If you are looking for ideas for Bastille Day gifts for Francophiles, I've got you covered. Even if you aren't looking for something for la fête nationale, but have a France lover or Frenchie wannabe in your life with a birthday, or another special occasion event, these will work for you as well! You really don't need a holiday to buy your favorite Francophile something, we love receiving gifts all year round bien sûr!
Now onto this month's French Finds! Always stuff you need, things I love!
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Pour la Maison
Red + Navy Table Settings
Perfect for your Bastille Day celebration (or for the 4th of July next year) this red and blue gingham or red and navy stripe table setting from Sophistiplate is something you want in your cabinet so that you can pull them out to entertain throughout the year! They are paper, so after your meal, simply pick them up and throw them away, et voilà, clean up is fini!
Caravan Gingham Linen Napkins
If you are looking to add a little French to your table you cannot go wrong with these Caravan Gingham Linen Napkins from Pottery Barn. I wouldn't use them for a fancy dinner, but they are perfect for casual fare or an apéro with a charcuterie board. If you want a simpler design, they do have these Gingham Cotton Napkins in 3 colors as well.
Gingham Lacquer Tray
Now I am not saying to gingham your whole life, but you can certainly pick and choose what works best for your home or that of your giftee! Mix and match with solid red, navy, or white, the gingham will be a lovely accent! I like this gingham lacquer tray from Mark & Graham in either square or round. I would use it to serve drinks during my apéro, but I also like this gingham (or Vichy) print pitcher!
Paris Mugs from Sur La Table
Looking for a cute mug for your favorite hot beverage or a gift for a friend who loves her café? Grab one of these mugs from Sur La Table while they last! There is Montmartre; Canal St Martin, Notre Dame, and Arc de Triomphe which is mislabeled – it looks like just a Paris café street scene, but still cute.
Gingham Check Organic Cotton Sheet Set
Now we leave the kitchen and head to the bedroom. Oh la la! While personally, I would not have an entire bed of gingham, I would mix gingham in with solid blue or white sheets (which I have). Love these sheers from the Pottery Barn and by buying the full set of gingham organic cotton sheets I would have the option to mix either sheets or pillowcases with a solid color at will.
Gingham Waterproof Picnic Blanket
Take it outside, I love a picnic! Wouldn't dare have one without the classic picnic blanket! I prefer the blue, but Mark + Graham have both red and blue versions of their gingham waterproof (very handy!) picnic blanket.
Pour Les Chiens
Vichy Print (Gingham) Dog Bowl
You wouldn't want to leave out your toutou! Your beloved pouch could have his or her own Vichy print (gingham) dog bowl to eat or drink in style. There is also a bandana, a blanket, a pillow, and a pet mat, all in gingham! Remember, mixing and matching with a solid is going to look the best!
Vetements (Clothing) + Mode (Fashion)
I just bought this Merci T-shirt from Suburban Riot and cannot wait to wear it. Coming to Instagram soon! It is soft and fun as most of my graphic tees tend to be!
Au secours ! I cannot choose on this one! 99% of my shoes are Jambu, but I think these espadrilles are darling and want to get a pair. My only problem is I can't decide which! These are my favorites:
- Limoncello Smoking Slipper
- La Vie En Rose Smoking Slipper
- Bonjour Espadrille
- Oui Non Espadrille
- Tres Bien Smoking Slipper
Totes from Margot Elena
Having a sold tote bag to carry your purchases – whether it is food or otherwise is a must-have in Paris and one of my tips for shopping in Paris. I love this small French Lessons tote (which I bought for myself) and French Kiss Market Tote from Margot Elena.
Coucou Medina Motto Basket
Livres (Books) + Papeterie (Stationary)
Books make the perfect gift for francophiles, I love books set in Paris or about Paris or French life and foods. Here are NEW releases (and an old classic!) that your Francophile friends and/or family member may not have yet:
- My Place at the Table: A Recipe for a Delicious Life in Paris takes us through the life of Alexander Lobrano by virtue of food stories and encounters with legendary chefs with Paris as a backdrop.
- The Traveling Artist from Missy Dunaway. This adorable artist was completely unknown to me until last week when a co-worker shared her as one of her favorites. This is a visual journal with lots of Paris incorporated into its pages, and it's lovely.
- The Gospel According to Coco Chanel this is an oldie but goodie which came across my radar recently. It is one worth reading over and over again!
Weekly Paris Planner
Mathilde, the founder of French Address, reached out to me recently to share her work and her store. There are way too many things that I want to buy (bonjour the bonjour towels…) but as I do appreciate physical planners, I've got my eye on the Weekly Paris planner which makes the perfect francophile gift!
French Wine Puzzle
Looking to learn about French wine (might I suggest getting to know Beaujolais?) while improving your mental skills? Puzzles are good for the brain! You'll get to know the French wine regions while completing this one.
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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