In this post: If you love French Country home decor, this shopping guide of French inspired hostess gifts and ‘gifts for her’ will be right up your alley.⇒
Did you ever walk into a store to buy a gift and feel completely lost?
Likewise when shopping online: you open your computer and have no idea where to start?
It’s not that there’s not enough to buy. Quite the contrary. The options are limitless. And so often you need a “hook” to get you grounded. To find a place to start you need a foundation to stand on.
Does the person love cooking? Traveling? Or do they collect anything in particular?
Or maybe there’s a culture or style they feel especially aligned to. For me, of course, it’s anything French or at the very least French-inspired. And, when in doubt, it’s a great place to start because the French are known for their style.
Today I’m sharing 36 French-inspired gifts that would make perfect hostess gifts or any ‘gift for her’.
The holiday season brings with it many opportunities to visit with family and friends. Even with small gatherings, you can’t go empty handed, and it’s a great idea to keep a selection of hostess gifts on hand for unexpected or last-minute events that come up.
I started doing this several years ago and it’s proven to be a lifesaver! I keep 3 to 5 extra gifts in the closet for just this sort of thing. I keep them packaged but unwrapped so I know what’s there, and yet they stay in perfect condition.
The gifts in today’s shopping guide are exactly the kinds of items you can keep for just this purpose. They include delightful items for the home, whether you’ll be hostessing yourself or will be bringing a gift to your host.
Almost all of the items are under $100 and a good many are under $50. A few are even appropriate for stocking stuffers. While each would make a delightful gift on its own, below you’ll find tips for how to make the presentation extra special or how to take it up a notch by adding a coordinating item in the same theme.
You’ll notice most of these items have a wonderfully French feel to them and can be appropriate for any season!
Shopping Canvas Bags, Set of 3
Make these little totes all the more special filled with little surprises, such as a scarf peeking out.
Flower Cake Knife and Pie Server
These lovely servers would be wonderful presented on their own or along with a dessert.
Rustic Distressed Cake Stand
Bring a cake served on the stand or combine with the cake servers.
3-Piece Fleur de Lis Canister Set
Present the canisters in a rattan basket or dress up with a vintage kitchen towel.
Metal Galvanized Wine Caddy
This one is a no-brainer. What better way to give a wine caddy than filled with a few bottles.
French Veggie Garden Oven Mitts
Consider pairing these with a home-cooked dish presented in a pretty casserole.
Artisanal Spice Blends Set of 6
The perfect match for these artisanal seasonings would be a favorite cook book.
Maison d’ Hermine Apron
An apron works well with any gift for the kitchen, such as the seasonings above.
Faux Cashmere Fringe Throw
I’d love to receive a cozy throw along with an exceptional book to read by the fire.
Twisted Spiral Taper Candlesticks
These elegant tapers would be aptly suited for a cloche or domed match holder.
Boxed Appetizer Plates – Set of 4
Making an appetizer? Bring it with these plates. Or consider mixing them with small pastries.
Embroidered Hand Towels
For a pot-luck occasion, a vintage kitchen towel dresses up any dish you’re bringing.
Life in a French Country House
A book is terrific gift on its own, but slip in a special bookmark for an extra treat.
Toile Ceramic Two-Wick Candle
A fabulous extra to include with this beautiful candle would be a vintage candle snuffer.
Handmade Ceramic Planter
No doubt, a natural mate for this pretty planter would be a seasonal plant.
Pacific Desktop Clock
Think desk accessories when looking for a mate for this gift, or wrap it beautifully on its own.
White Gardenia Candle
Why not include a handsome brass wick trimmer in with this aromatic gift?
La Chatelaine Hand Cream
A pair of overnight moisturizing gloves is a natural to gift with this set.
Set of 3 Kitchen Tea Towels
These can be paired with a home-cooked dish if you’re bringing one, or a simple box of cookies.
French Jacquard Kitchen Towel
The perfect accompaniment with a kitchen towel is a scented hand wash.
Old Country Roses Mugs
These would work wonderfully with the tea tin or an artisanal coffee blend.
Decorative Crown Figurine
A crown looks lovely stacked on a coffee table book, so that would be my choice pairing.
Pre de Provence Artisanal Soap
These yummy soaps are charming on their own or part of a basket with scented bath products.
Decorative Wall Hooks – Set of 3
I love these hooks hung in the pantry so pairing them with an apron seems utterly perfect.
Vin de France Coasters – Set of 6
I’d pair coasters with a bottle of wine or try personalized cocktail napkins.
Le Bain Tissue Box Cover
Of course you can supply tissues, but maybe add in moisturizing lotion, as well.
To get the look, click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. If an item is out of stock but may be restocked, I left it on the list.
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