50 Best Gifts for Friends Going Abroad: Ideas for Everyone
Are you looking for the perfect gifts for friends going abroad? Check out this list of ideas for all price points. You're sure to find the best going-away gift!
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Every time I visit Paris, I bring back champagne and macarons as a little gift for myself.
I also bring home little items for friends who have birthdays coming up, and almost always something cute for my nephew.
The crazy thing is that thanks to the internet, many of the sought after Parisian items I bring home can easily be found online.
So the next time you’re looking for the perfect Paris themed gifts, just shop this list of items that will be a bit of Paris to you wherever you are in the world!
I’ve divided them into categories to make your gift shopping a breeze.
As a self-proclaimed macaron addict, I bring home at least a dozen of these treats every time I travel.
Pierre Herme is my go-to anytime I’m in Europe, since there’s only one place in NYC that imports these delightful treats. Unfortunately, they won’t ship them, so these are a genuine treasure to bring home.
You can also check out GoldBelly, they ship out a variety of gourmet food options. You can use my referral link to get $15 off your first purchase and help me get a credit toward my next macaron order.
Another item I rarely leave France without is at least one bottle of champagne. My go-to is from the well-known house of Ruinart.
Of course, most of the French champagne houses sell their delicious bubbly stateside, but the mark-up in price is noticeable.
For easy ordering in the US and Canada, check out Drizly. You can order online and they’ll bring all your champagne straight to your (or your friends) door!
Besides Ruinart, these are some of the best French champagnes to keep an eye out for:
To go along with the champagne, gift your pal a set of these beautiful champagne coups.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s time in Paris inspired this set by the History Company.
My favorite thing about them, besides how stylish they are, is that they’re dishwasher safe!
Fun Fact: There is a popular myth that the first champagne coups date back to the 18th century court of Versailles. Supposedly the glasses were shaped around the left breast of Marie Antoinette. Though historians suggest the glasses pre-date this period by about 100 years.
Have you ever been at a party and realized, after setting your glass down for a moment, that you do not know which one is yours?
It’s moments like these that these little wine charms from Wine Wife Happy Life will save the day.
They themed each one of these six charms after something special in Paris, making them a fun way to keep track of glasses.
Wine stoppers are easily something everyone should have in their homes.
As someone who stays at a lot of Airbnbs, I’m always surprised how lacking they are in this department.
Wine stoppers save you from having to fight to squeeze the cork back in the bottle at the end of the evening and really save you if the cork broke while opening the bottle.
FASHIONCRAFT makes a cute Eiffel Tower stopper that is the perfect little gift for the Francophile in your life!
Okay, so even though this comes from The Wedding Gift Boutique, you don’t have to be a newlywed to enjoy this cutting board.
It’s super adorable with the Eiffel Tower, and the Seine carved into it. I’d recommend gifting this with a knife and some delicious French cheeses.
You can even have it custom engraved!
The second I have a permanent home, I’m absolutely going to order myself a set of these chic whiskey glasses from Or Something.
They etched the glasses with a detailed map of Paris, making them a fun and chic way to imbibe you’re nightly whiskey.
If your buddies aren’t partial to a bit of bubbly, give them a bit of vino.
France is well-known for its vineyards, especially some regions just outside of Paris.
Head to Drizly.com to order up a few of these French classics:
Honestly, I’ve already got this on my personal wish list. This adorable bag is perfect for wine fanatics who love a good picnic.
The gift set comes with two napkins, a set of wine glasses, and a combination corkscrew.
To create the perfect gift bag, pair this Ascot wine tote with a bottle or two of the recommendations above.
If your friend is an aspiring cook, or just a downright talented baker, they’ll love to learn how to create macarons at home.
Both Laduree and Pierre Herme have recipe books that will give your friend all the secrets to creating the perfect French macaron.
The best part is that this gift will benefit you in the long run since they’ll need someone to help them eat all their fresh creations!
If they are less of a pastry chef, and more of an overall one, then they’ll love a French cookbook.
You’ve got two options here, go classic or modern.
The classic cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, written by Julia Child is a must for any chefs. Though, because it’s basically the bible of French cooking, they may already own it.
The more modern Tasting Paris Cookbook, by award-winning food blogger Clotilde Dusoulier, is the perfect option for the at home chef who has all the classic cookbooks in their library.
Either way, you’ll hopefully be invited to some pretty epic French themed dinner parties after this gift!
Harney & Sons makes a special black tea blend with notes of vanilla and caramel that’s made as an homage to the tea shops of Paris.
Your friend will be transported to the streets of “The City of Lights” while they’re sipping this custom blend.
Whether you’re a coffee or tea drinker, everyone could use a few extra mugs in their kitchen.
This Paris themed Cypress Home Store mug is the ideal little something to give the caffeine lover in your life!
Bonus points if you give it along with the Harry & Sons Paris tea!
If your friend is a mixologist or simply loves a good cocktail, then they need this collection of over 100 cocktails inspired by Paris.
They sourced the recipes from leading French mixologists and include signature drink recipes from some of the hottest bars in France.
I’m a big fan of travel journals. I bring one on every trip to write about all the adventures I have and all the emotions that come up.
I find it really therapeutic, and it’s fun to go back and read them later. It’s an interesting way to look back at the person you were during that trip.
This leather journal by Malden is perfect for any friends who have their own trip to Paris planned.
If your buddy is super obsessed with Paris, help them accessorize with this beautiful luggage cover.
It zips over their existing luggage, to give them a bit of fashionable and fun update.
The cover keeps your suitcase closed, clean, and safe from scratches.
InterestPrint sells three different sizes, so just size up their existing luggage before ordering.
I love a good luggage tag, especially a unique one that will help me identify my luggage from a mile away.
These faux leather ones from Alaza luggage are beautiful and have just enough color to help your luggage stand out.
How absolutely adorable and original are these macaron earring cases from Han Sheng?
I always have at least one in my purse in case I need to remove jewelry for a workout or massage.
They also are perfect for travelers who want to pack jewelry, hairpins, or even pills!
Want to give a gift that’s both practical and chic?
Look no further than this gorgeous toiletry bag from Parisian company CAP D’ARSÈNE.
It comes in two sizes and a variety of colors, though I’m partial to this Breakfast at Tiffany’s shade.
As a self-proclaimed coffee addict, I always travel with a tumbler to enjoy my caffeine on the go.
If your friend loves caffeine as much as I do, give them this cute Paris themed travel tumbler.
It’s made of stainless steel and has a splash proof lid to keep you safe from spilling.
How cute is this petite Eiffel Tower necklace with its vintage postcard packaging?
Any friend would be truly delighted to open such a thoughtful gift.
Quan jewelry is handmade with a stainless steel adjustable chain and pewter charms
For a more minimalist friend, choose this Lucky Feather necklace that features the coordinates of Paris.
With a 14k gold dipped pendant and adjustable chain, this necklace is tres chic!
Okay, I’ll be the first to admit wearing a watch these days is a rarity.
If the person you’re buying for is a watch person, give them this fun rhinestone accented Eiffel Tower leather watch from JewelryWe.
It comes in both pink and red and arrives with a gift bag!
This stainless steel necklace features the skyline of Paris in all its glory.
Kuiyai produces quality handmade pieces that are dainty with a minimal design.
It’s perfect for the minimalist francophile in your life.
If your pal loves sparkle, this is the necklace for them.
It’s sterling silver with an adjustable chain, and the Eiffel Tower charm gets its glimmer from cubic zirconia.
You get to choose between white or rose-colored silver.
I’d go for the silver!
Is there anything more French than a beret?
Thanks to Emily in Paris, I feel like they’re having a bit of a moment again.
Your friend can wear it as a fashion accessory, or you can both take silly photos wearing one.
Either way, you will have a lot of fun with this accessory.
I could totally see Emily Cooper, from the Netflix show Emily in Paris, sporting this unique and totally chic gold bag from Parisian designer CAP D’ARSENE.
This is one bag that will absolutely make a fashion statement while still being practical enough to use on a daily basis since you can wear it over the shoulder or as a cross body bag.
If you want something less blingy, it also comes in a royal blue, silver, and an off-white.
How adorable are these white, blue, and red sneakers?
They’re made by French brand ZESPA to represent the colors on France’s flag.
Basically these premium leather sneakers are the perfect gift for the fashionable French obsessed traveler in your life.
This t-shirt by Shirtbooth is such a cool, minimal statement piece.
Your pal can either dress it up with heels and a skirt or leather pants or wear it with jeans and tennis shoes to brunch.
Let’s be honest, we could always use a few extra pairs of
Artsy ones like these make gifting
Bonus points if your friend can name all the famous artwork depicted on their new
This fun little bag reminds me of something whimsical that Carrie Bradshaw would tote around Paris.
You can carry it as a purse or clutch, and I can pretty much guarantee it will certainly be a conversation starter.
I love the vintage vibe of these chic magnets. They’re the perfect small gift to give solo or with a larger item.
Either way, your friend will think of you and of Paris every time they open their refrigerator door.
Keeping with the decorative theme of Paris, check out this throw pillow.
It’s got the perfect color contrast for sitting on a dark grey couch or comforter.
Plus, I believe you can never have too many cozy pillows around!
Give your room an instant makeover with this fun wall decal.
It’ll almost feel you’re in the “City of Lights” while you’re hanging out next to this Eiffel Tower.
Paris is known as a super romantic city, so why not celebrate the romantic memories made there with this adorable picture frame?
It’s the perfect gift for a couple who’s spent time in one of the most romantic cities on earth.
I’m one of those people who is always freezing. I can never have too many blankets around the house in case I need to cuddle up.
This throw blanket is the best of both worlds—-it’s really soft and beautiful!
How adorable are these Papyrus French themed thank you cards?
I just got a set and have received so many compliments on them since sending them out to friends and family.
This painting reminds me so much of the one I used to have hanging in my UES studio.
It was one of my favorite conversation pieces.
Staring at this beauty will make you feel you’re in a dream. It’s so surreal and charming, and the perfect accent piece to really tie a room together.
With Shutterfly, it’s easy to design a personalized calendar featuring either stock images of Paris, or ideally photos from your loved one’s time in the “City of Lights”.
It’s the gift that keeps on giving, since they’ll be able to enjoy their Parisian memories (or dreams) all year long!
This is one of my favorite things to gift my family each holiday season. It's both practical and sentimental at the same time, making it the perfect gift!
Another excellent Parisian themed throw is from Betsy Johnson.
This one has a fun design and is made of a super soft fleece that’s super cozy to cuddle up with.
If I ever theme a room in my home after Paris, these prints are at the top of my shopping list.
I love how chic the black and white prints look, and how easy it would be to use them with almost any color scheme.
I love having lit candles all over my living space. There’s something so relaxing about their dim lighting and often delightful smell.
Homesick scented candles have done something unique, creating candle scents that are reminders of different cities.
Lighting their France candle will instantly transport you to the streets of Paris with the smells of buttery croissants, cafe au lait, lavender, and a touch of tobacco.
How original is this Eiffel Tower lamp?
I love that it isn’t super kitschy and has a more modern vibe to it.
They make the base of metal and the lamp arrives ready to go with a bulb included!
I know, you’re probably thinking I’ve put this in the wrong category after reading “paint by numbers”.
Turns out, adults can have some paint by numbers fun as well with this DIY kit from Seasons.
This 16×20 image arrives numbered and ready to paint, with oils and brushes included.
Truthfully, I’ve got this sitting in my cart right now.
This foil map of Paris is next level, beautiful and original. Plus, it’s insanely chic and expensive looking!
For under $50 you really can’t go wrong gifting this to friends or even just buying it for yourself (like I’m planning to).
Okay, so while these aren’t totally decorative, they’re a must for anyone who dreams of visiting France one day.
These flash cards teach 201 French words that will absolutely come in helpful and save you and your friends from embarrassing language barrier moments in Paris.
These petite macaron soaps are absolutely delightful!
Se Sentir even boxes them in a cute wooden carrier that’s very reminiscent of a typical macaron box.
The best part is that they’re made of 100% natural vegan ingredients and they smell great.
They’re so realistic that you better warn your friends not to take a bite!
This coffee-table book by Nichole Robertson will take you on a journey through some of the most colorful streets in Paris.
It’s the perfect book to inspire you and your friends to book another trip to France ASAP!
My nephew loves this bedtime story about saying goodnight to all the landmarks of Paris.
It’s the perfect book to teach kids a bit about foreign landmarks while still keeping them entertained.
How adorable is this nightlight for kids?
The LED Eiffel Tower is actually sold with a variety of uses, including as a cake topper.
Though it makes the most magical nightlight—my nephew is obsessed with his and refuses to sleep unless it’s turned on!
There’s also 7 different light settings so that you can customize the color!
I used to love dressing up as a kid and even now as an adult (which is why I love acting so much).
This dress up set is giving me major Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in Paris vibes.
If the set came in my size, I’d probably already have it in my shopping cart.
Since it doesn’t, I’ll have to settle with giving this to one of my fashionable young nieces to wear at their next tea party.
The set comes in eight different color combos, though I think this red version is the most fabulous!
Speaking of dressing up, every little girl needs a few accessories. This Eiffel Tower necklace is an item that they can wear for years to come.
It’s got major Van Gogh vibes and is handmade, making it an extra special gift!
This Paris themed satchel is beyond precious and gives me major Eloise vibes.
They make the backpack with a durable canvas material. It makes a perfect carry-on backpack for the young world traveler.
If you’re gifting a child over 3, you’ll go crazy for these wooden and felt blocks.
They’re themed after some of the most iconic buildings in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame.
Plus, they come in their own travel box that includes a chalkboard painted exterior so that the kid can draw their own cityscape behind the play blocks.
Little People, BIG DREAMS sells some of the most fashionable children’s books today—case in point, Coco Chanel’s life story for kids!
The book is recommended for preschool through age 2 and will teach kids early the power of dreaming big!
Okay, so if the life story of Coco Chanel seems like a bit much, default to the classic tales of Madeline.
If you grew up without reading these books, here’s the deal. Madeline is a precocious young girl who lives at a French boarding school. She’s constantly adventurous and getting into trouble, yet somehow always saves the day.
These classic books have aged beautifully and are a lovely gift for any young woman.
How epic is this Lego play set of Paris?
The skyline set includes all the spots on the cityscape including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysee, and the Louvre.
If you’re buying for a child that’s about to have their first trip to Paris, they’ll need these French flash cards.
They’ll learn all the basic words from categories like numbers, weather, food, and transport.
How adorable is this pop-up book from Lonely Planet Kids?
My nephew has so much fun learning about Paris while seeing the landmarks come to life as they pop-up from the book.
How cute is this Eiffel Tower alarm clock by Sevenyee?
It’s super loud alarm is perfect for teens and children who need a bit of extra help waking up in the mornings for school.
This adorable handmade wall print is perfect for a little girl’s room, especially one that’s Paris themed.
The coolest part about this wall print is that for every print purchased, they will donate one meal to a national food bank.
This is one gift you can feel excellent about giving!
How adorable are these little gift boxes?
My nephew loved these luggage boxes so much that he still plays with them!
If you need a cute gift bag for your Parisian themed gifts, this is one option that is tres chic!
Not all gifts fit in a gift bag or luggage themed box, that’s where this wrapping paper will come in handy.
I hope this list has helped you find the perfect Paris themed gifts for your friends and family.
Paris is a truly magical city that everyone should experience a piece of, even if it’s only through a special themed present.
Let me know in the comments below which gift you’re most excited about giving!
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