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Inexpensive souvenirs in Paris...Please tell me what you got.

Inexpensive souvenirs in Paris...Please tell me what you got.

Mar 8th, 2006, 04:23 PM
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A friend brought back a small metal Eiffel Tower and I loved it. Very inexpensive, but the perfect tabletop souvenir. I bought a little collapsible plastic vase for flowers for the room. I love it and keep it in my suitcase. I like to buy fresh flowers for my room when I'm going to be in a place for a few days and it reminds me of the delightful experience of buying flowers from the stands in Paris.
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Mar 8th, 2006, 04:40 PM
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We always find a grocery store and load up on soap and chocolate. MUCH less expensive than anywhere else. Only negative is total weight when taking home, but shipping is always a choice.
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Mar 8th, 2006, 05:21 PM
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Thank you, Underhill; must make a trip there next visit! That is a wonderful price for those Limoges plates.
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Mar 8th, 2006, 05:33 PM
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Like many others, we came home last year with an inexpensive metal replica of the Eiffel Tower. Nothing else says Paris quite as well. But our trip a few months ago was so quick and short that we actually forgot to buy anything---I did find my pass to the Louvre in my parka yesterday, and I shall save that!
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Mar 8th, 2006, 05:35 PM
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Where do you get a collapsible vase? It sounds great!
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Mar 8th, 2006, 05:40 PM
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A little tourist shop on the Isle de la Cite. I think it was about 4 euros. I choose the lime/citrus color. Just love it.
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Mar 8th, 2006, 05:42 PM
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bookmarking for future trip. Thanks.
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Mar 8th, 2006, 05:51 PM
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By Notre Dame, I bought a beautiful (to me) enormous round yellow mug. The Tour Eiffel on one side, "Paris" on the other. Very cheap and I use it almost daily.
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Mar 8th, 2006, 09:15 PM
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Black and white postcards with prints from the fities - even the teenagers love them. Fridge magnets and coasters!
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Mar 8th, 2006, 10:26 PM
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T shirts and fridge magnets.
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Mar 8th, 2006, 11:18 PM
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Over the past several years, I have bought some coaster sets (to put your drink on) of Van Gogh, Paris/French scenes, etc. for approx. 10 euros a set (6 coasters). I get them from the sale stalls lining the Seine River and have seen them in some shops close to the Luxembourg Gardens as well. They have made great gifts for my close friends, who really liked them as it is not a typical something to bring back, but certainly one that they would be reminded of daily seeing the coasters on their coffee tables.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 12:33 AM
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the very best: a small city plan you get for free at your hotel, issues by galeries lafayette or le printemps.

also good: postcards, to be found as les bpoquinistes, the used book stalls at saine quais.

good too: postcards, prints and stillposters from the museum stores. a fine bookstore at centre pompidou (also known as centre beaubourg).

for those who like it: french newspapers and magazines available at stands and shops. french comics, at the same places. second hand comic books available at les puces de st. ouen (flea market at porte clignacourt). pocket books, or the big coffeetable ones at bookstores, like gilbert jeune at boulevard st. michel.

postcards, tin eiffel towers and all that: at the big department stores as galeries lafayette or le printemps. when you are there, donīt miss to enjoy the panorama you can see when standing on their roof.

specials: les passages couverts at boulevard montmartre (passage des panoramas and a suite of passages, passage jouffroy and passage verdeau) very interesting shops inside them. at passage jouffroy lovely toys (for decoration, not cheap, but well, for those who like it still bon marche or reasonable priced) at passage verdeau book stores, one specializimg on movie history.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 09:21 AM
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On my first trip to Paris, I went into the Gault store on Rue de Rivoli to see the small houses, cafes, buildings, etc., and fell in love with them! However, too pricey for my budget. Now, J. Carlton does the same type of figurines but at a much lower price but still as cute. Quality may not be there (resin v. clay?) but who cares!! I found the J. Carlton pieces in a souvenier store again on Rue de Rivoli and bought several pieces that adorn a window ledge in my kitchen. I love looking at them every day. On that same trip, I was in Provence and found the same pieces in a more Provencal style and bought several of those also. I love looking at them every day! I also bought old postcards from the bouquinsites, had them copied to black & white, had them enlarged, and matted and framed them in black frames with black mats. Look great!! They're at the top of the stairs to my loft and love seeing them everyday also! This thread has also given me some new ideas. Merci!
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Mar 9th, 2006, 09:40 AM
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If you like to collect Christmas ornaments from your travels, those small metal Eiffel Towers also make great Xmas ornaments...just tie a red ribbon on them to hang!The shops along the Rue de Rivoli have best t-shirts.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 09:59 AM
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Paris abounds with inexpensive souvenirs. All ages like it when I bring back t-shirts. Certainly not a fashion statement in France, but they are very inexpensive and lots of fun to wear here in the States.

Grandmere, I'm with you on the Limoges - dynamite price. Will be checking it out when I return in May.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 10:17 AM
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I bought Pashminas. Actually I ordered one on ebay and it wasn't as good quality as the cheap ones at souvenier shops. As most people will tell you, seems like in Europe everyone has a scarf wrapped around them someway or other, so you buy your first one to "fit in".

One time, I didn't have much money for souveniers so I bought boxes of cookies and candy in a grocery store. When I got home I printed labels on my computer of the Eiffel Tower for small white paper bags. I sorted out the different cookies in cellophane and tied with ribbon added the candy and gave everyone a small assortment. I didn't tell them I didn't buy them that way. These were a big hit!

My daughter bought a little metal enamelled cover for a box of matches. Had a Renoir on it. Wish I had bought one. She leaves it in her bathroom for her candles. Makes those matches look nice enough you can leave them out.

I normally don't buy myself anything. I take lots of digital photos and then use them as my workplace screensaver.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 10:23 AM
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The most inexpensive and authentic souvenirs of Paris are Métro tickets, which cost about €1.40 each and cannot be found anywhere in the world except Paris. A fresh Carte Orange might be a bit more exciting.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 10:36 AM
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In addition to the little Eiffel Towers (get anywhere), posters from the bouquinistes along the Seine (we still have a cheese advertisement hanging from a trip 12 yrs ago), and an odd one: gants de toilette at any department store or Monoprix. These translate to toilet gloves, but are actually washcloths sewn together on 3 sides, a bit like a mitten. Used extensively in Europe and little if at all here in the States. A nice little way to evoke Paris every time one makes it to the top of our washcloth pile!
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Mar 9th, 2006, 11:45 AM
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On my previous trip to Paris I was looking for something for my friend as she was caring for my dog Toby (hence my name here) and happened across a kitchen shop. I purchased a few speaders that are part of the French flatware with ceramic handles with check or other patterns. They are half the price (I think 7E) of that in the shops in the US, and look great. And easy to carry home.
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Mar 9th, 2006, 11:50 AM
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A few more items I bring back:
Small Bags of herbes de Provence in rough burlap bags


Neck scarves - small silk rectangles that tie neatly around the neck.

cans of pate (there is also mushroom pate if you can't handle the way they make real pate)

and, although not strictly French, but very European:
Belgian and Swiss chocolates
Small bottles of Calvados apple liquer from Spain

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