Looking for the perfect gift for someone who really loves Paris, and all things French? Perhaps someone who’s hooked on Emily in Paris and looking to keep that buzz going? For the Francophiles on your luxury gift list, we’ve got more than a dozen ideas to help get you started. We’ve curated our ultimate luxury holiday gift guide for Francophiles, with the best gifts and brands from France, for those who love Paris and all things French. If they cannot travel to France this year, you can help bring the joie de vivre home to them.
the best luxury gifts from France and French brands
Our ultimate luxury gift guide to the best from France focuses on bringing the essence of Paris (or Lyon, or St. Tropez) to your cultured Francophile friends and family members. So for those times when they’re longing for it, they’ll always have (a bit) of Paris.
Savor these foods, wines and luxuries tailored for Francophiles everywhere.
1. a bottle of the best Bordeaux
Transport your taste buds to silky smooth Bordeaux paradise one slow sip at a time (trust us, you’ll want to savor this bottle). This Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 2016 vintage ($899.97) is said to have notes of blackcurrant, raspberries and melted chocolate for a full-bodied sip.
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Nothing is more French than a crisp glass of Champagne, so consider the gift of a bottle of Taittinger Brut La Francaise ($28), a blend of nearly 30 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.
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3. truffled brie
To accompany these lovely wines, say ‘Oui,’ to this brie. This decadent Truffle Brie de Meaux imported from France can be found at Murray’s Cheese Shop. The buttery wheel is stuffed with a thick layer of creamy black truffle mascarpone for an explosion of flavor. Take in the hints of olive oil and mushroom. It pairs perfectly with a glass of Champagne!
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4. a crusty loaf of French bread
Finally, bread is essential to joie de vivre, if you ask us. The French bakery Poilâne® is famous for its signature loaf, made of only 4 ingredients: sourdough, stone-ground wheat flour, water, and sea salt from Guérande. The round loaf has a thick, golden crust, and each one carries the signature “P.”
5. Château Lafite: The Almanac
Winemakers Éric and Saskia de Rothschild give readers a taste of their family’s rich wine history at Château Lafite dating back to 1868 in “Château Lafite: The Almanac”. The wine estate Lafite, a prominent wine-producing chateaux of Bordeaux in France, has been owned by members of the Rothschild family since the 19th century. And it has continued to be one of the leading producers of the world’s most expensive red wines ever since.
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You’ll want to spend some time devouring this chronology, perhaps, with a glass of Bordeaux in hand. “The Almanac” features 150 vintages with informative tasting notes and explains to vinophiles the grape blends behind each vintage and the ideal climate for growing them.
6. Bien Cuit: The Art of Bread
Bien Cuit Bakery in Brooklyn takes its name from the French phrase for “well done.” It’s a reference to the crusts that have become baker Zachary Golper’s trademark. Golper, who staged in the Loire Valley, is known for rustic loaves, such as the signature miche (which is fermented up to 68 hours). Bien Cuit: The Art of Bread, first published in 2015, chronicles the journey Golper took toward a new approach to baking bread.
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7. Let them Eat Pancakes
On a lighter note, get a taste of an American’s journey opening up one of the first-ever diners in Paris, Breakfast in America. New York Times best-selling author Craig Carlson, who chronicled his journey cooking up a business overseas in Pancakes in Paris, gives readers and eaters a second helping with his new book Let them Eat Pancakes ($18.99).
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8. Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training . . .
Earlier this year, noted food writer Bill Buford published Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking. It’s his self-effacing journal of a 5-year odyssey in which he commits to learning how to be a French chef. With his wife and three-year-old twin sons in tow, he travels to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France, studying at L’Institut Bocuse. What could possibly go wrong?
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9. Chocolate chaud from Angelina
There’s nothing like hot chocolate at the famous bakery Angelina, known for its pastries and chocolates. But if you can’t make it to the storied confectionaire that’s been around since 1903, order up a taste of it. Indulge in the rich Les Emblematiques ($23.32) gift box with hot chocolate, chestnut cream — a signature ingredient in Angelina’s pastry the Mount Blanc — and crispy crepes, a biscuit covered with dark chocolate.
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10. Champagne truffles from Jacques Torres
Those with Champagne tastes may consider popping open an assortment of Champagne truffles from French pastry chef Jacques Torres (24 pieces for $55). The cork-shaped candies come in a decadent combination of creamy Belgian milk chocolate, fresh cream and Taittinger Brut La Francaise Champagne. (Yes, these truffles contain actual Champagne).
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11. Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Or you could just go with the classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Yes, it is written by beloved American Julia Child but she mastered the art of French cooking after all. Learn how to make boeuf bourguignon to crème brûlée and everything in between. And have “Julie & Julia” on in the background!
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12. Diptyque Paris candles
Make seasons bright in your home — and smelling chic with an assortment of mini Diptyque Paris candles and beauty products. The French fragrance house known for its candles and perfumes has its annual candle advent calendar dressed like a gift you won’t want to give away. The Diptyque Advent Calendar is always a hit and while you’re at it, grab one of these Diptyque 3 Small Candle Gift Set or 2 Classic Candle Gift Sets.
13. Dior in Bloom
Or the absolutely gorgeous Dior in Bloom (you’ll never need to buy flowers again if this is on your table.)
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14. Le Petit Prince
Or you could go with a classic from childhood, Le Petit Prince with those incredible illustrations by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Double points if you get the French version.
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15. Carine Roitfeld fragrance
There’s something irresistible about French beauty products. It must be the effortless cool and bien dans sa peau (well in one’s skin) that they convey.
Opt for sexier scents with iconic editor Carine Roitfeld’s collection of perfumes. “Smell is very, very important in your mind and in your memory,” Roitfeld said in an interview. “And the strongest addiction, I think, is perfume.” And she has made some especially addictive ones, inspired by her favorite cities all over the globe. We’ll stick with the French-centric ones for the purpose of this guide. Aurelien is a scent inspired by the orange trees in Paris, punctuated with citrus, davana oil, and myrrh.
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16. Saint Laurent red lipstick
Complete your French beauty routine with a signature red lip, in YSL’s satin lipstick in Le Rogue. ($38).
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17. an Hermes scarf
The French and their scarves are an irresistible match and a perfect gift. Like this Figure Artistique Scarf from Hermès and let them decide how to tie it.
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ultimate luxury gift guide: the best from France
C’est tout! Our luxury holiday gift guide of the best from France and French luxury brands for all the Francophiles out there. There are so many reasons to love Paris. Whether the Francophile in your circle has only been there once or has a pied-à-terre in the 6th Arrondissement, these gifts will let them fall in love with it all over again.