10 beautiful French gifts to give this Christmas

  • Find natural warmth with these "Yaka" throws, woven from fine, soft yak hair

    Find natural warmth with these "Yaka" throws, woven from fine, soft yak hair - © Claire Curt

    Find natural warmth with these "Yaka" throws, woven from fine, soft yak hair

    Find natural warmth with these "Yaka" throws, woven from fine, soft yak hair - © Claire Curt

  •  Savoir-faire in Burgundy with original leather works.

    Savoir-faire in Burgundy with original leather works. - © Noyers Maroquiniers Créateurs

    Savoir-faire in Burgundy with original leather works.

    Savoir-faire in Burgundy with original leather works. - © Noyers Maroquiniers Créateurs

  • Age-old savoir-faire at Lalique, in Alsace.

    Age-old savoir-faire at Lalique, in Alsace. - © Lalique

    Age-old savoir-faire at Lalique, in Alsace.

    Age-old savoir-faire at Lalique, in Alsace. - © Lalique

  • A deliciously old-fashioned design from the Bougies La Française’s Vintage Collection

    A deliciously old-fashioned design from the Bougies La Française’s Vintage Collection - © Bougies La Française

    A deliciously old-fashioned design from the Bougies La Française’s Vintage Collection

    A deliciously old-fashioned design from the Bougies La Française’s Vintage Collection - © Bougies La Française

  • Cardboard gets a second life at Carton Lune.

    Cardboard gets a second life at Carton Lune. - © Carton Lune

    Cardboard gets a second life at Carton Lune.

    Cardboard gets a second life at Carton Lune. - © Carton Lune

  • Finesse and refinement defines the “Collection Venise”

    Finesse and refinement defines the “Collection Venise” - © LilyRose / Bernardaud

    Finesse and refinement defines the “Collection Venise”

    Finesse and refinement defines the “Collection Venise” - © LilyRose / Bernardaud

  • These elegant white and black knives designed by Olivier Gagnère give tradition a modern, sophisticated twist.

    These elegant white and black knives designed by Olivier Gagnère give tradition a modern, sophisticated twist. - © Coutellerie nontronnaise

    These elegant white and black knives designed by Olivier Gagnère give tradition a modern, sophisticated twist.

    These elegant white and black knives designed by Olivier Gagnère give tradition a modern, sophisticated twist. - © Coutellerie nontronnaise

  • This soap, created in cauldrons using a traditional five-step method, is made of exclusively of vegetable oils, without any additives or preservatives.

    This soap, created in cauldrons using a traditional five-step method, is made of exclusively of vegetable oils, without any additives or preservatives. - © Savonnerie du Fer à Cheval

    This soap, created in cauldrons using a traditional five-step method, is made of exclusively of vegetable oils, without any additives or preservatives.

    This soap, created in cauldrons using a traditional five-step method, is made of exclusively of vegetable oils, without any additives or preservatives. - © Savonnerie du Fer à Cheval

  • Molinard has been seducing perfume lovers for more than 150 years.

    Molinard has been seducing perfume lovers for more than 150 years. - © Molinard

    Molinard has been seducing perfume lovers for more than 150 years.

    Molinard has been seducing perfume lovers for more than 150 years. - © Molinard

  • Educational games made in Brittany, built from 100% French wood.

    Educational games made in Brittany, built from 100% French wood. - © Arthur et Marie

    Educational games made in Brittany, built from 100% French wood.

    Educational games made in Brittany, built from 100% French wood. - © Arthur et Marie

10 beautiful French gifts to give this Christmas

Christmas shopping? Don't worry about the annual headache. This year, make yourself (and others) happy with ideas from these passionate artisans, most of whom boast the label of Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant*, or living heritage enterprise. All share the appreciation for quality workmanship and strike a balance between traditional savoir-faire and modern style. From Brittany to the Côte d'Azur, here’s a quick tour of France in gifts to help you find something precious to place under the Christmas tree.

Wool in Provence

In Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in Provence, over eight passionate generations have passed down the secrets of making shawls, scarves, and blankets. Respecting traditional workmanship and constantly innovating, the designers Brun de Vian-Tiran travel the world in search of the most beautiful fibers for their exceptional creations. What’s better than something warm and cozy under the Christmas tree? Brun de Vian-Tiran 

Leather in Burgundy

In the heart of Burgundy, in Noyers-sur-serein, Yazmhil and Brice Corman are Maroquiniers créateurs, designing original pieces inspired by pure French tradition. Whether you prefer small pouches, larger bags, or belts, there are endless possibilities for shapes, leathers, and colors. Choosing is the hard part. Noyers Maroquiniers Créateurs

Crystal in Alsace

Alsace, the cradle of glassworks for over a century, is also well known for its Lalique crystalware, which continues artisanal glass working traditions, while innovating with modern collections. With its jewelry, crystal, and more recently, home design, there’s no doubt that you can find a timeless gift for anyone here. Lalique 

Wax in Vendée

Five generations have sustained this artisanal family business in Vendée, sharing their unique, traditional know-how in the making of their Bougies La Française candles. With a variety of collections (like “vintage” or “forest”), shapes, and scents, there is a candle for everyone. These are real crowd-pleasers to slide under the tree. Bougies La Française 

Recycled Cardboard in Paris

A play oven with rounded design, a toy storage bin shaped like a crocodile, child-sized furniture, and even a kit to build your own guitar: there’s something for everyone at Carton Lune, whose workshop is located in Montreuil, just outside of Paris. All items are made from recycled cardboard, and the designer also creates bespoke pieces. Here you can find an original, sustainable holiday gift that’s good for the environment. Carton Lune 

Porcelain in Limoges

Limoges, the porcelain capital, is the birthplace of an exceptional savoir-faire, like that proven by Maison Bernardaud, established in 1863. This family business collaborates with passionate artisans to create extraordinary objects to dress up even the prettiest holiday table settings. Their porcelain jewelry range is just as remarkable, each piece making for an elegant, refined gift. Bernardaud 

Metal in Dordogne

The oldest French knives produced by talented artisans are created in Dordogne, in the small town of Nontron. Staying true to traditional technique and savoir-faire, Coutellerie nontronnaise has nonetheless evolved in its design, diversifying and creating new ranges for knife enthusiasts. A great gift for those who enjoy authentic, timeless pieces. Coutellerie nontronnaise 

Soap in Marseille

Savonnerie du Fer à Cheval is upholding more than 150 years of traditional Marseille soap production. Using this certified soap follows the trend of consuming more durable, natural products. Whether you prefer the traditional bar of soap, the liquid version or the flakes, the virtues of Marseille soap remain the same: its highly effective and good for the skin. These soaps are useful and environmentally friendly gifts. Savonnerie du Fer à Cheval 

Perfume in Grasse

Maison Molinard, in Grasse, has been combining tradition with modernity, and luxury with authenticity for more than 150 years. This passion and age-old know-how have been passed on for five generations, creating a range of elegant, original scents. Whether someone is more spicy or floral, or prefers more fresh or woodsy scents, this is a chic, classy gift for any taste. Molinard 

Wood in Brittany

Learning while having fun, that’s the mission behind Arthur et Marie, who have been creating educational games from 100% French origin wood since 1985. Today, they offer some 150 models of games and solid, durable objects inspired by ancient and contemporary art—a natural way to awaken the senses for the little ones. Arthur et Marie 

 

BY CHARLOTTE CHIRON