If you’re like me and love buying gifts for friends and family back home, and sometimes to yourself, then you’re going to love France! France is a shoppers heaven and offers everything from tasty wine and cheese to nice local soaps and typical French beret hats.

If you’re not sure what to buy while visiting France, then you should check out this list of the top 8 souvenirs in France!

Here’s the list of the top 8 souvenirs in France:

French Soaps

Southern France is famous for its soaps. Buy a box of different kinds of soaps as a French souvenir for your loved ones back home. A soap is a must for your guest bathroom, so make sure to buy a couple when you’re in France – it’s an appreciated gift!

Macarons from Ladurée

France is famous for its shop Ladurée that are selling delicious and sweet macarons. Ladurée is the most well-known place in the world for its small circular treats, fancy macaron boxes, and cute decor.

If you’re in Paris, make sure to stop by this place to buy a box of macarons (or two) to bring back home to your friends and family so they can get a little taste of France!



Calvados is a strong apple brandy that is made in the orchards of Normandy. If you know someone who enjoys a good drink, then this is the perfect gift.

Local Wine – One of the best souvenirs in France

One of the best souvenirs in France is, in my opinion, a bottle of French wine. A bottle of local wine might not be the best souvenir to transport in your checked luggage, but it’s well worth it. Bring home a bottle or two and share with your friends or family back home.

A great tip for you who only are traveling with hand luggage is to ask the store if they know any wine that they recommend you to buy at the airport.

local wine france bottle

Perfume “Eau de Toilette”

If you’re looking for a more expensive and luxurious gift, then a bottle of perfume or eau de toilette is an excellent choice. What is a better way to remember a country than feeling the fragrance of your favorite French perfume every other day? Grasse, the perfume-making capital of France, is a great place to buy this kind of souvenir. And a handmade glass bottle for perfumes is not a bad gift either!

Just make sure to check so the perfume isn’t tested on animals. Animal testing is so horrible and wrong, and you don’t want to buy something that has been tested on animals – it’s real torture… Youtube it…


When thinking of French fashion, you might think of a women or men wearing a striped sweater, a scarf around their neck, holding a baguette and wearing a beret haha. A Beret is a beautiful and typical souvenir to bring home to a loved one or why not to yourself as a gift if it looks good on you!

Beret French Hat

Fleur de Sel

Fleur de Sel is the name of sea salts in French. These salts from the southern part of France is pretty famous in the country, and any person who loves to cook would love to receive a gift like this! These you can buy at the markets in Nice and Cannes.

The sea salts come in the scents of rose, lavender, and jasmine – the options are countless when you visit one of the shops or markets selling these sea salts.


One of the tastiest and best souvenirs one can buy in France is a piece or two of French Fromage (cheese). At many fromageries (cheese shops) around the country, they provide vacuum packing so you can transport the cheese back home. Make sure to buy a hard cheese, because the gooey/fresh goat cheese must be kept cold.

french cheese fromage

Do you have tips on other souvenirs in France? Feel free to share in the comment section below! :-)