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2018 Holiday Gift Guide

10 Dec 2017 7:59 PM | Deleted user

Now that you’ve decked the halls and trimmed your tree it’s time to start stuffing those stockings! We’ve gathered some of our favorite gift ideas for everyone on your list.

Stocking Stuffers

1. Chocolate

Every chocolatier in Paris steps up their gift set game during December making chocolate one of the easiest gifts to shop for. There are hundreds of delicious shops both big and small so you really can't go wrong. We like shopping at À la Mère de Famille, the oldest chocolatier in Paris founded in 1761, where chocolate bars are just 5 euros a piece.

2. Confiture

What's more french than delicious traditional confiture for you petite dejeuner? Bonne Maman even has a sampler package sold at Monoprix (and most grocery stores) for less than 5 euros! Yes, we'll try one of each.

3. Lavender Soap

We love practical gifts - especially when they smell this good. Great as a gift for your state-side friends (authentic french product alert!) or pop a bar in your dresser drawers to keep your winter sweaters smelling like spring.

4. Angelina's Hot Chocolate

Yes, we mentioned chocolate already, but this is HOT chocolate. Totally different. And why not gift the absolute best with Angelina's hot chocolate mix for 10 euros or less! Because it's just gonna get colder folks.

5. Parisian Mug

Need a mug to go with that hot chocolate? There's no shortage of stylish mugs in Paris, like the unique illustrated facade of the famous English bookshop Shakespeare & Co, or a garden scene from the traditional french porcelain company Gien

6. Sea Salt

Your foodie friends will go crazy for this simple gift. French sea salt, or fleur de sel, is considered to be the "queen of salts" by chefs and cookbooks alike. Pick up something basic at Monoprix for as little as 4 euros or go fancy and peruse the aisles at le Bon Marché's Grand Epicerie.   

7. Uber Gift Card

Living in Paris is a constant marathon of stair climbing, running after buses (or waiting ages for them), and of course walking, walking, walking. Enter the Uber gift card. We cannot think of a better gift than giving someone you love a lift for those days (or nights) when they just cannot walk one. more. step.

For Under the Tree

1. A Year of Reading Membership

Limited to just 100 book lovers, Shakespeare & Co is offering the Year of Reading subscriptions. Members receive 12 specially curated books ranging from poetry to non-fiction, with several books autographed by the authors. Available in the US, Canada, the UK and France for 270 euros. 

2. Tea

Because winter is coming. We like the Mariage Frères tea shops, with over 500 different types of high quality loose leaf tea to choose from, including several different limited holiday editions. Also check out Dammann Frères, the oldest tea shop in France with both loose leaf and bags available. 

3. Paris IQ

Test your Parisian knowledge with this ParisIQ the bilingual version! This fun trivia game is the perfect gift for your dinner party host and all the parisian know-it-alls in your life.

4. OMY Paris coloring poster

Great gift for the kids on your shopping list - or even those who are just kids at heart. OMY has lots of different scenes to color, including the Parisian big poster, Paris pocket map and limited edition holiday place mats!

5. Skincare advent calendar by Susanne Kaufmann

The grown up's advent calendar. Treat someone special to 24 days of comfort, serenity and wellness with Susanne Kauffman's 2017 Advent Calendar available at Nose boutique. Products include oils, lotions, shampoos, soaps, facial masks as well as bath salts & milks.  

6. Putain Calendar

Parisians consider complaining an art form. Turn that frown upside down with the Putain 2018 Calendar. Great for that grouchy coworker or for anyone who finds swearing in french a hilarious endeavor.

7. Spirits

For when a bottle of wine just isn't enough, there's La Maison du Whiskey & Fine Spirits at Odéon. Pick out an aged bottle of whiskey, rum, cognac, cocktail bitters and more among the 1500 different products. Gift boxes and cocktail kits are readily available to make your life even easier.

8. Candles

Add warmth & that hygge feeling with a gorgeous scented french candle. You'll find no shortage of options in Paris, original city of la parfumerie. Diptyque, the french candle & fragrance powerhouse offers limited edition holiday scented candles each year. For something a little more traditional try Cire Trudon, the oldest candle makers world-wide. Cire Trudon stil uses olfactory wax production techniques, which means the candles burn clean - great for those of us who are perfume sensitive or headache prone.

9. Harry Potter Illustrated Books

Because there's a Harry Potter fan in all of us.

10. Original Artwork

For the art lover in your life grab an original piece of artwork from one of the many artists along the Seine river. Prices are usually reasonable and you'll have fun picking out which scene speaks to the Paris you know and love.

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