When it comes to Christmas, this year I am fixed on the idea of buying locally so as to support all the wonderful small businesses in the Dordogne. From the presents to the Christmas lunch to the wine, I’m buying local!

I follow numerous small, local businesses on Instagram (and fortunately many of them follow me back) and I am so surprised to see how many people there are out there producing wonderful products locally. Some make great presents and some are nice to eat! Here are a few suggestions for this Christmas.

Handmade soap by Ela Bulle

I love this sort of thing. Every soap is made by hand and in small quantities therefore, every soap is unique.

Ela Bulle sells at markets in the Dordogne: Tuesdays in Le Bugue, Thursdays in Lalinde, Saturdays in Sarlat (with the exception of December when she is doing the Christmas markets).

This Saturday, 2 December 2023, Ela Bulle will be present at Périgueux’s Christmas market.


Organic tea and jams by Moulin O’ Fruits

Moulin O’ Fruits is situated in Lanquais, near Bergerac in the Périgord Pourpre. The farm grows organic fruit and aromatic herbs.

Can be ordered online and picked up from the farm. Jams available at the organic épiceries in Issigeac and Beaumont.


French and English books by La Mauvaise Herbe

If you want to buy someone a book for Christmas, there is a small, independent bookshop in Eymet, La Mauvaise Herbe, that offers a wide range of French books as well as an increasing number of English books. Some books are available in both English and French.

This is not a second-hand bookshop. Sara, the owner, is happy for you to enquire, if you would like to order a book as a present for someone else.

Tel: 05 53 73 99 39

Le Périgord vu du ciel

There is a beautiful book that has just been released by Jocelyn de Lagasnerie. The booked is packed with fantastic photos of the Dordogne taken by a drone and accompanied by text (in French). A wonderful idea for a Christmas present for lovers of the Dordogne.

Available in bookshops across the Dordogne. Also available at La Mauvaise Herbe in Eymet.

Wine by Clos Le Joncal

This small vineyard at St. Julien d’Eymet, south of Bergerac, produces five upmarket wines which is something that I would be looking for, if I was invited to dinner and wanted to offer something special. Available in wine shops across the department and from the vineyard itself. Magnums also available for that special occasion.

Contact Romaric Tatard at Clos le Joncal.

Tel: 06 83 49 76 70



Honey from L’Abbaye Notre Dame de Bonne-Espérance, Echourgnac, Dordogne.

There is a shop at the abbey that sells all sorts including honey, tea, jam, sweets and their famous cheese – all made at the monastery.