francophile gift guide



My passion for all things French is well known – it was the inspiration for starting this blog, and fueled my most recent venture, @thefrancophiles. I always seek out French brands and French-inspired products as gifts, and enjoy curating Francophile-focused gift guides each holiday season. I either own these items or covet them myself (ahem Santa), so you can feel confident about any and all of them. It’s difficult for me to narrow the selection, but you can always peek at my personal Pinterest, as well as the Francophiles Pinterest boards, for more inspiration. Happy shopping mes amis!


1.   you simply can’t go wrong with this stunning mini candle collection by Diptyque.

2.   inspired by French body care + handcrafted in Seattle, French Girl Organics Lumière body oil is a luxe treat.

3.   while there are numerous books I could include, this one about the history + brand of Veuve Clicquot is a beauty.

4.   for la petite Parisienne…this chic tea set by Moulin Roty is sure to delight.

5.   this Obvious State mug is perfect for the intellectual Francophile (or coffee lover), “mostly because it’s in French”.

6.   one of Oprah’s favorite things this year, the holiday trio cookie box by Maman is a perfect hostess gift!

7.   whomever is at the receiving end of this French-scripted tassel tote will be thanking you a million times over.

8.   this chic + comfy sweatshirt by Clare V. is a take on the French national motto and benefits Every Mother Counts.

9.   a fun gift for any aspiring Francophone, this French Words Boutique notebook is a personal favorite.

10. for the little Francophiles or Paris-obsessed friend, this wooden Eiffel music box will surely be treasured.

francophile gift guide



If you’re reading this blog post, you most likely have many Francophile friends to shop for – this gift guide is for you! My passion for all things French is well known (and was the inspiration for starting this blog, after all) and I stand behind each one of these selections. I either own them or covet them myself (ahem Santa), so you can feel confident about any and all of them! Also, if you’re not already, be sure to follow @thefrancophiles for the best French-inspired moments, places, and people. I may be a bit biased, but I might also be right (wink). Happy shopping mes amis! 


1.   explore the city of light through the eyes of bibliophiles with these literary Paris postcards by Obvious State.

2.   nobody does mustard better than Maille, and this “mustards on tap” gift set is perfect for the holidays.

3.   for the glam girl in your life, this maxi palette by French icon Sonia Rykiel for Lancôme should do the trick!

4.   what could be more perfect than a handmade, France-shaped cutting board?! hashtag hostess gift.

5.   inspired by French body care + handcrafted in Seattle, anything from French Girl Organics is a treat.

6.   coloring books are both fun and relaxing – the Paris Street Style is a great choice.

7.   exhale and escape with the Secret Paris coloring book – even better when paired with pencils!

8.   this festive candle from Diptyque is filled with the incredible scent of a lush, pine-laden forest.

9.   pour les enfants or the sweet littles in your life…look no further than this all-natural croissant shaped teether!

10. no holiday cheese board is complete without a Laguiole cheese knives – get the party started!

11.  for the older tots, the Paris pop-out set by Petit Collage is what little Francophiles dreams are made of.

all they want for christmas



Every year I share Henry + Marie’s wish list, in the hopes that Santa is a blog reader. For the first time, they actually wrote a letter to the big man himself and mailed it to the North Pole. They both asked for instruments (to our delight) – a violin and a guitar, to be exact. Oh – and scooters (perfect for our more urban situation). If you’re looking for more children’s gift ideas, you can browse their past wish lists here + here, as well as this pinterest board. The kids have been sweet about donating older toys, and we also make a donation to a charity each year – here is one of our favorites. As with every holiday, it is such a gift to experience the magic through their eyes. It is the best part of this season, by far.


1…G NANCY black + white stars pajamas…they’re both in need of a new pair (we love them).

2…WALNUT ANIMAL SOCIETY ruthie the deer holiday edition…obsessed with everything about this.

3…KIKO hikoki jet…to remind them of our adventures + to inspire more!

4…Y.R.SEASONS 1/4 size ebony acoustic violin…for mes enfants + their wooden food collection! 

5…ALEKSANDRA + DANIEL MIZIELINSKA  maps…for our little bookworms + explorers.

6…ROXY MARJ lilbow pillow doll…to inspire sweet dreams + imaginations.

7…BLABLA KIDS super hero finger puppet set…both M + H are into all things super hero at the moment!

8…SOOPSORI wooden robot…well, because it’s just so cool.

9…ODETTE WILLIAMS denim + gold kids apron…for baking christmas cookies!

10..OLI + CAROL small spotty ducks…I love all of their natural, chic bath toys. 

11..MICRO KICKBOARD mini micro scooter…don’t worry, Santa will bring helmets too – bring on the fun!

all they want for christmas



This holiday season is already so much more exciting than the last, with Henry + Marie being old enough to acknowledge the magic. We are savoring the season and finding so much joy in rediscovering the wonder through their eyes. All of these items are luxuries, obviously…they are two lucky little ones. We have already donated many of the kids toys and clothing to those in need. They may not fully understand why we do it yet, but it feels good and is what the season is all about, after all. We’ve fully embraced the spirit over here, and I’m sharing this list in the hopes that Santa is a blog reader. Seriously, what does he do in his off time? It’s not that far-fetched. So, dear Santa…they’ve been good. Really, really, good.


1…THE LAND OF NOD cottage dollhouse…they’ve been obsessed ever since I showed them mine.

2…TWIG CREATIVE wooden toy cameras…been holding onto these for christmas, I can’t wait!

3…WHISTLE + FLUTE je t’aime beanies…mommy may have ordered a matching one too (shhh).

4…DJECO wooden macarons…for mes enfants + their wooden food collection! 

5…M. SASEK this is the way to the moon…for our little bookworms + explorers.

6…JOANNE DUGAN 123 NYC book…getting the kids excited for an NYC jaunt.

7…MELISSA + DOUG wooden railway set…both henry + marie are obsessed!

8…BRIO coffee set…well, because it’s just so cool.

9…SOOPSORI wooden fishing set…we love wooden toys and this would be an awesome addition.

10..MABO KIDS organic cotton tee + leggings…these soft + cozy clothes are beautifully handmade – we’re big fans.

11..LE TRAIN FANTOME limited edition cats…these spotted friends would look so great in their new toddler beds!


philly creatives gift guide



Every year I share gift ideas from makers + creatives in Philadelphia, in honor of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. There is so much talent in this city I could make numerous gift guides, but I’ve narrowed it down to a festive twelve. Help support these talented small business owners + creatives, as well as the artisans in your own community.

happy shopping + happy holidays!


1…PEG + AWL waxed canvas tote in spice // use code SPOLIA for 20% off thru 12/1

2…FORAGE HABERDASHERY lady bow in metallic gold // use code HOLIDAY for 35% off thru 12/8

3…NORMAN PORTER frontier belt // use code BUTTERBALL for 20% off thru 12/1

4…ABJ GLASSWORKS teardrop terrarium kit // free domestic shipping on orders over $75 with code thanks14

5…HONEST ALCHEMY + KING OF THE BEASTS indigo dyed wooden necklace // enjoy 30% off thru 12/1

6…HAND IN HAND SOAP orange blossom liquid hand soap + lotion // use code GIVETHANKS for 25% off thru 12/1

7…GIRLS CAN TELL eco-friendly pocket notebooks // use code YAY30 for 30% off 

8…BABY JIVES CO personalized mini cloud ornament // offering a variety of holiday deals!

9…NEUARMY SURPLUS CO waxed canvas U.S. field pouch // visit site for details

10..ZOET BATHLATIER tangier candle // use code BF2014 for 15% off thru 11/30

11..THREE POTATO FOUR philadelphia pennant // use code 3P4THANKS for 30% off thru 12/2

12..ART IN THE AGE craft spirits // spirits not sold in store but support other local talent with numerous deals in store!