Francophile Christmas ideas

Dec 5th, 2003, 04:05 AM
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Francophile Christmas ideas


Do you have any good ideas for Francophile Christmas gifts? I have been disappointed at the datebooks I have found thus far--and find that quite a bit of the merchandise in the French oriented American catalog companies is very ho-hum too.

Please share ideas if you have some which sound good to u. Thanks.
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Dec 5th, 2003, 04:36 AM
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Have you seen this thread Robyn? It mentions a number of catalogs you might not know about (ruedefrance for one).

To add to that (which links to a few others I haven't read recently), I'd add anything from L'Occitane. Don't know where you live, but I discovered a new store recently in NYC called Pylones on Lexington Ave in the 60s. It's a French co. that sells funky, fun things. They do have a website ( but I'm not sure you can buy stuff online from it.
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Dec 5th, 2003, 07:11 AM
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Do you get the Joie de Vivre catalogue? I believe it's online at

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Dec 5th, 2003, 07:34 AM
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French music is really fun--old favorites--like Edith Piaf or Jacques Brel, or Jean-Jacques Goldman or Yannick Noah. Try regular, large "record" stores like Virgin Records. They will have a section of foreign stuff.
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Dec 5th, 2003, 11:12 AM
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Can attest to Joie de Vivre and just found today.
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Dec 5th, 2003, 01:34 PM
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I love the soap products from L'Occitane. Every two months or so i go for my "fix". They also have great olive oil shampoo.
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Dec 5th, 2003, 01:57 PM
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Personally ..send me cheese! Zingerman's has a great selection! I just had about the best Camembert I ever had from them!
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Dec 5th, 2003, 03:35 PM
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Posts: 1,004 and are sources for really nice coffee table books like "The Most Beautiful Villages of . . . " They have the Dordogne, Burgundy, two on Provence, Brittany, the Loire, etc. There are at least six by now. It's just fun to look at the pictures and revisit places you've enjoyed. It's also fun to dream about future trips.

French champagne is always cheerfully received!! Chocolates are great too. If you have Trader Joe's stores, you can get both there.
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Dec 5th, 2003, 06:28 PM
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Zingerman's is a fine source but for a comprehensive selection of ALL cheeses g to Unbelievable
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Dec 6th, 2003, 04:32 AM
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Thanks so much for your ideas. I had forgotten about l'Occitane and just discovered a wonderful Francophile page through the page you mentioned. IT IS FABULOUS!
Looks like I will find some good choices here. Merci beaucoup.
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Dec 6th, 2003, 04:09 PM
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Friends have given me several Paris tree ornaments.

One is a lovely replica of the Eiffel Tower. It's a little like the ones at the site below, although not exactly. Scroll down the page to find a selection...I like the gold and silver one.

Another gift was a blown glass Madeline in front of the Arc de Triomphe. I wish I knew where my sister found that's adorable!
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