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Here's Where A Real Parisian Does Her Holiday Shopping

A far-cry from the Champs Elysées.

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When it comes to Holiday shopping, even Parisians have to pull a few tricks out of their berets to find the perfect present. As with any other metropolis, chain stores in the City of Light attempt to seduce you with the promise of a one-stop-shop that, in truth, feels more like a crowded monolith of underwhelming gift ideas. So where does a Parisian woman get her gifts? 

Being based in the heart of Paris, we took advantage of being able to do a thorough investigation of the best local department stores to hit up for all your Holiday needs, and we’ve narrowed down our list to three favorites: Le Bon Marché, Le BHV and Merci. 

Here's what we found at Paris' best stores for Holiday shopping, plus a selection of our favorite shoppable items:

Le Bon Marché is the OG department store, having inspired Émile Zola’s 1883 novel Au Bonheur Des Dames (The Ladies’ Paradise in English)Today, it’s still a watering-hole for the painfully chic women of Saint Germain-des-Près; those silver-haired goddesses who strut around with their canes à la Balzac and consider truffle oil a kitchen staple (shout-out to Bon Marché's high-end grocery store, La Grande Épicerie). It's the ultimate treat-yoself destination. 




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Coffret Découverte Noël - €45
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Sac Cabas Mini Albion À Pois - €1,125.00
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Bottines Talon Métal Effet Miroir - €720
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Lime Pompon, Pistache - €15
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Boule Rose  - €10
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Bague Cercle Délicat - €340
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Vaporisateur De Voyage, Blanc Or - €65
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Next, head to the Right Bank to visit Merci. The French concept store feels like Le Bon Marché’s laid-back, cool little sister: a chick who lives in brands like AMI, calls Kinfolk her bible and probably buys her lipstick at a Co-op. This store’s strength lies in its selection of crisp, handcrafted pieces from local and international artisans. 




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Médaille Lien Noir Et Doré - €8
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Guirlande Bobibe 10M En Cuivre - €42
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Bougie Fiat 500 Cadeau - €10
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Manteau Double - €439
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Bougie Merci En Bois & Cuir- €35
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Peignoir En Lin Lavé Uni Beige Rosé - One Size Fits All - €130
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Savon Gommant Au Sésame - €15
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Finish your shopping at Le BHV (which is like Paris’ answer to Macy’s) in the heart of the city. With everything from apparel to home goods, Le BHV is a reliable bet for a decently-priced fondue pot or the perfect stuffed animal. Bonus points for the store’s pop-up gourmet village where waffles, mulled wine and an automated snow-machine abound. 




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Théière Transparente Sema - €60
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Vaisselle Klass Absolument Maison - €8.90
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Service À Fondue Six Personnes - €179
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Gilet En Laine - €169
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Pull En Laine Mérinos - €215
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Peluche - €65
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Cafetière 3 Tasses Bialetti - €30
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All images by Marina Manesi. 
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