Our best Christmas gift ideas from Périgord !

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Christmas is coming, you still have to consider the last Christmas gifts. What if you offered Périgord ? We think of gastronomy of course, but also small pleasures on site (available soon) and experiences to share ! Beautiful objects, crafts, Périgord is a real treasure trove of ideas for Christmas, birthday gifts and souvenirs to bring back... Let yourself be guided by our good ideas...

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Offer canned traditional products

Obviously, it is the most popular gift, the one that pleases gourmets. Périgord is a champion of foie gras. If traditionally it is made from goose, duck foie gras has taken its letters of nobility in recent years. Choose the latter for its rustic and very present taste, which goes well with toast of good country bread, a glass of Monbazillac or Rosette and why not jams or chutney, good salt and a touch of pepper ? Goose foie gras has an intimate, melting, light flavor. It is sufficient on its own, withstands cooking very well (when fresh) and will appeal to the most demanding palates. Preserves come in jars, which we like to offer because they are elegant. Canned in metal, it is also a great way to keep the flavor of food, just open and cook it. Enjoy the delicacies of cooked poultry, such as duck confit, stuffed neck, gizzards, sleeves. Discover Enchaud, a specialty of Périgordine pork, melting sauces made from porcini mushrooms, truffle specialties...

Pâté de Périgueux is a specialty of the Capital of Périgord Blanc. It is composed of Pork stuffing, 40% Duck or goose foie gras from Périgord and at least 3% Truffle from Périgord. It is a traditional recipe and the Confrérie des Maistres pâtissiers du pâté de Périgueux designates each year the winners of a major competition. It's a delicious gift idea, which you will find among others, at the Espace du 6ème Sens in Périgueux, at Francis Delpey's.

Foie Gras Grolière   Foie Gras Grolière
Foie Gras Grolière
Foie gras Grolière products are delicious, preserves from Périgord are always a good gift idea !

Walnut oil : offer health

Périgord walnut oil is a liquid gold that has accompanied the Périgordins meal for a very long time. Walnut trees are everywhere in Périgord. From this ancestral tree, we harvest the walnut at the end of summer. It is then dried and pressed, sometimes on a stone grinding wheel, to extract from its scented flesh, a fragrant, almost roasted brown / gold oil which exalts and reveals the flavors of the smallest leaf of salad ! It is rich in fatty acids (Omega 9, 6, 3), in vitamins and its properties do not stop with its oral absorption, many people, followers of home cosmetics, appreciate it in massage oil (cut to a more neutral oil), as a mask for the hair and skin.

Perigord Walnut Oil   Perigord Walnut Oil
Walnut oil from Périgord, good for health and good for everything !

A Nontron knife

Giving a knife as a gift is a great mark of friendship but also of respect. They say that in exchange, the person must give you a coin, so as not to “ cut off the friendship ”. The Nontron knives are beautiful, simple, made on site since the 15th century, it is quite simply one of the oldest knives in France. Nontron is in Périgord Vert, in the workshop, the craftsmen make folding knives with hoof handles and locking ferrules, there are pocket knives, table knives, those for cooking, for cutting, but also spoons, forks, nutcrackers, to make a complete service ! On site, you can visit the workshop (all year round), but on the Coutellerie Nontronnaise website, you can also offer a knife or a gift card, so that the person to whom you wish to offer it chooses the blade. that she prefers.

Nontron knives   Nontron knife
Le Couteau de Nontron and a plate of Périgord Lamb, perfect to enjoy with your new knife. @Couteau de Nontron

Offer Girault Pastels, to let everyone express their creativity

Do you know pastels ? We know children's wax crayons, but adults prefer to use real pastel sticks which are made of natural pigments. They are found to be tender, hard, dry, oily, in oil... In Périgord, we are fortunate to host Pastels Girault, a company with the French Craftsmanship of Excellence label, which manufactures the oldest dry pastels in the world, in Périgord noir since 1780. Their colorimetric range is very wide, there are dozens of references, organized by boxes, of different sizes. If you know a drawing enthusiast, one of those people who, whatever the medium they have in hand, know how to be creative and appreciate beautiful materials : offer a box of Pastels Girault, it's a wonderful gift ! The Pastels Girault website offers online sales and in Montignac there is an art gallery and a store, for direct sales and meeting with manufacturers.


Girault pastels
Offer very high quality work and pleasure tools, resulting from an empirical know-how of several centuries ! @Pastels Girault

Give a gift voucher in a restaurant

Support small businesses and restaurateurs by offering a gift voucher in a restaurant in Périgord. To keep preciously to enjoy a delicious moment, in an exceptional setting, during holidays in Périgord or if you live there. Restaurant owners offer different gift voucher packages, you just need to give them a quick call to find out more.


The Clos Saint Front
At Clos Saint-Front in Périgueux, we eat well and good !

Offer an unusual night in Périgord

In a perched cabin, a lodge tent surrounded by nature, in a nest in the canopy of trees, in a log cabin like a trapper's hut : Périgord has long been a paradise for this type of stay. For nature lovers, adventure seekers (sometimes there is no water or electricity and that's good), unusual accommodation in Périgord is a perfect gift. The good news is, you can even include yourself in the giveaway and enjoy it too !

A wooden chalet for an Unusual holiday, here Au Prè de l'Abre in Sarlat
A wooden chalet for an Unusual holiday, here Au Prè de l'Arbre in Sarlat

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A survival course in Périgord : a little crazy idea, but very much in tune with the times

Did you like the movie Into the Wild, the Man VS Wild series ? It's your turn, the year 2020 has not left you with good memories and you are committed to knowing how to get by in nature (just in case) ? In the village of Saint-Geniès , otherwise quite remarkable for its set of recently renovated lauze roofs and its picturesque Sunday market, is Denis Tribaudeau : an explorer with 30 years of experience in the four corners of the globe, a who knows and understands the natural environment perfectly. In Saint-Génies, he will take you on courses lasting several days in the heart of nature in a “ base camp ” version or (sorry for the cavalier expression) “ Bite & Couteau ” (that is to say nothing of other than a knife to get by). With family, alone, it is an unusual experience to offer that can end or start a holiday in Périgord, but be careful : you will not be the same when you go out ! Click to see Denis Tribaudeau's website (fr).

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Learn to survive on your own in the wild !


Handcrafted wool and paper from Périgord

In Périgord, it is possible to visit the Moulin de la Rouzique and the Filature de Belvès, two ecomuseums that immerse you in the past of Périgord, at the heart of the machines and gestures used to manufacture these two raw materials. The museums are currently closed, but not the shops. You can order magnificent paper, notebooks, paper crafts and creative hobbies, on the Moulin's online store… For amateurs, this is a very beautiful original and authentic gift.

You can go to the Spinning mill, the shop is open and you can also place orders by phone. You can buy wool, ready-to-wear, accessories, bags, socks, with beautiful soft Périgord wool...

The Belvès spinning mill   The Belvès spinning mill
La Filature de Belvès manufactures wool and sells products and accessories made with it by local artists Photos @La Filature de Belvès

Bergerac Duras wine, Bergerac Duras wine

In Périgord, we have a very large number of wine appellations, the best known of which are Le Monbazillac, Pécharmant, Montravel, but there are all kinds of wines for all occasions. Bergerac Duras wine has character, viticulture benefits from 2000 years of experience and know-how, it is a gift of daring and quality that will appeal to connoisseurs.

Périgord wine   Périgord wine

Bergerac Duras wine for all festive occasions and good little everyday dishes

Offer a wellness stay in Périgord

Are you tempted by a spa for the start of the year ? A gift to give to offer sweetness, a time for yourself. In the Périgord spas, we relax and we also take the opportunity to do cultural tourism, heritage and gourmet tours, it is the promise of a resting and invigorating stay !


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Piqoli : An exceptional jewel in mammoth ivory

Olivier Piquart is a sculptor, he lives and works in Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère (fr), a superb little village in the Périgord Noir. In his workshop, he makes splendid jewels of prehistoric and local inspiration, reproductions of engravings, rock sculptures, Venus of all sizes and shapes. It is an exceptional gift, a very beautiful jewel that will last a lifetime and more, the testimony of the past to wear for all occasions and not just during the holidays ! The online store allows you to have fun if you can not go to the workshop.

  • All the craftsmen of Périgord (fr) are referenced on a route des métiers d'art, of which you will find all the information on the dedicated website
Olivier Piquart   Olivier Piquart
The pretty venus of the Piqoli store in Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère

Here you are full of new and refreshing ideas for the holidays, what to find new, original gifts that are sure to please. The Périgord offers itself and is discovered with those we love, it is a destination that will not stop surprising you...


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