There’s still time!
Here’s a few suggestions of easy-to-mail gifts from France that you can share, pack in a suitcase or send home.
90+ Ways You Know You’re Becoming French
This cute little book that fits in your hand was inspired from the original article 20 Ways You Know You’re Becoming FrenchThe article got such good response from our readers that author Shari Leslie Segall had the great idea to make it into a book. We teamed up with an artist for watercolor illustrations and thought up more than 90+ points that are ways you know you are becoming French. Such as:
- would never conceive of a holiday menu without foie gras, oysters and glazed chestnuts
- ask everyone you know about their recent/upcoming vacances
- know who Marianne is
Handmade by Hungarian-in-Paris Judit Halsasz. Elegant handmade earrings and pendants made out of wood veneer, packaged in an elegant gift box. Choice of earthy colors and sizes. Prix de lancement. Free shipping in France. https://www.etsy.com/fr/shop/DesignHJ
Bring France Home
A shop dedicated to products MADE IN FRANCE including gifts from France, that are easy to carry or mail home – where ever home may be. There’s much more than food, you’ll find jewelry, porcelaine, decorative items, kid’s stuff, clothes and it is all packable in a suitcase or shipable. Very easy. Authentic too as every product is made in France ! On the elegant side there Little Prince keychains and silk Eiffel scarves. Chocolate in cool artistic wrappers needs no description. Bleu blanc rouge bags, joking “tu veux voir ma baguette”condoms and socks. And for kids there are coloring pages for walls, puzzles and cute books. Something for everyone! Just waiting for you to BRING FRANCE HOME. And if you don’t have time to visit their store at 3 rue de Birague just south of Place des Vosges (although I highly recommend you stop by and meet Nathalie and Mathilde just because they are SO nice) before your go home then order online
Les Parisettes is a concept store which specializes in souvenirs from Paris and the Eiffel Tower. Everything you’ll will find there carries on the theme of Paris and particularly of the Eiffel Tower, all items created by French and Parisian designers. There are, amongst other things, decorative items for the home, kitchen accessories such as place mats and tea towels and Eiffel Tower cookie cutters. Desk accessories include E.T. post-its, cards, notebooks and book marks. Plus there are onesies and t-shirts for babies, leather goods, jewelry, games, jigsaw puzzles… For the crafty ones you’ll find needlework kits to embroider Paris on your favorite garments. Visit their shop at 10, rue Gramme in the 15th or online
Speak Easy puzzle books
The Speak Easy is a word game to help English speakers learn French idiomatic expressions and vice-versa. The reader chooses the French word or expression to match the English equivalent. The games was originally published each month in FUSAC magazine, currently there are new puzzles online and the puzzles are available in 3 books. The books are an excellent and inexpensive gift for learners, teachers and those who just love words and expressions. Volume 3 also contains etymologies and quotes. The books are richly illustrated with original watercolors to make the bright and cheery. Try a puzzle now.
In solving the puzzles we discover that in English we say « don’t count your chickens before they are hatched » but in French the chicken is transformed into a bear. The French expression is “Il ne faut pas vendre la peau de l’ours avant de l’avoir tuée” (literally you should not sell the skin of the bear before having killed it). In English we say “Button your lip”, but in French the mouth is sewn shut (bouche cousue). By playing the games we learn idiomatic expressions which allow us to integrate cultural references to our day to day language in a playful way. Order a book they are great gifts from France.