Following the success of the advent calendar post, I’d like to share with you some ideas for Christmas gifts from South of France, for all the family! Offer experiences, furniture, fashion, gourmet products, from the French Riviera!
To bring along for dinner on Christmas Eve:
Gourmet products from Le Clos de Laure
This shop specializes on local gastronomic products. Le Clos de Laure is a good address to find homemade jams with regional raw ingredients: roses from Grasse or lavender flower among candied flowers, or lemon or mandarin from Menton, among jams.
You’ll also find a great variety of spread creams or veggie purées such as the tapenade (olive paste with anchovies) , the artichoke or eggplant cream and other products marinated with olive oil and herbs. And… a specific range of products for Christmas with lovely gift boxes. I tasted Prelude de Reveillon: artichoke cream with truffle, de-li-cious!
Jean-Luc Bertin is waiting for you in his shop, a 15 minutes’ walk from the old city, in order to dedicate you some time for a tasting and very interesting explanations about the history of local products and the Nice cuisine.
♥Plus, if you are in charge of the Christmas Eve dinner, le Clos de Laure proposes a full menu including their products, a great inspiration as needed every year!
- Open from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 7pm.
Le Clos de Laure
10 rue Verdi
An unforgettable experience for Dad
Driving a Ferrari along the most spectacular roads of the Côte d’Azur!
Driving a Ferrari is a dream to some of us, and guarantees a thrill for everyone! Thanks to Liven’up agency, treat your daddy to the Ferrari driving experience on the French Riviera coast roads. The starting signal is at the Fragonard perfumery parking site in Eze Village. Below this charming village built on a peak, you’ll start a very unique driving experience.
Knowledgeable and enthusiastic driving instructors accompany you, sharing their passion and expertise to ensure unforgettable memories.
♥ I personally had a 15 minutes tour as a passenger and enjoyed the thrill very much.
Driving experience Prices:
– 15 minutes : 119€
– 30 minutes : 215€
– 1 hour : 395€
You can start in Nice or Monaco but I recommend Eze village for the view and fluid traffic.
Note that Lamborghini are also available.
- More information and booking: Liven’up.
For myself! Unique jewels by Les Delices de Candice
This little shop in the old town of Nice is a unique place to buy original jewels. Candice uses Swarovski crystal and vintaje elements to make her creations.Fasteners are made of brass. I especially like the earings. Hurry.up if you like them as they are unique creations!
16 rue de la Préfecture
For my darling: The t-shirt 100% from Nice
Kalu Nissa is a new brand of clothes designed by artists from Nice, to claim the sense of belonging to the Nice countea. You’ff find some funny t-shirts and sweatshirts or caps. An original gift for future romantic walks on the Promenade des Anglais.
See Products and christmas packages here.
For my dear teen niece:
Those satin bracelets by Lucky Team , a company born in 2007 in Mouans-Sartoux, are now a must have on the French Riviera.
Brighten up her winter with those glamorous messages from Cannes:
A cannes, je fais mon cinéma.
Le Festival à Cannes, Champagne, strass et paillettes.
J’ai reçu… la palme d’or à Cannes.
There is also a limited edition about Corsica. See products here.
♥ Deliveries are free of charge in December with the code LUCKYNOEL.
A flower box for Mummy
Ma Flower box is a new company based in Ramatuelle, St-Tropez. Offer unique floral arrangement + a small surprise each month to treat your mom to more than just a day. For about €39/month, you can get fresh flowers delivered everywhere in France. Prices vary according to the duration of the service.
Every detail has been thought through: you can choose a theme: rose’s addict, white, pop-rock, etc.… or let My Flower box improvise for you.
Just take a look at their Instagram account and you’ll be convinced: www.instagram.com/maflowerbox
Candied fruits for Granny:
- Maison Auer
An enchanting shop for top of the range chocolates and candies since 1820. Once again, you can only find this company in Nice, or shop online. Do not hesitate to step in, at least for a glance, as the place itself is worth it. This bakery was the scenery of various movies.
This place is one of the best for famous candied fruits, but pay attention to the prices, as it rises quickly according to the weight.
This is the price to pay for quality, as everything here is made in the traditional way, and the current owner Thierry Auer, the 5th chocolate maker of its generation, is willing to preserve the authencity of the company. For example, all the fuits are pesticides free and no preservatives are used.
- Closed on Sundays and Mondays, daily close at 6pm
- Tasting Nissa by Elsa on my to-do list !
7 rue Saint-François de Paule
- Fruits Défendus
Another good address for candied fruits, Fruits Defendus specializes on fresh fruit arrangements!
79 rue de France and 134 bis Boulevard Gambetta
For my mother-in-law
A pepper mill inspired in the pebbles from the Promenade des Anglais.
The Company Socca Chips has invented a chips version of the Socca, the specialty from Nice. Just as for the recently cooked socca you can buy in the old town, the socca chips is made from chickpea flour.
For Christmas this year, socca chips has created an original pepper mill to spice up my favourite aperitif.
For my little boy/girl: a toy box
Citron 12, run by Ophelia in Vence, bargain-huts vintage furniture and updates it with pastel colours. Take a look at this toy box or small wicker chair for example.
For my uncle : spirit from Nice
Pastis de Nice
Pastis is a yellow and anised-flavoured spirit, originally from Marseille. A few years ago, father Gil Florini decided to create his own natural and home-made version including 24 plants and spices. Pastis from Nice was born. It was first tasted by the beleivers at the Sanctuary of la Madone d’Utelle and church Saint-Pierre d’Arène.
A gift with a taste like holidays for the aperitif.
The shop also sells different products from the Monasteries all over France.
Shop online soon available.
Pastis de Nice
6 rue Vernier
Please note, none of the above brands has paid me or offered any products to appear in this post.