Got something to celebrate and in need of gift ideas for your family, friends or other half? Give someone a 100% Angevin gift with our ‘made in Angers’ selection – local ideas that will really please.

For food and wine lovers

A patisserie or cookery class

The chocolaterie-pâtisserie Artisan Passionné offers gift vouchers for a patisserie lesson. The class lasts 2 hours 30 minutes and takes place in their laboratory/boutique in Ponts-de-Cé. Vouchers are valid for 12 months. Treat someone with a sweet tooth to this and in exchange you’ll be able to taste delicious treats (all thanks to you). Or if you’re looking for a gift for more of a savoury person, treat them to a cookery lesson at Atelier Gourmand. During this original experience, your apprentice cook will learn how to prepare unique and tasty dishes.

Pâtisserie lesson gift voucher at Artisan Passionné: €60 // Cookery lesson gift voucher at Atelier Gourmand: from €26 to €175.

A guided vineyard hike

Know a wine lover and want to wow them with an original gift? With a guided walk organised by Les Vignes selon Val, they’ll be able to discover the secrets of the Loire Valley. On their hike through the vineyards, they’ll learn about the unique characteristics of different terroirs and their history, as well as about winegrowing and winemaking techniques. And they’ll end with an introduction to the art of tasting, allowing them to fully appreciate the skill and dedication of the winegrower. Several hikes are offered all year round, with themes like Chenin, the Layon, Sweet wines, Savennenières and more.

Commented vineyard hike: €28 per person // a calendar of available dates will be published in February 2021.

For nature lovers

Planting box from the Ferme de Sainte Marthe

Why not give a gift from an organic seed producing farm? This seed planting box from Ferme de Sainte Marthe contains organic seeds with planting instructions on each packet and all the accessories you need to grow them, all in lovely planting box. This seed planting box is an excellent gift idea for gardening fans of all ages for growing on a balcony or in the garden.

Seed planting box available for purchase on the Ferme de Sainte Marthe’s website: €30 A workshop with

Les Ateliers de Radis et Capucine

Know someone creative in your family or circle of friends? Treat them to one of the plant-themed crafts workshops from Les Ateliers de Radis et Capucine, led by passionate workshop leaders and craftspeople. In a group of maximum eight people, they’ll learn how to create an ornamental decoration, make a terrarium, brew their own beer, cook with wild flowers or make organic cosmetics. They will even get to take their creations home. A unique experience in a friendly atmosphere – you can’t go wrong with this gift.

A large choice of workshops are available via their website, with prices starting from €15.

 

An entry to Terra Botanica

Treat your dearest ones to a visit to the only theme park in Europe dedicated to plants, with an entry to Terra Botanica. They’ll enjoy a completely unique sensory voyage and discover over 500,000 plants from all around the globe and extraordinary gardens in tropical hot houses. Your invitees will also be able to enjoy the park’s fun and entertaining attractions, like the 4D cinema, trips in a nutshell and boat rides. And to top it off, they’ll have the opportunity to ride in the world’s largest gas balloon and see the park and the city of Angers like never before, from the sky!

Special Christmas offer: Adult entry €18 instead of €21.50.

Foraging course - Wild plants of Anjou

Treat those you love to a healthy and natural gift with a half-day course in foraging, with gardening coach and botanical guide Michaël Jaunet. Give your dearest one an initiation to the virtues and ancestral uses of Anjou’s wild plants with this practical botanical course in the form of a walk along the banks of the river Sarthe, between Angers and Ecouflant. For a few hours exchanging with others and getting away from it all in nature, this gift is an excellent choice.

Price €50 per person, payable on booking, 10 different dates available from March to December (course lasts 2 hours 30 minutes).

For true fans of Angers

A hooded sweatshirt from La Boutique Angevine

Know someone who absolutely loves Angers? Give them a hooded sweatshirt from La Boutique Angevine, with Angers’ motto “Douceur de vivre”. This shop sells all sorts of products, including clothes for all ages, mugs and tote bags promoting the local area and savoir-faire. You’ll find original gifts that will make a nice surprise for your entourage.

Unisex “Douceur de vivre” hooded sweatshirt: €39.90

A T.shirt from Bistrot Chauvin

Opt for a gift from Bistrot Chauvin. It’s tees with slogans are an excellent gift idea for anyone who loves Angers! A wide range of products are available online, including t.shirts, sweatshirts, rings, bracelets, hats, books and tote bags. You’ll be spoiled for choice and are sure to find the perfect gift for the person you want to treat.

T.shirt with “angevine chauvine” or “angevin chauvin” slogan: €29, on sale at Bistrot Chauvin or from the Tourist Office.

For sporty friends or relatives

Cook n’ run energy bars

Simone, Colette, Léone, Lucienne and René... These names probably don’t mean anything to you yet, but your sporting friend or relative will be mad about them after finding them under their tree. These healthy little energy bars are artisan-made, natural, and utterly delicious. They are made in France from 100% organic certified ingredients (AB certification), in a small factory in Ponts-de-Cé just next to Angers. Made with love, Cook N’ Run bars provide the nutritional requirements you need, before and after exercise. Give your sporty friend or relative a gift they’ll love!

On sale at L’Oisellerie, the Endurance Shop and the Tourist Office (non-exhaustive list) for about €2.80 a bar.

For cinema lovers, fans of heritage and unique experiences

A book of 10 or 20 tickets for the “400 Coups”

Cinema Give fans of cinematic art a book of ten or twenty non-nominative tickets for the 400 Coups Cinema. This small seven-screen cinema in the heart of Angers has a rich programme of mostly European films, including innovative and small distribution works as well as short films and documentaries. This is the ideal gift for a film addict, who will enjoy access to an astute selection of films in their original language.

Book of 10 or 20 non-nominative tickets on sale at the 400 Coups Cinema and online for €54 or €96. Valid six months from date of purchase (€2 supplement for 3D relief).

A “un jour un village” discovery box for Béhuard - Rochefort-sur-Loire

With this gift box from Un jour un village, you can treat someone to a discovery of two fascinating villages: the “Petite Cité de Caractère” of Béhuard, the only village to lie on an island in the Loire, and Rochefort-sur-Loire with its beaches on the Louet river banks, surprising geological situation and splendid untouched valley. The box offers many benefits including bike hire vouchers, an introduction to Boule de Fort (a traditional local bowls game), an entry pass for an organic brewery, an illustrated route map and a guide booklet for the area, plus reductions at local shops and partners. History and heritage enthusiasts will love this gift for sure.

Price for a full day (entrance tickets included): Adults: €29, Children (6-14 years): €19, Children under 6 go free. On sale on the website Un Jour Un Village (all year round) and at the Tourist Office (during the tourist season only).

A voucher for a unique experience

Know somebody who loves to try new and original things? Treat them to a food-themed visit or a fun day out in the Angers region with the SibyllineTicket from Sibylline Escapade. With tastings of local products, heritage visits or treasure hunts, this gift will be certain to surprise the ones you love!

SibyllineTickets are valid for 12 months on all calender dates. SibyllineTicket prices from €10 to €69, available to purchase online on the Sibylline Escapade website.

The Tourist Office gift shop is also a great source of ideas if you're looking for surprises.