Gifts for my Francophile

by Leighann on November 19, 2011

(Disclosure: Product reviews are included in this post.)

I’m not sure what sparked it, but Q has become a Francophile in the last few months and is intrigued by all things Paris. She wants to move there one day! I’ve been on the hunt for French-inspired gifts for her for Christmas and I’m coming up short. I even e-mailed Design Mom who gave me some book recommendations including This is Paris which I’ll be ordering. She likes the Madeline books, but the associated toys are a bit young for her I think.

Do you have any suggestions for me for French, Paris, or Eiffel Tower themed presents for her?

I’m still formulating her gift list, trying not to be too excessive and also avoiding low-quality toys that she sees on TV and “Oh my gosh, I need that!” Like the stupid Squinkies that I had to get her last year because it was the only thing she asked Santa for and it’s what she told every person she wanted. Ugh!

(As I was typing this a commercial came on and she asked excitedly for the toy. Rolls eyes. She’s a sucker for a good commercial.)

French CafeWe had a cardboard rocket ship in our playroom for a good two years, but it finally began falling apart and ended up in the recycling. I knew I wanted to replace it with something, but I wasn’t sure what. I was intrigued when Little Play Spaces asked if we would like to try out the French Cafe. Both of my kids love playing with our pretend food so a cafe is a great theme. And the best part of the French Cafe is that it folds up! I can’t wait for her to see it as I’m sure she’s going to go crazy.

(I’ll update with thoughts once we get a chance to really play with it.)

AG DressMy husband and daughter have been going to a Daddy Daughter Dance each year since she was one-and-a-half. It’s the highlight of their yearly social calendar, lol! Q enjoys getting dressed up in a fancy dress. While at the dance they enjoy food, dancing, and entering raffles at this charity event. She always throws a lot of tickets in for the American Girl themed prize. This year American Girl is outfitting her and her favorite doll in the Merry and Bright dress. When Q tried it on she did a few spins and it passed her twirl test. That’s important, you know. She likes lots of layers on the bottom to give it the full effect. What I like about this dress is that even though it’s fancy, you can take off the pendant, which is attached with a snap, and wash the dress in the washing machine. No dry cleaning, yes! It’s quite the adorable dress.

American GirlQ and I read chapter books together at bedtime. We just finished the first book in the series about the two new historical characters Marie-Grace and Cecile and have begun the second. The books switch back and forth between the two girls’ perspectives. The girls live in 1853 New Orleans. Marie-Grace has lost her mother. She and her father return to New Orleans to start over. Cecile is the daughter of wealthy merchants who are “free people of color.” What I am enjoying about the books is that I get to practice my French and Q likes that she’s learning some new words and phrases.

Disclosure: We received the French Cafe, Merry and Bright Dress, and Marie-Grace and Cecile for review consideration. No monetary compensation was received and opinions are always my own.

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1 tmana November 19, 2011 at 10:22 am

Has Q started learning French? If not, a primer book or DVDs of a bilingual program (check out Canadian TV sites?) might be a way to go. There’s always the quintessential French beret and scarf (though I think she’s a bit young for that sort of scarf?), possibly some French music (if you haven’t heard the album “Oh les filles!” by Au Bonheur Des Dames, check it out… it’s French-language remixes of 50’s and 60’s popular dance tunes and the lyrics have NOTHING to do with the English lyrics!)… why am I thinking a cute stuffed pig with a beret and scarf and making up stories about how he goes to the café but avoids the charcuterie???

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2 Amanda November 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm

This book is one of a series set in Paris – a great story – Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles by Rupert Kingfisher and Sue Hellard.

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3 Roselady November 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm

What about a cute Frenchie outfit. Personally, I love French dressings. And, it’s easy to buy it nowadays, with the trend toward leggings and flats. Black leggings, black and white striped top and some cute flats (red?). I’d wear it!

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4 shannon November 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm

i’d look on etsy with particular keywords for some fun notecards or accessories.

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5 shannon November 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm

ps we have the this is paris and this is ireland books in that series and i love them.

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6 Leighann November 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Glad to hear you like it! I ordered it for her 🙂

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