Frenchie Finds April 2022
Finding the perfect Mother's Day or Easter gift for the Francophile in your life is easy! There are always plenty of French-or-Parisian-styled things to choose from, the hard part is narrowing down! I've gathered some of the best trés chic gifts that will show your family or friends how much you appreciate their love of all things French. So read on, and happy shopping!
Hi, Love Paris Zipper Pack
I recently wrote an article about the bags that I always take with me to Paris. One of the “bonus” items I mentioned was pouches. I love pouches, particularly for tote bags, which I highly recommend for Paris. Why not a Paris-themed pouch for your tote bag while you are out and about in Paris? Well, that's what you get with the “Love me to Paris” zippered pouch from Hi, Love Travel. So cute! And if you can't get to Paris, it is still perfect for all your Francophile friends to use day-to-day too.
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Paris City Necklace
Why not wear a little reminder of Paris with you every day? I love this Paris City necklace from Caitlyn Minimalist. It's an original way to carry a piece of Paris with you, plus you support a small business at the same time. Grab it for the jewelry-loving Francophile in your life!
Chico's Gingham Bag
I am not sure if you saw the Marie Claire article on 2022 Spring fashion trends, but you are officially allowed to join me in going ‘gaga for gingham' (or Vichy print as it is also known)! So when I saw this tote bag from Chico's I knew I must have it! I am sure that there are other Francophile mothers out there who have plenty of things to throw inside one of these beauties and take it around town. Me? I want it for my next trip!
C'est La Tee – Alexa, Take Me To Paris Tote Bag
Again, I have a thing for tote bags and they are absolutely essential in Paris. BUT I don't love in Paris and can't be in Paris all the time, and love this Alexa, Take Me To Paris Tote from C'est La Tee, because some days I wish I could just transport myself there! Get it for the Frenchie in your life, she'll appreciate the humor!
Pour La Maison (For the Home)
RareLumiere Tahiti Candle
[Gifted] France is more than just France. And if you can't get to the “mainland” you can always experience French Polynesia by visiting Tahiti. Wait, can't travel, or don't have an arm and a leg to spend on that trip? I get it. But you can still experience those Tahitian vibes with a Tahiti candle from RareLumiere. These candles are for “explorers and romantics!”
This female-founded company has a fascinating origin story (truly read their story!) in transportation! I choose the Tahiti candle and it is wonderful. This is a great gift for Moms!
My French Country Home Box
Give a treat that keeps on giving throughout the year with a luxury subscription box from My French Country Home. Or you can shop their boutique with authentic French gifts and find the perfect item for the Frenchie in your life. The subscription box is for a beautiful package that comes quarterly filled with new products all the time.
OuiPlease Subscription Box
I have been a LONG time fan of OuiPlease subscription boxes. An endless supply of French goodies! You can also just buy single products (which I do) like this Cafés Richard tote bag – you know how I feel about tote bags and this is one of my favorite coffee brands in Paris! A great shop to hunt down a gift from your favorite Francophile.
Nathalie Lete Charmante Dinner Plate
You know how I watch those Anthropologie sales! They have some darling French-inspired Nathalie Lete Charmante dinner plates that I want for entertaining! The lilac Eiffel Tower one is perfect for macarons served for Easter! Bring it as a hostess gift for a family gathering for Mother's Day, Easter or a girlfriend get-together.
OKay so a sponge may not be the sexiest thing to give to a Mom for Mother's Day, but hear me out! If you have to wipe something with a sponge, why not make it fun? And on top of that, these reusable cloths (made in Sweden) are created with sustainable, eco-friendly fibers! The Francophile in me loves these 2: Tour De Paris and Provencal Lemons.
La Beauté (Beauty)
Micellar Foaming Cleanser from ATTITUDE
[Gifted] Want to know a French women's skin secret? Micellar water! This is a popular beauty staple in France. They've been used for centuries to gently wash away dirt and harsh chemicals. French women started using it because plumbing wasn't readily available and the water was quite hard. It is a great way to remove make-up and cleanse your skin every day.
But not all micellar cleaners are equal! Every product that ATTITUDE creates is made with natural, hypoallergenic ingredients. They follow the highest quality and eco-conscious standards and are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. They promote sustainability. Its mission is: clean products, less plastic, and more trees.
I have been using these for several weeks now and love how they make my face feel! I really love the whole line, the deodorants as also pretty amazing. Create a self-care package with any number of ATTITUDE products for the Francophile in your life.
Pour les Enfants (For the Kids)
Foxy Bella Ballerina from Red & Olive
[Gifted] Ever since I received this Foxy Bella Ballerina from Red & Olive I have been carrying it from room to room smiling, it is just so adorable! I fully intend to give it to a Francophile friend with a baby girl, but until then I will just pretend that this little lady in her French tu-tu is visiting! She can visit your home or the home of a child you love too for Easter, or any other time of the year!
eat2explore Explore France box
Oh la la! Get the kiddos exploring French cuisine early and often! Food is such a fantastic gateway into global cultures. That is exactly what the folks at eat2explore have done by creating boxes for you and your family or friends to cook a meal together and explore that particular country's cuisine. In this case France, but there are countries all around the world!
Petit Menhir Wooden Educational Game
I had a wonderful time exploring the menhirs in Brittany on my trip to France last fall and your little one will enjoy creating their own colorful versions as well with this wooden educational game from Petit Menhir. They are designed to “stimulate creativity” and I love the idea of an activity that doesn't require a device!
Livres (Books) + Papeterie (Stationary)
I completed my first puzzle as an adult with my mom this past November/December when she was visiting for the holidays. Both my mom and sister are expert puzzlers and I had such a blast with this Paris puzzle we did together! I think I got over-confident and went from novice to varsity in one jump.
I bought this absolutely stunning Jiggy puzzle called Brushstroke created by an American living in Strasbourg France, but I have been looking at the frame for 2 months now without any progress. This may be a do-it-with-your mother, sister or another Francophile friend type of puzzle, perfect for Mother's Day or an Easter gathering – teamwork is the dreamwork!
They also have this cool collaboration with Anthropologie I have shared before called Picnic a la Plage.
C'est La Tee Puzzles
To soother my soul and get my confidence back, I ordered two puzzles from C'est La Tee! In reality, there are a ton of Paris puzzles, so I am snatching up as I see the, and you should too if you have a Francophile in your life who loves puzzles! Paris in a Day and Paris Painting are lovely and the perfect level of difficulty for me.
You can't get this one on Amazon, so plan ahead to have enough time to get this into your favorite Francophile hands before the holiday you need! French Flair by Nancy Flaherty needs to be on their bookcase! If you want to know how to dress with that French Flair, buy this new book today! (In the meantime, you can also check out my article: The Francophile’s Style Guide: How to Dress Like French Women!)
Here are NEW releases that your Francophile friends and/or family member may not have yet:
- Attention Cara Black fans! Aimee Ludec is back! This time in Murder at the Porte de Versailles.
- The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures: A True Tale of Obsession, Murder, and the Movies by Paul Fischer recounts the invention of movies and the rivalry between Louis Le Prince and Thomas Edison.
- Sweet Paris: Seasonal Recipes from an American Baker in France by Frank Adrian Barron (otherwise known as @cakeboyparis on Instagram!) is a new cookbook with 59 seasonal dessert recipes with American and French influences.
- French All Around Us from Kathleen Stein-Smith and Fabrice Jaumont. Read more about this new book on French expats in the US and Canada in this France-Amerique article and pick up this very interesting book!
Et voilà! That's this month's list of gifts for Francophiles!
How about you? Have you seen a gift that you think would make a Francophile's day? Do share!
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These are all so pretty. I really love the necklace with the city on it.
I love so many of these. I might have to pick up the necklace. We’ll be in France in July.
I love ecologie sponges! Those plates are super cute!
I love those dish cloths. The designs on them are so cute.
I really like the city line necklace makes a great statement piece.
All of these things look great, especially that necklace and those plates! 🤩
I’ve never had the opportunity to go to Paris yet. Hopefully one day I can travel more. I absolutely love the Paris necklace.
These finds are absolutely stunning, Paris has always been at the top of my bucket list.
My favorite is the Paris City Necklace. It’s so chic!
These finds are so awesome, I would love to receive any of them.
Wow! These are all really amazing and awesome finds! I love all of these!