Life in Paris & France,  Shopping

Quirky Paris Souvenir Ideas

postcard with croissant head Bring France HomeWhile wandering around BHV/Marais I noticed bits and pieces of hardware, wall paper and cleaning products made in France. Across the street at City Hall’s Paris Rendez-Vous boutique concept shop I found unusual souvenirs made in France. A while ago, I found Bring France Home near Place des Vosges that only sells souvenirs made in France. Are you looking for quirky, inexpensive Paris souvenir ideas?

At BHV/Marais, they have narrow or regular wallpaper with the illustrated scenes of Paris and the Paris metro maps in their basement hardware/bricolage department. In the droguerie department, I found nail brushes, cleaning products, original Marseille soap (3 euros!).

Paris Rendez-Vous has a shop full of souvenirs and an online store. The ones made in France are on the wall facing the cash register. Occasionally, you will find free art and cultural exhibits in this area also.

A window display and an outdoor rack at Nathalie and Mathilde’s Bring France Home shop is displaying a street art coffee cup by Monsieur Chat, original postcards and condoms made in France. Some of the souvenirs are also in their online shop. Watch the interview video: “Bring France Home with Designer Souvenirs”.

BHV/Marais is open seven days a week.
Paris Rendez-Vous is open Monday to Saturday.
Bring France Home is open seven days a week.

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!