Holiday Gift Guides 2020 | The French-Inspired Guide for the Francophile

If you are anything like me, you are planning to get a head start on your holiday shopping this month. Most years I spend my afternoons in Paris, visiting my favorite shops and carefully selecting the perfect French gift for each and every person on my list. However, this year is a little bit different (the understatement of the century), and instead of leisurely perusing petite boutiques I’ll be doing my shopping online. To give yourself the quintessential Parisian shopping experience, pour yourself a cup of Mariage Frères tea, turn on this playlist, and enjoy this French inspired Francophile gift guide.

French Inspired Francophile Gift Guide | 2020 Holiday Shopping | Molly Carr Photography

1. Ma Vie a Paris Travel Guide |  2. Chanel Brooch | 3. Hermes Plumes en Fete Shawl | 4. Cire Trudon Holiday Candle | 5. diptyque Wick Trimmer | 6. Buly Scented Matches | 7. Molly Carr Fine Art Print | 8. Frette Throw Blanket | 9. Doorbell Cover | 10. Laduree Macaron Box | 11. Astir de Villatte Pitcher | 12. Antique Map of Paris | 13. Saint James Striped Shirt | 14. Saint Laurent Loafers | 15. The Cook’s Atelier Cookbook | 16. Pain au Chocolat | 17. Le Labo Perfume

For the fashion lover, a classic Hermes shawl, the loveliest Chanel brooch (a staple in my wardrobe), and a pair of über chic Saint Laurent loafers – perfect for emulating that famed Parisian ‘je ne se quois’.

To bring a bit of Paris into your home, I adore this Cire Trudon holiday candle which reminds me of winter getaways in Morocco paired with a diptyque wick trimmer. If you’re looking for a gift that is certain to wow – this giant antique map of Paris is an absolute show-stopper. Frette linens are the supreme of French luxury, and this cashmere throw blanket is perfect for long holiday evenings spent snuggling up by the fire. And of course, a framed fine art print from the Molly Carr Print Shop is always a crowd-pleaser, if I do say so myself.

For the foodie, the Cook’s Atelier cookbook is almost as dreamy as a trip to their Burgundy workshop (an all-time favorite French experience of mine). Asiter de Villatte creates stunning homegoods inspired by 18th century Parisian ceramics studios, and this pitcher is a gift that any holiday hostess would be thrilled to receive. Or, for a slightly more budget conscious hostess present, why not consider a classic box of Ladurée macarons? Since for most of us, a trip to our favorite boulangerie is currently out of the question, these Pain au Chocolat pastries are a close second.

Of course, we mustn’t forget the stocking stuffers! A bottle of Le Labo Perfume (in the captivating Fleur d’Oranger fragrance), a classic Brenton striped Saint James shirt, a Paris travel guide from the founders of Astier de Villatte that “embodies French taste and allows the reader to avoid being seen as an irksome tourist,” beautiful scented matches, and the cutest doorbell cover that turns even the tiniest New York City apartment into a Parisian pied-à-terre.

I hope you enjoyed this French inspired Francophile gift guide! Stay tuned in the coming weeks for even more curated shopping experiences including guides for the Old-World traveler, the bride and groom, and more.

French inspired Francophile gift guide by Molly Carr


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