With the experience of a Covid Christmas (mostly) behind us, we prepare for the 2021 holidays with excited caution. Excited because we have made such strides since Xmas 2020 and caution because we are not yet out of the woods.
Covid and its variants are still a threat, but with the right precautions, you should be able to (safely) visit with loved ones in small, distanced, and masked groups (if double vaxxed). With so many items already on your task list, we have found a collection of the best holiday apps to help you make the most of the season. By make the most of the season, we mean keep you organized, efficient, and super effective so you can spend more time having fun and a little egg nog 😀. If you ever find your spirits dipping, we have found some of the best apps to help keep you in the holiday spirit too. We got you covered.
DIY Christmas decorations is a gallery app full of ideas for unique handmade Xmas decorations. You can use these ideas to create perfect home decorations for Christmas. This app is for those of you who want to see step-by-step DIY Christmas decoration ideas like outdoor Christmas decorations or small Xmas accessories (Christmas tree in a jar, snow cakes, mini snowman, candles decorations, etc) You can create them for your home or even use them as gifts.
Holiday Cards and E-Vites
Personalize and send beautiful holiday invitations and greeting cards for FREE with Punchbowl®. App includes thousands of party invitations including the largest selection of kids character invites. Exclusive designs feature Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Frozen, Avengers, Elmo, Minions, PAW Patrol, Peppa Pig, Trolls, & more! Invite guests by email or text message and track RSVPs on-the-go. Send thoughtful free eCards for birthdays, holidays, or to say thank you- you can add a heartfelt video message to any card too!
justWink lets you personalize and send awesome holiday greeting cards from your mobile device via email, text, or your favourite social media apps. Always have the perfect card at your fingertips—over hundreds of cards that will work for every who, what, where, and when in your life. Cards that shuffle between funny, bold, cute, trendy, sassy, heartfelt, sweet, and beautiful. Cards that open and flip and make people smile just like real cards. You can even customize these cards and add your own note, photo, and even add your own signature (or finger doodle).
Christmas Gift Apps (ideas/budgeting/tracking)
Revolutionize your Christmas shopping experience! Santa’s Bag is a fun and easy-to-use app to help you manage your Christmas gift recipients, planning, shopping, and budgets. Each detail of the app is carefully designed to make sure you don’t forget anyone or anything. Christmas shopping has never been easier or more fun!
The Christmas List App is your smart and fun solution to gift giving this holiday season! Create gift lists, share them with family and friends, claim items to purchase, and set a budget. The Christmas List App experience is festive, fun, and easy for anyone to use. Receive notifications when new Christmas wish list items are added so you can be the first to claim them. No more coordinating gift lists between family members. Easily add gifts from any online store or snap a pic of a gift in store on the shelf and upload. You can even get deal alerts!
This app lets you mark gifts as you buy them and then mark them when you get around to wrapping them. You can create Xmas lists and send them via email, Twitter, Evernote, etc. Plus the app automatically archives your gifts once the new year rolls around for future reference. You can add/edit people to your Xmas list, add/remove gifts for each person on your list, and set a money amount per person/gift to help budget for Christmas. Useful stats such as money spent so far and total budget and purchased/outstanding gifts are readily available.
Get gifts right, every time! Make and share wish lists in a family group you create for any occasion. Unlike other wish list apps, Giftster makes your whole family’s gift giving experiences more fun and less stressful. With Giftster you can can invite family members to join a private group you create so everyone can view and shop each other’s wish lists all in one place, and mark things purchased to avoid duplicate gifts. Gift status is hidden from the list maker, keeping the surprise.
Elfster is an app that allows you to create wish lists, invite friends, draw names, and exchange gifts. It’s also a fast, fun Secret Santa Generator and gift exchange planner too that’s perfect for any holiday celebration. Simplify your wish list management and gift shopping. Make Secret Santa gift exchanges fun and easy. Easily create and update wish lists anytime, anyplace. Add gifts from your favorite websites, add photo wishes, or shop top stores in your favourite categories. Make gift shopping for the holidays easy with gift lists for everyone you love.
Donate the “rounded up” change from your everyday purchases to a nonprofit changing the world. For example, if you spend $17.60 on an item, you can round it up to $18.00 and donate the $0.40 to the cause of your choice. It may not sound like much but it adds up and helps.
Grocery shopping apps
Choose what you want. Select items from your favorite grocery stores at Instacart.com or in the app. See real-time updates. Personal shoppers pick items with care. Chat as they shop and manage your order. Get your items same-day (in some areas) or at the day/time of your choosing. Instacart comes with a 100% quality guarantee on every order. By trusting Instacart with your shopping, you can are free to do other things (like take ten minutes for your self care).
Cooking/Recipe/Meal Planning Apps
Make your time in the kitchen easier with the NYT Cooking app. Search thousands of New York Times recipes and organize your favourites so you can cook for anyone, anytime. Features include: Recipe Box (to save, organize and personalize your favourite recipes), Always-On App Screen (screen won’t go dark), Advanced Search (find recipes by diet, cuisine, meal type, and more from database of over 20,000 recipes), Grocery List (choose recipes you plan to cook, then organize ingredients into one list), Guides (discover recipes, videos, techniques, and tips for novices and experienced home cooks), and Personalized Recommendations (suggestions based on the recipes you’ve saved). Plus, it comes with the ability to add Recipe Notes where you can get advice from home cooks on ingredient swaps and more, or leave your own tips.
The Manischewitz Company, the leader in Kosher foods, created this great Recipe Guide app. If you are looking for Kosher recipes, this is the app for you. This app gives you instant access to hundreds of delicious Kosher recipes for every holiday and any meal of the day including; Rosh Hashanah, Passover, Shabbat, Shavuot, Chanukah, Thanksgiving, Gluten-Free, Dessert, side dishes, and more! The app includes a collection of hand selected tasty recipes from an assortment of Manischewitz Cook-Off winners and finalists from years past, notable Kosher chefs and cookbook authors, and everyday chefs.
Kiss kitchen stress goodbye with Food Network Kitchen, a new kind of cooking app that works across iOS devices. Make a delicious meal each and every time with step-by-step classes from your favourite Food Network chefs, exclusive recipes and have ingredients delivered straight to your door. Get More Confidence In The Kitchen – brush up on the basics or master a new technique. Choose from thousands of classes taught by your favourite Food Network stars, culinary experts, award-winning chefs, cookbook authors and surprise celebrity guests. Save & Access Recipes Anywhere with more than 80,000 trusted recipes, you’ll never be without a dish to cook. Premium Step-By-Step Video Recipes for when you need to really SEE how it’s made. Video recipes are broken down into segments you can easily watch, rewind and skip to. The app even has Integrated Grocery Delivery where you can have all the ingredients delivered right to your door via Amazon Fresh with a seamless tap of a button. Browse and choose from a selection of Food Network exclusive cooking shows and recipes you won’t find anywhere else.
Love to sing along to Christmas Carols, but can’t always remember all the words? Or simply wish you knew more carols to sing? Then get this handy little Christmas Carol karaoke-style app. Use this app to brush up on your carols or take it door-to-door to bring friends and neighbours Christmas cheer. This app provides hours of family fun as well. So, don’t wait, Christmas is right around the corner and everyone can always use a little extra Christmas spirit! Remember, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear 🎄
These apps should take time from your chore list and move it to your fun list so give them a try. Regardless of how you decide to spend the holidays, these apps will help you eke the most pleasure out of them.
Have you tried any of these holiday apps? If so, how did you like them? Are there others that you use that are not listed? Please let us know in the comments.
It’s never too early to start planning for the holidays. You know we are going to blink and it’s going to be December 24th.