Looking for something to buy for your favourite Francophile for Christmas, birthdays or just because you love them? We’ve picked some of our favourite things…
Beautiful French and Provence tablecloths
Based in the UK, the family run company FrenchShopping.co.uk source all of their gorgeous tablecloths from makers directly in France. And, they ship worldwide. There are loads of gorgeous patterns including styles from Provence and Alsace, plus matching accessories, and the prices are excellent. The perfect gift for French lifestyle lovers – puts a ray of sunshine on any table!
Perfect gift for those learning French
If you know someone who’s learning French – a subscription to Newsdle is a brilliant gift. It’s a very different way to learn French, and as I’m a subscriber, I can tell you it really works. Each day you log in to your Newsdle account to read a selection of French articles based on your personal interests. Mine for instance are history and culture and general news. Choose your skill level from beginner to advanced and then work through as many of the articles as you like and test yourself with word and listening quizes. It really is a superb way to find out more about France as you improve your French language learning.
Take a free trial and see for yourself, and if you love it as much as I do, join up and get 25% off your subscription (which costs less than two cups of coffee a month) with this code: goodlife25
A piece of Paris to cherish
Artist and author John Donahue’s Paris Collection features signed, limited, hand-drawn prints of some of the most iconic Paris restaurants. Each order comes with a unique link for a custom gift sheet with the drawing and some text about the series that can be instantly downloaded, printed at home, and tied with a ribbon as a placeholder until the actual prints arrive.
Free French films and TV shows
TV5MONDEPlus is a sort of French Netflix but 100% free!* It’s an ideal way to study and have fun at the same time. You can watch online or download the App, it’s available on all your devices, including Amazon Fire and Smart TV’s and you’ll get access to exclusive content. And did I mention it’s completely free (* except for a very few countries where their local regulations require it to be a paid service including the US – you can find the link here: TV5MONDEPlus in the USA.
Perfect for book worms
For that special book lover in your life, here are a few recommendations:
Cooks and foodies will love the delicious recipes in Paris-based Molly Wilkinson’s French Pastry Made Simple
Janine Marsh has written two internationally best-selling books on life in France The Good Life France and My Four Seasons in France, feel good and escapist true life stories…
Timeless Paris by Marin Montagu explores the shops and artists workshops of yesteryear that can still be found in Paris
All available from Amazon and good book shops everywhere (if they don’t have the books in stock ask them to order in for you and support your local book store).
There are loads of book reviews on the site from romance to guide books, cookery books, thrillers and memoirs, click on the book review category for more details)
Perfect for wine lovers in the USA
SomMailier.com is a French Wine Club in the USA. Become a member and every three months you’ll receive three, six or twelve bottles of boutique French wines. Every handcrafted bottle has been carefully selected by wine experts in France. And, you’ll also receive detailed information about wine and food pairing ideas to help you really discover French wine. We think a club membership is the perfect Christmas present (see our guide to Christmas wine pairing). Get a special introductory offer of 10% off on any product – just use the code TGLF2021 on the check out page…
Gorgeous French bed linen
France has long been famous for its style. The French “look” has developed over hundreds of years reflecting the savoir-faire, know-how and attention to detail that is a particularly French thing. From the refined grandeur of Chateau style to Provencal, Parisian and rustic styles, the French look really does suit all tastes. And there are constant themes, including the use of blue and white as key colours and great quality fabrics – especially bed linen. And nowhere does bed linen better than Paris La Chambre…