Rather than buying a miniature Eiffel Tower, buy the things Parisians actually use on a daily basis and take a bit of Paris life back to your friends and family for presents that they’ll love.
Le Savon de Marseille is a very famous brand of French soap. It is made using an old method that dates back to the Middle Ages, by heating olive oil for 10 days before being poured into molds and then being cut.
A washcloth mitten is a sort of rectangular pocket made from terry cloth and sometimes honeycomb cloth, which you can use to wash your hands, face and body. Try out this typically French way of washing and stay squeaky clean!
These thick tea towels are super absorbent. Different color patterns are available, but we obviously prefer the colors of the French flag…
At first sight, you might think that the French tea towels are huge, but they’re actually meant to be cut in two!
Cheese… this is one of the many things that’s helped make French food famous around the world.
Your local French supermarket is an excellent place to start if want to get a taste of different French cheeses.
If you like dairy products, you’ll no doubt be in heaven….
SALTED CARAMEL SWEETS
The sweet-salty contrast is truly delicious. You can also find salted butter caramel spread to can put on toast or crêpes (try not to get too excited and eat it all at once, this stuff is AMAZING!)
OF COURSE… WINE!
It is impossible to talk about Paris and France without mentioning wine, a present that almost anyone will adore!
Dijon mustard is a type of mustard used in cooking that was first produced in the area surrounding the city of Dijon in Eastern France.
The original recipe used Brassica nigra grains (or Black Mustard), but commercial brown mustard is now often used.
French butter is truly unique! There’s a reason the French are the biggest consumers of butter in the world. Try it with some sea salt, but its maybe not the ebst idea if you’re giving presents to someone overseas!
FLEUR DE SEL
This is a “gourmet” sea salt collected from the salty swamps around Guérande and harvested using traditional methods. This exquisite salt is natural, delicious and make a wonderful present!
You shouldn’t have much trouble finding foie gras in a Parisian supermarket, but you will be surprised to see the vast range of brands, sizes, varieties and prices! You can find this French specialty in small, travel-friendly tins if you want to take a present to someone overseas or are worried about it spoiling.