Bonjour, mon ami! Hello, my friend! If you have friends who go crazy for Comté, mad for Mimolette, or nuts for Neufchâtel then you know that they’ll welcome French cheese gifts with open and hungry arms! When it’s time to think beyond the cheese itself and find the right gift to accompany it. There are as many options as there are kinds of cheese.
These 9 gifts for the French cheese lover are the perfect way to share in affection and appreciation for French cheese while still supporting American companies and goods. The best of both worlds!
1. The Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World of French Cheese by Kathe Lison
One American’s journey to discover and devour the very best that French cheesemakers have to offer. We’re all quite jealous of her cheesy adventure! Live vicariously as Kathe travels over 6,800 miles from the volcanic rock of Auvergne to secluded monasteries in the French Alps where cheese-making hasn’t changed in over a decade – from fresh to firm to funky, dive deep into this love story to French cheese.
2. Charcuterie Gift Basket by Les Trois Petits Cochons
$104.99 plus shipping on Amazon
This enviable assortment of French charcuterie from NYC-based artisans includes (among many other things) 8oz of their luxurious award-winning Mousse de Canard au Foie Gras. In fact, these Les Trois Petits Cochons (Three Little Pigs) have been winning charcuterie awards for their entire line of goods since 1990. A covetable gift indeed!
3. Recycled Wine Bottle Platter with Spreader
$24 on Uncommon Goods
These darling platters are a stylish way to serve softer cheeses like a Camembert or Mâconnais. A perfect tie-in to cheeses eternal best friend, wine!
4. Kitchen Wall Art Print ‘French Cheeses’
$32.00 on Etsy
A mouthwatering piece of art showcasing the most delectable and well-loved French Cheeses. A perfect piece to decorate a kitchen or breakfast nook. The artist, Géraldine Adams, also makes a French charcuterie version and one showcasing French bread. Get all three here to really make a statement.
5. Cherry Thyme Preserves
$5.99 on Cheese Companion
We adore the classic combination of cheese and cherries much loved in the Pays Basque area of Southern France. We use both sweet and sour cherries in our own Cherry Thyme preserve plus herbaceous, floral thyme to make a distinctive cheese accompaniment that covers sweet, tart, and savory on the palate. Our very own Christine Sawyer wrote an interesting blog about the cherished cherry and cheese combo which includes lots of ideas about which cheeses pair well with this unique preserve.
6. “Fromage” Cheese Spreader
$12.95 on Etsy
Special cheese deserves a special cheese spreader. This lovingly hand-stamped cheese spreader is made with vintage cutlery. You know you’re getting something unique.
7. Homemade Lavender Honey Syrup
When one thinks of the Provence region of France three things come to mind, cheese, wine, and lavender. Actually a member of the mint family, lavender has a distinctive floral aroma and flavor with a slight fresh mint background. Lavender-flavored honey is easy to make, pairs perfectly with fresh, creamy floral or lemony cheeses (particularly goat cheese) and is the perfect, homemade gift for the French cheese lover.
The key to making “flavored” honey is to start with a good quality, mild, neutral honey. Clover or alfalfa honey is a perfect base. Try this simple recipe and method from Food 52.
NOTE: Don’t confuse flavored honeys with monofloral raw honeys though (like our orange blossom, wild thyme or chestnut honeys (link European raw honeys)). A monofloral or varietal raw honey is simply the work of the bees, being in an area where only certain plants are grown, and pollinating the flowers of those plants. For example, bees are pollinating orange blossom flowers for an orange blossom honey (link). You’ll be able to tell the difference when checking the label. A monofloral or varietal honey will simply be 100% honey. A flavored honey will additionally have the flavor added, e.g lavender buds.
8. Brie Baker Set
$32.00 by Mud Pie on Amazon
The ooey gooey, rich, creamy, unctuous, luxurious (we could go on!) treat of a baked Brie or Camembert is only truly appreciated by a die-hard French cheese lover! This adorable three-piece Brie baker set makes the event even more special. The ceramic baker comes with a tight lid and a cheese spreader stamped with the phrase, “Follow Your Inner Cheese.” We agree!
9. Map of French Cheeses Cutting Board & Cheese Knife
$25.00 on Amazon
Every cheese lover needs one (or three or five!) special occasion cheese boards. This definitely fits the bill. From world-renowned French cutlery company Jean Dubost, this beautiful cheese board (11.75″ x 9.75”) shouts a love of French cheese to the world.
Writing this list has made us hungry! You now have some excellent gift ideas for your French cheese-loving friends and family. Any one of these items would make a wonderful gift (especially paired with some cheese, of course) but they collectively make an even better gift basket. Mix-and-match these gifts to your loved one’s preferences for a gift they will always remember.
Which one is your favorite gift on this list? Let us know in the comment section.