We will be returning from France just before Father's Day and I would like to bring a gift for my father-in-law while we are there. We will mostly be in Paris with a few days in Normandy. Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated :)
You will see a lot of kitschy, souvenir items like dish towels, aprons, spoons, etc. all over. Since this isn't something I usually shop for when in Paris, I am not aware of stores selling better kitchen items (other than the home goods sections of the big department stores, which should have good stuff). But I'm sure you will run across nice things all over Paris. If you want food items to bring home, I suggest getting packages of hot chocolate from Angelina, and check out the wonderful stuff at The Epicerie at Le Bon Marche. You will be overwhelmed.
You may want to check out the Dehillerin store in the 1st arrondissement, we have read about it a bit and plan to swing by there in the fall. There are also the much raved about butters, from Brittany I believe, there was quite a thread here not long ago about the best way to get a pound or two of the stuff back on an airplane in good condition. People do! It's supposed to be quite delicious. The store adjacent to Breizh Cafe is one source, but there are others.
David Lebovitz (a food writer living in Paris) has a good list with some great suggestions.
I love the Christine Ferber jam he mentions.
Hi Tracy, in Paris, it's worth a visit to E. Dehillerin to check out all the pots, pans, plates, fancy cookie cutters, and cooking utensils - the place is amazing. Across the street there are also a couple of shops with gourmet chocolates and specialty food items. Another suggestion might be a nice tablecloth or place mats. If you're in Bayeux, there's a kitchen/bath store on the main street that has a lot of speciality items. Hope you have a great trip!
Fleur de sel, sel gris, acacia honey, mustard - check out the Maille boutique in Paris - over 30 different flavored mustards! Chocolate of course, preserves, herbs de provence, tapenades and pimente de espellette - much cheaper in Paris than in the US!
Thank you for all the great suggestions!