Make a Gift for Dad with Smartphone Apps

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is swiftly approaching, and with it, your deadline for a gift.

Haven’t gotten one yet? Have no fear! Check out these apps that will help you put together a thoughtful present your dad is sure to love in no time.



Nothing like a quick video project for dad. Use Cameo — a phone video creating and editing app from Vimeo — to create a day-in-the-life video (for kids far away) or a sweet message he can watch over and over. Add music or a customizable theme. Dad totally won’t believe it when you tell him it only took a few hours.

We also love: HELMUT Film Scanner, which scans your old negatives and print positives into digitals.

Cameo is free on iTunes. HELMUT is free on Google Play.

Halftone 2

Go beyond the basic Father’s Day card. Use Halftone 2 to create a virtual comic book or comic book-style video. Import your photos to their stylized templates, then add stickers and captions. A few “Wham!” and “Pop!” sound effects, and you’re ready to go.

We also love: Rhonna Designs, where you can make a creative card from an old photo in seconds.

Halftone 2 is $1.99 on iTunes. Rhonna Designs is $1.99 on iTunes and Google Play.


Taking dad out to dinner is a great way to show you care. If you’re far away, send him his favorite drink or bite with Gratafy. Like a digital gift card (or an easy IOU), pick an item from a menu at a restaurant or bar he loves, purchase, and it instantly becomes available to redeem. Cheers to you, dad!

We also love: Yiftee, where you can purchase and send digital gift cards instantly.

Gratafy and Yiftee are both free on iTunes and Google Play.