So have you asked your Valentine out yet?
The day of blushing and romance is fast approaching!
Contrary to popular belief, Valentine’s Day is about celebrating all love be it for family, friends or any other important people in our lives!
And what better way to usher in this day of love than with a French-inspired gift guide!
Check out the insightful article below, and watch the video for some French worth blushing about!
(This week: the verb ROUGIR – to blush)
This is Katherine Brodsky‘s blog post shared from bonjourparis.com.
French Inspired Valentine’s Day Gift Guide
Few would argue that French is the language of love (though the Italians might take an issue with that). With Valentine’s Day coming up, “amour” is in the air. It doesn’t have to be merely about romantic love either, it could be love for your family member, or your best friend…
Some people have taken to giving tokens of affection, so here are some French-inspired gifts that you might want to share with your loved ones.
For those with a Sweet Tooth…
When I think of caramels, I think of sticky toffee-like concoctions that keep your dentist in business. Le Bon Garçon artisan caramels are something entirely different. They are melt-in-your-mouth soft, creamy, and have exceptionally rich, sophisticated flavors.
Having originally studied architecture, Chef Justin Chao abandoned the drafting table for a career in culinary arts. He enrolled at the prestigious Bellouet Conseil in Paris, and honed his skills during an apprenticeship at the three-star Michelin restaurant, Le Meurice.
The caramels can be purchased online at lebongarcon.com and are available in gift boxes of 4oz ($15) or 8oz ($27). There are three signature flavors: Mango-Passion Fruit, Macadamia Nut, and Salted.
For Valentine’s Day Le Bon Garcon has introduced a one-of-a-kind limited-run flavor, Caramour. The exquisite caramel combines the citrus flavor of blood orange puree with subtle notes of vanilla, apple, lemon, and spices. It’s simply to die for and is addictive beyond belief.
Each Valentine’s Day gift box (pre-order by Feb 10) is individually wrapped and includes a folded note card with “je t’adore” on the front and a blank space on the inside for your note of affection.
Le Palais des Thés
There’s nothing like sharing cup of green tea with someone you love. It’s just so relaxing and warm. It’s like you can share your deepest thoughts and feelings over a cup of tea and it will all be OK.
But I never realized that there were so many varieties of green tea. For their beautiful, elegant, Green Tea Box Set, Le Palais des Thés has hand-picked nine green teas. There is a total of fifty-four muslin tea bags, which all have their own distinct flavour. Thé du Hammam, for example, is a more fruity green tea with roses, green dates, berries and orange flower water. It’s delicious!
Created in Paris in 1986, Le Palais des Thés offers all-natural, premium tea, specializing in signature flavours and limited edition, pure single-estate teas. Founder François-Xavier Delmas has been touring the world’s tea plantations for more than 25 years.
The Scent of Romance…
Tea isn’t the only thing that Le Palais des Thés offers. The Fleur de Geisha Scented Candle evokes the fragility of the first flowers of the season and the pearlescent sweetness of rice powder. Its scent is strong, but delicate and a candle will last for about fifty hours. That’s a lot of cuddling time!
There’s also the bonus of displaying such a pretty pink, zen-like candle. Just looking at it gives you a warm feeling…
Both products retail at $49. Visit: palaisdesthes.com
For the young at heart…
You can never have too much of this irresistible pastry, so why not take it with you everywhere you go? Tinyhands Jewelry handcrafts these tiny clay confections from polymer clay. Not only do they look real and scrumptious, but they have a subtle but noticeable scent. This particular “macaron” has a warm, feminine scent that feels like a mix of sweet raspberries, vanilla, and a hint of roses. You might consider wearing this instead of perfume – the subtle scent doesn’t fade throughout the day.
Tinyhands offers other colorful macaron creations too, each incredibly life-like and with its own distinct scent. Upside: zero calories. Retails for: $28. Comes in a very pretty box.
Fleur De Lis…
Victoria’s Jewelry Box has some great affordable pieces featuring the popular “Fleur De Lis” motif. The symbol of both France and New Orleans, the fleur de lis epitomizes romance and a touch of mystery. All jewelry is exquisitely packaged.
Keep a little secret in this simple but regal locket.
Understated fleur-de-lis medallions reminiscent of antique coins.
For the wine lovers…
Ravi Wine Iceberg & Instant Wine Refresher
Ravi makes all sorts of unique products for wine connoisseurs.
The Ravi Wine Iceberg replaces the need for ice cubes, while keeping your wine bottle just as cold. It takes very little space and you can even put it on your table without having to worry about making a mess.
Ravi’s Instant Wine Refresher is a truly innovative concept. How often have you forgotten to put your bottle of wine in the refrigerator and are now facing the prospect of serving wine at room temperature. The wine refresher cools the wine while it’s being served. Instead of cooling the bottle, you’re cooling the wine itself.
Designed by Quebec designer Michel Dallaire, the Refresher features a valve that allows you to control the flow of wine to obtain the desired temperature.
Just make sure you keep it in the freezer for at least 6 hours before using. You never know when “company” might come by!
Buy online at: ravisolution.com
A Practical Gift for the Traveller…
When you’re in France, there are so many wonderful products to fall in love with. There are delicious wines and treasured olive oils, but how do you get them home safely? The Vinnybag inflates with just a few breaths of air, so that you’re most fragile items can make it with you.
VinniBag is TSA friendly and was engineered to allow for significant changes in air pressure and temperatures.
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