Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas with a French Twist in LA!

Here are our “Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas”  

for 2012!

The Holidays are around the corner and to celebrate and  to get in the spirit we’ve compiled a list of some last minute nifty Holiday Gifts with… a French Twist, of course!

#1 Candles!!! Des bougies!!!

Nothing makes the atmosphere a little more festive than luxurious candles!  We found  the biggest lavish collection of candles at Candle Delirium ! Our  pick: Cire Trudon ‘s  Spiritus Sancti Incense candle. Cire Trudon Candles are known as the “Rolls Royce” of candles. The oldest French manufacturer produces the world’s most prestigious candles of the highest quality.  Cire Trudon Spiritus Sancti (Incense) Candle flickers of crimson, gold and olibanum, a holy perfume of altar candles. Luxurious wake of censers filled with burning amber and under the nave the choir jubilates, heavenly scents caress their souls with aldehyde, incense vapors, lily of the valley and incense. Enjoy the whole season ( up to 80 hours!)

#2 Natural Lavender scents! Des senteurs naturelles de lavande!

Our other heavenly scented pick is “L’Occitane en Provence” with its rich Lavender for head to toe. L’Occitane uses lavender that is exclusively sourced from farmers’ cooperatives on the Plateau de Sault in Haute-Provence. Their Lavender products include luxurious body care and home fragrances emanating scents that capture the soul of Provence to calm and soothe the body and mind.  ( by the way did you know that the expertise of Lavender producers from Haute-Provence is now protected on a European level by the Protected Designation of Origin (P.D.O) label, which guarantees the exceptional quality and the traceability of the essential oil. To learn all there is know about lavender, the “blue gold” of Provence, visit Occitane’s online magazine,

#3  Real French Chocolates!  Du chocolat français!

L’ Artisan du Chocolat  in Los Angeles making its chocolate the  traditional French way using no preservatives and  less sugar. Aside from their classic chocolates they also offer an upscale and “avant-garde” collection with unique choice of flavors like Greek Kalamata Olive, Bacon, Korean Garlic, Japanese Red Bean etc.. hum, interesting! Whajung, is the Maitre Chocolatier and she has been trained in Paris at the renown “Ecole Superieure  de Cuisine Jean Ferrandi ” and has been working with some of the most qualified “Confiseur” and chocolate makers in Paris  such as Alain Furet. Christian, her husband and co-owner, who has a different background,  as International Banker, Financial Planner, Professor of Economics and Politics and Elected Mayor brings another set of knowledge to the company. Sounds like a yummy French Chocolate twist!

#4 Books!  Des bouquins!

Cuddlle up next to the fireplace this holiday with books by inspired French authors in LA!  ( Listed here are the French versions of the book …click on the websites to find the US or other languages) I’ll be catching up on my reading and getting back to you with upcoming exciting author interviews in the New Year!

Mon Big Bang interieur

1 Big Bang par jour

Mon Big Bang Interieur  and 1 Big Bang par jour!  by renown French psychotherapist Chantal Rialland . A book about the inner Big Bang and the huge power we all have inside to be able to change our life one day at a time ! Discover more titles on the website!

Entrez dans la zone!  – “Enter the Zone! ” by Damien Lafont Certified Mental Trainer reveals that we all have within the potential to enter our own zone of excellence which we thought was only reserved for the champions!
J'Arrete de Raler! BestSeller
                J'Arrete de Raler Carnet d'exercices
J’Arrête de Râler!  the bestseller by Business Coach,Speaker & Author Christine Lewicki  which is revolutionizing France! 21 Days to go from complaining to celebrating! Also comes with a fun workbook.

#5 The Movie of the Year ! Le Film de l’année!

The Movie of the year to own and see over and over again is available on DVD! Makes a great gift! ( hint, hint…) Les Intouchables!!!

#6 A Get-Away weekend! Un week-end hors L.A!

Get away for a week-end at Calmada Resort ! More intimate than a hotel and more sophisticated than a typical vacation rental, Calmada is a Boutique Hotel in a private, versatile property in the heart of high desert, near Joshua Tree National Park and Pioneertown (Yucca Valley area)  that lets you fashion your stay in the desert to be whatever you want it to be!

#7  A Magical Show!  Spectacle magique!!!

Tickets to IRIS Cirque du Soleil are  always magical!  Cirque du Soleil invites you to IRIS, a Journey Through the World of Cinema. This large-scale production – created exclusively for its permanent home at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles – offers a new take on the art of cinema as only Cirque du Soleil could imagine it. IRIS is an inventive spectacle that combines acrobatics, dance, projections and live music. It takes the audience on a mesmerizing journey that blurs boundaries between live performance and moving images.

#8 Chic Photo Art ! De l’art chic!

Here’s an original artsy idea! A numbered and signed photograph by the artist for your chic interiors by French photographer Emmanuelle Choussy  – Order your art here! or better yet… book yourself a very personal photo shoot with this talented photographer!

#9 – For the Little Chef!  Pour votre Petit Chef!

A little something naughty, for those on your nice list. An exclusive Bouchon Bistro item: Vic Firth maple rolling pin and Bouchon Bakery tart shell ingredients. Part of Bouchon’s exclusive limited-edition Chocolate Tart & Port Experience  or go all our with  a unique experience at the Bistro!  “These are foods that represent the most important kind of cooking there is because they’re rooted in tradition.  So when I thought of opening a restaurant that’s more casual than  the French  bistro food is my favorite – steak frites, a two-inch high quiche with bacon and onions, a salad with an egg on top finished with a perfect vinaigrette, a croque madame, some oysters and a glass of champagne.” says Thomas Keller

#10 – Let them eat Macarons! Des macarons parisiens!

Discover ‘lette’s Macarons in Beverly Hills, Parisian macarons created by French master pastry chef  Christophe Michalak, and winner of the 2005 Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie. Unique hand-made macarons (almond cookies)  infused with natural flavors and essences and filled with ganache  in attractive gift boxes.
lette-macarons-Beverly Hills

Happy Holiday with a French Twist in L.A!


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