French gift guide and inspiration
I originally created this list of French gifts and French-themed toys and games for myself in a google doc. 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. A few are by French companies and the rest are travel-inspired. There are approximately 50 differed gift ideas on this list, but my hope is to keep adding to it and sharing it here on my blog instead of keeping it private. I hope it inspires you.
Cross stitch wall hanging map kit
Part map, part DIY and part wall hanging decor. This fabric canvas cross stitch map wall hanging kit is the perfect multifunctional gift. Designed for maximum creativity, you can cross 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 so you can hang it anywhere you want, 11-count polyester canvas, two embroidery needles and four coloured embroidery threads. You may want to order additional thread skeins. Measures 23″ (W) x 17″ (H).
Vintage style French flashcards
These sturdy French flashcards are the perfect way to introduce over 60 essential and useful French words to your French language learner.
KLOO’s Learn to Speak French Language Memory Card GameGet Match it Paris here
Match it Paris put’s a whole new twist on the classic memory card game. The set contains 48 matching cards featuring the famous sights and symbols in Paris, The City of Light,
Vilac metal racing carGet the vilac racing car
This metal ride-on racing car by Vilac, a famous French wooden toymaker, is the perfect French gift for your future French race car driver. The car is perfect for kids between 18 months to 4 or 5 years old. Requires some assembly too.
Red and white wooden tricycleGet the Janod tricycle here
Your future French lover between the age 12-36 months old will love learning to ride on this red and white three wheels tricycle by Janod, yet another French toymaker that specializes in wood toys similar to Melissa & Dough.
Don’t forget to pick up the matching Janod helmet!
Moulin Roty Les Parisiennes Tea Set
Hedgehog Bangle Bracelet with initialGet the hedgehog bangle bracelet
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 stamped on a .5″ silver plated disc.
Longchamp Le Pliage Folding PurseGet the Longchamp le pliage bag
If your French loving teen daughter loves purses, then consider the Longchamp le pliage, a stylish utilitarian folding purse. The perfect French gift that 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.
French Macaron Baking Kit
Get the French Macaron Baking Kit
The perfect French gift for any aspiring little French baker in the house. This French macaron baking set includes all the necessary tools and recipe guidebook to make French macarons at home.
—Two non-stick silicone baking mats (makes 60 macarons), silicone spatula, angled icing spatula, reusable piping bag and stainless steel tip for piping the batter and filling.
If your little baker already has the tools in this kit, get them this multipurpose nonstick French macaron baking mat, which has guiding circles that ensure each macaron is perfectly sized. The mat is nonstick and made of high quality, BPA free, food-grade silicone and can be used to bake anything.
Neoprene Lunch Tote Bag
Not only adorable but also a practical French gift is this stylish Paris lunch bag made of high-quality neoprene. It 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.
Get the Paris water bottle
Another useful French gift for your little Francophile is this insulated stainless steel Paris water bottle. Great for packing lunches or for when you’re on the go. Especially if you’re trying to cut back on your plastic consumption.
Get the Paris themed rolling backpack
Another French gift your little Paris loving kids will love is this pink Paris themed rolling backpack. Great for not only school but also a travel or overnight bag.
Paris street signBuy this Paris street sign
Growing up, I thought having a street sign in my room was just so cool and unique. This Paris street sign is a fun way for your Paris loving Francophile to decorate their room and show their love of Paris.
Vintage style Paris posterBuy this vintage Paris poster
This vintage style Paris poster would make a great French gift for your big or little Francophile who wants to decorate their room with art.
Free printable paper Paris cityGet the printable paper Paris city
This printable paper Paris city is such a cute gift, and I think I might give it to myself. What’s not to love, the set includes the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame church, the Eiffel tower, French shops and adorable stick people, and it’s free.
Le paper globe (A free printable)
Get le paper globe here
This do it yourself printable terrestrial globe by Joachim Robert is the perfect craft project to give to your craft-loving French fanatic children. Not only is the template a free download, but the names of the countries are in French.
This is my Paris: Do-It-Yourself City JournalGet the DIY Paris travel journal
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 music boxGet the little prince music box here
If your kids can’t get enough of the children’s book The little prince by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s, then this adorable little prince music box might be the perfect French gift for your budding traveller.
You can pick up a dual language (English French edition) of the little prince here, 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.
Let’s eat FranceBuy Let’s Eat France
Older teens who are interested in French culture and French food might enjoy the beautifully illustrated book. Let’s eat France, that 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.
Mission Paris: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure
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.
Let’s visit Paris France bookGet the let’s visit Paris book
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 illustrated bookBuy This is Paris Book
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?
A walk in Paris illustrated bookGet “A walk in Paris” book
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.
Mille Bornes: The classic French racing card gameGet Mille Bornes
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.
4D Cityscape of Paris Time PuzzleGet the 4D Paris time puzzle
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 truly understand how this 4D puzzle works.
French village 3D puzzleGet the 3D French village puzzle
With this 3D puzzle from Cubicfun, you can build a miniature French village — French Flower Shop, French Fashion Shop, French Cottage and French Hotel. It contains 161 puzzle pieces made of Paper and EPS Foam Board. It’s easy to assemble, no glue or scissors required. Measures 12.99″ L x 8.86″ W x 4.53″ H/33 x 22.5 x 11.5 cm.
French-inspired Lego Mini Figurines
Lego: ski and snow chaletGet the ski and snow chalet
Your 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.
The cabin measures roughly 5x5x6 inches, which means it’s not going to take over your kid’s bedroom —a plus in my book.
Lego 3 in 1 winter ski slope and cabinGet the Lego ski slope & cabin
If you don’t like the purple and baby blue colour scheme of the ski chalet above, 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 come s with 347 pieces.
Lego Arc de TriompheLego Arc de Triomphe
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.
Cubic Fun Eiffel Tower 3D PuzzleGet the 3D Eiffel tower puzzle
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.
Lego Architecture The LouvreGet the lego architecture Louvre
This Lego Louvre architecture building kit is the perfect gift for your little Francophile who loves building replica models. It contains nearly 700 pieces and measures over 5” tall, 6” wide and 7” deep.
3d Louvre puzzle
Your French loving 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.
Paris skyline 3D puzzleGet the Paris city skyline 3D puzzle
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.
Lego Creator Carousel
Get the Lego Carousel
Take a ride on an old-fashioned French-style Lego carousel or merry-go-round, which spins by turning the manual crank (can be upgraded to include Lego’s power function). Instead of horses, this carousel has 5 buildable fairy tale animals—frog, elephant, swan, flamingo and Tigre. It comes with over 2 600 pieces and measures over 12in (32cm) high, 14in (38cm) wide and 13in (35cm) deep.Get the Lego Parisian restaurant
This adorable Lego Parisian restaurant (called chez Albert), complete 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.
Lego Medieval Market VillageGet the medieval market village
Your french loving kids can get medieval with this Lego castle medieval market village. 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
Air France Concorde Model Plane
Get the Concorde kit
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%.Get the Trebuchet kit
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.
Paris Eiffel Tower Duvet Cover SetGet the Eiffel tower duvet set
Transform your daughter’s room into a Parisian paradise with this Paris Eiffel Tower Duvet Cover Set. It comes with one duvet cover and two pillowcases. (duvet not included).
Puzzle of French landscape or city sceneGet the raining in Paris puzzle
A puzzle is not only a great gift but also a great family activity. This 750 piece jigsaw puzzle called “raining in Paris” measures 24 x 18 inches when complete.
Get the French poodle piggy bank
This whimsical balloon French poodle piggy bank is the perfect gift to give your little aspiring traveller who wants to save their pennies.
If you still can’t decide that perfect French gift for that French crazy kid, here are a list of favourite candies that all French kids love.