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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



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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Vive le Muguet! Return of Happiness

May 1st is   “La Fête du Muguet a celebration that dates back to the Renaissance.  According to the language of flowers Lily of the Valley or Muguet signifies “The return of happiness!” 

Lily of the Valley is also an exquisite fragrance and widely used in luxury soaps, perfumes, body and hand lotions as well as candles. 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.

However, Lily of the Valley by Penhaligon`s is a Floral Green fragrance for women. Lily of the Valley was launched in 1976. The nose behind this fragrance is Michael Pick hall. Top notes are bergamot, Amalfi lemon, and geranium; middle notes are lily-of-the-valley, rose, ylang-ylang, and jasmine; base notes are sandalwood and, oakmoss. This product is manufactured in the UK.

Bestsellers Lily of the Valley /Muguet Selections

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10 Classic French Perfumes

There are so many delicious perfumes but for this list’s sake, I selected 10 Classic French Perfumes. Perfume or Parfums and Eau de Parfum is a luxurious necessity that has the power to uplift, inspire, comfort, arouse, captivate, intoxicate and seduce.  It makes me feel good and I miss it terribly when I am out. I’d rather just wear an essential authentic oil than a cheap perfume.  Perfume is a powerful trigger of emotions and a myriad of feelings and nostalgia. One whiff and I am transported back in time, revisiting a memory, a moment, an instant. Perfume is part of a woman’s secret allure and persona, her scent lingers on and follows her as her signature.

“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” Coco Chanel

L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci was my very first French Perfume as a young lady. Created in 1948 after WWII the doves represent peace.

With so many wonderful classics to choose from like Chanel,  Givenchy (from my hometown), YSL, Thierry Mugler, Guerlain , Christian Dior,  Jean Patou or the newer ones like Annick Goutal and Dyptique.

No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory. Coco Chanel

Eau D’Hadrien – Annick Goutal

La Vie est Belle de Lancome 

Chanel No 5

The classic Joy by Jean Patou

On a personal note, both my chéri and I share the same passion for Patchouli and this classic fragrance  Patchouli from Réminiscence Paris.


French Men’s Fragrance  come in  Eau de Cologne, Eau de Toilette or Eau de Parfum depending on the intensity of fragrance and oil concentration. Here are a few popular classics.

Farenheit de Dior

L’homme d’Yves Saint Laurent

Bleu de Chanel

and remember…

Just like men, perfume is never perfect right away you have to let it seduce you.  Jean Patou

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