Today’s Christmas gift guide is a selection by French Blossom, my sponsors. French Blossom is a kids store started by husband and wife team Nicholas and Meriem. Even though they don’t have kids (yet), having met and lived in Paris for many years, Nicholas and Meriem were ‘inspired by the exquisite elegance and style devoted to children’s clothing, toys and decoration in France’. As Nicholas explains, ‘the idea behind French Blossom is to – ‘Celebrate French Fashion for Children,’ and to exclusively showcase chic and stylish independent French children’s designers’. So I thought this Christmas, it would be fun to ask them to choose their favourite gift ideas from their store and I also wanted to find out a bit more about how they spend their Christmas. Here’s what they said:
Let’s talk Christmas! What do you love most about it?
Family time! Its great to all gather together, have fun and relax.
What’s a typical Christmas day for you?
We wake up and see if Father Christmas has been kind to us ! We all then sit in the living room in front of the fire and Christmas tree, opening the presents as the lovely smells of the Christmas dinner wafts in from the kitchen. After lunch we wrap up nice and warm and go for a walk to watch the annual swim in the sea. There are hundreds of brave people, many dressed up in fancy dress costumes who swim in the freezing water. Then there is a nice warm drink for everyone. We haven’t done this swim yet but maybe this year!
Is your Christmas more French or more English?
Our Christmas is British; Meriem and I always go back to the UK for Christmas. The only thing French is the wine on the table.
Anything you dislike about Christmas?
I don’t like when I have finished opening the last present, finished the wonderful turkey dinner or saying goodbye to relatives who have come over for the day
Lastly, your top 10 Christmas gifts for kids this year?
1. Circus themed baby dinner set by Mimi’Lou
2. Soft toy characters by My name is simone
3. Vintage 3D story box by Tiphaine Mangan
4. Little duck on wheels by Trousselier
5. Dreamy kids mouse mobile by Rose Miniscule
6. Pirate and treasure puzzle by Janod
7. Colourful decorative ball lights by La case de cousin paul
8. Children’s accordean by Vilac
9. Retro classic blue pedal car by Baghera
10. Story express circus by Janod
Thank you Nicholas and Meriem for sharing your Christmas traditions and gift ideas with us and I’m really curious to find out if Nicholas will do that swim this year! You’ll find all these toys and more over at French Blossom and don’t forget, my readers can still get 10% off anything that’s not on offer by using the codes EBABEES.