If you have to buy things less than 10 things in Paris, let me give you some suggestions :)

1. A designer bag– French, of course!

Louis Vuitton springs to mind :)

Fall/ Winter 2011- 2012 frame bag

Or if you want something that’s not as “mainstream” or logo- a- gogo,  go with Lanvin

Such a pretty bag!!

If you have the budget of a Chanel classic flap but want something a little extra, a little different, go with Celine. Not just a regular Celine luggage tote,  a Celine envelope tote in ultra- luxe python!
One of the most remarkable bags I’ve ever seen!
If you don’t want to spend so much on designer bags, I recommend getting a bag from Longchamp :) Fairly affordable and unquestionably French!

Lancel is also another French brand which has been producing some cute drawstring bucket bags of late :)

2.  If you have a thing for shoes, may I suggest Roger Vivier

Something quirky with the signature Vivier buckle please!

Or something from Hermes since Hermes is also very French :)

Very comfy slip- ons
YSL is French too, so get your YSL Tributes in Paris. I’ve recently succumbed to buying one *I’ve resisted this for the loooongest time* and am surprised they’re comfortable. 
If you’re not into heels though, visit Repetto to get their famous ballet flats :) Their main shop is on Rue de la Paix– Metro stop: Opera. It’s just a short walk from the metro Opera exit.
3. Should you go sightseeing,  make the Eiffel Tower (the “symbol” of Paris) your first stop! And don’t forget to pick up a souvenir or two with the Eiffel Tower in/on it :)  *Tip: You get a superb view of the Eiffel Tower on the Trocadero. Great for photos! Metro stop: Trocadero*

As my friend and editor Mel Cuevas calls it, Adult Silly bandz :) They’re available in most souvenir shops around Paris!

4. While in Paris, don’t forget to have some chocolates and macarons

I prefer macarons from Ladureé *Champs Elysees or along Saint Honoré- Metro stop: Madeleine or Place dela Concorde*, Pierre Hermé (along Rue Cambon. Metro stop: Place de la Concorde, exit Rue Cambon), or from this Japanese patisserie called Sadaharu Aoki (at Galleries Lafayette. Metro stop: Havre Caumartin)

5. To take home for friends and family, more sweets!

Bon Maman Madeleines, Pierre Hermé Pates de Fruits, nougat, and Reynaud almond drageés
You can find Bon Maman Madeleines at Monoprix Supermarket (I recommend a visit to a big Monoprix store– I was even able to buy cheap clothes there one summer– everything was on crazy sale :D)

If you prefer savoury over sweet,  you can buy a LOT of cheese (if you have time, I would highly recommend a visit to the fromageries at Les Halles. Metro stop: Les Halles *be extra careful with your wallet there*), or if you’re lactose intolerant, go for these–

Smoked duck breast and *holds my breath because of PETA*, paté de foie gras  (foie gras is not for everyone though)
6. While in Paris, you also cannot not visit museums! The Mona Lisa at the Louvre is a must- see. You should also visit Sacre Coeur and Montmartre. Have a photo taken by the Arc de Triomphe too! And get yourself a souvenir with all those Parisian landmarks :)
A pouch would be handy enough!
Oh while we’re on the subject of sightseeing, you should also take a boat ride on the Bateaux Mouche at night by the River Seine to see the beauty of the city at night– don’t get the cruise that comes with dinner (that’s a rip off. seriously, the food is terrible).  Metro stop for the Bateaux Mouche: Alma- Marceau.

7. Don’t forget to leave Paris without at least a bottle of perfume!

This perfume by Kenzo smells nice :)
I also recommend Caron and L’Artisan Perfumes (a personal favorite) if you fancy something less “commercially available”. *Check out shops along Le Marais– they have a L’Artisan shop along Rue  de Francs-Bourgeois. Metro stop: Saint Paul. You can also visit Caron along Avenue Montaigne– metro stop: Franklin Roosevelt or Alma- Marceau*
So far, those are the top must- buys for me. First visit to Paris or frequent traveler, don’t fail to pick up any one of those on the list!  I know I don’t :D
Hope this was of help to you peeps. Or if you have more suggestions on what to buy, do leave a comment so I can add to this list :)

x
TheBagHag