It’s that time of the year again when you need to start thinking about getting Christmas presents for your friends and family. Ideally, you don’t want to leave this all down to the last minute, causing you to stress and not be able to find the best options. We have decided to offer some help with a few recommendations of where the best places to do your Christmas shopping in the French capital are.
Department stores are great places to do your Christmas shopping. These stores have all sorts of boutiques in them in which you will be able to find all sorts of gifts and presents. Paris is home to some great department stores, like Galeries Lafayette, Printemps Haussmann, BHV Marais and Le Bon Marché. All these department stores are specially decorated for Christmas, with lights, Christmas trees, etc. to get you in the festive spirit when shopping for your loved ones during this holiday season.
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Presents for Kids
Christmas means a lot to all kids. They usually take time to write lists of presents they want from Father Christmas. There is nothing better than seeing the smile on their faces when you get them they toys they want. There are a lot of good shops in Paris that specialise in selling kids toys. Some of the best shops in the city for present shopping for your children are the Village JouéClub Paris, La Grande Récré, Au Pullman and the Disney Store. You are bound to discover some great gifts for your young ones if you visit any of these shops.
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La Vallée Village
If you are looking to buy some high-end clothing for your friends and family, look no further than La Vallée Village. Situated 40 minutes away from Paris, near to Disneyland, this large outlet shopping centre offers some big names in the fashion world, with brands like Kenzo, Armani, Michael Kors, etc. All the items in this whole complex are sold for discounted prices of at least 33% of their retail price. From 14 November to 24 December, La Vallée Village becomes a beautiful Christmas village with decorations, bright lights, music, Christmas trees, etc.
Books are always a good present to get for someone who loves to read. Whether it be a novel or a comic book, Paris has a plethora of great book shops to find the perfect literary present. Shakespeare and Company, for example, is one of the most famous bookshops in France, and the world for that matter, and it is a great place to find both new and used English literature. The Librarie Galignani is also a fantastic book shop with a good selection of both English and French literature and history, with a great range of books found here.
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It may seem pretty evident, but Christmas Markets are a great place to get into the festive spirit and also to do a bit of Christmas shopping. You will find local artisans and craftsmen selling their goods, so you are likely to find unique gifts of high quality. You can find all sorts at these markets, like food, clothing, books, jewellery, etc. You can also enjoy some traditional French food and drink at these markets while shopping. Paris has a multitude of Christmas markets throughout the city with some of the best being found at La Défense, jardin des Tuileries and Notre Dame. Check out our article on Christmas Markets in Paris to find inspiration for which market to visit.
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So there you have our recommendations of where you should do your Christmas shopping this winter in the French capital. If you decide to discover any of the options on the list, you are bound to find some great presents for those close to you.
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