I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with amazing food, wine, and company. I can’t help but be excited that Thanksgiving’s now out of the way because it’s officially the most wonderful time of the year! I can’t wait to kick off the holiday season with Christmas music on repeat, seasonal baked goods (here’s looking at you, pain d’épices), gift wrapping, holiday card sending, tree decorating, Rockefeller Center-ing, and of course too much online shopping (but without the usual buyer’s remorse)!
I hope you’re just as enthusiastic, but just in case, it’s time for Five French Finds: The Holiday Edition with my favorite French holiday accessories that will have you caroling in no time.
1. Veli Bicycle Advent Calendar I can’t stop thinking about this beautifully designed advent calendar. I love that instead of candy, each day’s box includes a recipe idea, project, or activity to do together. It also has 6 cards that are left blank for you to add your own ideas into the mix. The 24 boxes sit in the cardboard tower for easy distribution (just pull a box out from the bottom each day), or they can be lined up to look like a tiny cardboard city (the day boxes are house-shaped). This advent calendar is in French, but the text is pretty basic, so it is best suited for those of you with a basic knowledge of the French language. Bonus: La Maison du Calendrier is an eco-friendly printing house. I also love their Trames Advent Calendar.
2. Paris Holiday Cards by Georgianna Lane I wasn’t planning on sending holiday cards until I saw these in an email from my favorite Paris photographer, Georgianna Lane. If you’re not already following her accounts (@georgiannalane and @aparisianmoment) on Instagram, you must! Georgianna captures the most beautiful shots of the city. I cannot wait to snuggle up with a glass of eggnog and write out holiday greetings to my fellow Paris-loving friends.
3. C’est Noel Wordsmith Ornament There’s no shortage of gorgeous French holiday flair over at Anthropologie this year! I quickly fell in love with this little beauty and its adorable macaron friends below.
4. Macaron Ornament Set No French lover should go through the holiday season without these macaron ornaments. I think they’d make a great gift alone or accompanied by the “c’est noel” wordsmith ornament above.
5. Le Grand Manuel de Noël Activity Book This activity book is in French, and is a bit more involved than the advent calendar, so it’s best suited for those with an intermediate level of French. It’s fabulous for any crafty individual, but even better for parents and families. The 14 activities inside are so adorable and unique!
Stay tuned for the best French gift guides ever in December! I can’t wait to share all the amazing things I’ve found with you! Here are some of the gift guides that have been posted so far: