Discover ten exquisite French gifts that are perfect for the Francophile woman in your life. Whether it’s a friend who dreams of savoring la vie Parisienne or a family member who revels in all things French, these carefully curated gifts are sure to captivate and delight.
In this article, I’ve handpicked a selection of truly authentic gifts that not only embody the essence of French culture but are also made in France. From chic fashion accessories and transformative beauty products—like the Aime makeup care that has become a favorite of mine—to artisanal pieces for the home, each item on this list is a timeless classic. So, if you’re on the hunt for French gifts for her that go beyond the cliché, you’ve come to the right place.
For more ideas, discover Leonce’s curated gift guides: the ten best French gifts for the Francophile in your life and the twenty fabulous French gifts for him.
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1. Carron Saint Jacques Soap Dish
The Carron Saint-Jacques soap dish is an exquisite representation of French craftsmanship. Handmade in Carron’s French workshop, this ceramic shell soap dish is crafted from black terracotta clay and finished with a milky-white enamel glaze. Its durability ensures everyday use, while its unique design adds a touch of elegance to any bathroom or powder room.
2. Elise Tsikis Madera Earrings
These Madera earrings by the Parisian brand Elise Tsikis would make the perfect gift for any Francophile woman who values sophistication and ethical craftsmanship. Handcrafted in the brand’s Parisian atelier, these pendant earrings are an iconic piece from the house, adorned with either white or red lacquered cultured pearls. These are part of the “Lost in Fantaisie” collection, inspired by the artistic genius of Alphonse Mucha and the humanistic eye of Irving Penn.
3. Aime x La Bouche Rouge Le Balm
Le Balm by Aime x La Bouche Rouge is a luxurious fusion of balm and lipstick. Created by founder Mathilde Lacombe, this vegan formula features a blend of pink and brown pigments that enhance the natural hue of lips. Housed in a handcrafted, refillable leather case in Aime’s signature color, Le Balm is as stylish as it is functional. Its formulation is rich in nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil, squalene, and shea butter, which provide deep hydration and a plump appearance. Additional hyaluronic acid restores moisture, while vitamin E serves as a potent antioxidant.
4. Diptyque Rose Candle
Diptyque’s Rose candle is a fragrant masterpiece that captures the essence of a fresh floral bouquet, even in the depths of winter. As the candle burns, it fills the air with the intoxicating scent of fresh roses, serving as a tribute to this timeless emblem of beauty and love. Hand-poured in the brand’s factory in the south of France, the candle is housed in a handcrafted terracotta pot designed to be reused. This candle would make the perfect gift for any woman who cherishes the allure of French craftsmanship.
5. Chanel Rouge Coco Baume
The Rouge Coco Baume by Chanel offers a moisture-rich formula that not only enhances the appearance of lips but also nourishes them deeply. Infused with a hydrating oil derived from fruit and olive leaves, this balm boasts both restorative and antioxidant properties, ensuring improved lip condition with each use. Its unique formula allows for buildable color, transitioning from a sheer and shiny finish to a more opaque and subtly luminous look as the balm is absorbed.
6. Marin Montagut Bonbonnière Illustrée
The Bonbonnière Illustrée by Marin Montagut is a charming nod to vintage French dishware, designed to evoke a sense of nostalgia and elegance. Handcrafted from enameled porcelain, each piece in this collection is unique, bearing the artisanal touch that makes it truly special. It’s the perfect gift for any Francophile who appreciates the artistry and heritage of French craftsmanship.
7. Trudon Marie-Antoinette Bust Candle
This is one the perfect gifts for any Francophile fascinated by French history! Trudon’s Marie-Antoinette bust candle is a captivating tribute to one of the most iconic figures in French history. Crafted in collaboration with The Plaster Cast Workshop of the Rmn – Grand Palais, this wax reproduction is an idealized portrait of the queen, capturing her in a moment of regal grace. This decorative masterpiece will bring a touch of French elegance and historical significance into any living space.
8. Diptyque Velvet Hand Lotion
The Diptyque Velvet Hand Lotion is a luxurious blend of nature’s finest ingredients, designed to pamper and protect hands. Infused with the regenerative properties of immortelle floral water, known as the “Golden Flower” of Corinth, this lotion is further enriched with Roman Chamomile floral water and antioxidant-rich sesame oil. The fragrance is a delightful blend of sweet almond and crisp petitgrain, balanced by the comforting warmth of Virginia cedar. I absolutely love this lotion!
9. Marin Montagut Timeless Paris
“Timeless Paris” by Marin Montagut is a captivating journey through the heart of Paris, offering readers an intimate look into twenty artisanal spaces that have stood the test of time. From the exquisite curtain tassels of Passementerie Verrier, in business since 1753, to the mesmerizing palette of colors hand-rolled by the Maison du Pastel since 1720, this book is a treasure trove of Parisian craftsmanship and design.
Montagut’s keen eye and eloquent prose bring to life these often-hidden gems, making the book an invaluable source of inspiration for designers, artists, and creatives. This book is an invitation to explore and celebrate the enduring allure of Parisian artistry, making it a perfect gift for anyone who longs to bring a touch of Paris into their life.
10. Aime Makeup Care Routine
The Aime Makeup Care Routine* is a groundbreaking collection that harmoniously blends makeup and skincare. This set includes an SPF Powder Foundation, a face brush, a blush, and lash care tubing Mascara, all neatly packaged in a chic jacquard makeup bag for on-the-go beauty.
I absolutely love this makeup set! The SPF Powder Foundation is particularly exceptional; its natural, second-skin effect has garnered me numerous compliments on the beauty of my skin. I also appreciate the practicality and gentleness of the mascara, which can be effortlessly removed with warm water. The collection is rounded off with a universally flattering blush shade, “Amoureuse,” that can also be used on the lips for a soft touch of color.
*These products have been sent to me by the brand with no editorial control and no obligation to review them. Receiving these products in no way affects how I write about them. I only recommend products I genuinely love.
Leonce is the founder and editor of Leonce Chenal, a lifestyle platform launched in 2018. Originally from France, Leonce offers a fresh perspective that comes from her experience at top tech companies in Paris and London. Having spent several years in Paris and now residing in Amsterdam, she combines her professional expertise with a personal passion for French and Parisian styles. Leonce is committed to guiding her readers through the intricacies of Parisian chic, empowering them to embrace the elegance and sophistication of French style.