It's very easy to fall into the trap of taking a tacky souvenir picked up in a tourist shop back for your nearest and dearest but if you spend a little more time you can give a truly appreciated gift when you next visit France.

If you are not struggling with your luggage allowance on a plane you could consider taking back a tin of confit de canard and dauphinoise potatoes along with a chilled bottle of Pouille Fumée wine and treat your family to a traditional French dinner whilst recounting the tales of your recent holiday. Coupled with a box of macarons for dessert this meal has never disappointed and I even have friends who ask me to bring extra tins with me.

If you are treating a child, maybe the birth of a new baby take back a stylish outfit from the French clothes shop www.petit-bateau.com Classy and understated, the navy and white gift bags are always well received.

If you'd like to take a bottle back with you why not try a bottle of Pineau which comes from the Poitou Charentes region and makes a perfect pre or post dinner drink. Even better if you can convince a local farmer to sell you a couple of bottles straight from the farm, dust and all.

If you are looking for a present for granny,  l'Occitane has a delightful selection of beauty products which are always well received. Remember to ask for a paquet cadeau whenever you buy your souvenirs. If not, take a look at our article about recommendations of beauty products to be found in the pharmacie.

Buying Souvenirs