Forget tiny Eiffel Towers and boring old macaroons – these classy knick-knacks are the bee's knees
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Gift-giving in Paris is an art as much as anything else, and duty free booze just isn't going to cut it. Instead, explore these temples of good taste to find the perfect present – and it's guaranteed you'll want to treat yourself as well.
Merci, Paris's latest concept shopping sensation, is housed in an elaborately reconfigured 19th-century fabric factory. Inside, three loft-like floors heave with furniture, jewellery, stationery,
- 111 boulevard Beaumarchais, 3e
There are two reasons to walk down passage Josset in the 12th: it’s quaint and off the beaten track; and it’s home to Les Fleurs, a girly boutique extraordinaire that drips with funky jewellery,
- 6 passage Josset, 12e
This commendably ethical store stocks a great range of stuff for junior and grown-up gadgeteers, from infrared parent detectors to high-tech weather stations. It's also worth remembering that ten per
- 61 rue de Passy, 16th
Caractère is specialized in ‘l’art du bureau’ – a.k.a. making your office space look as dapper as possible, with designer pens, beautiful paper, photo albums, diaries, key rings, wallets and cards.
- 8 rue St Florentin, 1e
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