Gift Guide: A Parisian Experience

One of my favorite things to do is to dream up trips to take alone or with the kids. Last year, I traveled out of the country for the first time. A trip to Paris, to dream, write, rest, and plan. It was a short and magical five days, and I’ve held on to that experience for the entirety of 2018. Each time I talk about the city I scheme up short plans to bring the kids along with me. With school, work, and schedules it’s a bit difficult to gather all of us together to go at the moment, but since the season of giving is upon us, it’s a good time to give an experience. While tickets to Paris may be out of collective budgets, you can use this to re-create your own Parisian experience for yourself and your family.

For Your Kids:

+ A red Public Bike

This is Paris for reading (and dreaming)

+ A tabletop art easel for painting as the Parisians do…

+ A sketch book  and classic crayons for creating and to keep company on plane if faux experience become real ones.

+ Instant film for photos (and sites) on the go. (It’s so fun!)


For You:

+ A vintage trench, because it is one of the few Parisian things you can do any given day.

+ A new gorgeous book to inspire:  20 Women on Life in the City of Light

+ A grocery tote that will come in handy next year (or for baguettes).

+ A red polish to look bright and good on gray days. And a bottle of a favorite French brand to smell good, too.

+ A cozy cashmere sweater for mornings when we make our coffee in a ceramic French Press and pretend we are in a French café

+ And the comfiest shoes on the market right now, to wear all day long. You know, just in case your pretend experience becomes a reality.

+ In the spirit of action, you can also give your family or friend a donation to Families Together to help families seeking asylum at the border.

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