Great Gift Ideas For Francophiles

Gift ideas for francophiles

Despite the fact that it shows up at the same time every year, the holiday season seems to have snuck up on me this time round.

Perhaps it’s due to the fact that we’ve been travelling but I was quite shocked yesterday when someone wished me a Merry Christmas.

I got a second jolt when I worked out that I have around two weeks to sort out my Christmas shopping. I’m not kidding when I tell you I’ve barely started!

I’m sure you’re all way more organised than I am. But just in case you are still scratching your head about what to buy for the francophile in your life, I’ve taken a moment to update my favourite gift ideas for francophiles.

Great Gift Ideas For Francophiles

For The Ladies

  • A scarf in a block colour that suits your lucky gift recipient. Make sure the scarf has a bit of length about it…I go into the reasons this is important here.
  • A Longchamp Le Pliage bag. The stylish shape and the fact that they fold up make these well known bags very popular, whether you are wandering the streets of Paris or not.

For The Gents

  • French cologne. All the big French names make some lovely fragrances
  • Tickets to a French movie, show or exhibition.

For The Homemakers

  • A pair of French linen pillow slips. Delicious!
  • Scented candles. Diptyque still set the standard in my mind but I also love the range from Durance. And the glass holders make great decorator items long after the wax is gone.

For The Readers And The Writers

  • A book about France. From gorgeous coffee-table tomes to light hearted memoirs, there is something for every francophile in this category. You can check out some of my French inspired reading recommendations here.
  • French stationary. The are some gorgeous French made or themed notebooks available at the moment.

For The Foodies

  • A voucher for a local French restaurant. Because a meal out is always fun.
  • Le Creuset cookware. Select the cast-iron if you’re feeling generous. Alternatively you could pick up a coffee mug or an egg cup as a stocking filler or Kris Kringle gift.
  • Opinel kitchen knives. Beautifully made, these French knives make short work of slicing and dicing.
  • Laguiole cutlery and knives. This idea seems to work really well for men. An excellent cook we know received a stunning Laguiole carving set from his wife. A cheese lover received a gorgeous cheese knife. And the Laguiole bottle opener/utility knife combos always seem to be appreciated.
  • French linen tea towels. A must in any kitchen.
  • French herbs and spices, if you can track them down.
  • A bottle of champagne. Christmas is the perfect time for bubbly. Champagne accessories – glasses, buckets, stoppers and the like are also well received.

For The Language Learners

  • A one-on-one session (or sessions) with a tutor. It’s amazing how quickly French language skills can progress with a little individual attention.
  • French flash cards. Handy for every age and stage.

For The Travellers

  • Maps, guide books, travel journals and the like. Things change and there is always something new for even the most seasoned traveller to learn or to record.
  • Return flights to Paris (hee hee, I wish).

Do you have any go-to gift ideas for francophiles? If so, please help us all out by sharing them in the comments below.

And until next time – au revoir.


Please note – This is an unsolicited post and no compensation of any kind has been received from the brands named in this post.

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About Janelle

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2 thoughts on “Great Gift Ideas For Francophiles

  • Alisa

    And for something COMPLETELY different, the French Foreign Legion has an online shop:

    Pliage bags – YES! so practical and fun. There is also a matching folding umbrella, but I personally think it is overpriced for what it is. A nice set for a gift, though.
    I have given quite a few Opinel bread knives as gifts – it truly is the best knife out there, with a gentle curve that makes slicing even easier. (And their pruning knife is a great gift for a gardener.)
    A lovely accompaniment to a bread knife is a loaf of Poilane bread, available online with overnight shipping – decadent, but such a wonderful gift for someone who misses Paris!
    Carte Noir coarse-ground coffee and a French press coffeemaker to duplicate the expresso you miss when away from France…
    Treats! Chocolate truffles! Chestnut purée! French jams and jellies, especially the ones made from flowers such as rose, violette, coqueliquot; Breton sablé cookies…charcuterie, cheeses, foie gras, duck confit, rillettes – all of these are available online.
    French lavender water for linens (well, anything lavender!)
    French elderflower liqueur St Germain
    Classic DVDs: We’ll Always Have Paris, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, the Red Balloon, so many to choose from!
    CDs old (and new!) music
    French phrase-a-day calendar from Living Language for someone learning French:
    And many of these suggestions pair so well together for a themed gift.
    One excellent mail order source is an online shop called Joie de Vivre
    And on there are so many wonderful vintage things to choose from!

    • Janelle Post author

      What a wonderful list of gift ideas and resources Alisa – thank you. And I’d never have thought to do holiday shopping with the French Foreign Legion. You really do learn something new everyday.