I love bringing back gifts from Paris for family and friends, but while those mini Eiffel Tower keychains are great for the kiddos, for the grown-ups I prefer something more refined, a classic gift that still says “Paris”. Macarons from Ladurée are as iconic as it gets, short of the Tower itself and well, that topic has already been discussed. 21 rue Bonaparte–75006.
For something unique, maybe a candle from Diptyque? The variety of scents assures shopping success and the powdery perfume is sophisticated and elegant. Plus, the address is printed right on the glass. Perfect.
Kusmi Tea, started in 1867 by a Russian peasant and now based in Paris, offers an incredible variety of teas for the serious as well as not-so-serious tea drinker. Each tea is chronologically numbered according to its creation. Tsar Nicholas II had his favorite: №108 and it’s still available today. 56 rue de Seine–75006.
Flavor is the focus here. A little black book of chocolates from Hugo & Victor is a delicious gift idea. Boxes range from a single-serving-sized 6 to an incredible 104 pieces per Moleskin-look-alike carnet. Be sure to check out their other amazingly creative sweets. 40 Boulevard Raspail–75007.
Fragonard Parfumeur is known for exquisite perfumes, yet each store offers so much more in the gift idea department such as gorgeous table linens, Paris-themed serving trays (suitcase sized, naturally), scented soaps, and some clothing items. 196 blvd. Saint-Germain–75007.
E. Dehillerin is a cook’s candy store. Offering essentials for the kitchen since 1820, it’s where the great Julia Child outfitted her cuisines. The brusque but knowledgeable staff will help pick out the perfect gift. 18-20 rue Coquillere–75001.
Started in Paris in 1985, Pylones offers colorful alternatives to otherwise dull, everyday kitchen and household items. Cheese graters shaped like Russian stacking dolls, brightly painted dustpans with matching brush, and “chicken” kitchen timers are among the incredible variety of playful gadgets and goodies. Located in Carrousel du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli–75001. Other locations around Paris.
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