You can avoid being overwhelmed by all the preparations for the holiday season by using these best holiday apps
For many of us, the upcoming holiday season is one of the very best times of the year. It’s a chance to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends, enjoy everything that Christmas brings, and then celebrate by ringing in the New Year and looking ahead to what it may bring. While it’s certainly a time for great merriment and being content with the ones you most love, it’s also a time when there can be so much to do that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things that need doing.
From Thanksgiving feasting and the grocery shopping involved, inviting folk over, Black Friday sales, thinking of gift ideas, buying Christmas gifts, making travel plans, decorating the house, keeping the kids amused as they wait for the arrival of Santa, and maybe planning a New Year’s Eve party, just thinking of it all is enough to bring us out in cold sweat! However, these days there are plenty of Android apps around that will help you to approach the holiday season with less trepidation, so you can spend more time enjoying the celebrations and less time worrying.
The Google Play Store is awash with Android apps for the holiday season, and as the winter is fast approaching it’s not too early to check some out to see what they have to offer. We’ve spent a reasonable amount of time looking at the myriad of apps available to produce our selection of the best apps for holiday season to get things done. Downloading and installing any or indeed all of these best free android apps will help you to be able to chill out a little and know that you’re ready for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year.
11 best holiday apps
1. SHOPULAR: COUPONS, WEEKLY ADS & CASH BACK COUPONS
Some people love the hustle and bustle of stores during the holiday season while others prefer to shop at home using their smartphone or tablet. Either way, the sheer amount of shopping can seem like a mammoth task, so one thing that can ease the pain is getting a bargain. Whether you’re shopping for gifts, for your home, or simply to treat yourself, Shopular is a hugely popular app that will help you to get the best deals. The app will provide you with coupons and weekly ads from well-known stores including Walgreens, Macy’s, Target, and Kohl’s, and covers more than a thousand US malls.
If you want to shop online, there’s an opportunity to earn 25% cash back, or if you want to go out to shop at the stores, the app will automatically appear on arrival at the mall and show the best deals and coupons as you shop. The coupons don’t need to be printed out as they are redeemed directly from your phone, and the app has an easy-to-navigate interface. This is one of our favorite shopping apps, and it’s really well worth using during the holiday season or all year round.
2. CHRISTMAS CRAFT IDEAS
This is a fairly basic app, but it’s useful as it includes ideas for Christmas decorations, gifts, and cards. Better still, it will help you to keep kids amused and entertained, as many of the activities are suitable for children to attempt. The various craft projects require the use of basic materials such as paper, pens, pencils, paints, paper plates, and cartons, and the finished results can be used to decorate your home for the holiday season. Examples include various Santa crafts, tree decorations, and festive hats.
3. FOOD NETWORK IN THE KITCHEN
This is a great food app featuring recipes from your Food Network favorites. It provides recently aired recipes as well as those airing right now, and there are likely to be plenty of holiday season recipes to interest you over the coming weeks and months. There are over 70,000 recipes, and you can search for specific recipes, by course, or by the chef, or simply browse the many great ideas available. You’ll find the basics such as a Thanksgiving roast turkey dinner, cookies, and sweet potato recipes, as well as some great dessert dishes, festive cocktails, and much more.
You can share recipes with others or save them for your own collection, and this Food Network app also helps with your grocery shopping list as recipe ingredients can be saved ready for when you shop. The recipes are clear and easy to follow, although it should be noted that the video recipes are only available to view in the U.S.
4. CHRISTMAS GIFT LIST
One of our biggest headaches every Christmas is keeping track of gifts we’ve already purchased, are yet to buy, who we’re giving too, and what to get. This app really helps out in this respect as it enables you to enter who you want to buy for, how much you want to spend on each person, mark it once you have the gift, and mark it yet again once it’s wrapped and ready to give! You can also send a Christmas list via Twitter, Evernote, email, and more, and personalize each entry with a note, picture, or links for gift ideas.
It’s easy to overspend during the holiday season so using this app will help you to set a budget and keep track of what you’ve spent already, with the stats page also showing details such as gifts left to buy, left to wrap, and days to Christmas. As well as all this, you can protect your Xmas list with a password so if a member of your family or a friend is trying to snoop and see what you’ve got them; they won’t be able to find out. A really useful feature of this app is that it automatically archives your list on New Year’s Day each year, carrying over the people on your current list.
5. ANY.DO: TO-DO-LIST, CALENDARS, REMINDERS & PLANNER
This app has a very high user rating of 4.5/5 stars on the Google Play Store. If you feel like your brain is getting saturated trying to remember everything you still have to get done, then Any.Do could be the right app for you. It’s a general productivity app with a clean, uncluttered interface that will help to make your life a whole lot easier at this time of year. It features a daily planner, to-do-list, reminders, and a calendar, so is extremely useful whether you’re trying to remember to pick up laundry, clean out those cupboards that some family members insist on looking in, borrow that large roasting dish from Mom, shine your champagne glasses, or simply want a reminder to pick up Uncle Chuck at the airport.
The latest update to the app added the option to create an event, useful if you’re planning a party or perhaps New Year fireworks, and the app also includes a widget for the home screen of your device, so it’s easy to see those reminders and things you have left to do.
6. KAYAK – FLIGHTS, HOTELS & CARS
For many of us when we think of Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year, we associate it with trying to get home for Christmas or perhaps having people to stay. The KAYAK app is a great all-around travel app that will assist you in making your holiday season travel plans go smoothly. It gives information and deals on flights, hotels, and rental cars with easy, secure, and convenient booking. One of the best aspects of this travel app is the additional information it provides such as security wait times (so you need to know whether to leave early for the airport), terminal maps, and flight status updates so you know just when that special someone is arriving.
7. GREETINGS CARDS ALL OCCASIONS
If you want to send a Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year card to friends and family, you don’t need to limit yourself to a greetings card app that’s purely for the holiday season. This app contains cards for just about every occasion, so even when the holiday season is well, and truly over, you’ll still be able to use it on numerous occasions including Halloween, 4th of July, Valentine’s Day and a whole lot more. You simply search for the occasion you require, select a card from the huge selection offered, personalize it with a name and message, and then share it across social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and Whatsapp. An additional nice touch is the ability to search for quotes or famous people to find relevant content to share.
8. DIY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS IDEA
This is a very appealing app although unlike the craft app we mentioned previously, this one is aimed more at crafts and decorations for adults to make (although the kids might like to help). There are some beautiful ideas to decorate your home for the holidays, and the fact that they are homemade with love and care make them even more special. Of course, you can also save money on expensive in-store decorations, which is a big bonus! There are plenty of decorations in this app with step-by-step instructions, and just a few examples are Christmas tree decorations, home décor, Santa Claus, candles, bells, snowflakes, snowmen, and reindeer.
9. CHRISTMAS SONGS & MUSIC
As this is a compilation of best apps for holiday season to get things done, this Christmas songs app might not be an obvious choice. However, we felt that listening to Christmas music while you’re working your way through all the tasks involved in the holiday season, might get you in the festive spirit and help to make things more enjoyable. There’s something about Christmas music that really makes us cheerful, and the songs in this app can be set as ringtones and assigned to different contacts, set as alarms and message tones, and more. Just a few of the music choices available are Jingle Bells, Away in a Manger, Sleigh Bells, Joy to the World, and Silent Night.
10. NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN
So you’ve made it through Thanksgiving and Christmas, and there are just the New Year festivities to look forward to. It’s time to count down the days to the end of the current year and anticipate everything that lies ahead, and this New Year countdown app will help you do just that. This live wallpaper app can be set to show the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until the New Year, so if you’re throwing a party and want to coordinate the New Year countdown, this is a good option. We associate fireworks with this special occasion and the scenes feature plenty of lights and sparkles.
The app has been updated for 2018, and if you want even more, you can choose to upgrade to the premium version priced at £0.99. Additional features with the premium offering include more theme colors, new shapes, exclusive camera scenes and more.
11. MAGIC PIANO
Cheer up with holiday spirit! Fill your house with classic Christmas music. Magic Piano will let you to play free holiday songs as well as timeless classics. While sitting with family ask everyone to play songs and see who can do it perfectly. This could be a whole lot fun in family get together.
Any or all of these apps should help you to get ready for the holiday season, and on top of all the necessary preparations. After all, this is supposed to be a time of year to relax among the company of those closest to you, not running yourself into the ground getting increasingly frazzled as the season progresses. As well as practical apps that will help with the shopping, planning, decorating, and shopping, there are also apps that you can sit down and share with the kids and get all the family involved. If you have enjoyed our ideas for the best apps for holiday season, let us know which you found most useful or alternatively recommend one that we haven’t include in our top choices.