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Ten last minute gift ideas for Christmas

By Marie Decreme

Only a few days to go before Christmas and you still haven’t got all your gifts sorted out? Do not despair. Every year it’s the old same story, you cannot figure out what to put under the Christmas tree… No need to panic, we have unearthed ten great gifts to spoil your friends and family without even having to go very far to buy them. French cooking class, tickets to Gad Elmaleh’s one-man-show, Caudalie body treatments… Go for a few French gifts this year! In just two mouse clicks, you will be sure to make someone happy.

  • A ticket for a one-man-show (£40 - £55)

Anne Roumanoff in January, Gad Elmaleh in April… The two humourists are making a detour via London this year. Tickets to their shows are a must. So make someone a happy bunny. (Only for people who are fluent in French)

Two great shows!
  • A voucher for a pair of cinema tickets for Ciné Lumière at the French Institute (from £20)

Would you like to see French Cancan again on a big screen? On 11 January, take your loved one with you to the French Institute; you will even enjoy a Q&A with the artist Nick Walker, right after the screening. Think about checking the Institute’s programme: different events are organised every week so you will be sure to find the perfect film or event you know he or she will want to attend.

French cuisine, miam!
  • A French cooking class with the Atelier des chefs (£15-72)

Book a French cooking class with the Atelier des Chefs! A nice, original, gourmand gift… Easy to buy online: in a few clicks, you can choose the time and length of the class you have selected. There is something for everyone, whatever your taste, level or budget. Oh miam!

  • A Merci Maman personalised piece of jewellery (£30-90)

Show him or her that you are a caring person by sending him/her a personalised piece of jewellery by Merci Maman. You can choose the design you like on their website and decide on the message you would wish to have engraved, and the gift will be delivered just in time for Christmas. There is something for everyone - from your young nephew to your grandmother, you can spoil the whole family. And it is very trendy: even Kate Middleton has her own Merci Maman neckless!

BB Bakery bus
  • A BB Bakery Tea Bus Tour (£35-45 per person)

What a perfect gift for food lovers; a London tour while savouring delicious French cakes made by the family patisserie BB Bakery. Give him or her the chance to spend teatime in a vintage bus, and to have a tour of the best London sites, whilst enjoying French food.

  • A box or a subscription to My Little Box (£13-160)

My Little Box has just arrived in the UK, do not miss it. There is something for everyone; Parisian box, London box… Register her for a month or a year, and she’ll only have to watch out for the postman to enjoy the surprise contents of her box… What a perfect gift to pamper her, dazzle her, amaze her!

  • The latest book of Largo Winch (£10)
    Largo Winch

The 15thvolume of Largo Winch, Crossing Paths, was only released a month ago; if you are lucky, someone you know might have not read it yet. And this time, the billionaire in blue jeans’s adventures take place in London. Do not hesitate, go get these 48 awesome pages!

  • A hamper or a dinner at La Cave à Fromage (£25-50)

Opt for a “cheesy” gift this year by inviting him or her to a tasting diner at La Cave à Fromage. Nice atmosphere, nice products, you will for sure have a great time. And if he or she is crazy about cheese or simply a real foodie, you can even send a hamper full of goodies (about £50)… Say cheese, send cheese!

  • From Caudalie treatment (£40-£95) to a weekend away at the Caudalie Spa in Bordeaux
Caudalie massage

What a great way to coddle your partner: offer a treatment in Caudalie’s boutique in London (or if you feel very generous why not offer a weekend away to the spa in Bordeaux?). A 30 or 50-minute massage with unique products for the body or the face, using the vine and grapes’ beneficial properties on the skin of Caudalie’s products. The end results…a beautifully refreshed look…mind.

  • A Codage gift card (£95)

Order and personalise a Codage gift card with your own message; the person who is receiving it will choose what they want from Codage’s range of products, and be able to create a tailor-made treatment for their skin. With these cosmetic products perfectly adapted, you will definitely make someone very happy.


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