Dreaming up gift ideas for La Saint-Valentin? We’ve cherry-picked the best of France’s sweet (and sensual) offerings…
Maison Fouquet has long been synonymous with gourmet confections. Its special Valentine’s box is packed full of glossy dark chocolate balls for couples to sink their pearly whites into. From €32.
SLICE OF LIFE DESIGN
Hailing from Savoie, Opinel is synonymous with high-quality kitchen and pocket knives. We’ve fallen head over heels for its ‘Édition France’ series, including this sweet collab with artist Ale Giorgini.
THE LOVELIEST LATHER
Drawing on Savon de Marseille fame, this petal-pink liquid soap will leave your partner’s hands clean, refreshed and smelling like roses. €5.99.
Fruity notes of fig and tangerine blend with Bourbon vanilla to make up this divine 100ml bottle of Exquise. Mark it up as a gift online and receive seven additional perfume samples for your other half! Purchasable at Parfums de la Bastide. €95.
NO MEAN FEET
We fell head over heels for these fun chaussettes from Bonne Maison. Made from double-thread cotton with elastane, with all the sandy hues of a beach, they’re an invitation to get snuggly. €19.
LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE…
With a statement table lamp and cast a rouge glow over your romantic dinner for two. Designed by artist Ingo Maurer, this light is more than a little wacky with its twisted wires and, erm, crocodile supports. Head over to the Made in Design website. €499.
The Just Say Yes fragrance is all about the romantic, idealistic part in all of us. Scented with rose, cardamom and musk, it’s an uplifting aroma with an air of playful sweetness and mild spice. €60 (50ml).
Weave words of romance around your special someone’s neck with this elegant 14-karat rose gold necklace, by Atelier Paulin. It’s customisable, so you can pick your own word – whether it’s a name or a fond sentiment. €480.
ROOM IN BLOOM
Candles are the bread and butter of French collective Lola James Harper. The brand knows how to capture a moment – or feeling – in a smell, and the First Morning of Spring is a timely edition, anticipating the season’s fresh roses. €35.
Seductively packaged in tropical hues, Hei Poa’s Elixir d’Amour is a treat from the inside out. Pineapple, sandalwood and floral whiffs create an intoxicatingly fragrant oil for baths and massages. €13.40.
BAKE FOR YOUR BEAU
For all you romantics, this Ruffled dish from French bakeware specialist Emile Henry brings a little love back into cooking. Why not woo your special someone with a heartshaped cake? €29.90.
From France Today magazine