Most of us have a Francophile in our lives – a friend who dreams of living in Paris; a daughter that studied abroad in Lyon; you, maybe? All of the products below come courtesy of French companies, designers, or creators, and they’re all worthy of gifting to your favorite Francophile this holiday season. (They’d also make great year-round treats, if you’ve already finished shopping.)
Achieve that natural French pout with this classic gloss from beloved French beauty company Clarins. Eight color shades offer variety, while vegetable waxes and acacia micro-pearls keep lips moisturized.
The beginnings of this delicious meringue confection date to 1862 in a small bakery on Paris’ Rue Royal. Since then, Ladurée has been serious about the art of the macaron – they sell upwards of 15,000 a day. Order some of their double decker macarons online – there are several gift boxes to choose from.
Cult French fashion brand Sézane is an “it” brand around the globe, known for its clothing, linens, jewelry, and home goods. The statement-making Suzette brass ring ($34, sezane.com) is a chic addition to any jewelry collection.
French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s poetic, 1943 tale about a pilot who encounters a young prince in the Sahara is an ideal book to read while learning French. (It’s available in English too).
For more than 50 years, the candles from legendary French perfumer Diptyque have filled homes and pieds-à-terre with hints of flora, fruity, and herbal scents. A trio of holiday-themed small candles ($119, diptyqueparis.com) feature pine, amber, and almond notes.
Your next binge: The groundbreaking films from French director Jean-Luc Godard. One of the most influential minds in French New Wave (La Nouvelle Vague) cinema, Godard’s classics include Alphaville, Un Femme Est Un Femme, and, of course, Bridgette Bardot.
Originating in Normandy, this classic French striped tee was adopted by the French Navy in 1858, but soon became a must-have item for followers of fashion and art. Worn by the likes of Picasso and Grace Kelly, this iconic unisex staple of French fashion is practically a required item in any Francophile’s closet.
Sustainable French skin-care line Caudalíe harnesses the power of vinotherapy and uses age-defying technology to create its products in Bordeaux. Hydrate parched skin with one of the company’s best sellers, Grape Water ($18, us.caudalie.com); a travel-size bottle will pack well on a flight to France.
Brothers Henri and Edouard Mariage opened France’s first tea room in Paris in 1854. Hundreds of custom blends are available on the Mariage Frères website, but favorites include the Marco Polo black-tea blend or the Jasmin Mandarin.
Bonus Idea: The ultimate treat for a Francophile? Surprise them with a round-trip ticket to France – because what’s better than the gift of travel, right? Your Virtuoso travel advisor can make it happen before the holidays.