Many people who know me do not know that I speak fluent French. C’est vrai! I grew up in a french speaking city and married a man who is from France. One of the benefits of speaking French – and being married to a French man – is that you can get away with being a Francophile without anyone giving it a second thought. I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite Francophile gifts for this holiday season.
The french are known, in my opinion, for three main areas that I’ll cover today:
- Style – Their take on home decor and personal style is indisputable
- Cooking – French cooking (and baking) are truly spectacular gastronomical experiences
- Language – The language of love…
One of the most common ways for people to encourage their “inner French person” is through introducing elements of French decor into their homes. Part of the reason I love the style is the antique element to it, and while my home’s overall style is definitely more modern, I have thrown in some vintage French elements, such as this vintage “Pastilles Chausson” tin for $13.65 on Etsy:
It would be a cute addition to a Francophile collection on its own or the seller also has a handful of other paraphernalia from the same company that could make an impact. Word of advice? You have to make sure that the person you’re giving it to is OK with vintage articles (some may not be).
I’ve also added a vintage map of Paris into my home decor. I like the antique look in the frame and I’ve got vintage maps of my favorite places in the world scattered throughout my home. I like this Vintage Paris Monuments Map from Cavallini which is only $12.99 on Amazon, above, which features not only the city in a map but also it’s famous monuments.
You also can’t dispute the fact that some of the greatest works of literature were French, and having a (matching) collection of the best French romance classics? Gorgeous collection of 20 Volumes of French Classical Romances is $279 at One King’s Lane.
If you’re looking to make it to #1 on my Christmas gift list, all you have to do is buy me a box of Ladurée macarons. Seriously. So if you’re going to be in Paris (or New York, they have a store now) right before the holiday season, pick up a box to bring home.
Since it may be hard to bring home fresh macarons, the next best thing would be to use their secret recipe to make some of your own. This picture also doesn’t do this book justice. It’s got gold leaf, beautiful pictures and amazing tips. You can get the Ladurée Sucré Recipe Book from Amazon for $25.96.
If your francophile doesn’t have as much of a sweet tooth as I obviously do, you can always get them a necessity for making any French cuisine… A Le Creuset pot. I’d recommend the Le Creuset Signature Enamel Cast Iron version as it’s the basic one every chef should have, available at Amazon for $266. I have a red one and use it all the time – including the legendary time I cooked Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon from her legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking, also another amazing gift starting at $19.99 from Amazon.
If your francophile does not speak the language from the country they love so much, I personally believe that the very very best gift you can get them would be… Well… How to speak it.
While admittedly I’ve not ever used Rosetta Stone for French language learning, I have used it in other languages and it’s great. Don’t believe me? It’s the #1 best-selling French Language Instruction on Amazon at $299. French is a beautiful language that is great to know for when you take that trip to France! You could also look into some courses near your francophile so they could immerse themselves more dynamically if you can find them.
And with that, we wish you a Joyeux Noël to you and your francophile and leave you with some more of our favorites: