These festive apps will help make your holidays merry and bright
During the holiday hustle and bustle, we can all use some extra help to get everything done. From organizing gift lists to baking cookies to entertaining little ones, these apps will help you navigate December with ease.
Get organized: You’ll have your Christmas shopping in the, well, bag with the Santa’s Bag app for iOS. This free app does it all, letting you create individualized gift lists and adding a spending limit for each recipient. It’ll then total up your budgets to help keep your spending in check overall. Plus, it lets you track where you plan to buy gifts (so you only make one trip to each store) and where you bought gifts (in case of returns). And, of course, it’s got a Christmas countdown, so you’ll know exactly how much time you have left to shop.
Android users should check out Christmas List Snowball. The free app offers many of the same functions as the iOS Santa’s Bag app, plus password protection from holidays snoopers.
Bake better: There’s only one Martha Stewart, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bake cookies just like the queen of domestication. The Martha Stewart Makes Cookies app for iOS is $0.99, but includes more than 90 recipes, instructional videos, baking tips and more. Plus, it has packaging ideas that will surely wow the crowd at your holiday cookie exchange!
Keep the kids busy: For $4.99, you can purchase the highly-rated How The Grinch Stole Christmas!—Dr. Seuss app from the iTunes store. The app, designed for ages 3 to 6, is an interactive book that will keep your little ones engaged while you wrap presents or deck the halls.
There’s also the 123 Color: Hanukkah Coloring Book app for $1.99 in the iTunes store. The popular app gives little ones the chance to color whimsical depictions of the events children tend to associate with the holiday, like lighting a menorah.
Listen up: And finally, don’t forget to access the holiday music stations on Pandora, iHeartRadio or Spotify to set the mood while you’re trimming your Christmas tree and change your ringtone to something festive with the Zedge app.