We searched our favorite shops virtually (and one of us shopped in person, on a recent weekend in Paris) to find well-designed gifts for the lover of all things French. On our list: ceramics, soaps, and stationery that captures the color of the winter sky above Paris. Here are a few of our finds.
Above: Julie likes Pour Le Corps et L’Espirit Soap (“for the body and for the spirit”), with packaging by the designer Saar Manche; €12 ($14.16) from Socialite Family. Above: Blown Glass Piccola Bottles by French glassmaker La Soufflerie (a Remodelista favorite) look as though they’re from another era; $24 each from Portland, Maine, shop K Colette. Above: An apt gift for the French-style cook: an embroidered Bon Appétit Tea Towel, “made by a long-established linen manufacturer in the north of France,” is €15.95 ($18.79) from the French House. Above: Another perpetual favorite: Cousu de Fil Blanc soaps in paper packages; $16 each from ABC Carpet & Home, in scents such as black tea noire and chestnut milk. Above: We like the rich ochre color of the Plat Sabot from Manufacture de Digoin, the oldest pottery in the Loire Valley; they’re traditionally used for cooking, but we like the idea of using them as serving platters. Contact Manufacture de Digoin for more information. Above: A set of four Paper Lanterns is €9.90 ($11.66) and comes equipped with tea lights; from our favorite French shop, Merci. Above: From the founders of Astier de Villatte is , a guide that, on the outside, “embodies Parisian taste,” with gilded pages that “allow the reader to avoid being seen as an irksome tourist, however chic the surroundings may be.” Inside: an uncommon guide to the City of Light, “from the most expected addresses to the most secret and unusual,” drawings included. It’s available upon request from Nickey Kehoe or from Ma Vie À Paris John Derian. Above: An accordion set of Ciel de Paris (“Sky of Paris”) Postcards is inspired by the color of the sky in Paris which “always hesitates between blue and gray”; €17.50 ($20.62) from La Petite Papeterie Française. More for the Francophile: Above: On a recent trip to Paris, Michelle picked up a Round Candle for €18 ($21.32) from Démodé (a new shop from the owner of Merci); the flatter Pebble Candle would also make a bright gift for winter; €20 ($23.69) for the small size.