It’s September and that means “la rentrée,” back to school, back to work, back to shopping. Somehow it is a bit more exciting when you are French as there is energy around all this, like a celebration. Maybe it’s the adult version of not seeing your friends all summer and now the gang is back together!
Want to gift a Francophile with a little something for them to celebrate as well? I've got you covered! If you have a France lover or Frenchie wannabe in your life with a birthday, or another special occasion event, these gift ideas 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!
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Now onto this month’s French Finds! Always stuff you need, things I love!
Pour la Maison
Love these French-themed matches from Hudson | Grace. One that says “Merci” and one “Say it in French (“If you can't say something nice, say it in French)” which I find to be humorous. Either way, they make great gifts for Francophiles to have on their table or near their candles.
French-themed Kitchen Towels from Sur La Table
At the moment we have Vicjhy (Gingham) print kitchen towels, but I have got my eye on this France map and this macaron kitchen towels from Sur La Table. After all, if I have to do the dishes, I want that time to be fun!
Eiffel Tower Napkings (and more) from Boutique L'Abeille Française
And for those dinner parties or fancy dates at home, I am digging these Eiffel Tower napkins from Boutique L'Abeille Française (which happen to use one of my Misadventures with Andi colors…). Frances also has a coffee mug with this design (an apron too) along with 2 other French-themed coffee mugs (gold Eiffel Tower and white Bonjour) that will perk up any Francophiles morning.
Nathalie Lete Charmante Eiffel Tower Dinner Plate from Anthropologie
That napkin needs a plate! You know I am always checking out the sales on Anthropologie's site! I found this charming Eiffel Tower plate in such lovely colors that I want to have a tea party!
High Ball Glasses from Wold & Badger
These are an awesomely strange combination of animals and French expressions, so quirky I cannot resist sharing them! There is:
Vichy (Gingham) Print Shower Curtain
Moving to the powder room, I could kick myself for just buying a shower curtain for our guest bathroom as I am a sucker for Vichy print and love this one from Crane & Canopy in blue no less!
Vetements (Clothing) + Mode (Fashion)
I love graphic t-shirts and have quite a collection of them. They were a necessity while living in Phoenix, now that I am in the Raleigh area and working from home like the rest of the world, they are just fun and a conversation starter on all those Zoom calls! My favorite French expression that I say ALL the time is N'Importe Quoi, which basically translates to an exasperated “whatever!” These are my recent favorites from various Etsy stores where I pick these up from:
- N'Importe Quoi (means “Whatever!”)
- Ooh la la!
- On Y Va (means “Let's go!”)
- Je M'en Fous (means “I don't care!”
Livres (Books) + Papeterie (Stationary)
All the Things in A Thing Created!
OMG I discovered a very dangerous Etsy shop and I am j'adoring all the things in A Thing Created! I seriously need to walk away before I buy everything! The designer, Erisha, has many whimsical products mainly stationary that sing to my inner Francophile, here are a few of my favorites!
- Personalized stationery cards in a Cozy Cafe theme will make any card receiver feel like they are instantly in Paris!
- Personalized Stationery set in Travel Daydreams theme that includes the Eiffel Tower.
- I know this isn't “French” but Audrey's style screams French to me! Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany's personalized notecards.
- Also these personalized stationery Girl with Peonies Toting notecards remind me of Paris farmer's markets.
- Love these Paper and Patisserie, Paris My Sweet, and French Baked Goods art prints.
- That Paris My Sweet is also available in address labels, which I am ordering!
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:
- Paris Is a Party, Paris Is a Ghost by David Hoon Kim: this one has VERY mix reviews, it is a dark comic novel taking place on the streets of Paris.
- French Food for Everyone: le goûter from my old blogging pal Mardi Michels from Eat. Live. Travel. Write. this is her second book (1st one is In the French Kitchen with Kids) and covers the classic French snack that kids eat after coming home from school!
- Maman: The Cookbook from Elisa Marshall and Benjamin Sormonte, the owners of French cafés in New York City, Montreal, and Toronto, they share over 100 recipes from their café menu.
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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