Oh the holidays. Filled with friends and family, shopping, holiday cards, hosting, cooking and keeping the kids entertained during their break. There are so many things to do and so little time with Christmas quickly approaching. But thanks to a number of festive and helpful apps out there, you can organize your holiday duties and relieve some of the stress that comes with planning. Take a look at our top 12 Apps of Christmas to find your holiday organizing needs!
Christmas Card Apps
Touchnote Postcards is a great card creator app that allows you to you to customize your own Christmas cards or postcards. Images can be selected from your library, imported from Facebook, or can be taken on your own to create beautiful Christmas cards and postcards. Touchnote Postcards offers two different pricing options and includes worldwide postage.
Red Stamp has been voted “Best of the Web” by InStyle Magazine and featured on several news shows, offering 12 different categories and several sub-categories which contain more concise options for your specific needs. The app will set your message to the needs of your occasion (if you’re not feeling very creative), or you can customize your own. Once you’re ready to deliver, your options are limitless. You can email, text, tweet, Facebook, Instagram or paper mail your personalized cards, notes, invitations and announcements right from your iDevice!
Ink Cards is a free app that allows you create stylish, custom letterpress cards using pre-built templates straight from your iPhone or iPad? Try. You can create cards using photos and filters, stickers and other effects for a personal touch. 5×7-inch cards are printed on thick, glossy card stock and cost just $1.99 each and can be delivered anywhere in the world in two to three weeks.
Christmas Shopping Apps
TheFind is an app we recommend giving a try if you are looking to make your Christmas shopping more efficient and on budget. It is a personalized shopping search engine that integrates your personal preferences on Facebook and shows you results based on your taste and style. Looking for a particular item and want to find the best price? TheFind lets you scan bar codes in stores to check prices then compares them across the web so you can find quickly and easily find the best price out there.
BuyVia is a must to download for the couponers out there. It alerts you to real-time discounts on desired products. Simply search for or scan products that you would like to see deals for and/or create a list of stores you like and BuyVia will send you personalized deals. BuyVia will help you find the lowest prices on products, provide you with discounts to your favorite stores, and alert you when product prices lower! Save time and money with this shopping concierge.
Gift It is great for the person who is handling all of the family Christmas shopping and trying to keep track of multiple lists. This free app will help keep your Christmas shopping simple, fun and organized. Assign gifts to friends and family, then swipe each gift after you purchase it to indicate it’s done. You can track your shopping progress by percentage or by color. Red means you still have some shopping to do and green means you’re all done.
MealBoard, an interactive menu planner that lets you create weekly menus and shopping lists, will be essential to have on hand while you are planning meals for holiday parties and family gatherings. You can even select your grocery store of choice and see the prices of each item on your list. So if you are a budget-conscious chef, this app will come in handy.
Fast Paleo provides one of the largest selections of Paleo recipes out there (over 2,200 recipes)! You can search recipes in detail by title, specific ingredients, by category, certain restrictions, and more. Similar to Pinterest, Fast Paleo also lets you organize your recipes into multiple categories and allows you to share via email or through social media outlets such as Faceboook and Twitter.
Green Kitchen ranks #1 in the Food & Drink category and is runner up in the “Best of App Store 2012”. This app offers a plethora of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free recipes as well as a clean interface and beautiful photos of each recipe. There is also a wide variety of main courses, snacks and healthy drinks, step-by-step cooking instructions which you can mark off as they are completed, a shopping list feature, and all recipes are marked if they are vegan, gluten free, sugar free, raw, or whole grain. Even if you’re just looking to try new recipes, you can’t go wrong with giving this app a try.
Apps to Entertain the Kids
Karaoke Christmas provides kids with festive favorites like Deck the Halls and Jingle Bells. It also has a feature that allows kids to record their songs and send them to friends and family via email. Families can join in on the fun when you plug the phone into the stereo, hold the phone like a microphone and sing like a pro!
Dr. Seuss Camera – The Grinch Edition will give your kids tons of entertainment! They can take pictures with Dr. Seuss characters or choose to become a who from whooville. Cards can be personalized with colorful stamps, borders and fun Seuss-styled text. Once you’ve finished creating your Grinchmas card, email them to friends and family, or save them to your photo library.
Christmas Toy Party combines jigsaw puzzles, mazes, memory cards, and other fun games we all know and love that will keep your kids entertained and learning at the same time. With over 300 difficulty levels, there’s a surplus of board games and puzzles to solve which will have your kids putting their problem solving skills to work. For each achievement you will receive gold that allows you to collect 24 different toys to fill your virtual living room with. Get ready for some fun!
Most of these apps are useful for anytime of the year; not just the holidays. I personally love MealBoard and Fast Paleo, as I like to plan my meals and grocery list each week and try new recipes. What are some of your favorite apps? We’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Twitter!