As the holiday season approaches, finding the perfect gift can be a challenging task, especially if you’re searching for something special for the Francophiles in your life. But don’t worry, I’m here to guide you through this festive journey ;). Indeed, in this article, I’ve curated a list of ten exquisite made-in-France gifts that are sure to please. From the cozy warmth of knitwear crafted in the village of Saint-James to the sophistication of a Degrenne teapot from Limoges, each item on this list is a testament to the rich heritage and craftsmanship of France. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this ultimate made-in-France holiday gift guide. Get ready to explore a world of thoughtful gifts that will undoubtedly add a special (French) touch to your holiday celebrations.
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1. Saint James Breton Sweater Victoria
Made in the village of Saint-James, France, the Victoria knitwear in Champagne is a stunning piece that perfectly encapsulates the essence of French fashion and craftsmanship. This round-neck sweater, with its purl stitch knitting and lurex details, offers a blend of femininity and style, perfect for a stylish winter look. Saint James, with over 130 years of history, has evolved from a workshop outfitting local Breton fishermen to a fashion icon famous for its Marinière or Breton shirt.
2. La Rochère Glassware Set
Made in France by the oldest glass factory in Europe, these La Rochère glasses have a unique square shape with rounded corners, each featuring a distinct pattern that enhances the look of any drink. While designed for whiskey, I personally use them as stylish water glasses at home.
3. Le Papier Tigre x Élysée Smartbook Cocorico
Perfectly sized to fit in a pocket, this Smartbook Cocorico is ideal for jotting down quick notes, to-do lists, or sketches. This collaboration with the Élysée Palace celebrates the art of writing and the “Made in Paris” excellence. Papier Tigre, a French brand known since 2012 for its innovative and colorful stationery, designs these notebooks in their Paris studio, emphasizing local recycling and passionate craftsmanship.
4. Degrenne Paris Salam Teapot
The Degrenne Paris Salam teapot is made in Limoges, a city renowned for its exquisite porcelain. Created in 1953, this teapot is celebrated for its elegant design and exceptional functionality. Featuring a removable infuser and a felt-lined steel cover, it ensures the perfect brew temperature and flavor. Available in various sizes, the Salam teapot is the perfect gift for any Francophile on your list!
5. Kusmi Tea Élysée Breakfast Tea
Created in collaboration with the Élysée Palace, this unique Kusmi Tea Élysée Breakfast Tea is a made-in-France product. This organic recipe is a lively mix of green tea and mate, infused with zesty notes of lemon and lemongrass, offering a tonic and fruity flavor. Accentuated with rosehip, cornflower petals, and strawberry pieces, it presents a rich and refreshing taste. Délicieux!
6. Filt x Longchamp Le Pliage Filet
The Filt x Longchamp Le Pliage Filet bag represents the fusion of French heritage and contemporary style, making it an impeccable gift for any Francophile on your list. This collaboration marries Longchamp, renowned for its iconic Le Pliage bags, with FILT, France’s oldest net bag manufacturer (since 1860!). Crafted with care in Normandy, the bag offers a chic reinterpretation of the classic knitted cotton shopping nets often used by previous generations.
7. Obut x Élysée Pétanque Boules
This exclusive set features three Obut pétanque boules, each embossed with the prestigious seal of the Élysée Palace. Accompanied by a tricolor “cochonnet” (the goal in pétanque), these boules offer a stylish twist to the beloved French pastime. Manufactured in Saint-Bonnet-le-Château in the Loire since 1955, these Obut pétanque boules encapsulate the essence of French culture: sun, nature, friendship, and joyful competition.
8. Sacré Français Luxes & Vanités 1845 Candle
The Sacré Français Luxes & Vanités 1845 candle would make a perfect gift for any Francophile on your list! Designed and made in France, this candle features a unique blend of olfactory notes, including clove tree essence, cinnamon essence, and the warmth of Virginia cedar. The powdery scents of iris harmoniously intertwine with amber and musk, creating a rich, languorous dance of spices, beeswax, and benzoin resin. Personally, it ranks as one of my favorite candles, providing a cozy and indulgent atmosphere that makes it an ideal companion for the winter season.
9. Le Parapluie de Cherbourg Le Ville
Handcrafted in the brand’s Cherbourg workshop in France, “Le Ville” umbrella was the first model designed by the company in 1986 and has maintained its esteemed status. Made with high-quality materials, this umbrella embodies authenticity and sophistication, perfect for city strolls. Its design is unisex, appealing to anyone who cherishes traditional umbrella aesthetics. Le Parapluie de Cherbourg, established by Jean-Pierre Yvon and continued by his son Charles, has a rich heritage dating back to 1800 in leather manufacturing.
10. Hermès La Selle Imaginaire Scarf 90
The Hermès La Selle Imaginaire Silk Scarf 90 is an exceptional gift choice for any Francophile on your list. Crafted from fine silk twill with hand-rolled edges, this scarf is a hallmark of Hermès’ dedication to quality and elegance. Designed by Jan Bajtlik, this scarf draws inspiration from the treasures collected by Emile Hermès, featuring a mesmerizing array of braids, spirals, and optical illusions that evoke a sense of adventure and faraway lands. An Hermès silk scarf is a versatile piece that can be styled in numerous ways, whether around the neck, as a top, at the waist, or as a headscarf.
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.