I like to think that I’m good at giving gifts. I’m especially good at coming home with a trunk full of goodies, and I like to buy myself little things that will always remind me of this magical year. That being said, I thought it might be helpful if I put together a little guide of exactly what the best souvenirs to bring back from Paris are (so leave space in your suitcase by following these rules), whether for yourself (treat yo-self) or others. I see these items as truly Parisian, with helpful tips from yours truly thrown in along the way. Enjoy!
- Angelina hot chocolate powder. Want to take Paris’ cult status hot chocolate with you? There’s a powder version available, along with lots of other goodies.
- Chocolate. Truffles from Maison du Chocolat, 24 pieces of gournet chocolate and a beautiful box from Ladurée for a mere 25 Euros, or unique flavors such as chocolate covered apricot compot from Le Cacaotier will make you or anybody at home swoon for weeks to come.
- Not macaroons. Mais pourquoi Julia?!? Easy: they won’t survive the journey, and are best eaten fresh. Take back chocolate instead, which will still be special even if it’s broken in half.
- Supermarket goods. Stock up on Speculoos cookies, French mustard, and paté like there is no tomorrow. My friends also love the Dutch Stroopwaffeln and the Percy Pigs from Marks & Spencer. Cote D’Or chocolate is my personal favorite, in particular the chocolate covered coconut bark.
- Kusmi tea. Another Paris cult status brand, this tea is worth every cent. Plus, beautiful containers to store it in.
Special little something that will directly remind you of your time in Paris.
- A Paris painting. These are sold all over, from the banks of the Seine to my favorite ones in the streets of Montmartre. It’s a special little something that you’ll enjoy for years to come, and these are truly beautiful.
- Paris postcards. I happen to own the one pictured in the header image of this post. While a lot of postcards are quite touristy, many feature beautiful photographs or drawings of the city. Looking at it just makes me happy, and non-kitschy postcards like these will look beautiful on your desk or wall. Look around in Chatelet for postcards, it’s where I bought the one above.
- A little Eiffel Tower. I bought myself a small Eiffel Tower during my first ever visit. While this might seem quite typical, it makes a perfect little bookend along with my Amsterdam Canal house. Keychains are also a very cute idea and make perfect gifts.
Nicer things that you might want to save up for! These goods are truly French, and most even have lower price tags in the city than abroad. Since this is a blog of a broke girl, I’m not including Saint Laurent boots or Céline bags, but if those are game for you, go for it!
- A Longchamp bag. When my former classmates did their Europe tour last summer, many of them picked up the classic bags in Paris. Prices are cheaper here, and you get to say that you bought the bag in its city of origin!
- A cult Paris brand beauty product. Perhaps a Dior nail polish? Or a Chanel perfume from Place Vendôme? This little luxury will make you think of your trip to Paris each time you use it.
- A Diptyque candle. For me this is a symbol of the Paris lifestyle. I would love to own one someday! I constantly see them in the homes of Parisian families, including my own host family. And the Saint German des Près boutique is not to be missed.
- Fragonard Perfume. I picked up a perfume from this iconic French brand after my visit to their perfume museum. I love it dearly.
- Paris books at Shakespeare and Co. While this store is a bit pricey, it’s special to have a book about Paris with the classic stamp in it. My Paris book recommendations are How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are, Almost French, Paris Street Style, and any of the books from the history section on Paris. Also, they sell beautiful editions of classic novels for those interested.
- Bioderma Sensibio H2O. Hands down, the best makeup remover I have ever used, and the only one my skin can tolerate. And I have super sensitive skin. Yes this is sold around the world, but prices for this are so.much.lower. in Paris. And it’s French so you have to buy it here!
- Stationary from the BHV Marais. This department store has the most beautiful Paris themed letter paper, and you’ll feel a bit classier each time you whip it out.
- A china cup from your favorite café. I know that many places now offer to sell their cups, such as Café de Flore. Not only will you remember your trip each time you use it, but you’ll think of that amazing hot chocolate.
I hope this has given you guys a little insight into some of the “not so typical” or obvious things you can buy in Paris to remember your trip by. I own many things from the list above, and for me they represent a tiny slice of the Paris lifestyle.
What would you say are the best Paris souvenirs? Would love to hear your commentary about it below. And thanks for reading!
P.S. Visiting France and don’t speak a lick of French? Advice here.