Gift ideas "Made in Charente-Maritime"

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Are you looking for some gift ideas to put in Santa's hood? Some memories of your stay in Charente-Maritime to spoil those you love? The end of year celebrations are an opportunity to promote the creativity and know-how of local artists, artisans and producers and offer unique, surprising and ethical gifts. Here is a quick overview of ideas, not exhaustive, of original gifts, handcrafted between La Rochelle and Île de Ré . Gifts that make sense and that you won't be able to find anywhere else!

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Ethical and original gifts to put at the foot of the tree

The essential Atelier Récréa nameplate  

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Against a background of wall decoration, the metal creations of the artist Benjamin Evano perfectly express this desire for escape inspired by the ocean . From his workshop at La Couarde on the Ile de Ré, he revisits the “seaside” decoration with an assertive vintage spirit . To create his decorative and ornamental pieces, Benjamin combines the engraving of different materials such as steel, stainless steel or raw aluminum with finishes enhanced by his work on materials. Raw or polished, rusty or oxidized in appearance, these creations, anchored in the zeitgeist, illustrate a lifestyle focused on the treasures of the ocean and the culture of surfing.


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Photo credit Nicolas Bellon  

To personalize our interiors, there are the great classics of the Ré Créa workshop! Among the unbeatable, the chic and vintage plaque to notify the location of the toilets, the superb decorative collection "coral and underwater plants" , Volkswagen Combi, fish and marine animals , surfers in action and all other shapes that come out. straight from Benjamin's imagination. These little cult objects make all the difference in interior decoration. By themselves, they can dress a room!  

Atelier Ré Créa (20 Avenue du Moulin des Sables, 17670 La Couarde is open every afternoon from December 18 to 31 (except December 25 and Sunday), as well as every Wednesday and Saturday morning)

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The “Les Petites Réthaises” pack of beers that makes you sparkle!  

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Here is a gift that will probably be useful immediately since it combines the pleasures of the taste buds and a festive atmosphere ! Nothing better than offering a fervent beer lover a box of Petites Réthaises from the Rivedoux craft brewery, on the Ile de Ré. Natural, unfiltered and unpasteurized, Small Réthaises come in 4 flavors with distinct character: the "Maline", a blonde IPA perfectly balanced, the "quichenotte" slightly fruity white beer with flavors of apple, mango and hibiscus, the “Boguette” an amber beer with subtle notes of coriander seeds and “Retro”, a bung with ancient flavors.


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Julien Roche and Hugo Maris have been at the initiative of creating the organic craft brewery Les Petites Réthaises since 2018. The project brings together their taste for beer, their know-how, their love of the Ile de Ré, and their desire to '' act responsibly on a daily basis.  

Compose your packs of 3 beers (10 euros) to offer for tasting or your cases of 12 beers (30 euros) in the points of sale on the Ile de Ré, in particular the BIOCOOP -17 Avenue Général de Gaulle, 17410 Saint-Martin -de-Ré.

The 2021 Tide Calendar silkscreened!  

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Notice to ocean lovers! Here is the essential and essential object to live to the rhythm of the tides : the 2021 tide calendar . A year of predictions at a glance for sea users and water sports enthusiasts! Real useful object in everyday life, it is displayed for all to see in our homes. As much as it is aesthetic and inspiring to accompany us all year round! Emeline Vivier's silkscreened tide calendar is a sure favorite .


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Passionate about old and artisanal printing techniques , the young artist produces a limited edition of this annual calendar in her screen printing workshop in Périgny, on the outskirts of La Rochelle. There is also the lunar calendar !  

See you at the workshop Workshop clamp, Building The Fabrique3 rue Joseph Cugnot - 17180 Périgny  

The Voile Spirit Handbag is on the rise!  

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Would the Esprit Voile sailboat handbag be the essential item for a Rochelaise just like the iconic Longchamp canvas bag for a Parisienne? Here in La Rochelle, the canvas boat bag, available in different sizes and colors, has become a must-have accessory for a whole generation inspired by the sea.


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Sylvie Jaouen, an artist with a creative spirit, resolutely turned towards recycling and sustainable development  

Recycle boat sails to make everyday objects. A great challenge! In the La Rochelle workshop and the integration workshop in St-Martin de Ré , Sylvie Jaouen cuts, sews and manufactures unique pieces based on shade sails and various “waste” from the nautical world. In addition to the resistance and the quality of the materials, the recycling of sails was born out of a desire to lead an ethical, responsible and united company! With the essential handbag , beach bag or tote from the same range, Sylvie creates other luggage products such as the bundle, but also garden furniture items such as the Chilean lounge chair that we cannot do without. summer.  

Visit the ESPRIT VOILE store on the port of La Rochelle, at 67 rue Saint-Nicolas to discover the range of bags "Made in La Rochelle".

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Gourmet pebbles from the Ile de Ré Chocolats chocolate factory

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Are you running out of ideas? Think chocolate. But chocolate of excellence , made by an Artisan Pâtissier Chocolatier. At Christmas, chocolate is always a nice surprise, all the more so with a seaside spirit . The chocolates from the Chocolaterie de l'Ile de Ré in the shape of pebbles, seagull eggs, mussels or even potatoes undoubtedly combine the pleasure of the taste buds with the love of the ocean! The bag of nougat and chocolate pebbles (caramelized almonds, dark chocolate, milk, cinnamon and nougat cream) is a perfect, original and affordable little gift!  

In Saint-Martin, the workshop makes artisan pralines and chocolates from beans from plantations located around Ecuador: Africa, Asia, Central and South America. Ile de Ré Chocolats works with growers or cooperatives committed to good agricultural practices, Fair Trade certified: Max Havelaar, Cacao Trace, Cocoa Horizons, Committed Chocolatiers….

According to traditional methods, these chocolates are associated with local ingredients such as fleur de sel from the island and butter from Charente Maritime. For more than 25 years, the Île de Ré chocolate factory has been an institution that has perpetuated great regional know-how for the pleasure of young and old!  

Visit the two boutiques to discover these chocolates: - Boutique de la Rochelle, 55 boulevard Joffre - 17000 La Rochelle

- Ile de Ré shop - 15, avenue de Philippsbourg - 17410 Saint-Martin de Ré

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Article and photos (unless otherwise stated) Lesley Williamson


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