We’ve covered what to get the Anglophiles in your life, but what about the Francophiles? Sure, Anglophiles are a bit easier to spot, with their Madonna accents and religious following of Downtown Abbey. But how can you spot a Francophile? A big giveaway is to ask her how she feels about Bioderma. If she answers “Huh?” – keep moving. This is not the shopping list for you. But if you hear sounds of devotion, read on for some gifts for Francophiles that she will be sure to equally love. (recommended by our France-born writer) ~ we heart this
The holidays wouldn’t be complete without some makeup around the tree. And Christmas is the time to hope for items you wouldn’t buy for yourself. Everyone deserves a little luxury in their stocking, no? I have always loved the French house of Guerlain, founded in 1828. Their perfumes are decadent and strong, and their cosmetics are truly magnificent! The Météorites de Guerlain powder line is as visually amazing as they are functional. I covet these to dust on my cheekbones to look like a frosty goddess. ($62)
Next, I suggest something from the very French Roger & Gallet perfume house. Not as fancy as Guerlain, but almost as old. Founded in 1862, Roger Gallet is typically French with their signature Eau de Cologne reminding me of my grand mere. This Christmas, I asked my mom to bring me a small eau de cologne in their newer Fig scent, Roger & Gallet Fleur De Figuier Eau Fraiche, which is light, clean and yummy! ($43.99, 3.3 oz)
What Target is to America, Monoprix is to France. Monoprix is one of my favorite stores in Paris! They sell a bit of everything: food, cleaning supplies, beauty products, household items and clothes. I always manage to find something worth paying the airline surcharge. This year, I asked my mom to be on the lookout for a new scarf for me, and they have an amazing collection. (prices vary)
Personally, I have been on the lookout for a vintage French patriotic poster (especially in light of the tragedy that happened in Paris recently). This Replica Map of Paris nearly fits the bill. It will hang next to my distressed American flag as an homage to my two homes. ($14.99)
You CAN NOT go wrong with a selection from the famous Los Angeles Pâtisserie Bottega Louie. Every time I’m downtown I make it my mission to visit. With the Bottega Louie Assorted 15-piece Macaron Box you can bring a bit of France, via Los Angeles, to anyone on your list. Flavors include: Rosé Champagne, Chocolate Mint, Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Rose, Strawberry, Raspberry, Earl Grey, Lemon, Coconut, Mango, Pistachio, Espresso, Grand Cru and Violet Cassis. Délicieux! ($37.50)
we heartsters – what are you saying oui to on this list?
Stephanie was born in France and travels there every year to visit her mom and relatives. She now lives Stateside with her two kitties, Winston and Pippa. Makeup is her passion (she worked as a makeup artist for Laura Mercier), she also loves to cook, do artsy stuff and garden.