Forget the tie and aftershave. Today’s dad deserves tools that make life easier and more fun.
Most golfers mentally replay their last round, seeking ways to improve. Game Golf Live, a Bluetooth-enabled device that clips to a belt, tracks and records the game in real time, allowing for in-depth analysis. The device saves every game so you can watch progress over time. $150, (888) 245-3433, gamegolf.com
Anxious anglers will never miss a nibble with the Poletap 7-foot Spinning SmartRod and Built-In Bite Alert. When a fish bites, an alarm sounds or a light flashes; for quiet night fishing, use the light-only setting. The SmartRod works with any reel. The bad news: you still have to clean the fish. $39, (800) 966-6546, walmart.com
If Dad is the family grill master, he’ll love the iGrill Mini digital Bluetooth thermometer. No more cutting into steaks or chops to test doneness; the iGrill watches the grill while Dad relaxes in the hammock. The companion app is like having a personal, on-call grilling expert. $50, (800) 446-1071, weber.com
With so much Dad stuff to do, life can get a bit harried. It’s easy to misplace a wallet or laptop. Just slide the credit-card sized Tile Slim Bluetooth tracker into a wallet or attach to an object (adhesives sold separately) and use your phone to find it. Can’t find the phone? Tile Slim works in reverse, too. $24, (888) 280-4331, amazon.com
GO, DAD, GO
The Garmin Vivoactive HR smart watch is a multi-tasking wrist machine. It’s a GPS, heart monitor, fitness coach, and activity tracker for running, walking, and swimming. It even serves as a personal cheerleader when you hit your goals. And, oh yeah—it tells time, too. $240, (913) 397-8200, garmin.com
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