Corporate gifts


Preparing some corporate gifts already !  We can personalized your Holidays client's gifts , match your budget and gift wrap ! Nobody dreams of  a traditional gift "basket" from a chain store ... Our gifts are unique , can be more personal , feminine  like a monogrammed  lavender sachet hand embroidered on antique linen and a wool scarf   or more generic for an office   but are always high quality and gourmet (we proudly sell some of the most prestigious French brand )


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Best fresh macarons in San Diego !!

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Holiday ornaments


Winter has arrived in our shop and a lot of pretty glitter ornaments too

These are hand made in California with glass glitter

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DSCN8549 (Large).JPGAntique papier mache boxes / ornaments ....precious !

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La Creche


Pascal setting up the "Creche" our traditional nativity display ...First the rock paper ; the more you crush it the more real it looks . Keep it years after years , it gets better and better !

Our figurines or "santons" are all hand made and hand painted in Aix en Provence by the Fouque family workshop a 3 generation business . We love their santons the best  and think they not only have the best details but also the most unique figurines like the men walking in the Mistral or Cezanne painting the St Victoire mountain . Make sure you come to check it out and bring the kids !


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As seen in San Diego Home and Garden Magazine this month !

Our Japanese vintage Obi purses , silk flower pins , kimono fabric sachets and glitter/ fur Holiday decorations and ornaments made a full page in San Diego Home and Garden Magazine this december 2013 !

Check out our current selection of one of a kind Japanese purses below :



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The best gift for a men ...an authentic Laguiole knife !


In a throwaway society, here is an object you will keep for the rest of your life, then leave to your grandchildren. Laguiole the world’s most elegant knife.To the French , this is the tool of choice for uncorking the best wines, slicing saucisson, spreading pate, coating a slice of country bread with Roquefort.

In short, Laguiole cutlery is for living well…


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Classic folding knives in boxwood , buffalo horn, cow horn , buffalo crust , olive wood, amourette and ram crust .

DSCN2968 [1600x1200].JPGSommelier - wine bottle openers are available in buffalo horn and boxwood .

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Pocket knives with a corkscrew are perfect picnic companions

DSCN5941 (Large).JPGThe hunting knife , a big manly knife with a "brut de forge" blade

Ram crust folding knife : rustic yet sophisticated .

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" Le Mandailles " with a "brut de forge" blade

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DSCN5945 (Large).JPGRosary instead of a cross decorate the handle

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Beautiful detail on the spring for this special knife

Ancestral model "Crocus" in a light color solid horn 


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The most special one : Double spring twisted  , full handle in buffalo horn , damascus blade


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Brushed stainless steel and Amourette wood handle .

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Some more details of other knives:


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DSCN5958 (Large).JPGAll our knives have their bee forged as one piece with the spring ( it is not a separate piece that they weld onto the spring )

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We only order the best materials : exotic woods , solid horn (pointe de corne ) never the pressed horn that chip in the long run

DSCN5949 (Large).JPGBig rivets for the full handle knives ...just like antique Laguiole were done.

DSCN2980 [1600x1200].JPGMost importantly , we carry real genuine Laguiole knives that are hand forged in laguiole . One craftman start and finish each knife and carve the spring as his signature . All knifes have forged bee and carved by hand springs ....we leave the cheap stuff for the internet sites as well as the copies. If it's cheap , it cannot be handforged in France ...

Know the difference , you'll appreciate the quality !

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DSCN2956 (Large).JPGBest bread knife !

DSCN2955 (Large).JPGElegant and efficient cheese knife

The perfect gift to any man !

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Macarons for Thanksgiving !

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Toile and turkey paper plates and napkins ...perfect for those left over parties !

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