We never quite know what to get for dad on Father’s Day. Most people we asked were either going to bring their dad out for a meal or pretend that such a day requires no celebratory gifts. Well, being a modern day father is no mean feat. Super dads these days work, cook, cleans the house and even goes through your school work.
This Father’s Day, don’t be a scrooge and give your amazing dad a pat on the back. Bring him somewhere nice and make him feel special. Rather do it the digital way? We got you covered too. Check out our list of 10 apps for just about every dad to save you from the snaking queues and clumsy gift wrapping. All you (or your dad if you are just forwarding this list to him) needs to do is hit ‘install’.
Panna (Free with in-app purchases)
Panna is a great resource for home cooks. Think of it as a video cooking magazine for both the iPhone and iPad offering recipes hand-picked by renowned chefs and step-by-step cooking instructions.
Yummly allows you to search for recipes by holiday, cuisine, taste, diet, nutrition, allergy and even cook time. They aggregate recipes from top recipe sites like AllRecipes, Epicurious, Food52 and leading food blogs like Chow, Serious Eats and Steamy Kitchen. Based on the recipe, the app also gives you information on the nutrition value of the dish as well as how much calories you are consuming.
Closet musician Dad:
Yousician Guitar (Free)
If dad sometimes whines about not being able to learn an instrument when he was younger, get him a guitar and the Yousician Guitar app. The app is a digital guitar tutor with thousands of songs, exercises, and tutorials. The app gives you instant feedback and tracks your progress as your move from being a beginner to an advanced player.
Learning a new skill for a job he is after or getting better at what he is doing has never been easier. Coursera offers tons of free online courses from top universities and educational institutions like Stanford, Yale and Princeton. Coursera is now on mobile, allowing you to access course and lectures anytime and anywhere. The courses range from computer science to cooking from some of the world’s best instructors.
Pixelmator layer-based image editor lets you touch up and enhance images, sketch and paint, as well as create complex image compositions on mobile devices. A great tool to get for dads who travel a lot and who are looking for a quick and versatile tool to enhance pictures on his phone.
Staying at an Airbnb location might be an obvious choice for you when you travel these days but not for your dad. Introduce him to all the amazing homes in the world he can stay with mum for their next holiday. If he has a property or two idling, let him know how he can make some extra cash too from renting it out.
Freeletics (Free with in-app purchases)
If you are lucky enough to have a dad that still upkeeps his six-pecs, the app will keep him motivated by challenging him with high intensity circuit workouts. The best thing is that these exercises can be done anywhere without any equipment. The app features over 700 training variations and slow-motion exercise instruction tutorial videos to help you get fitter.
Headspace (Free with in-app purchases)
For many years, research has suggested that mindfulness meditation can help improve concentration, reduce stress and boost happiness. Headspace is a simple meditation app that wants to help people develop a healthy mind through proven meditation and mindfulness techniques. Watch neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki talk about how mediation can also increase brain function.
TED will let Dad access riveting talks from some of the world’s most fascinating people. TED’s official app presents bold, new thought leadership from education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, music legends and other remarkable minds.
Luminosity (Free with in-app purchases)
Finally, a game for Dad. But Luminosity is not just any game. The app features a series of scientific games designed by neuroscientists to train memory and attention. Think of it as a workout for the brain.