15 Fabulous French Gifts For Francophiles Obsessed With France

By Annie André

Forget cheesy souvenirs; I’ve put together a list of unique French gifts any self-respecting Francophile would love to receive. Many of which you can easily order online at the last minute.

French Gifts For Francophiles

If you’re a Francophile looking for French gifts, games and toys for a child or teen, I’ve also put together a list of over 50 French gifts for kids here.

1- An Authentic French Beret

A French beret………What could be more French? You could buy that French loving friend of yours a run of the mill French beret but…..If you want a truly classic French beret made in France the traditional way (mostly by hand), check out Laulhère.  They’ve been making hats for over 175 years.  Prices vary but usually start at 35 USD.

An authentic French beret is a fabulous French Gift to give your Francophile Friends Obsessed with France

French berets (Laulhère) French berets (Laulhère)
$42.71

Traditional French Beret Basque by French brand Laulhère. Made in France, Water Resistant 100% pure virgin wool merino. Diameter: 28 cm

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2- Oyster Knife or Laguiole Wine Bottle opener

A good quality oyster knife for shucking oysters is a great gift for any sophisticated shell-fish loving Francophile.

The French love oysters on the half. Every year about 80 thousand tonnes of oysters (les huitres – “lay zueetr”) are consumed in France.  Mostly during Christmas and new years.  If you can’t find a store near you that selling oyster knives, order one online. It will set you back about 20 to 40 USD, but it’s a gift they will cherish for years to come. 

3- Real Champagne & Champagne Flutes

By law, “real” champagne must be produced from the Champagne region of France, otherwise, it’s not real Champagne, it’s just sparkling wine. 

For example, a sparkling wine made in France but outside of the Champagne region is called Crémant. Champagne-like drinks from other countries include Prosecco from Italy, Cava from Spain, Sekt in Germany and, of course, sparkling wine in English-speaking countries.

Here are a few noteworthy bottles of authentic French Champagne to choose from:

  1. Dom Pérignon
  2. Veuve Clicquot
  3. Taittinger
  4. Moët et Chandon
  5. Pommery
  6. Ruinart
  7. Roederer
  8. Mumm
  9. Canard-Duchêne
  10. Charles Heidsieck.
  11. Other French champagnes less known are: Bollinger, Legras, Lanson, De Castellane, and Krug, to name a few.

BTW, French Champagne and oysters on the half shell are two things that go well together in France. Especially during the Christmas and New Year Holidays.

Authentic French Champagne is a fabulous French Gift to give your Francophile Friends Obsessed with France

See also: Can you stomach New Year’s Eve In True French Style? Weird Foods!

4- A Fancy Cheese Board

Why not offer your cheese-loving Francophile friend a very chic slate cheese board with some chalk so they can serve and label cheese at their next dinner party. If your local store doesn’t have one, you can pick up a slate cheese board online for about 20 to 30 USD.

Slate Cheese Board Slate Cheese Board

The classic slate board makes a great cheese board or Charcuterie board to serve your favourite cheeses and cured meats at dinner parties. Use chalk to identify the different food items on the platter. 

State Cheese Boards State Cheese Boards

These handcrafted bamboo cheese boards designed by Amy Stringer-Mowat and Bill Mowat in New York City are the perfect way to show off your favourite foods and cheeses. All 50 states available. Which is your favourite?

5- Cheese Baker For Camembert  and/or Brie

“A lovely gooey baked Camembert with loads of crusty bread for dipping is always a winner, ” Jamie Oliver.

Let your friends re-create the classic French favourite, baked Camembert or baked Brie, by giving them a stylish and beautiful cheese baker made to look like an actual cheese round. Make sure you get one big enough to take a standard 8 oz round of Camembert or Brie cheese.

Baked Brie or Camembert Cheese baker is a fabulous French Gift to give your Francophile Friends Obsessed with France

6-Lego Eiffel Tower

The Lego Eiffel Tower (~40$) is the perfect gift for all your French Francophile Friends (that’s a mouthful) who likes to build things. Dare I say, nerds?   Equally great for youngsters interested in France as well.

7-Wooden Crepe Making Toolset

The secret to cooking great crepes is having the right tools. A normal spatula won’t do. Instead, your crepe loving friends should use a wooden crepe making set (20$), which includes a spreader to help spread the batter in your pan to get your crepes super thin and a thin wooden spatula to make it easier to flip and serve without tearing those super thin crepes. Sure, you can still make decent crepes without these tools, but it’s easier with the right tools. I speak from experience.

Crepe tool Set (7” Spreader and 14” Spatula) Crepe tool Set (7” Spreader and 14” Spatula)
$19.99

Make French Crepes In No Time using these 3 different-sized crepe spreaders (large, medium, small) and crepe spatula.

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You might be interested in reading about national crepe day in France called “La Chandeleur”

8- Crepe Pan

Don’t stop at the wooden crepe making toolset. Get your crepe lover a proper crepe pan or an electric crepe griddle. These truly make a difference in your crepe making production.

Electric Crepe Griddle Electric Crepe Griddle
$44.00

Electric non-stick crepe maker and griddle makes 12" crepes.

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9-Fleur De Sel From Guérande

Whenever people talk about the BEST salt in the world, Fleur de sel de Guérande usually comes up in the conversation. Collected by hand from Bretagne’s salt marshes in Guérande France, Fleur de sel de Guérande is normally used while cooking and at the table to enhance flavours. You should be able to find it in any well-stocked grocery store or online.

(French Salt) Fleur de sel de Guérande (French Salt) Fleur de sel de Guérande
$11.64 ($1.32 / ounce)

Harvested from the salt marshes of South Brittany in France

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10- Le Coq Sportif (The French sports brand)

If you really want to get on the good side of a sporty Francophile, then get them something from the French sports brand “Le Coq Sportif” (LUH- COK-Spor-TEEF), which means “The sporty Rooster.”  You’ll recognize the brand by the rooster logo.

Le Coq Sportif has been around for over 130 years, since 1882, and has become one of the world’s most prestigious brands, renowned for its clothing, footwear and sporting equipment.

A little-known fact: The founder, émile Camuset, invented the sweatsuit and sweatpants.

Le coq sportif Logo with famous rooster

Le Coq Sportif Sports Shirt Le Coq Sportif Sports Shirt

Raglan style t-shirt with round neck and tricolour (blue, white & red) detail on left sleeve. Iconic embroidered Le Coq Sportif logo on the chest.

11-Humorous Books About France And French Life

If you know a Francophile who likes to read and has a good sense of humour, then consider getting them one of the countless books written about French life such as “A year in the Merde” written by Stephen Clarke, which means ” A year in the shit.  The author Stephen Clark also wrote, “In the merde for love.”

12- Crème brûlée torch and ramekins

Give your Francophile foody friend the tools they need to re-create Crème brûlée, the classic French dessert with a wonderfully crunchy sugar top. You might find it surprising just how easy it is to make Crème brûlée. The secret to getting that crispy caramelized sugar topping is the blow torch, and don’t forget to serve this iconic desert in a white ramekin to add a touch of elegance. 

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13- Raclette Table Top Grill

When a friend invited our family to their house to “Manger la raclette“- Eat Raclette, I had no idea what to expect. When someone in France says they’ll be serving raclette, they usually mean melted raclette cheese (which you melt yourself at the dinner table) using a raclette machine.

raclette table top girill is a great gift to give your Francophile friend

Electric Tabletop Raclette Cheese Gril (Dual Granite Stone & Non-Stick top (8 Person) Electric Tabletop Raclette Cheese Gril (Dual Granite Stone & Non-Stick top (8 Person)
$57.95

This raclette machine is the ultimate cheese melter. It features 8 cheese raclette pans to melt your favourite cheese in minutes An essential addition to any party, get-together or gathering- right there on your tabletop!

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Raclette cheese Raclette cheese
$23.99 ($1.55 / Ounce)

Imported from Switzerland and made from pure Swiss milk. Raclette cheese is an excellent melting chees most often served as part of the Raclette meal, with a raclette machine.

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The electric raclette machine is usually placed in the centre of the table so everyone can reach the device and melt their own cheese. Think Fondue only each person melts their own cheese by placing a slice of raclette cheese on a mini pan, which they place under the electric tabletop raclette grill. You then take your individual pan containing the melted cheese and pour it over various sliced cold meats, potatoes and cornichons. 

Raclette grills would make a wonderful gift for someone who loves to entertain or wants a fun way to serve family dinners. Having said that, raclette cheese is hard to find outside of France, so feel free to substitute with your favourite cheese. I have used Cheddar, Swiss, Gouda and even Parmesan and serve over grilled veggies and potatoes. Watch the video below to see how it’s done.

14-Artsy French Inspired Shower Curtain

A shower curtain might seem like a strange gift to give to someone but think about it—who doesn’t need a fresh new shower curtain every so often. So the next time you need to buy a gift for someone’s housewarming party, instead of getting them a potted plant that will eventually die, look for a French-inspired shower curtain that doubles as bathroom art. Don’t forget the shower curtain hooks. 

15-French Macarons

If you’re not sure what to get that Francophile friend of yours, give them a taste of France. French macarons, not to be confused with coconut macaroons, are a meringue-based confection and the delight of France (for a good reason). They come in a variety of flavours from coffee and raspberry to lavender and orange, and they actually hold up well in shipping. Here in France, we can even get them in the frozen section.  

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Bonus: French Lessons

Every Francophile’s dream is to speak French, so why not gift them online French lessons?  Personally, I think online French lessons have come a long way, and you can actually learn a lot more than you can from a French textbook. With online French lessons, they’ll be able to watch videos, listen to the audio, take self-directed tests. Plus, online French lessons are much more affordable than one on one lessons.

C’est Tout

In reality, there are literally thousands of things you could buy for your French loving friends, but I hope this list of 15 French gifts for your Francophile Friends inspires you to pick that perfect something that enchants their little French hearts.

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