It's nearly dad's big day. Buying a Father’s Day gift never ceases to be a bit of a struggle. What kind of present really sends a message that you're thankful for a lifetime of love and guidance?
Obviously, all dad's are different, but there are surely a lot of fathers out there who would probably appreciate some tools that will make their lives easier. Perhaps to complement your packaged #1 Dad! mug and patterned tie, you could give the gift of a few great apps he could regularly use in his daily routine?
Here, we have compiled a list of apps made especially for the father figures in your life. Not every day is Father's Day, but maybe this way your dad will have you on his mind each time he scrolls through his app library.
Whether you live up the street or across the country, Skype is a great way to stay in touch with dad. Not only does this lend the opportunity for the two of you to get some face time, but you don't have to pay a cent to make these calls. And if your dad is a bit frugal (like mine is) you can bet that this is one price tag that will make him happy.
Mint.com Personal Finance (Free)
Speaking of frugal dads, Mint.com is a really easy way for your pops to monitor his finances. The app brings all of your financial accounts together online, automatically categorizes your transactions, lets you set budgets and helps you achieve your savings goals. This might be just the tool he needs to start planning (or better organize his plans for) retirement.
GolfCard Pro ($10.99)
Whether your dad is a serious or casual golfer, this app is everything he needs to have a stress-free game. GolfCard Pro has a GPS range finder, keeps track of scores for multiple players, provides statistics and a club bag feature to track every hit on the green. With an app that keeps track of everything, it means he’ll be able to focus more on his shot, making jokes with his work buddies and cruising around in the golf cart.
Omaha Steaks Steak Time (Free)
It’s summer time and there’s going to be a whole lot of grilling going on this year. Arm your dad with more than just barbecue sauce, tin foil and tongs and give him the gift of Omaha Steaks Steak Time. The app has over 100 different recipes, numerous how-to videos and a steak timer so dad can make sure meat is not under or overcooked and prepared to perfection. A "connect" area where beef enthusiasts can spread the love with friends via their Facebook and Twitter accounts is perfect for pops to show off his skills.
GasBuddy- Find Cheap Gas (Free)
Gas prices will always be a hot button issue. Give dad the inside scoop on who has the best prices in town with GasBuddy for Android. GasBuddy enables users to see which gas stations they are nearest to at any given time, and how much gas costs per gallon there. If you're looking for a particular grade of gas, say your truck needs diesel or your car runs on ethanol, Gas Buddy allows you to search based on this criteria. When you decide where you're headed, based on either by price or proximity, Gas Buddy will map out turn-by-turn directions to that location.
ESPN ScoreCenter (Free)
Whether dad is a fan of baseball, basketball, football or NASCAR, ESPN ScoreCenter keeps its users up to date on everything going on in the world of sports. It’s also diverse enough to include tons of different leagues from all over the world. Delivering game scores and breaking news, this app is pretty much a devout sports fan’s dream come true.