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Last minute gift ideas for fathers day & birthdays (travel & French Inspired)

Looking for gift ideas for your dad for fathers day or his birthday? Check out these French & travel-inspired gifts for every budget.

By Annie André ⦿ updated January 11, 2024  
Last minute fathers day gifts with a French twist
Last minute fathers day gifts with a French twist

Not sure what to get dad for his birthday? Are you panicking because fathers day is right around the corner? Check out my guide for last-minute fathers day gift ideas and birthday gifts with a French twist.

Father’s day gifts with a French Flair?

Last Minute Fathers day gifts he'll actually love to use

Fathers Day is called “la fête des pères” in French, and like in the US, Canada, and many other countries around the world, Fathers day in France is celebrated on the third Sunday of June.

I’ve put together a short list of some fun last-minute travel-themed and French-themed Fathers day gifts that Francophile fathers will love. These would also make great last-minute birthday gifts for dads too. 

I know you’re in a hurry so let’s jump straight into the last-minute list of gift ideas for dads.

Give dad a “Best Dad’ Tshirt written French

Give your dad a “Best Dad In The World” T-Shirt written in French- “Meilleur papa du monde.”

Best Dad In The World T-shirt in French

Meilleur Papa du monde.

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02/18/2024 04:46 pm GMT

Give dad a 23andme DNA test kit

If you’re dad’s always wondered about his French ancestry, this fathers day, give him the gift of learning about his ancestry breakdown with the 23andme DNA test kit. 

23andMe Ancestry DNA Test Kit

Thanks to the 23AndMe at-home DNA test kit with access to 80+ personalized reports, you can discover your ancestry composition and where in the world your DNA is from across 2000+ regions.

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02/18/2024 01:31 pm GMT

Give him a quirky wood bowtie

Does your dad march to the beat of his own drum? Ditch that boring A-typical tie and give him a quirky wooden bow tie. 

Wooden moustache bow tie with handkerchief and wooden cufflinks

Wood Bow Tie: 12*5.4cm/4.7x2.1'' with handkerchief, and alloy wood cufflinks set with Black Gift Box.

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03/01/2024 01:33 pm GMT

Give dad a moustache corkscrew

It’s no secret the French love wine. Check out this fun handlebar mustache corkscrew which plays up the French moustache and wine stereotype perfectly.

Fred HANDLEBAR Mustache Corkscrew & Bottle Opener

This dual-purpose mustache corkscrew uncorks wine bottles and opens beer bottles (using the tip of the mustache).

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Give dad an elegant wine bottle opener

If your dad is a serious wine lover, he’ll love one of these elegant wine bottle openers

Laguiole en Aubrac Sommelier Waiter's Corkscrew, Zebu Bone

Made in France by master craftsmen. Each piece is assembled from start to finish in one sequence and by a single artificer.

3 in 1 MULTI-FUNCTIONAL. Professional corkscrew with reinforced bottle opener and foil cutter with a serrated blade

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02/18/2024 11:36 am GMT

Give dad a place to put all those wine bottle corks

If dad loves drinking wine, he probably has loads of corks. Give him this adorable cork saver where he can throw all his corks from his favourite bottles of wine. 

Wine Barrel Cork Saver

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02/19/2024 03:36 am GMT

Give your French teaching father an awesome t-shirt

Is or was your dad a French teacher? he’ll love this funny French teacher definition tshirt. 

Funny French Teacher Definition T-Shirt

French teacher (noun) Same as normal teacher, just much cooler!

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03/01/2024 07:53 pm GMT

Give dad a wine & cheese picnic backpack for 2

If your dad is more of a wine and cheese guy, check out this wine and cheese picnic backpack for 2. Not only great for picnics but also for the beach. Yes, French people do bring wine to the beach. Plus it’s insulated.

2 Person Picnic Backpack

Picnic basket/ backpack has a Cooler Compartment, Detachable Bottle/Wine Holder, Fleece Blanket, Plates, cheesboard and Cutlery Set.

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02/29/2024 07:48 pm GMT

Give dad unbreakable wine glasses (portable)

Is your dad like a bull in a china shop? Does he like to go to the beach?  These portable, unbreakable wine glasses would be perfect for him then. 

Silicone Wine Glasses Set of 4

 Unbreakable & Reusable silicone wine glass with stem for Parties, Picnics, the beach or careless adults. 10.82 fl oz shatterproof set of 4

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BrüMate 14oz Wine Glass Tumbler With Splash-proof Lid

Savour your wine as well as your hot and cold drinks the way you like them. Crafted from durable food-grade 18/8 stainless steel. Comes with a removable splash-proof cover and is crafted. Multiple colours: from black and faux wood to hot pink.

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02/18/2024 06:21 pm GMT
Flexible Shatterproof wine Glasses set of 4
$32.99 ($8.25 / Count)
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02/19/2024 02:21 am GMT
FREEZE Cooling Wine Glasses
$20.99 ($10.50 / Count)

Sip on perfectly chilled wine. Just pop these shatterproof glasses in the freezer on a hot day and pour your favourite white wine or rose into them.

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02/29/2024 01:33 pm GMT

Gif your dad a wine saver 

Does your dad complain about wine going bad? Get him a wine saver that blocks air from entering the bottle and turning wine into vinegar. 

Air Cork Wine Preserver (Charcoal)

A reusable Stopper Sealer (as Seen On Shark Tank), saves Red and White Wine. Click to watch video.

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02/19/2024 11:11 am GMT

Give dad a European-style wallet

Instead of getting him a standard billfold, buy him a European-style wallet with a coin pocket. 

If you’re not familiar with European wallets, they’re taller than American and Canadian-sized wallets to accommodate the larger size of Euro bills. For example, a 50 Euro bill is 77 mm high, and a 100 Euro bill is 82 mm, while American bills are only 66 mm high and Canadian bills are 69.85 mm high.

Men’s European wallets usually have a coin purse built-in to carry 1 and 2 euro coins and spare change. Canadians, you can carry your loonies in your wallet. Wow!

Give your dad an elegant French coffee press

Give dad some fun France-inspired socks

Forget boring old black socks. Give dad one of these fun French-themed socks

French flag socks
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02/19/2024 07:41 am GMT

Give dad some super practical socks with a hidden zipper pocket

Forget money belts! Pocket socks are the ultimate multi-functional piece of clothing for dads. Great for dads who like to take walks, or travel. 

white socks with hidden pocket

Carry your credit card, cash or keys in your socks. so cool.

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#1 DAD Mens secret pocket socks
$23.95 $18.95

hide your keys, credit card, cash, or whatever in the secret zipper pocket in your socks.

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03/02/2024 08:38 pm GMT

Give dad some face masks with a French flair

French Flag embroidered face mask 3 layers

Reuseable and washable facemask with French flag.

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02/19/2024 09:01 am GMT

Give dad a rugged external hard drive from LaCie (a French company)

LaCie Rugged USB-C 2TB External Hard Drive

From urban jungles to backwood trails, the rugged USB-C external hard drive from LaCie is ready to survive and ready to connect. With USB-C, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility, it works seamlessly with Mac and Windows. Superfast transfers. Easy, reliable backups. It's all there.

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03/03/2024 08:18 pm GMT

Give dad shoes from the French brand “Le Coq Sportif”

Give dad a wine unique bottle carrier

2 Bottle Insulated waxed canvas Wine Bag
$31.95 $22.95

Distressed Waxed Canvas Wine Tote Bag - Wine Gift Bag

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02/18/2024 03:26 pm GMT
Wine tote Bag Cooler

Perfect for picnics or for parties. Two sets of tableware, wine glasses, napkins.

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02/19/2024 05:01 am GMT

Give dad wine glass stakes For The Beach

Give dad a Crepe Pan & Spatula

If your dad loves making pancakes, he’ll love making crepes for breakfast. 

Champagne Gold Crepe Pan with Crepe Spreader

This 8-Inch Non-stick crepe pan by Chefmade is the perfect pan for budget-minded chefs who want to make the perfect crepe. Works on Gas, Induction and, Electric Cookers. It has an Insulating Silicone Handle so you don't burn your hands while flipping crepes or pancakes.

Comes with a Crepe spreader = Rozell / rateau, made of bamboo.

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02/18/2024 04:06 pm GMT

Give dad a sarcastic look at French life

A Year in the Merde
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02/18/2024 07:16 pm GMT

Give dad a French flag sports towel

If your dad plays, golf, the French flag towel is the perfect gift he can attach to his golf bag. 

French Flag Sports /Golf Towel

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02/18/2024 07:16 pm GMT

Give dad a Paris Metro map on a coffee mug

Some dads love maps, some dads love coffee, and some dads love both. 

Gif dad a wine unique bottle cooler

Your dad can keep his wine or champagne chilled with this metal, double-lined wine cooler. 

Wine Bottle Chiller - Double Walled
$39.99 $27.99

Vacuum Insulated Wine Cooler for Most 750mL Champagne and Wine Bottles - Iceless Wine Chiller with Up To 6 Hours Cold Temperature Retention

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02/24/2024 07:43 pm GMT

Give your dad a tabletop raclette grill 

Raclette is a type of French cheese and it’s a piece of tabletop equipment that melts cheese with wooden raclette scrapers and individual melted cheese pans called coupelles. 

Electric Cheese Raclette grill with two griddles, stone & aluminium

This raclette machine is the ultimate cheese melter. It features 8 cheese raclette pans to melt your favourite cheese in minutes. Dishwasher safe Non-stick Grilling Plate and Cooking Stone.

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02/19/2024 12:11 am GMT

Give dad some French knives

Kick up your dad’s steak knife collection with this 6 Piece Laguiole steak knife set and wooden case.

Give dad a cookbook for grilling and BBQ French bistro style

If your dad is into grilling, he probably already has a bunch of grilling utensils, but he probably doesn’t have a cookbook full of simple, sophisticated French Bistro recipes for the grill.

Give dad a free virtual fathers day card in French

Last but not least, if you want to send your dad a greeting card, send him a virtual father’s day card in French.

Here’s a cute site that I like to use. Instead of an inanimate card, you can choose short video clips which you can customize. Everything is in French, but you should be able to figure out what everything means.

Dromadaire.com (Virtual Cards In French for any occasion)

Send animated virtual greeting cards in French to anyone for any occasion for free via email, Facebook, Whatsapp, and Twitter.

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Annie André

Annie André

About the author

I'm Annie André, a bilingual North American with Thai and French Canadian roots. I've lived in France since 2011. When I'm not eating cheese, drinking wine or hanging out with my husband and children, I write articles on my personal blog annieandre.com for intellectually curious people interested in all things France: Life in France, travel to France, French culture, French language, travel and more.

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