Your Final-Minute French-Impressed Christmas Reward Information

If you haven’t hopped on the Christmas shopping cart yet, haven’t been inspired, or just haven’t had the breadth to think about, then don’t worry. I have just the thing. Read on for some French-inspired gifts that should put a smile on the faces of your friends and family this season as we wait to travel again.

1. La Bouche Rouge make-up set: Elegant and plastic-free

Gorgeous plastic-free packaging and cruelty-free makeup from La Bouche Rouge Paris.

La Bouche Rouge and Willabelle Ong

Make-up is not always skin-deep. Some brands, like the Parisian La Bouche Rouge, whose products are plastic-free except for the packaging, are committed to reducing the amount of plastic used in their products. Soft, bold lipsticks come in elegant metal and synthetic leather bags with color refills that you can simply click into the case every time you change your lipstick. And the pressed Bronzer Powder Compact is in a slim metal case that seductively fits into a matching wallet. The brand also focuses on supplying a village in Togo with clean drinking water – for every lipstick sold, it donates 100 liters. They also make gift cards if the selection of lipsticks, powders, mascaras, eyeliners, and eye shadows amazes you. Laboucherougeparis.com

2. Enjkeys dream homes: jaw dropping vacation rentals in France’s most desirable areas

Incredible homes for rent all over France.

Incredible homes for rent across France – coupons from Enjkey.

Enjkey

When the travel industry returns, we should ask ourselves how we can travel better. The big blockbuster hotels often focus on keeping guests in their walls by giving them everything they could want and putting all of their money right in their pockets. It differs from rental homes that are scattered across a destination in that visitors tend to venture outside their home walls to eat and explore, which allows an entire community to benefit. For your next trip to France, give a gift card to one of Enjkey’s dream homes, from elegant mansions to sumptuous mansions and castles that could look like something out of a fairy tale. Enjkey.com (English page coming soon)

3. Jean Roger Ceramics: the topic of conversation for your next dinner party

François Roger, the great-grandson of Jean Roger, took over the management of the legendary ceramic studio in 1947.

François Roger, Jean Roger’s great-grandson, took over the reins of the legendary ceramics in 1947 … [+] Studio.

Jen Roger

Have you ever thought of investing in ceramic palm leaf candle holders? What about cabbage soup tartlets? You will once see Jean Roger’s funny fifties-style creations. It was founded in 1947 and is one of the oldest ceramic studios in Paris. Today it is run by Jean’s grandson François (pictured), whose hard work and dedication have kept the brand alive. The colorful, colonial-inspired pieces are coveted by collectors far and wide, especially in the United States. They are all made by hand in the Jean Roger Atelier, located in a former “Manufacture de Caoutchouc” (rubber workshop), where the old sign still hangs over the door, just around the corner from Place des Vosges in the Marais. Jeanrogerdecoration.com

4. Agathe Toman Ring: evoke the silence of nature

“SnowFlake” by the artist Agathe Toman and the jeweler Samuel Huguenin.

Agathe Toman

Give more than a piece of jewelry to a loved one. Give them a break. One breath. In collaboration with the jeweler Samuel Huguenin, the young French illustrator and poet Agathe Toman created “SnowFlake”, a slate ring with delicate silver veins that penetrate the blackness of the stone with a hypnotic quality. Each ring is unique and reflects Toman’s painting and her irregular, random nature. The artist experiments with black and white and recalls the work of Pierre Soulages. He explores the constantly changing state of being. The sterling silver ring is engraved on the side with Toman’s poetic lines such as “Lost in the Realms_Of the Unseen” or words of your choice, which gives the piece an even more personal quality. What’s next for the artist? Sotheby’s in Paris will feature two of their works of art in their next “Now!” Auction next February. Samuelhuguenin.com

5. ‘The New Parisienne’ book: French women are making waves

Lindsey Tramuta is the author of

Lindsey Tramuta is the author of “The New Parisienne”.

Joann Pai

Lindsey Tramuta is the author of “The New Parisienne”, which questions the status quo and breaks the illusion of the sensual doll-like quality of the Parisienne. In her interviews with activists with designers, chefs and journalists and even the Paris Mayor, Tramuta emphasizes that a Parisian woman has a lot more to offer than style and sex appeal. She also has brains – and she is building the city of tomorrow. A must-see that not only provides a little context about Paris today, but also inspires and empowers anyone who needs a boost to start their own project. Thenewparisienne.com

6. A Duvelleroy fan: reviving an ancient craft

French hand fans of the historical brand

French hand fans of the historical brand

Duvelleroy

A Duvelleroy hand fan is not an old fan. It’s a piece of history, art. Originally founded in 1827, the house became the supplier to the aristocracy of the time, including Queen Victoria of Great Britain. But she wasn’t the only queen to get her hands on a fan – Duvelleroy was also tapped to create Eugénie de Montijos for her wedding to Napoleon III. Since then, the house has changed hands several times, surviving the world wars and stylistic changes, even the arrival of air conditioning when there was a risk of it disappearing for good. However, 2010 marked a new chapter in Duvelleroy’s history when owner Michel Maignan teamed up with Eloïse Gilles and Raphaëlle Le Baud, whose love affair with traditional French brands has brought the brand back to life as unique works of art and brought it into people’s homes today. Duvelleroy.fr

7. The bath soap: Paris Soap Works

Made-in-Paris soap range

Made-in-Paris soap range

The bather

Escape the cold, coronavirus and crisis for a second with a simple touch of Le Baigneur (the bather) organic soaps that will take you to fragrant gardens in far-flung exotic locations. The natural soaps for face and body have been specially developed for men’s skin and are made from local ingredients using traditional methods. The brand’s signature vintage graphic navy and grass green packaging is 100 percent plastic-free and made in France. A portion of the brand’s sales will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation Europe. Everything is made on-site in Le Baigneur’s small atelier adjacent to the shop in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. Lebaigneur.fr

8. La Cuisine: the only croissant course to be booked

La Cuisine Parisian Croissant Courses in Paris.

La Cuisine Parisian Croissant Courses in Paris.

Parisian cuisine

Croissants may be an everyday staple in France, but the painstaking work of making the perfect light, fluffy, mouth-melting butter biscuit goes without saying. When Ségolène, the master pastry chef who runs croissant courses at La Cuisine Paris, told me that it takes several days to make croissants, I was amazed. In fact, croissants have no fewer than 81 layers of pastries and butter that are lovingly kneaded, finely rolled and braided before they can go in the oven. That was just one of many interesting facts I learned from class. And while I haven’t perfected my baking yet, it’s a novel way to experience French food, culture, and history in a beautiful location on the Seine, just steps from Notre Dame. Lacuisineparis.teachable.com

9. Drinking and Eating French: Books to keep your cravings in check

The book “Apéritif” by the wine and spirits author Rebekah Peppler.

The book “Apéritif” by the wine and spirits author Rebekah Peppler.

Rebekah Peppler

There have been a number of new books on French food and drink lately that are worth getting your hands on, especially if your trip to France had to be postponed. Must-haves include drinking French by food blogger, book author, and pastry chef David Lebovitz, in which New York Times bestselling author of My Paris Kitchen shares 160 drink recipes to take from your café au lait morning to night bring aperitif, diving into the rituals of the French drinking culture. Another great book for beverage fans is the aperitif by writer and beverage stylist Rebekah Peppler. A beautiful collection of cocktails that will make you want to get some friends together for a weekend of fun and pleasure in Paris. And for the baker in your life, Poilâne: The Secrets of the World-Famous Bread Bakery traces the history of the world-famous bakery, which has been in operation since 1932, and also contains recipes for bread, hearty dishes and desserts. It’s another quirky lesson in French culture that will add a new twist to your next trip

10. Solidarity fridges: Helping others goes a long way

The association's co-founder, Dounia Mebtoul

The association’s co-founder, Dounia Mebtoul

Les Frigos Solidaires / Bigger Band

“What do you give someone who has everything?” is a question that comes up regularly. So, make a donation on their behalf this Christmas to help those who don’t have it all. In France there are a number of associations and foundations doing great things like Emmaus, the Fondation Abbé-Pierre, the Petits Frères des Pauvres, Les Restos du Coeur and others. But this year I would like to highlight the future-oriented work of the small association Les Frigos Solidaires (solidarity refrigerators). It puts fridges like the one pictured above on the streets across France, ready to be filled with food by people in the community. People who cannot afford to buy groceries can help themselves for free. There are currently 19 fridges in Paris and 38 across France. Help them get more fridges by making a donation.

11. Jessie Kanelos Weiner Sketches: Drawings That Make You Dream

Illustrator Jessie Kanelos Weiner's Parisian sketches of Parisian landmarks.

The Parisian sketches by the illustrator Jessie Kanelos Weiner of Parisian landmarks like the Café des Deux Magots.

Jessie Kanelos Weiner

What’s the next best thing about visiting Paris? A happy Jessie Kanelos Weiner sketch, bien sûr. The Paris-based artist offers a playful perspective on local life with her watercolor illustrations. From legendary cafes like the Café des Deux Magots (pictured above) to fun city maps and even the Parisian Dove, Jessie documents the sights and details that make Paris its “je-ne-sais-quoi” that draws the crowds . Order one of her sketches to cheer a friend’s walls or her beautiful Paris walking guide in Stride for her next trip.

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