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Looking to bring home the quintessential souvenir from the City of Lights? Start at these boutiques

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Gas Bijoux This French accessories line specializes in funky costume baubles that reflect the trends du jour (Feathers! Skulls! Charms!) yet remain chic for far longer. With collections introduced each season, the jewellery – from streamlined gold metal cuffs to bohemian beaded friendship-style bracelets – appeals to a variety of tastes.

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Colette This is as cool a souvenir shop as you'll find in Paris. Impress the person who has everything with shagreen (stingray skin) earbuds or black-tie worthy fabric headphones. Primp a pal's iPhone with cases from Lanvin or Pantone. Kid-oriented kitsch comes in the form of plush baguette toys.

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Centre Pompidou There are museum gift shops and then there's the boutique in Centre Pompidou, where high-design gewgaws share space with keepsakes. Expect to find the requisite rulers and books. But anything related to an exhibition – a Yayoi Kusama printed scarf or Matali Crasset frames – is a better bet.


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Hediard It's nearly impossible to leave this food purveyor empty-handed. Make a beeline for seasonal items: gingerbread men, festive teas and jars of foie gras gussied up with spices. Delight a sweet tooth with a box of jelly fruit squares in flavours such as apricot rosemary and lime ginger.

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Charvet Load up on silk pocket squares printed with the store's posh Parisian address in every conceivable colour, or woven cuff knots from one of the world's most prestigious haberdashers. For gifts check out suede travel slippers in their own pouch, bow ties, braided belts and printed silk scarves.

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