First, a little free advice: Do not wait until the last minute the way I always do.
However, if you do these are some of my favorite things you can find au dernier moment:
Gloves, gloves, gloves … So seeexy on women's hands ! This is French stuff !
My choice : Maison Fabre (since 1924).
Les Gants du Palais
128-129 Galerie de Valois
Jardin du Palais Royal – Paris 1°
Shiseido-Serge Lutens, 27 different « Flacons de Table ».
I love "Encens et Lavande". What about you?
Bonus : The shop is really amazing to see.
142, Galerie de Valois – Paris 1°
Tea for Two
But, not just any tea. Never! Let’s try my favorite for a cadeau : "Prince Wladimir" from Kusmi.
I like the beautiful box. I keep them all. It’s Chinese tea with citrus fruits, vanilla and spices. It's great for winter. But if you don’t like flavoured tea, there are plenty of other choices.
Grande Epicerie de Paris. (A wonderful experience in itself.)
Forget about macaroons for a minute.
These chocolates by Ladurée are just great.
Right size, right taste, just right.
Burgundy red wine (We are in France aren’t we!?)
If she likes French wine, let’s try the amazing Volnay or Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru.
These are what they call "feminine wines" because they are supposed to be softer.
But I tell you what . . . I could sell my blog for 12 … hum 24 bottles of each ! (Give her a case.)
If you prefer white wine and chardonnay, choose a Meursault. Sooo goood !
I look around the Champs-Elysées for the best.
Search for white lilies or white roses. Don’t forget about what we call :
"Le langage des fleurs" to deliver your message if you have one (hopefully you have one. . .)
Now, let's discuss a slightly more complicated subject: What not to offer a woman.
This is what I suggest you avoid:
A watch if she is always late; otherwise choose a very expensive one !
A cookbook even if she doesn't know how to boil an egg. It could be an invitation to war.
The same ring you offered your former girlfriend as Nicolas Sarkozy did -- really first class, ouuuuuuhhhh!!
(Ed. Note: The President of France gave the same ring -- pictured above to his former wife and his current wife.)
And please, please on your way home, if you stop to buy cheese, make sure it's from le fromager and your baguette de tradition (bien cuite) from le boulanger, never buy these French perfections at le supermarche.
Joyeux Noël !
Next Week on the Agenda:
Lundi: Last Minute Shopping
Mardi: Last, Last Minute Shopping
Mercredi: A Very Special Shared Cadeau from One of My Best Friends (who does not have a blog, but actually writes books, can you believe it !?)
Vendredi: Merry Christmas ! -- You will be waaaay too busy to check in with moi I'm sure.
Samedi: A suggestion from our Dear Cherie
Dimanche: Who Knows? Certainly Pas Moi.