Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

2021 Holiday Gift Guide from Provence

Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year. The countdown is on for holiday shopping, and the thought of parking at a mall is frightening. Who needs it?! Discover our Holiday Gift Guide with products for the Home (table, kitchen and décor). We invite you to browse the selection of our favourite time-tested creations made with traditional materials and methodologies. In our opinion, the founders of these companies are leaders who source only top-quality artisanal creations that are made in France.

Disclaimer: Some of these products include affiliate links, and the website earns a small fee from qualifying purchases. However, that does not impact your price. Thank you in advance for supporting the work we do to maintain Perfectly Provence.

blank

The Provencal Table

Table: There is nothing quite like the holidays for meals with friends and family, and festive table settings are a great way to set the mood. Provencal fabrics – les Indiennes – are available in a wide range of colours and patterns. In addition, there are table runners, placemats, tablecloths, and napkins to create your art de la table from playful to sophisticated. Buy a set or mix and match.

Kitchen and Entertaining

Breakfast in Bed: French Address sourced this beautifully handcrafted wicker serving tray from an artisan in the French Alpes. Wickerwork is one of those traditional artisan crafts in France, and there are less than 300 artisans today. The tray is made with organic white wicker and with orange leather handles.

Holiday Gift Guide Wicker Tray

Glassware: This French pitcher is made in La Rochère, the oldest glass factory in France. Since 1475 the brand has continued a tradition of fine glassware craftsmanship. A lazy morning, a cool drink in the shade, coffee with a friend, this pitcher symbolizes the Provencal lifestyle. The bee design is a tribute to emperor Napoléon.

Holiday Gift Guide Provence French Address La Rochère bee picther

Linens and Things: Honestly, there is nothing better than a French tea towel, and this one from French Address is a classic! It is 100% made in linen and woven by French linen expert manufacture Charvet.

blank

Pottery: Pottery production has existed in Provence for centuries in centres like Vallauris and Moustiers Sainte Marie. The fabrication of glazed and white earthenware serves both decorative and practical purposes. Many traditional Provencal recipes call for slow-cooking methods for which the heavy stoneware is ideally suited. Faience style serving dishes are more delicate and decorative. Browse the range of finely decorated dishes, pots and vases.

Vallauris Pottery French Riviera Casserole Dish

Buy Local

Handcrafted: Why not support an artisan rather than ask Amazon to ship a factory-made item direct to your mailbox? Le Savoir Faire des Alpilles is an artists’ collective operated by the members of a local St-Rémy association by the same name. This store should be on your list for a unique gift or a handcrafted reminder of your visit to Provence. The products are designed locally within the Alpilles. As a result, the boutique feels like an art gallery, where the curated products highlight quality craftsmanship.

Le Savoir Faire des Alpilles Interiors

@Thierry Teisseire / Photographe

Scented Love: Lavender has been a mainstay in Provence since the Roman era; they understood the plant’s beneficial qualities. During the peak of the lavender season, you might be fortunate enough to stumble across someone handcrafting traditional lavender fuseaux. If so, make sure to stock up this 18-century artisan craft. They are beautiful and last forever. Shop for lavender “hearts” at La Maison FRANC in Lourmarin or at Fuseaux de Lavande.

Lavender Provence Holiday Gift Guide Home

A Reason to Visit Arles: Marius brings together local designers from the Arles region (Alpilles/Camargue). The Marius boutique acts as an exhibition and sales space where the member’s creations are for sale. All items are handcrafted and locally produced. There are eight (8) creators per year, and each month one artist presents their work in a pop-up fashion. The store is a cooperative with operating costs shared among the creators, and every person runs the store for a day on a rotation.

Marius Arles Artisan Creators

©Virginie Ovessian Photographe

Romantic Fragrances

Luxury Perfume: Rose et Marius is a luxury perfume house and home décor brand based in Aix-en-Provence. Founder Magali Fleurquin-Bonnard’s inspiration for the exquisitely designed product line originates from childhood memories at the family’s country home. Rose et Marius makes 90% of its creations in Provence. The company works with exceptional artisans whose knowledge passes from generation to generation. Rose et Marius received the precious label of Craftsmen of Art, which recognized the quality of their artisanal and handmade collections.

Rose et Marius Perfume Collection Provence

Candles and Diffusers: In 2017, Laetitia de Luca launched her brand Love in St Rémy with a small range of high-quality scented candles and diffusers. Later she added notebooks and small bags to the collection. The products are all made-in-France and a reflection of the founder’s affection for Provence. She works closely with a “Nez” in Grasse to create the scents for her products. In some cases, this process takes quite a bit of time to arrive at the scent that matches her exact image of Provence. Discover products by Love in St Rémy.

Love in St Remy Artisans Provence Alpilles

@Thierry Teisseire / Photographe

Lasting Memories

Photography:  Give the gift of art and bring a piece of the lovely French countryside into your or your loved ones’ home. Experience the magic of Provence through the eyes of American international award-winning photographer Raina Stinson and dream of your next adventure in the South of France. Explore the beautiful French Provence Art Collection and choose your unique, museum grade fine art poster. Read about “Creating beautiful and personalized memories of Provence” with Raina’s portrait photography in Provence workshops and retreats.

Raina Stinson Photography Marie Lavender Guide Dream Weddings Provence

@Raina Stinson Photography

 

Please share this with friends and family.

Previous post

Le Barroux Village in the Vaucluse and Family Connections

Next post

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies a Recipe from France

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

No Comment

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.