Here are 25 amazing French Valentine’s Day gifts for the lover of Paris in your life! Just like anywhere else in the world, Valentine’s Day in France falls on the 14th of February and is known as la Saint-Valentin.
How The French Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s day in France is celebrated a little bit like it is in the rest of the world with romantic evenings, fine lingerie, perfumes, and pieces of jewelry. However, be careful, the French celebration of Valentine’s Day is only for people in love, not just friendship gestures. Typically the French do not send cards at all on la Saint-Valentin and additionally, they do not send out Valentine gifts to their friends, only to their lovers. So don’t go about sending all your French friends a friendly Valentine’s day card, they may get the wrong impression.
For the French, Valentine’s Day is truly a couple’s holiday. And like in other countries and cultures, French couples gift one another with chocolates, flowers, jewelry, or romantic evenings. Also, in Paris, some museums, monuments, and cabarets host special events and many restaurants offer a Valentine’s Day menu.
25 French Valentine’s Day Gifts You Can Buy Online
Have you a lover of Paris in your life? Here is my selection of the best French Valentine’s Day gifts for the Francophile in your life.
The French Love Vocabulary
- Joyeuse Saint Valentin – Happy Valentine’s day
- L’amour – love
- Je t’aime – I love you
- Veux-tu m’épouser? – Will you marry me?
- Tomber Amoureux / amoureuse – to fall in love
- Embrasser, s’embrasser – to kiss
- Un bisou – a kiss
- Se fiancer – to get engaged
- Le mariage – marriage
- Un amoureux / une amoureuse – a sweetheart
- Un petit-ami – a boyfriend
- Une petite-amie – a girlfriend
- Mon chéri, ma chérie, mon amour, mon coeur
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Bonjour! I’m Leonce, I’m French and I’m a Parisian expat currently living in the city center of Amsterdam (I previously lived in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, on the Ile-Saint-Louis). I created Leonce Chenal back in 2018 when I was living in London and missing my home country way too much. Because I truly believe you don’t have to be French or to live in France to experience the French art de vivre, Leonce Chenal is a French digital magazine to help you live your French life, wherever you are. Enjoy <3