I have a lot of friends who visit Paris. At the end of their respective trips, there is inevitably a mad rush to buy gifts for loved ones back home and I have been privy to not a few purchases of a flashing Eiffel tower key chain.
In an effort to get people out of the garish souvenir shops of Montmartre and the Rue de Rivoli, and in the hopes of giving you some ideas for gifts from Paris which are not a “Paris je t’aime” t-shirt that will immediately be relegated to the status of pyjama top and subsequently never worn, I have compiled a list of gifts that you could get that people might actually want.
Paris souvenir ideas:
- Sabé Masson is a Parisian soft perfume label which sells beautifully scented solid perfumes in great packaging.
- I have already talked about my love for Evian facial sprays in this post and a small Evian facial spray bottle is a nice mini-gift to go along with something else. I have it on good authority that many other countries don’t sell this product and have seen a few people come to Paris and stock up!
- The Musée d’Orsay is currently doing an exhibition on the Douanier Rousseau and his artwork. You can buy a coffee table book of the exhibition in the museum’s shop, which is accessible even if you don’t have tickets to the museum.
- A box of calissons, a French sweet made with candied melon, ground almonds and topped with royal icing. What I love about the Roy René brand is that they sell baby calissons and offer a range of unconventional flavours and colours. They are also far less expensive than macarons.
- A Giverny gardens tea holder. If you happen to visit Monet’s gardens while you’re in Paris, they sell these super cute tea holders. I have one for builder’s tea and one for posh tea.
- Le Bon Marché offers a range of Paris tote bags and they often bring out new ones. I have a couple which I use all the time to carry books or yoga things around.
- A Colour-in map of Paris. If this isn’t the coolest thing, I don’t know what is.
- A box of classic Pierre Hermé macarons. Standard but pricy. (My favourite macaron from the Pierre Hermé collection is definitely the Mogador (milk chocolate and passion fruit)
You can also find some great ideas for gifts and souvenirs on www.boutique.paris.fr