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French Inspired Gift Guide 2020


Best Holiday Wishes – Meilleurs Voeux 2020 

“Il y aura des jours meilleurs! There will be better days!”

This year we celebrate the indomitable French spirit with a sampling compilation of French-Inspired Gift Ideas from French A L.A Carte Blog that you can easily find online for your family, friends, and/or favorite Francophile. You’ll find a variety of ideas for every taste to bring France a little closer to your heart and feel a little bit more French. From Made in France items featuring traditional skills of the French artisan to more classical and luxurious items, gourmet foods, exclusive French wines, and other original and fun ideas as well!

 

Food & Wine

French Wine Club Membership from SomMailier

Raclette & Fondue Grill Sets

French Press Coffee

French Macarons

French Candy & Chocolates

 

Entertainment

French Educational Board Games

French Gift of Music

French Language Learning Program

French Cookbooks

French  Stress Release 3D Puzzles

 

For the Home

Rigaud Candles and Home Fragrance Diffusers

Luxurious Diptyque Candles

French Shabby Chic Items

French Chef Cooking with Le Creuset

 

Beauty & Luxury

Savon de Marseille Luxurious Soaps

Classic French Perfumes

 

Made in France

French Gifts for Bébé

French Cliché Gifts

French Inspired Apparel and Face Masks

Made in France Gifts Ideas

Other Gift Ideas

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Faire trempette or the art of dunking


To dunk or not to dunk ? That is the question. In French we say “faire trempette” to take a little dip. The French are elegant especially the ladies but I’m not sure there’s an elegant way to dunk your croissant unless you’re dunking a petit biscuit. Yet. there’s nothing more delicious for breakfast than a buttery croissant dunked in a big bowl of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. The art of “ faire trempette” dans son café or “dunking” is too dunk lightly and not to make your baguette or croissant too soggy but just enough. Even Marcel Proust in A la recherche du temps perdu,  used a spoon to delicately dunk his Madeleines but it’s not quite the same.

“… je portai à mes lèvres une cuillerée du thé où j’avais laissé s’amollir un morceau de madeleine…”

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To indulge in this French habit, for starters you’ll need a big French bowl for your Café au lait to dunk your favorite tartines, baguette, croissant, brioches, biscottes , Madeleine , or viennoiseries etc… There is no limit to what can be dunked. I love the traditional French bowls reminiscent of childhood, you know the personalized bowls made in Bretagne or “bol breton” with your name on it, and I also like this one. Of course, you can also use your oversized American coffee mug but you won’t look too French.

  • Pillivuyt Cafe Au Lait Coffee Bowl, 1.15lb
  • White Porcelain Traditional European Coffee Bowl, 13-ounce – Dishwasher Safe
  • Guaranteed to be free from defects in materials and workmanship
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I have a confession to make… not only do I love to dunk my croissants or tartines beurrées in my coffee, I also like to slurp my café au lait but that’s another topic! 😉

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Un petit jaune?


Ricard® Pastis, France’s most popular and beloved spirit, presents its exclusive Bastille Day Gift Box including a 750ml bottle of Ricard, collection glassware, a pourer, and a new cocktail recipe.

Since 1932 Ricard® Pastis has left its mark on the everyday life of consumers through service objects that have become central to the ritual of consumption. Pitchers, glasses, jugs… have stood by generations of consumers during aperitif time, both in bars and cafés.

The exclusive vintage wood box will allow consumers to connect with their memories, by enjoying a refreshing Ricard® Pastis on the authentic balloon glass, the true star of the sun-drenched cafés of Marseille, south of France.

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