October 2, 2014

From Paris with Love: The Ultimate Gift Guide

In France, since Halloween is much less commercial and Thanksgiving doesn’t exist, as soon as we hit October, Christmas decorations and foods are already starting to appear. Yesterday at the supermarket, I was taken aback, when I spotted a display of Advent calendars, festively wrapped chocolates and After Eight mints.

It may seem like we’re getting ahead of ourselves with the premature holiday cheer, but if you’re like me, you take great pleasure in finding the perfect gifts early in the year.

If you’re headed to Paris in the upcoming months, there couldn’t be a better time to start grabbing things for everyone on your list. Shop early, beat the last-minute December crowds and don’t worry about getting your pick.

Below you'll find a few of my favorite French-inspired gifts to offer for the holidays, or any time of year.

Decorative scarves (Galeries Lafayette)

Colognes, soaps and perfumes (Fragonard)

Calissons, pâte de fruits and other gourmandises (Maxim's)

Herbes de Provence (Galeries Lafayette Gourmet)

Gourmet mustards (Maille)

Traditional cookies (La Mère Poulard)

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