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Wanting to buy more Paris Souvenirs but back in the US now

We just got back from our trip and as a young family, I tried not to go crazy on souvenirs, except for buying the guide books at Louvre and Versailles (we love books!); and my daughter buying the cheap Eiffel Tower key rings. But now that we have gone through the airport with no problem with packing and having a little more budget, I am just wondering whether I could still buy something online from Paris for more souvenirs? Has anyone done this?
I know that it is easy for everyone to lecture me on "you should have done it while you were there no matter what", but I hope you would all be nice to just give me any information.

Thank you!

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I have read others trying to replace damaged souvenirs - specifically, glass Christmas ornaments from Venice - but not additional souvenirs.

What do you have in mind? If you know shops in Paris, you can check whether they have on line stores to ship.
I expect Amazon will have Paris themed items.
But, what about using the summer to create alternative memories? Photos and scrapbooking come to mind. I have turned nice museum entry stubs into book marks as longer lasting and practical memories. This sort of thing could be a learning session for your kids and alter their view of what are 'memories' and whether spending money on souvenirs are worth it or necessary.
Keep in mind that there are millions of travelers and only a small percentage use this or other travel forums, so just assume you are not alone in regretting not buying stuff and have turned around and bought on line. (for me, it was African fabrics).

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I’d say Amazon as they likely have the same stuff from the same suppliers. Also, you could pick your favorite photo and frame it – that’s always a great souvenir. And of course, you can always go back someday :)

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A few years ago, I purchased a beautiful linen dish towel at the Museum of Scotland, and once home, wanted more. I found the exact same towel on Amazon.

At T.J. Maxi and Marshalls, I found soaps made in Florence. [ALso at Tuesday Morning stores.]

At the World Market, they have a large selection of food items made in Europe.

I found Murano-made glass bead earrings on EBAY. I also bought vintage Murano glass paperweights [with original stickers] on EBAY, for less than half the price that I had seen in Italy, and didn't have to carry them home.

My examples are mostly Italian, but I think you will be able to find similar French-made items here.

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Museum and attraction gift shops?? I once ordered a few things from the Schoenbrunn giftshop website after returning home. Also, I find super great things at antique shops, but I'm into that. I usually see a lot of things from France. Plates, figurines, paintings, photos, just recently I got Quimper pottery which I loved in France but it's quite dear. Very reasonable at the antique shop. I also see a lot of Delft which is obviously Dutch, but just an example with things I come up with.

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My dear husband nursed a beautiful crystal vase for me all the way home from Prague on his lap on the airplane......only to find the exact same vase was at the local Tuesday Morning for a better price.......lesson learned!

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Amazon was on the top of my list, but I was just wondering if there are any more specific Paris stores. I don't know of anything because we didn't have enough time to go to the stores. My husband's cousin drove us around, and it was really great because we got to do a lot with her driving and surprisingly (she said) that there were no traffic jams last week. But shopping didn't get to be a part of our itinerary. I got to buy one at a store at Gare du Nord, but we didn't have enough time to go around anymore.

Thanks for these!

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These are great suggestions!

I might stop at these stores. I was thinking of World Market too because a long time ago, we bought these mini soaps that were made in France. I didn't know though of Tuesday Morning. I'll check out all the stores you told me. Thank you, everyone!!!

Since we also went to London, do you think it'd be the same? We had better luck shopping at London, but just in case we want more :)

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Museum shops like the Louvre and Orsay can have beautiful things

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Part of the enjoyment I get from souvenirs is the memory of when I bought it. Just not the same when ordered from the internet. For example, I have bright pink tweezers that I bought in France. They are excellent tweezers, and I use them all the time and remember the trip. So I understand what you're thinking, but it's just not the same as being able to say, "We bought those steak knives in Alsace, that's a little stork on the side, not a treble clef." :)

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Why not? If there's something you would like that would remind you of your trip, there's nothing wrong with ordering it online after you get home. There are souvenirs that mean something special because you bought them 'there' and there are souvenirs that just remind you of your trip whenever you see or use them, regardless of where you purchased them. Both are good.

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We visited this store in the Marais where everything is made in France. We spoke with one of the owners who said they try to keep all the items to a reasonable size to carry home in suitcases. The website says free shipping, but is that is within France.

www.bringfrancehome.com

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I agree with Nancy. I am delighted to find a treasure that reminds me of France or other locations when I am shopping at home. Even when I don't buy it!

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You are definitely not alone! I also worry – while traveling – about having space in my suitcase; spending too much on doodads that will just collect dust; etc., and then get home and wish I had bought more – this time it was tiny pots of Dijon mustard (we got home last week from Dijon and Paris). The tiny pots make great gifts for so many people, from the mailman to my in-laws; I wish we had more to hand out, and to just enjoy eating ourselves.

I have bought quite a few things online after returning home – specifically, scarves and wool blankets from the National Trust in the UK; and hinged wooden boxes for tea bags from Twinings. And you know what? b/c they take off the VAT, that often pays for shipping! I didn't get the wooden boxes b/c they are bulky and Twinings was sold out in their London store; when I checked online they were having sale AND they took off the VAT! So it's a win/win (no way was that wool blanket from National Trust going to fit in my suitcase!). Oh, I almost forgot – my husband left a nice umbrella from James Smith & Sons in our Heathrow hotel room, and we bought another one online and again, the VAT savings paid for shipping (which has gotten much more reasonable recently). So it's worth checking not only Amazon but the online storefronts for various items, such as Twinings, etc.

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I've also bought things from department stores such as John Lewis after I got home. They had some adorable hedgehog towels, mugs, and "trinket trays" that I didn't want to lug around on our trip. Sometimes shipping is only £10 and although they don't ship some items to the U.S. (like refrigerators lol), they do ship a lot, including the hedgehog items. Yes, the memory of where I got something adds to the enjoyment, but trust me, I have enough of those ;-)

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Since a lot of the stuff people buy as souvenirs ends up being tossed out (especially gifties brought home for others) we find lots of items at our favorite thrift store. Somebody else did all the heavy lifting/packing.

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I was just smiling while dusting wine glasses. On our first trip to France we were enchanted by the half timbered villages of Alsace, and the terraced grapes, and the wine, and the cute, green stemmed wine glasses. I wanted to buy two, but they were pricey, would take up room, and might break on the way home. A few months after we returned home, I purchased 6 for $20 at an antique shop. I loved them so much I didn't want to use them and the family rightly questioned why I bought them, then! A year or so ago my daughter in law's, grandmother passed and she had a cupboard of boxed Rhine wine glasses. Would I like some? Sure! The agreement was that they needed to be used. I got half of them, which amounted to 24! I've been instructed to use and enjoy. When I drink my Alsatian wine out of my lovely wine glasses, I'm reminded of that lovely wine region and my DIL's sweet grandma.