For the first time in 11 years, TSLL’s Holiday Gift and Shopping Guide is coming out in early November. Wahoo!!
Giving you time to shop, while inventories are still well stocked, I am grateful to have the time this year to do the shopping for you well in advance so you can welcome favorite Francophile and Anglophiles finds into your holiday décor and check off your gift list having confidence you have found items you love.
What you will find in this year’s TSLL Holiday Gift Guide:
The focus is a bit different from other gift guides out there: Many of the 60+ items are for you, your home, and your approach to creating a holiday season that is cozy, comforting and full of thoughtful, delicious touches. Any and all of the items may be gifts for others as well, but holiday decorating gradually builds upon what we know brings us joy and a calm, yet joyful feeling about the holidays, and I encourage you to remember to include yourself during each year’s holiday festivities.
In my own home, Le Papillon, I am little by little creating an English cottage aesthetic for this annual decorating season for the winter holidays. I pared down quite a bit when I moved in to two years ago (this is my third Christmas) and now, gradually, I am adding a bit of whimsy with the ornaments (but just a touch), simplicity and elegance to create a welcoming ambiance for myself and whomever may be a guest during this time of year, and making sure each are signature and thoughtfully considered. From food tree ornaments, an advent calendar for both myself and Norman (we’re picking his up today from Trader Joe’s!), to stockings to hang on my new fireplace mantle (view it in September and October‘s A Cuppa Moments), and I am especially excited to use my tree basket for the first time this holiday season – something that for small houses, as well as houses who want a bit more tidy, fit perfectly into the aesthetic of cottage décor (in my mind, but everyone is different ;)), decorating for the holidays is a gift to ourselves and those who share the household with us.
I had fun pulling this year’s Holiday Gift Guide together, gathering items from well-known, lesser-known, domestic and international businesses. Predominantly, the finds are Francophile and Anglophile, and I have designated each of these finds with their respective country’s flag on the left of each item. I do hope you find one or more finds that speak to your love and celebration for the holidays.
If you are a TOP Tier Member of TSLL, be sure to visit this month’s A Cuppa Moments as one of the items shared in the shopping guide is being given away to a lucky Member (be sure to enter by November 17th!).
I have organized items loosely into categories:
- New Holiday Music albums
- Advent Calendars
- Holiday Food Gifts
- Stocking Stuffers
Okay! Now, let the holiday shopping begin! Wishing you a very, merry and happy holidays and Christmas and Hanukkah and whatever you celebrate this time of year. Why not simply celebrate welcoming more joy into the world by finding joy within ourselves and sharing our peace with others? ☺️ Okay, that was a pondering, and now to the list!
🇬🇧 Catesby’s (UK, ships worldwide)
New Holiday/Christmas Albums
- I Dream of Christmas by Norah Jones (Oct. 1, 2021), her first holiday album
- Christmas by jazz musician Till Brönner (Oct. 29, 2021)
- Merry Christmas from Andra Day (November 19, 2021)
- The Christmas Album by Leslie Odom Jr. (November 12, 2021)
- A Sentimental Christmas with Nat King Cole and Friends Classics Reimagined (Oct. 29, 2021)
- HAPPINESS Is . . . Christmas! by Kristin Chenoweth (September 2, 2021)
- Something About Christmas Time by Rob Thomas (Oct. 8, 2021)
- The Season by Steve Perry (November 5, 2021)
~While admittedly, this calendar is a bit steep, it is Dr. Sturm’s Super Anti-Aging Serum most people rave about as a worthwhile investment, so if you love the brand, but only purchase one product instead of all of the minis in the advent calendar, explore the Anti-Aging Serum.
🇫🇷 Mariage Freres Noël Haute Couture Calendrier de Noël – édition limitée
🇬🇧 Calm Christmas and a Happy New Year: A Little Book of Festive Joy by Beth Kempton
🇬🇧 An Almost Perfect Christmas by Nina Stibbe (2017)
🇬🇧 A Year Full of Flowers: Gardening for All Seasons (2021) by Sarah Raven
🇫🇷 In Love with Paris: Recipes & Stories from the Most Romantic City in the World by Anne-Katrin Weber
Food pics credit: Julia Hoersch
City pics credit: Nathalie Geffroy
J.Crew Belted Lady Day Topcoat in Italian Double Wool (more colors), on sale
J.Crew Willa Coat in Italian Stadium-cloth Wool coat (many colors), 15% off
🇬🇧 Hunter Original Insulated Slipper Boot (more colors)
🇫🇷 St. James Cable Knit Beanie with Pom Pom (navy and ivory OR ivory and navy)
🇫🇷 Eric Bombard off-gauge stole (200 cm x 50cm), many colors, 100% cashmere
🇫🇷 Trudon Candles: Fir & Gloria gift set (Christmas Tree and Wood & Spices)
Handmade linen stockings (monograming available)
🇬🇧🇫🇷Christmas Time in the City mugs (Paris, London, NYC, LA)
🇫🇷 A Year in Paris, 2022 Calendar by Rebecca Plotnick (Everyday Parisian blogger & photographer)
🇫🇷 Provence Tablecloths (four different colors/prints)
Recommended by Town & Country magazine: “This Wild Rose Bath Salt is a luxe blend of salt, dried roses and essential oils made to nourish both skin and soul with its soothing vibes and heart-opening floral aroma.”
Courant Catch:2 Multi-Device wireless charger (more colors and sizes)
🇫🇷 Filt French Net Market Bag (set of 2)
🇫🇷 Filt French Market Totes in MANY more colors (short or long handles)
🇫🇷 Duralex Picardie Tumblers (many sizes and colors)
Peppermint Bark Treats, Williams-Sonoma
Classic Caviar, Regiis Ova Caviar by Chef Thomas Keller (sustainably raised)
SommSelect Wine Club Subscription (starting at $99/mo)
Murray’s Cheese of the Month Clubs (different types, includes international and domestic cheeses)
Longchamp’s Paille Straw Tote (natural)
Last, but not least, as I am dreaming of returning to France and visiting the fresh food markets, returning home to my vacation rental and sitting on the terrasse nibbling on a fresh baguette in the morning with a hot cup of thé watching the city of Paris wake up, the perfect gift for market-goers.
Shop Past TSLL Francophile & Anglophile Holiday Gift Guides
20 Gifts for the Anglophiles (2019)
20 Gifts for the Francophile (2019)
Happy Holidays, Joyeux Noël and Happy Christmas!