Best Gifts For Francophiles – 2021 Edition


Best gifts for francophiles

And before we can turn around it’s that time of year again!

As unbelievable as it seems, Scotty attended his first Christmas function yesterday. His afternoon out prompted me to look at a calendar. Which lead to my sudden realisation that it’s now less than five weeks until Christmas.

Seriously, how is that even a thing? But if I’m assuming my counting skills are correct and that my calendar is correct, it feels like the right time to refresh my gift giving guide. 

So here you go – the all new, 2021 edition of the best gifts for francophiles. 

Best Gifts For Francophiles – 2021 Edition

  • A French market basket or a Filt string bag. Either are perfect for carrying supplies with some French flair. And speaking of flair, this collaboration between Filt and Longchamp, two classic French brands, provided my favourite upgrade of 2021. 
  • French inspired wall art. If our fine art photography store was open, I’d tell you to head straight there (you can sign up for the waitlist here). But given I’m dragging my heels on the grand opening, I’ll suggest you consider either French photography or perhaps an original watercolour instead.
  • French soaps and body lotions. You cannot beat the scent of French soap. And although gifting laundry products might seem a little unconventional, some of the French laundry liquids and linen sprays smell divine. 
  • A French themed calendar. Whether you choose a wall or desk option, calendars a fabulous way to bring France into every day life.
  • A book about France. 2021 was a bumper year for books about France. For the keen cook, choose a cookbook like À Table or Plat du Jour by Susan Hermann Loomis (review coming soon). Or if home decor is something your francophile loves, go for Provence Style or Sara Silm’s How To French Country (again, stay tuned for the review).
  • Send a box of French cheeses. Many speciality cheese stores offer this service now, and as a recent recipient of some delicious fromage, I can confirm it is delightful (and yummy) gift.
  • Copper cookware or serving ware. Nothing says French kitchen like copper.
  • A proper French crêpe pan. Because it’s so much fun to bring this classic French dish home.
  • A French linen tablecloth and/or napkins. They’re ideal for French themed dinner parties. Or opt for a linen apron. I have a collection of them, and love every single one.
  • A French inspired picnic basket. Your francophile will happily fill it with pâté and baguettes over and over again.
  • A bottle of armagnac or cognac. It’s a change up on the traditional bottle of Champagne, and perfect for sipping after a rich holiday meal.
  • A French style urn, filled with a pencil pine. Cypress trees dot the countryside in the south of France. So they’re sure to evoke memories for your francophile. They’re also remarkably hardy, which means your recipient won’t have to worry too much about it.

Want more ideas?

Make sure you check out my previous suggestions – you’ll find them here.

What some of your best gift ideas for francophiles? I’d love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

And until next time – au revoir.

Please note – This is an unsolicited post and no compensation of any kind has been received from the brands named in this post.


About Janelle

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6 thoughts on “Best Gifts For Francophiles – 2021 Edition

  • jackie edwards

    Great post madam. I must say that there is notthing like a bottle of french champagne…… my friends say I am so easy to buy for. You and Scotty have a safe and happy festive season

      • Janelle Post author

        Hi Kate, Given you replied to Jackie’s comment I’m guessing you are keen to get an opinion on Champagne brands. Personally, of the brands I can find easily in Australia, I like Piper-Heidsieck, Taittinger & Veuve Clicquot. But like any wine, the value is the eyes of the taster. Try a few at different price points and give yourself permission to like what you like xx

    • Janelle Post author

      Thanks Jackie. All the best to you for the festive season too. And yes, it’s hard to go past a bottle French Champagne. But given I’ve called it out in every previous francophile gift list I decided to get creative…But, for the record, you can’t go wrong with a gift of champagne xx