iOS | $3.99
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better Father’s Day gift than a fridge full of cold beer, but if discovering brews is your passion, then iBeers Pro should steer you into bold new territory. Providing you with info on a massive collection of beer (in the area of 2,700 varieties), the app allows you to browse and discover based on country, beer type, bottle size and, obviously, by brewery. If you find something you want to try, check out all the user ratings to see what other beer enthusiasts have to say, and add your own opinions when you’re ready. Additionally, the app provides thousands of photos for reference, as well as a submission feature for any beers you can’t currently locate within the database. Consider this like an encyclopaedia for serious beer lovers.
iOS | $14.99
Fishing is simply one of those iconic dad activities, and even if you (or your dad) are weekend hobbyists or real anglers when it comes to it, there are some great apps out there that should help in making the most out of a day on the lake. Chief among them is the FishMate Pro app – a repository of helpful fishing information that includes ideal feeding times, weather forecasts, barometric readings and even lunar phases. Designed by a former professional angler named Sammy Lee, the app also includes a load of helpful, regularly updated fishing tips, industry news, recipes and access to Lee’s podcast. Equally useful is the “Big ‘Uns” feature which allows you to keep photos and information of your best catches. Now you’ll just have to figure out how to mount that 15 pound bass on your wall.
Android, iOS | $1.99
DIY is certainly something many dads are into, so whether it’s making a bookshelf or something a little more ambitious, the iHandy Carpenter app is a woodworker’s best friend. Included in the app are five essential tools that every dad should have in his workshop – a plumb bob (for checking vertical lines), a surface level (for accurate flatness), a bubble level bar, a protractor (for angles within a 180 degree spectrum), and even a ruler designed to measure lengths by swiping your phone across the area in question. Once you’re ready to get started, the app’s instruction section will help you figure out how too utilize the tools, as well as calibrate it for optimal performance.
BlackBerry | $2.99
It seems like golf is just one of those things in life that you can always improve upon. You may very well be Tiger Woods incarnate, or a driving range novice – either way, the Golf Genie Pro app is designed to help your game. Borrowing wisdom from PGA instructors, the app contains a wealth of expertise and tips on how to hone every shot you can think of, from drives and chips to your problem slices and hooks. The step-by-step instructions are easy to understand, and come accompanied by helpful illustrations that you can use effectively on the green or off. If you’re looking for sound golf advice from the pros, this is all but mandatory.
Android, iOS | $4.99
Since the dawn of humankind (maybe), it seems as though dads have been making a big deal about cooking meat over an open flame. Nowadays they’ll probably be armed with a “Kiss The Cook” apron and a pair of tongs, but anything BBQ-related gift is sure to please this Father’s Day. The Webers On The Grill app is a very complete, very handy guide to outdoor grilling perfection. In additional to 250 recipes and 40 variations on meat rubs and marinades, it offers a vast array of expert tips and techniques, instructional videos, an in-app grill timer, and an ingredient list for when you’re hitting the butcher shop and the vegetable stand. Covering everything from red meat, seafood, pork and poultry right up to fruit, any dad will appreciate a bit of BBQ know-how.
Windows | Free
Groan-worthy knock-knock jokes? A guy-walks-into-a-bar knee-slappers? How about a good, old-fashioned pun? It’s a given that dads and corny jokes go together like peanut butter and grape jelly, but it can be difficult keeping all those zingers memorized. The Joke Box app for the Windows Phone has ‘em all though, with new jokes being added regularly. Broken down into seven categories, once you’ve chosen your gag, the app also has a soundboard featuring rimshots, drum rolls, crickets and sparse applause – it’s the perfect accompaniment to a cheesy joke.
iOS, Android | Free
If your dad is a fanatic for fast cars, F1 racing is a natural choice. When the races aren’t on television though, a great way to stay informed is with ESPN’s official F1 app. Available in English, French and Spanish, it’s full of relevant news, real-time commentary during races, a count down clock to race time, and plenty of video content. On top of that, you can check out info on your favourite drivers, their race teams, and editorial from ESPN’s writers. A push notification feature means any F1 alerts are sent to you immediately, and the race circuit maps are a cool and informative bonus.
iPad | Free (in-app purchases available)
For many dads, the magazine of choice has to be Esquire. It’s cool, sophisticated and makes for an interesting read on any number of dad-esque topics from lifestyle and fashion to gadgets and people of distinction. Instead of accumulating a big stack of old issues though, try the magazine’s iPad edition with all the print edition’s content, as well as enough bonuses to make it a great gift. Included in the app are exclusive videos, photos, cartoons and plenty more. Single issues and subscriptions are affordable, and certainly something many a father would enjoy.