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The 20 Very Best French Gifts for Women (or Just for Yourself)

The 20 Very Best French Gifts for Women (or Just for Yourself)

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Here are 20 fabulous French gifts for her! We have all a friend or family member who loves everything French. Someone who fantasizes about quitting her job and moving to France to live la vie Parisienne at some point.

And no matter the occasion, it’s important to celebrate those women nearest and dearest to you with a carefully chosen gift. Whether it’s your sister, mama, best friend, or lover who loves to surround herself and read about France, they will love these French unique yet thoughtful gifts.

Being French, I have selected some truly unique and authentic French gifts —most of them are made in France. From chic fashion pieces to fragrances to pieces for the home and the kitchen, each item is classic and timeless. With a little bit of everything appealing to a wide range of tastes, hopefully, you’ll find the perfect French gifts for her.

For more gift ideas for Francophiles, explore Leonce’s 2022 Holiday gift guide:

Top photo: left @carolina.ldno Place Vendôme / right @fannyb at her home.

20 Fabulous French Gifts for Her

Browse Leonce’s ultimate guide to the best French gifts for her on the LTK App here.

1. A Parisian jewel

I just love Sézane’s Dina and Louane necklaces! Sézane’s Coeur Charm is absolutely gorgeous as well (you can make it unique with free engraving!). For additional options, I highly recommend one of my favorite Parisian jewelry labels: Elise Tsikis.

2. A timeless timepiece

Consider opting for a timepiece that feels versatile enough to wear with any outfit and ensure the style fits within her (or your) go-to aesthetic. I absolutely love this beautiful Tissot Square Diamond Bracelet Watch (Swiss-made).

If your budget allows, I do think Hermès Heure H is one of the best investment watches.

3. A chic work bag

The perfect work bag needs to be large enough to carry all of her (or your) essentials, durable enough to last, stylish enough to elevate any outfit, and light enough to be comfortable to wear. In my opinion, Saint Laurent’s leather tote, Métier’s Incognito leather tote, and Serapian’s Luna tote are some of the best options out there.

For more affordable options, I recommend this gorgeous Emilie Large Handbag from the Parisian label Le Tanneur.

4. An iconic French fragrance

There are so many iconic French perfumes to choose from! And as choosing a perfume for a gift can be very complicated, I recommend opting for fragrance discovery sets. That way you’re sure not to go wrong. Here are a few of my recommendations:

5. A beautiful book about Paris

As Audrey Hepburn once said: “Paris is always a good idea”. Here are a few of my favorite books about Paris:

6. A timeless suit jacket

A classic black suit jacket is a staple of the French wardrobe! Not only does a blazer adds another layer of warmth but it can also make any outfit instantly feel more elevated and put together. A great gift idea for her or just for yourself!

Leonce’s top pick of the best coffee table books:

7. A collection set of iconic Dior red lipsticks

You can’t go wrong with this Rouge Dior pouch! This set is composed of 2 Rouge Dior lipsticks (the iconic Dior red 999 and a rosy nude) and 1 universal lip balm tucked into a midnight blue pouch.

8. A luxurious Baccarat crystal vase

Founded in 1764, Baccarat is renowned the world over for its magnificent and innovative works of crystal. This absolutely gorgeous Baccarat Harcourt Vase (I have this one on my wishlist) or this Flora Biseau Bud Base will make a thoughtful holiday gift for anyone on your list or just for yourself!

9. A set of cocktail crystal glasses

A luxurious set of cocktail glasses in Bacarrat crystal is the ideal glass set for the perfect dry martinis or margaritas at home. I love this set of 2 Margarita glasses Martha Stewart x Baccarat and this set of 2 Martini glasses. It’s the ideal gift idea for any hostess on your list.

10. A Parisian bistro-inspired dinnerware or decor

This is one of the perfect gift ideas for any Francophile on your list! Drawing inspiration from the many sidewalk cafes that dot Parisian boulevards, each dinnerware and decor item from the Bistro Tile Collection by AnthroLiving makes the perfect cherishable hostess gift.

You’ll find more Parisian inspired home decor here.

11. A Mauviel copper cookware set

It’s one of the best gift ideas for any inspiring cook! Mauviel professional copper cookware has been used in the world’s great kitchens since 1830—from fine restaurants to Parisian cooking schools.

Designed for perfectly uniform heating with unrivaled temperature control, this Mauviel copper cookware set includes the ideal pieces for a wide variety of culinary techniques.

12. A trio of Diptyque hands cares

I love Diptyque’s hands care solutions! Not only do they are gorgeous bathroom decor items but they also make everyday hand-washing gestures feel more luxurious. These glass bottles are refillable vessels.

I have all three in my bathroom (the softening hand wash, the exfoliating hand wash, and the velvet hand lotion) and I’m sure they will make great gifts for any Diptyque connoisseur on your list.

13. A scented candle to transport her to Paris

It’s the perfect French gift for anyone who is serious about home fragrances! If you’re not sure how to choose a scented candle for a gift consider opting for this Diptyque Three Starry Skies Candle Set or this Diptyque Mini Candle Set (both in limited edition!).

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Also, if you’re looking for a new French candle brand designed and made in France and with original scents I recommend Sacré Français. One of my favorite scented candles is the Luxes & Vanités 1845 Candle.

14. A timeless cross-body bag

A classic cross-body bag is one of the best gift ideas for any Francophile on your list (or just for yourself)!

Leonce’s top pick of the best cross-body bags:

15. A timeless carré de soie Hermès

There is nothing more iconic than a carré de soie or a silk scarf from the Parisian luxury brand Hermès. I do think it’s one of the best gift options for a mother or grandmother!

16. A Longchamp Le Pliage travel bag

I love Longchamp Le Pliage travel bags (I have this gorgeous X-Large Le Pliage Travel Bag in burgundy)! This iconic tote made from recycled materials is the ideal bag for packing for a weekend getaway. Very practical, this bag is still flexible enough to fold away easily for storage.

17. A chic pair of sunglasses

There is something so effortlessly chic about a pair of classic square or rectangular-shaped frames in glossy black/brown and dark lenses to match. And I do think Celine creates the best eyewear out there!

18. A luxurious skincare discovery set

I do think there is nothing better than a luxurious skincare discovery set as a gift. This is one of my go-to gift options for anyone on my list.

Consider opting for this Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Discovery Skincare Set or this Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream Discovery Set.

19. An iconic Chanel fragrance

It’s one of the best gift ideas for any Chanel connoisseur on your list! Consider opting for the classics of classics like:

20. A wallet that’ll stand the test of time

Having a quality wallet is as essential as a pair of boots, an everyday handbag, or a good coat. The best wallets for women are as practical as they are fashionable. And depending on her (or your) preference, there’s a wallet to suit your taste and lifestyle. Personally, I absolutely love Chloé’s Alphabet textured-leather wallet!

Et voilà! I hope this French gift guide will help you find the perfect French gifts for all the women in your life! Please let me know in the comment below if you have any questions.

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  • You just have impeccable taste! Sometimes I skim through recommended lists and don’t see anything I like but I would be happy to receive anything off this one. The top of my wish list is the Tissot square watch closely followed by the Flora bud vase and A.P.T. mini bag. All I need now is a sexy Frenchman to buy me these items 🙂

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