Fran co•phile adj.: A person who admires France, its people, or its culture. Here is a guide to help you find the perfect gift for the French obsessed person in your life.
1 A Trip to Paris: Open Skies
You can’t beat surprising your loved one with a ticket to Paris. Open Skies flys direct to Paris from New York. With Open Skies, gone are the days of long and harrowing flights stuffed like sardines in the economy section. Economy? What’s “Economy”? PREM+ is a new service category offering business class comfort without the business class price, featuring wide leather seats with a 140 degree recline and 52 inches of legroom. Both BIZ & Prem+ receive fresh and healthy meal services, bottle poured wines, electric outlets at every seat, entertainment systems and much more. http://flyopenskies.com reservations: 1-866-581-3596
2 Taschen’s Paris: by Angelika Taschen
Now that he/she has a ticket to Paris, they will need an essential guidebook that will tell them where they can get the best macarons in the city or where Hemingway ate the herrings he wrote about in A Moveable Feast. How about Picasso’s favorite restaurant, La Palatte? This is the most stylish Parisian guide book out there. Buy it at: http://taschen.com
3 Brigitte Eau de Parfum by Tocca
I highly suggest giving this gift to the woman in your life whether she is a Francophile or not. It smells so good that it literally uplifts your mood. Actually it has a “sexy” scent which is why it’s named after and inspired by Brigitte Bardot at the height of her sexiness and the imagery of her riding her bicycle in Farm Markets in the South of France. The notes in the scent are delightfully sweet Morrocan rose, papaya, ginger, rhubarb, sandalwood and musk. http://tocca.com
4 Ooh La La Soap by Lush
Help her calm her frazzled nerves with a pretty bar of Ooh La La Soap by Lush. This lovely lavender scented soap lathers up into a pretty shade of fucshia pink. She’ll feel like she’s bathing in a French garden. The smell of lavender is known to have a soothing and calming effect. http://lush.com
5 Rosetta Stone: Learn to speak French in a matter of months!
Le meilleur cadeau que vous pouvez donner est le cadeau de langue! What better way to tell the Francophile in your life how much you love them than to give them the gift of learning a new language -French! Rosetta Stone allows the user to learn at their own pace as quickly or slowly as they want. It’s used by the US State Department and Military and you know they mean business. So if your Francophile regrets not paying attention in high school French class, they can make up for it by dedicating a few months to Rosetta Stone. http://rosettastone.com
6 Stylish Clothing by French Label Manoush
French label Manoush is known for offering mixes of leather and lace, embroidery and sequins. It’s bohemian meets Alice in Wonderland and couldn’t be anything but French. http://manoush.com
7 Macarons by Paulette Beverly Hills
Yummy yummy doo! Not to be confused with “Macaroons” (double o), Macarons are a traditional and delicious French pastry made of egg whites, almond powder, icing and sugar and shaped into little round mini burger-like domes. They are also stylish, coming in all sorts of colors from pastel yellows to bold reds & purples. Although this gift could be eaten up in one sitting, it’s still an eventful goodie. Macarons can’t be easily found anywhere in the US as they can be found at any random bakery in Paris but luckily there are a few bakeries that sell them. $18 per box of 18 Macarons. www.paulettemacarons.com/