We all have a French loving foodie in our life… (and if you are reading this blog, it is probably you!). And with gifting season upon us, I wanted to share a few gift ideas I’m sure will delight any French lover this Christmas season!
When creating this gift list, it was important for me to curate items that felt real and realistic, to the French. By that, I mean that these items are either popular items in France or items that offer a real depiction of what French lifestyle is today: minimalistic designs, simple textures, a modern cooking approach and a few staples. Far from the lavish castle-lifestyle that some picture the French have. Plus, all these items are affordable and available in the US and/or Canada.
I hope you enjoy these few ideas… Happy Holiday shopping! And if you have more gift ideas, please comment on this post, I would love to hear them.
(1) French Patisserie, the newest culinary book from the prestigious Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts is the ultimate French pastry-making reference. A great gift for any aspiring baker! This is one of those books that you keep going back to. (2) L’Appart is the new book by world-renowned chef and blogger David Lebovitz, in which he shares the delights and disasters of making Paris his new home (with his infamous sarcasm and wit).(3)The New Paris is a guide by Lindsey Tramuta (from the great blog Lost in Cheeseland) that explores all the new food spots in Paris that are changing the French culinary scene. If you are planning a Parisian trip soon, you need to get your hands on this one! (4) Bistronomy is a great collection of recipes from the “Best New Paris Bistros” – which debunks all the clichés you might have of French cuisine.
Coffee & Tea time
(5) With its fine blue strips, this rustic-chic coffee cup would fit right into any French interior. (6) This Bodum Chambord Coffee Press is a staple and its beautiful copper look is so elegant. (7) This porcelain Cow Creamer is a bit like Sophie the giraffe – it’s fun, sturdy and so iconic! Almost every French housewife owns one of these. (8) This minimalistic Lacavaliere Teapot is made with fine Limoges Porcelain and is a limited Edition collaboration between the French tea shop Palais des Thés and Parisian designer Ionna Vautrin. (9) And of course to go with it, you will need this delicious White Tea n.25 from Palais des Thés, exclusively blended for Christmas 2017.
Time to cook, bake and eat!
(10) Have you ever seen a prettier looking rice-cooker that this Staub x Food 52 Staud Stove-top rice-cooker? I haven’t (US only). (11) I love the colour of this Salt & Pepper Mill Set from Peugeot. Plus, Peugeot sets are known to be the sturdiest. (US only, for options for Canadians, check out this link). (12) These mismatched Vintage French plates are so pretty and would add so much character to any table. (13) Opinel is the iconic, century-old wood-handle knife brand from Savoie in France, and this cheese knife set is simply a must-have. (14) These Two-tone marble cheese boards offer a modern spin on the traditional wooden cheese board. (15) This Baking Set by Quebec Food blog Trois Fois Par Jour is beautiful and locally-made in Quebec (and the French have a big love affair with Quebec). (16) This Extra-Large Market Shopping Bag has a real French flair. Most women in France love these over-sized woven bags and will use it as an every-day hand bag (not only a market bag) (US only). (17) This French-style Chef’s Apron is handmade, hand-dyed and sturdy. An essential for any serious French cook or baker (US only).