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Top 10+ French Cliché Gifts


Sometimes it’s better to be totally ridiculous than totally boring. I think it was Marilyn Monroe who said something like that. In this case, I’ve compiled a list of totally ridiculously stereotyped and cliché French items that would make the perfect gift for your Francophile French loving friend.  Some of these items are pretty cool and totally French and would make fun gifts. So here’s my 10+ French Cliché Gifts. Ready? Let’s take a peek.

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“When you’re feeling homesick and nostalgic light us this candle and it will transport you back to that little café terrace. It smells like warm, fresh croissants served en terrasse paired with un café latte. The bustling energy of the streets with faint touches of tobacco and lavender.

French Flag Tshirt

No comments on this one, we all need a couple of those to display our patriotic pride, n’est-ce-pas?

 

 

The Classic French Bérêt 

This is the classic and original Laulhere Heritage Classiques Authentique Traditional French Wool Beret. This is unisex for men and women and It comes in an array of colors even Fuschia! This bérêt is made in  France with 100% French manufacturing in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, it is made in the tradition in soft, dense and waterproof “scarf” quality. It is headless for more flexibility and lined for comfort. Of course, it also comes with the “cabillou“, i. e. the famous little tail so distinctive of the beret, inseparable from this wonderful headgear. This item is guaranteed to bring out your inner Frenchie! 

Timeless, graphic, and relaxed, the striped shirt, or marinière, embodies a French state of mind, a lifestyle à la française. Light and versatile adapts to different looks season after season. Its straight and lightly fitted shape make it suitable for men and women alike. 100% cotton jersey.  Made in Saint-James, Normandy, France.

French Flag

Show your patriotic French colors with this very well made and durable outdoor French Flag! Vive La France!

This Keyboard Wrist Support will help you maintain proper wrist alignment, and help you avoid joint and wrist problems.
Sac à pain, reusable, 100-Percent linen Baguette bread bag with drawstring closure with black lettering that reads: BAGUETTE. The bag is ideal for holding French Baguette loaves. Made for everyday use, they are hand washable and a smart way to keep your bread fresh, and a green alternative to plastic bags.

Pandora Sterling Silver Eiffel Tower Charm

Preserve life’s special moments with an elegant PANDORA charm. This charm is wonderful as a beautiful, sentimental gift for a loved one (wife, daughter, granddaughter, sister, friend, etc.). This lovely piece of jewelry fits perfectly on PANDORA charm bracelets and necklaces.

 

 

Paris Refrigerator Magnets

These Souvenir magnets can be used on any metal surface and are great for both home or office Ideal for a fridge, locker, or metal cabinets; use to post photos, memos, recipes, and more. Includes 5 different unique Paris designs including one bottle opener Perfect as gifts

 

Bestseller! Reusable shopping bag, Tote bag, perfect for Shopping but also Beach, or Laundry Bag with French vintage Design “Paris Monuments”

 

Starbucks Paris Coffee Mug

Authentic Starbuck’s mug from the ” I was here! ” Collection

 

Le Véritable Savon de Marseille 

Le véritable Savon de Marseille – fabrication à l’ancienne – 72% olive oil base, unscented, unmilled – Free of sodium Laureth/lauryl sulfate, phthalates, parabens, tallow, synthetic fragrance or artificial coloring This “ugly soap” is handmade and directly imported from La Savonnerie Le Sérail – the last remaining traditional soapmaker in Marseilles, France

 

Maille Dijon Variety Mustards

Founded in 1747 by Antoine Maille, La Maison Maille’s refined recipes first caught the attention of King Louis XV of France, leading to Maille becoming the official supplier of vinegar and mustard to the French court. Soon, other European aristocrats followed suit, elevating Maille to a place of honor as the standard for quality condiments.

 

 

 

LEGO Eiffel Tower

Presenting the LEGO Architecture interpretation of one of the most iconic landmarks ever constructed – The Eiffel Tower! Designed and built by French entrepreneur, Gustave Eiffel. With this exceptional model, you can now build your very own 321-piece Eiffel Tower in LEGO brick form and display it in your home, office, or wherever you like!

Authentic Moulin Rouge Fan

The beautiful legs of French Cancan dancers! A perfect gift as a souvenir from the Moulin Rouge, designed by Duvelleroy. This hand-fan comes with a white pouch marked in gold. Official Moulin Rouge license. La Perfection Louis- Made in France by Duvelleroy,1827

 

Macarons Storage Boxes 

 

Miel de Lavande

For over 30 years, L’Abeille Occitane has been producing artisan monofloral honey in the heart of Provence, France. The flavor of this exquisite pure lavender honey is attributed to the bees feeding predominantly on wild lavender.

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Made in France Gift Selection


This selection of items is specifically Made in France to promote French savoir-faire and sustain our French Heritage and economy. Most are old traditional French Maisons that represent the best of France’s artisanship and craftmanship and are still operating in France. Others started manufacturing in France and import also all over the world. Made in France gift items come in all sizes and prices, here’s an eclectic selection for all tastes and budget.

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Silk Scarf “La Parisienne”

This French classic Silk Scarf square is 100% Made in France in one of the oldest manufacturers in Lyon. The manufacturer creates silk twill scarves in Lyon since 1890. They produce scarves and “carrés” for the best luxury French brands. Click on the link for the whole collection.

 

 

Valrhona 52 French Gourmet Chocolate Squares 

This gourmet chocolate gift box by Valrhona contains 26 Guanaja Grand cru chocolate squares and 26 Abinao Grand cru chocolate squares. Guanaja is a Bitter Sweet Dark chocolate with 70% cacao. Elegant and powerful, the taste of this gourmet chocolate is like no other. Abina is bittersweet dark chocolate with 85% cacao. This box contains 52 chocolate squares and is perfect as a gift! This French gourmet chocolate is imported from France.

 

Dyptique Eau Rose Solid Perfume

This Diptyque classic has notes of Bergamot, Lychee, Rose, Cedar, Musks Eau Rose is the “Queen” of flowers unveiled. Mysterious in the dew, awakened by lychee. Sumptuous in the day, in the marriage of Centifolia and Damask roses. Sensual at dusk, caressed by cedar and honey.

Diptyque Luxurious Candles

Diptyque is a luxurious house founded in Paris in 1961 by three friends. Candles are pricey but the ingredients and floral oils make them a very long-lasting sensual gift.

 

Made in France Hand Fans by DUVELLEROY, 1827

A perfect gift as a souvenir from the Moulin Rouge, designed by the House of Duvelleroy, Paris, established in 1827. This hand-fan comes with a white pouch marked in gold. Click on the link for the full collection.

Crafted in a cauldron following authentic tradition as its ancestor the original Marseille cube soap, Compagnie de Provence makes liquid soap from vegetable oil of coconut, natural glycerine, free of coloring agents, animal fats or synthetic surfactants in delicious fragrances as well as hand and body creams.

 

 

 

Emile Henry Made In France Baguette Baker

Perfect for baking artisanal bread, this ceramic loaf baker ensures that the bread retains the ideal amount of humidity while baking. Made from Burgundy clay, each baker provides even, gentle heating and features vent holes that allow excess moisture to escape to create a crisp crust with good interior crumb structure. The three cavities help form the dough into three ideal baguettes.

 

 

La Chatelaine Luxury Soap Gift Box

La Chatelaine luxury soaps are a triple-milled tradition and made in Provence, France using time-honored traditions to create a long-lasting bar with an irresistibly luxurious lather. Enriched with organic Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Calendula, and Vitamin E to leave your skin feeling cleansed, soft, and moisturized, they can be used for hands and body. This 6-piece soap selection is scented with fragrances created by distinguished perfumers in Grasse, France.

 


Authentic and heirloom-quality Laguiole en Aubrac Made in France near the village of Laguiole, in the region of Aubrac, France.  Each piece is a unique work of art, handmade by a single craftsman. 

Bonne Maman Confiture

Bonne Maman is the #1  selling line of specialty preserves providing the “Gold Standard” against which all other premium preserves are measured. Exported to over 100 countries and are top-rated in taste tests.

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Monoi Oil or “Fleur de Tahiti” is Summer in a Bottle!


To me, nothing says Summer like the sweet fragrant Monoi oil of Tahiti or “Huile de tiar ” also known simply as “Fleur de Tahiti”.  Monoi de Tahiti is a precious and exotic cosmetic oil manufactured in Polynesia following traditional methods. The oil is created by soaking and macerating 10 Tiare flowers from French Polynesia in one liter of refined coconut oil for a minimum of 10 days.

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The authentic Monoi de Tahiti Oil carries an “Appellation of Origin” guarantee and is produced under very controlled manufacturing methods to ensure the highest quality oil. Thanks to its moisturizing proprieties, MONOI makes skin softer and naturally protects it from the harmful effects of the sun and the sea salt. It’s also the miracle product Polynesian women use to care for their legendary hair. 100% Monoi oil from Tahiti is available online.

 Yves Rocher USA  has a  Bestselling fragrant line of Monoi de Tahiti in luscious Monoi oil,  dry glitter oil, fragrance spray,  as well as a complete line of body creams, body wash, and hair care. The items selected below have been my favorites for years and are always BESTSELLERS! 


Yves Rocher USA Monoi de Tahiti
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Monoi de Tahiti is a sensual fragrant oil and for me, it truly is

 Summer in a bottle all year long!

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Le Muguet du 1er mai / May 1st Lily of the Valley


May 1st is   “La Fête du Travail” or Labor Day in France but it is also “La Fête du Muguet” a celebration that dates back to the Renaissance during Charles IX.  It is a day we celebrate the blossoming of Lily of the Valley and the arrival of Spring. The tradition is to give your loved ones, friends and/or acquaintances a little bouquet or sprig of Muguet to bring good fortune and happiness! Today on May 1st in France it is given away or sold on every street corner. According to the language of flowers Lily of the Valley signifies “The return of happiness!”

Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) is a herbaceous plant that grows in temperate regions and blooms in Spring. It has small bell-shaped flowers arranged in clusters with a very strong and pleasant fragrance. Lily of the Valley usually flowers in the woods, where it is cool and wet.

I remember picking some Muguet in the woods as a child in France! To grow it in a garden, it is best to plant it in a shady cool spot. In autumn Lily of the Valley produces small red berries fruits! Be careful, although beautiful all parts of  Lily of the Valley are extremely toxic.

Lily of the Valley is an exquisite fragrance and widely used in luxury soaps and perfumes. However, the essential oils of Lilly of the Valley are very difficult to extract and most French perfumes such as Diorissimo by Christian Dior have to resort to using a synthetic version. Check out our bestseller Liliy of the Valley fragrances here.

Happy May 1st & Happy Lilly of the Valley Day!

En France on célèbre La fête du travail le 1er mai  mais c’est aussi le jour du muguet qui annonce l’arrivée du Printemps. Une tradition qui remonte à la Renaissance à l’époque de Charles IX, on offre à nos proches, amis et associés un brin de muguet signe de bonheur et de chance car selon le langage des fleurs le muguet signifie : le retour du bonheur!

Le muguet (Convallaria majalis) est une plante herbacée des régions tempérées qui fleurit au printemps dont les petites fleurs en forme de clochettes disposées en grappe ont un parfum très fort et agréable. Le muguet fleurit généralement dans les sous-bois, où il fait frais et humide.  Je me souviens des ceuillettes de muguet dans les bois de mon enfance  en France. Pour cultiver du muguet  en jardin il est préférable de le planter dans un endroit ombragé et frais. En automne le muguet produit des petites baies rouges mais attention toutes les parties du muguet sont extrêmement toxiques.

Le muguet est un parfum exquis et largement utilisé dans les savons et les parfums de luxe. Il parait que l’essence de muguet est très difficile à extraire et c’est pourquoi la plupart des parfums français tel que Diorissimo de Christian Dior ont recours a une recomposiiton synthétique.  Voici pour vous une sélection de nos parfums au muguet.

Joyeuses fête du 1er mai! et Vive le muguet!

 

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