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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: 12 Petite Gifts from the Old Country (aka Europe)

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: 12 Petite Gifts from the Old Country (aka Europe)

December 3, 2018

One of the great joys of life is the pleasure of tiny fancy things. To an American, they’re especially satisfying amidst super-sized products and packs of multiples. Traveling through Europe earlier this year, I couldn’t seem to pass up another well-packaged lip balm at the pharmacy (I now have six—how American!) or a pint-sized brush for an oddly specific purpose or the perfect palm-sized box of matches with a French label. As a gift, they’re the sort of corner store purchase that might fall flat in a European household—the equivalent of Rite-Aid brand floss—but here in the States, they make the perfect stocking stuffer.

the andrée jardin mini kit à chaussure is a set made for cleaning kids shoes. 9
Above: The Andrée Jardin Mini Kit à Chaussure is a set made for cleaning kids shoes. It comes with a spatula brush to apply polish and a horsehair brush to shine; €18 at La Trésorerie.
the le baigneur shaving soap is made for dry skin and comes in a porcelain case 10
Above: The Le Baigneur Shaving Soap is made for dry skin and comes in a porcelain case to extend the life of the soap when not in use; €39 at Zangra.
the merci set of \24 large clips in aluminum are the elegant version of the &am 11
Above: The Merci Set of 24 Large Clips in aluminum are the elegant version of the “Chip Clip” and can also be used as clothespins; €13.
the airmail block (\1970s) of gummed airmail stamps for £4.50 at present & 12
Above: The Airmail Block (1970s) of gummed airmail stamps for £4.50 at Present & Correct in the UK.
the scarf pin made of horn comes in dark (black), light (blonde), and mixed (sh 13
Above: The Scarf Pin made of horn comes in dark (black), light (blonde), and mixed (shown). The horn comes from Watussi cattle in Bovlingbjerg, Denmark, whose horns are typically two meters with a 50 meter circumference; €19 at Manufactum.
the le bouchon français champagne is a traditional champagne cap made by roger 14
Above: The Le Bouchon Français Champagne is a traditional champagne cap made by Roger Orfèvre with a red, white, and blue French insignia; €11 at La Trésorerie. Also available is the Le Bouchon Français à Vin, a wine cork, for €5.30 also at La Trésorerie.
a tiny travel size tube of marvis whitening mint toothpaste is available on ama 15
Above: A tiny travel-size tube of Marvis Whitening Mint Toothpaste is available on Amazon for $7.50.
the perceval pâte à polir is something i came across in a hardware store in f 16
Above: The Perceval Pâte à Polir is something I came across in a hardware store in France. It’s a 50ml tube of polishing paste for silverware, copper, aluminum, and gold; €7.08 at Couteaux Clic.
a box of german drei sterne square pointed dustless chalk comes individually wr 17
Above: A box of German Drei Sterne Square Pointed Dustless Chalk comes individually wrapped in paper; $5 at Schoolhouse.
a small box of french night lights make for diy tea lights with a single wick a 18
Above: A small box of French Night Lights make for DIY tea lights with a single wick and vegetable oil poured into a glass. They’re £5 per box at Labour and Wait.
offenbach soap from saudade in portugal is made from natural fatty acids that 19
Above: Offenbach Soap from Saudade in Portugal is made from natural fatty acids that work to clean paint and household brushes; £7 for 500 grams of soap to £12 for 1 kilogram at Saudade.
from one of our favorite paris destinations, merci, the box of \150 matches are 20
Above: From one of our favorite Paris destinations, Merci, the Box of 150 Matches are tipped in red, white, and blue, Parisian-style; €7.90 at Merci.

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