The Art of Gifting, Paris Christmas And Holiday Shopping

Few cultures understand The Art of Gifting as the French do. And here in Paris you will find plenty of gift choices to keep eeryone on your holiday list happy. A jewelry and watch lover ? Here you will find the best. Perhaps books, photos and artwork are what you need to find? You could spend day after day browsing through the book shelves here, including the ones at the museum gift shops such as the Librairie Boutique du Musée National Picasso-Paris.

But since it’s hard enough to shop for ourselves, let alone others, when it comes time to tick off the names on your Christmas and holiday shopping list it’s nice to think that you are offering something that will actually be appreciated.

So this Paris holiday shopping list is curated for people who appreciate fineness, elegance and unique items. 

 I've included a few select boutiques that are specialized in candles, perfumes and beauty products, all French specialties. These are pleasing for both men and women, girls and boys. Well, maybe not so much for boys. For them you'll find a store listed here, FNAC, which is stocked full of digital games and gadgets, computers, cameras and the latest smart phones. 

4ème Arrondissement


Designed to look and feel like an apartment in the ultra-fashionable Paris Marais district, the brand-new Chanel Beauté boutique has opened this season just in time for Christmas shopping. The district itself has quickly become Paris' newest...  Read More

6ème Arrondissement
San Francisco Book Company
Photo courtesy of San Francisco Book Co.


There are other book shops catering to anglophones in Paris that are more famous, to be sure. But this one, tucked up behind Odéon on the well-named rue Monsieur le Prince, is a great place to seek out when you're looking for something to...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche
Patrick Roger
Photo courtesy of Patrick Roger Chocolates


Part chocolate shop, part sculpture gallery, this Patrick Roger chocolate shop on the picture-perfect Place St. Sulpice is where you can buy a box of top quality, couture chocolates. And if you'd like to have a look at the chocolate maker's...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche
Thés George Cannon
Photo courtesy of Thés George Cannon


This tea brand, one of the oldest in France, is still a family run business, headed up by master of tea Olivier Scala and his son Augustin. At their Left Bank shop they have a "théotheque" a sort of olfactory library of teas and if you ask,...  Read More

4ème Arrondissement


This young perfumer of Armenian descent first made a name for his nose with his runaway hit for Jean-Paul Gaultier, "Le Male." His perfume blends are also those of Nina Ricci, Elie Saab and Burberry. He was just 26 years old when he won the...  Read More

7ème Arrondissement


For nearly a cetury this was the only luxury department store located on the Left Bank. When it opened in 1852 it was hailed for its architecture. It later inspired even Emile Zola to write, in 1883, "It was like the concourse of a railway...  Read More



Opened just this season, in time for holiday shopping, at this annex boutique to the Picasso Museum you will find items specially designed around the theme of Picasso's works, as well as a plethora of Picasso-themes books. For example, French...  Read More

6ème Arrondissement


This precious shop's tag line is Candles since 1643. Its claim is that it was the candle maker to kings, having once furnished the royal court of the Sun King, King Louis XIV with candles for Versailles. That story is intriguing and can be...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche


We are beauty from head-to-toe, is what the co-founder/resurrector of this beloved French brand will tell you when she talks about her beauty products. Victoire de Taillhac-Touhami and her husband, who she swears is the "nose" of the family,...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche
L'Occitane en Provence
Photo courtesy of L'Occitane en Provence


Olivier Baussan, the original founder of L'Occitane and native of France's Provence, invited his friend, the famous French pastry chef, Pierre Hermé, to design a holiday collection this year with him. The result, a unity of taste and scent, a...  Read More


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