Kids can be French fanatics too. From 3D
French gift guide and inspiration
I love lists and am always on the hunt for unique gifts for friends and family. Most of the French gifts on this list have a French theme to them but many are travel-related.
Games to help the kids learn French
These sturdy French flashcards are the perfect way to introduce over 60 essential and useful French words to your French language learner.
For Ages 5 and Up -200 magnetic word tiles that are printed on two sides and stick both ways, with a French word on one side and its English translation on the other. Basic vocabulary builder, but good for adults who want to learn too.
The classic memory game with a fun Parisian twist! This set of 48 matching cards features the most famous sights and symbols in the City of Light, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Mona Lisa, delicious pastries, and more.For preschool and up: 4 years and up
Wooden bikes, trikes, vintage scooter and cars
Your future French lover will love driving around in these stylish retro-looking bikes and miniature cars. Don’t forget to pick up a helmet!
By Janod, French toymaker. This French doctor kit includes everything needed to play Doctor
case, syringe, reflex hammer, disinfectant, stethoscope, otoscope, thermometer, Tongue Depressor, prescription notebook, pencil and bandage roll, and zippered medical bag.
Handmade Brass cuff bracelet with Paris map
Once a common sight in France, the hedgehog population could soon disappear from the country entirely by the year 2050.
This hedgehog bangle bracelet is high-quality stainless steel and fits wrists measuring 6 "to 8". Choose the initial you want to be stamped on a .5" silver plated disc.
This tote says it all. We all have superpowers.
Longchamp le Pliage is the perfect French gift for teen girls. Does double duty as a purse, book bag, carry-on luggage and overnight bag. Plus, it's super cute and folds up. This classic and iconic nylon bag with leather straps and flap is a favourite amongst many teens and adults in France and has a cult following because it's so versatile and comes in almost every colour combination you can think of. Prices range from 100 USD for a small bag to over 200 USD for a large tote size bag. But well worth it, in my opinion, because of its durability and enduring style.
This Swim Club striped weekend bag by Ban.do is the perfect bag for those quick getaways in the car or as carrying on luggage. It features a concealed front pocket and one large main compartment that is easy to fill and unpack. Includes a detachable interior pouch that helps you keep up with those smaller, more important travel necessities.
French-inspired lunch stuff
Not only adorable but also a practical French gift. This stylish Paris lunch bag made of high-quality neoprene keeps your food hot or cold for hours. It's also easy to clean, stain-resistant and machine washable. It measures 30cm (height) x 30cm (width), and it's free of vinyl and PVC.
Home, Decor & Wall Art
Useful Travel Gifts
Crafts, DIY and models
Part map, part DIY and part wall hanging decor. This fabric canvas cross stitch map and wall hanging kit is the perfect multifunctional gift. Coss stitch any design you like onto each of the countries and record your past, present and future travel adventures to France and beyond. It comes with a pine wood frame, 11-count polyester canvas, two embroidery needles and four coloured embroidery threads. Measures 23" (W) x 17" (H).
Build a piece of history and put it on display. For almost 30 years, from 1976 until 2003, a total of 18 Concorde planes took to the air in service with both Air France and British Airways. It had a top speed of Mach 2.2 (2400 km per hour - 1490 mph), flew faster than all its competitors and reduced the flight time between Europe and the USA by 50%.
Build a working miniature trébuchet ( a kind of catapult) and pretend your living in medieval times when they were used to attack castles and destroy defences. Trebuchets catapulted huge boulders, smashing down walls. They could also be used to fire diseased bodies and dead animals into a besieged castle or walled city.
"This is my Paris" is a multifaceted do-it-yourself city travel journal. It's hard to describe but think of it as a type of scrapbook for your memories of Paris; only it's more. It's part colouring, part creative activity book, part travel notebook and city guide in one. It contains beautiful illustrations, fun-to-do lists and unique facts about the city. It also leaves plenty of space for your stories, drawings, photos, souvenirs, cards, notes & tips for your friends.
Little Prince (Petit Prince)
Dual language (English French edition) of the little prince complete with audio download so you and your little one can listen together.
French cookbooks for kids
For kids who like to cook, check out these French cookbooks that show you how to create some of France’s most renowned dishes.
28 recipes prepared using fraises tagada (strawberry Tagada candy): a cult favourite amoung French adults and children. panna cotta, mousse chocolat blanc-fraise tagada, millefeuille, tarte chocolat-fraise-tagada, milkshakes.
Older teens who are interested in French culture and French food might enjoy the beautifully illustrated book. Let's eat France, which not only teaches you to cook French recipes but also teaches you about the history and culture. It has over 1 200 specialty foods, 375 iconic recipes, plus hundreds of maps, charts, tricks and tips. I bought this book for myself, but my daughter loves flipping through it. It's a staple on our coffee table and inspires us in the kitchen.
If you're planning a visit to Paris with kids between 8 and 13 years old and want them to learn as well as have fun while travelling, Let's visit Paris France is the book for you. It's full of interesting and fun facts to get them excited about the major things to do in Paris before you leave
This is Paris, is another witty children's travel book in the "This is…" series written by Miroslav Sasek. His other books include, This is London, This is San Francisco. This is Rome and many many more. This large-format book about Paris, first published in 1959 is not only visually beautiful, but it will also take your child on a journey to famous Parisian buildings, beautiful French gardens, museums, sidewalk cafes, and introduce you to the people who live there -- artists, flower girls, and thousands of cats.
Why not get the French edition of This is Paris?
Young francophiles and armchair travellers will be charmed by the book A walk in Paris, yet another whimsical travel book for children by Salvator Rubbino with retro illustrations in soft, muted colours. The book follows a girl and her grandfather through the streets of Paris. Throughout the book are brief informational captions about Parisian landmarks, cuisine, and language.
Paris will come alive with this beautiful and colourful pop-up book from Lonely Planet Kids.
Contains a set of six stunning pop-ups and gorgeous illustrations. This beautifully illustrated popup book includes six iconic landmarks that will kickstart the travel bug in young explorers -Eiffel Tower, the Pompidou Centre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Moulin Rouge, the Arc de Triomphe and a tower of delicious macarons!
Also available: Pop-up London, Pop-up New York
A 225-page book about the life of legendary fashion icon Gabrielle Chanel-brand-life-timeline/">Coco Chanel with practical life lessons for women of all ages.
Dolls and Plushies
If your little one enjoys the Madeline series about a seven-year-old girl attending a boarding school in Paris with eleven other girls, she'll love this 8” Madeline doll. She has a movable head & limbs & silky nylon hair. She's wearing her classic blue coat, plaid dress, yellow hat, shoes, & accessories- all removable
The Chicest Mouse in Paris follows an adorable mouse who dreams of moving to Paris to follow her fashion dreams. One day, she bravely takes the leap—only to fi nd a mean little girl with a horrible-looking cat standing in the way of her perfect Parisian apartment! Can Claris use all her wit, warmth and—of course—style to make her dreams come true?
Packaged in her matchbox bed, this playset contains a stuffed fairy mouse, a removable backpack that doubles as a keepsake pouch, and a blanket and pillow in coordinated colours.
Read more about the French tooth mouse in France who collects children's teeth when they fall out.
Matchbox Mice & Friends make perfect keepsake gifts for the special moments in your child’s life. When children lose their first tooth in France, the Tooth Fairy takes the form of a friendly little mouse. Designed by a mom of three in the mountain community of Boise, Idaho
Going to Paris with the kids and worried they'll get bored? This scavenger hunt adventure book takes your young travellers through the famous sights of Paris, engaging them in an exciting scavenger hunt as you explore city landmarks together. They’ll search for clues in the treasures of the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, discover the fascinating stories behind landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, uncover clues on the façade of Notre Dame, and many more engaging activities.
Invented in 1954 by Edmond Dujardin, Mille Bornes translates to "a thousand milestones" and refers to the distance markers on many French roads. In this classic French racing card game, you must outrace your opponents as you dodge the hazards they put in your way—keep the tank full, find your way around the speed limit, and avoid accidents that may slow you down.
Mille Bournes is listed in the GAMES Magazine Hall of Fame for "games that have met or exceeded the highest standards of quality and play value and have been continuously in production for at least ten years.
With this 3D puzzle from Cubicfun, you can build a Vintage Table Clock that really works. Foam Board,128 Pieces
Your Paris-loving teen and tween will love this 82 piece Eiffel tower 3D Puzzle, which doubles as a tabletop nightlight thanks to the included LED lights that mimic the real Eiffel tower in Paris. It measures 15.4" L x 14.2" W x 29.9" H.
Kids can build a replica of the Louvre with this 3D Louvre puzzle. It comes with 137 pieces, and the beauty of this 3D puzzle is no glue or tape is required, just patience. LED lights are included so you can light it up the night. Measures 20.5" L x 13.4" W x 5.1" H.
Recreate Paris's most famous landmarks, Notre Dame church, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel tower with this Paris skyline 3D puzzle. Requires no glue or tools to assemble and measures 15" L x 10" W x 12.87.
The 4D cityscape time puzzle of Paris is the world's first puzzle to incorporate the 4th dimension of time. You can build a complete replica of the Paris cityscape while learning history.
This is a truly unique concept perfect for both kids and adults. Unlike other puzzles, this can be played like a game, used as an educational toy and for entertainment purposes as you build it. You have to watch the video to understand how this 4D puzzle works truly.
French-inspired Lego Mini Figurines
Who doesn’t love Lego figurines? My favourite is the connoisseur with his baguette, French bulldog, striped shirt and
Kids can pretend they’re skiing in the French Alps with this adorable 402 pieces Lego friends snow resort chalet. It features everything you need to recreate the perfect French skiing vacation. A 2-story log cabin, outdoor hot tub, kitchen, lounge area with fireplace, dining area with table and chairs, upstairs bedroom with three beds a snowmobile, ski accessories, two ski ready mini figurines and more.
Toy Ferris wheel LEGO set includes 5 mini-figures – mom, dad, kid, and 2 fairground workers. The rotating Ferris Wheel features 8 gondolas for the Minifigures to ride inside, a ticket booth, a balloon cart with balloon animals and a dog. 1,002-piece
Here's a lego ski resort with a rooftop ski slope. The interesting thing about this particular lego set is that the ski slope converts into a bobsled track. Measures roughly 5x8x7 and comes with 347 pieces.
Your France-loving architects will enjoy creating a replica of the iconic Paris Arc de Triomphe. This Lego architecture Arc de Triomphe includes a booklet containing information about the design, architecture and history of the monument. Measures over 4” high, 5” wide and 3” deep and has 386 pieces.
This adorable Lego Parisian restaurant (called chez Albert) comes with a Parisian apartment and artist’s studio above the restaurant. Measures over 11” high, 9” long and 9” wide, has 2469 pieces and adorable French figurines—French chef, French server, French artist, a French girl and her Vespa.
Get medieval with this medieval castle market village Lego set. It has everything you need to recreate a medieval city, including a cozy tavern, blacksmith, fishmonger, turkey drumsticks and sword-yielding knights. Measures over 7.5 inches tall and over 9 inches long when open wide
If you still can’t decide on that perfect French gift for that French crazy kid, here is a list of candies that all French kids love.