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Mother’s Day is celebrated the second Sunday of May in North America. In France, it is the last Sunday in May. (Unless that falls on Pentecost Sunday, in which case it’s the first Sunday in June. Still with me?)
In 2017, Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day on May 14; the French will celebrate la fête des mères on May 28.
If your mother loves all things French, this is the time to pamper her inner Parisienne! You could even surprise her with an encore gift on French Mother’s Day.
French children usually craft some kind of project at school for their maman — most iconically, un collier de pâtes, a necklace made of dried pasta — and graduate to buying her flowers, chocolates, or beauty products when they are older.
Here are some wonderful, high-quality French gift ideas I’ve hand-picked with love so you can tell your amazing mother how amazing she is. And if you’re a new mother, you are fully entitled to buying any one of these for your amazing self, obv.
For even more French-inspired ideas, check out my Best Gifts for the French-Loving Cook! All of them will work as a French Mother’s Day gift.
Bonne fête to Mamans everywhere!
French Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day Greeting Cards in French
Say it beautifully in French!

“Like Mother Like Daughter” Tote Bag

Get one for you and one for her, you’ll be so cute when you walk together. What better way to express that you’re proud of the parts of you that are also hers?
Vegan Ethical French Skincare Products

From an independent Parisian brand I love. I use these every single day, and for gift-giving I especially recommend the Discovery kit. They ship internationally, and remember to use my referral code 034587703 to save 5€ on your order.
French Single-Estate Chocolate Sampler

Michel Cluizel is a family-owned and high-quality French manufacturer of bean-to-bar chocolate, who source their beans directly from plantations. This sampler box is a delicious way for your mother to taste the distinctive flavor of each.
Biopics of Remarkable French Women
Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose and Coco Chanel in Coco Before Chanel

Get her a DVD of (or streaming access to) either one of these superb French movies. Consider turning it into an inspiring and moving night with both of you watching the film and eating chocolate together (see above).
Maman Shirt and Sweater

Momwear has never been so stylish.
Online French Lessons

Has your mother always dreamed of learning French? Sign her up for Frantastique, a fun and well-crafted French course delivered by email, that she can customize to her level and preferences.
By using this link, Chocolate


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