is honestly impressive. So, if you are searching for French gifts for that special someone, then either purchasing a piece from a local shop or finding something online is a romantic and sexy idea.
Feeling extra generous? Why not purchase a French-designed handbag? On the less expensive end is Longchamp, and on the higher end, you’ve got designers like Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Celine, etc.
French Gift Novelty Items
Have a friend who loves French-inspired gifts and accessories? Look no further.
23. Paris Nuit Candle
Created by influencer Lindsay Silberman, she knocked her Hotel Lobby Candle brand out of the park with this luxury hotel-inspired scent. While she makes a few other city-themed scents including New York and Miami, Paris is my favorite.
Feel as if you’ve stepped into a fancy Paris evening with this luxury candle.
24. 3-D Puzzle
For a unique Paris gift idea for puzzle nerds, gift them a 3-D puzzle of architectural marvels like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame.
24. Coffee Mugs
There are several cute French-themed coffee mugs you can give your friends. I love the “Je pense donc je suis,” or “I don’t need therapy I just need to go to France,” mugs. There are also coffee mugs of the Paris metro system, sites in Paris, and more!
There are several fun French t-shirts out there saying things like “Je m’en fous,” or “tout va bien.” So gift a friend a fun shirt they can wear around or even on the plane to France!
For a fun “stocking stuffer” get them some socks with various French phrases they can wear!
Other Great French Gifts For Francophiles
Want even more France-themed gifts? Don’t worry, there is more where these come from!
28. French Language Course or Book
Know someone who is a French fan but isn’t quite fluent yet? There are SO many great French language courses and books to choose from to help them continue their French education.
Duolingo is always a great place to start, especially for beginners to learn grammar. You can pay for a subscription so they get unlimited access to this app.
I also like Comme Une Francaise. The creator has a Youtube channel with helpful tips, but she also offers several courses ranging from beginner to advanced. I also love that she offers courses in spoken French so learners can sound like a local.
And for a great book, the Easy French Step-by-Step book is great for learning grammar and getting the language down.
29. France Scratch Off Map
I love our big scratch-off world map in our living room, but if you have a person in your life who loves traveling to France a lot, this is a fantastic gift idea! They can scratch off regions they’ve visited and inspire them to keep on traveling within France!
30. Petanque Set
Forget bocce, petanque is where it’s at! Hook your loved one up with a new set of boules and things so they can play petanque at home!
31. French Books
Of course, for those interested in French literature, there are ample options! You’ve got the classics up to modern French authors, each of which makes for great gift ideas for avid readers! Here are some great books to check out:
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
- Indiana by George Sand
- Candide by Voltaire
- The Lover by Marguerite Duras
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
These are some popular and classic French books. However, I’m also a fan of my friend Roobens Fils’ new book Traveling While Black, which you can read in both English and French.
32. French Wine Map
For wine lovers, get them a fun map of France’s most famous wine regions including Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and more!
33. Give Them a Piece of France…Literally!
A really unique French gift idea is to literally give them a piece of France. HappyLand sells 100 square inches of land in France, and you even get a deed for it!
As a bonus, you get access to the property the land is on for a picnic or to just enjoy the grounds.
34. Trip to France Gift Box
If they can’t go to France right away, gift them their own trip to France in a box complete with treats from the country including pate, cheese, smoked salmon, and blinis.
35. Trip to France
And, of course, if you’re feeling super generous, you can purchase a whole trip to France for your loved one!
Wow and surprise them with a full on expenses paid trip to France that they’ll never forget!
These are 35 of the best French presents that any France fan will thoroughly enjoy! Which would you most like to gift?
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