Gift ideas: A Basket of French Goodies
Treat your traveller friends to all the best of French cuisine
Everything about the French exudes romanticism, from the beautiful architecture of the streets of Paris to the drawling accent of its people, down to the scrumptious, luxurious food that the French have become known for. There are many elements to the complete French experience, and no singular item can truly stand to represent French culture.
If you have any friends who have travelled to Paris to experience the lifestyle of the French, you could give them a head start by offering them a basket of the most traditional French goodies. Food baskets are a great way to bundle a group of presents into one, and although they’re more common in the Yuletide season, they can also be built around certain themes. The Belfast Community Telegraph once gave away a Marks and Spencer hamper of easy-to-use eco products to help their community become more environmentally-aware, and you can also give away gift baskets of little French delicacies to give your friends a taste of something truly French.
Building the hamper itself should be easy, as all you would need is something to put the goodies into. You could go for something traditional like a wicker basket, or something more contemporary like a cookie tin. There are some specialised cookie tin makers out there like the Independent Can Company that allow customers to design their own cookie tins, so you could make a great French- or Paris-themed goodie hamper for your friends.
You could then stuff the tins with your favourite French delicacies — everything from chocolate éclairs, mini-croissants, and French macarons, and even contemporary versions of classic French desserts like crème brulee cookies. Alternatively, if you decide to get a wicker basket, you could even add in some of the more savoury French classics, like delicious fromage and bottles of Bordeaux or Champagne – my favorite :).
Gift baskets are always appreciated, especially if you make the goodies contained in them yourself. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Les macarons !
- Les Palmiers
- Les mignardises
- Le Paris Brest
- Les beignets