With the festive season just around the corner, at Saxons, we can’t wait to get out the tinsel, put up some sparkling Christmas lights and hear all those festive tunes come back on the radio!
Although Christmas is perfect for spending time with family and friends, it can also become a stressful time. You’ll put up all the decorations, run around the shops to find the perfect presents and worry about whether your turkey is big enough for the whole family.
So we’ve pulled together some of our favourite apps, which will help make sure you stay on top of everything at Christmas this year. There is an app for everything, so whether you want help with your Christmas shopping, cooking advice, or tips on hosting the perfect party, these apps are just for you:
Send the perfect Christmas cards
Name: Inkly Cards
If you don’t have time to rush to the shops, choose your Christmas cards and then rush to the post office before the last Christmas send, use Inkly Cards. This is a handy app that lets you create your own personalised Christmas cards. You can use one of the 1,300 designs provided and even upload your own photos. Plus, to make it more personal, you can handwrite the inside via your phone or tablet. Once you’re done, it will be posted for a small fee.
Mix the perfect cocktail
Name: Mixology Drink and Cocktail Recipes
Try something different and make the perfect drink this Christmas. There are lots to choose from with around 8,000 recipes. You can even tell the app what ingredients you have, so it can find something that you can make. Give it a go, whether you’re looking for a new tipple on Christmas day or something for your New Year’s Eve bash with friends!
Cook the best turkey dinner
If you love cooking or want some inspiration, give the Cook app a try. Cook allows you to browse through recipes to help you make that perfect dish. For those with their own recipes and like experimenting in the kitchen, create your own fully customisable cook book. It’s easy to use and you can even share your recipes with your friends and family. This Australian app had 500,000 downloads in just 3 weeks, so take a look for yourself!
Know your Pinot Grigio from your Chardonnay!
Name: Hello Vino
With food, comes wine. So, if you like your wine, but you’re not sure what one to choose, or what will go with a certain dish, Hello Vino is the app for you. It’s like having your very own, personal sommelier. It has an excellent database of wines and even has label image recognition. If you select your food dish, it will provide you with pairing suggestions. You can even save your favourite wines to remember them for next time, as well as marking one’s that you didn’t like. Or why not use it to find the perfect wine as a gift for your dinner party host at your next gathering?
Find the best deals for gifts
Christmas can get expensive, from buying cards, presents, food, drinks… Therefore this price comparison app is perfect for saving you money. Use it for high street stores and also online, to make sure you don’t miss out on any bargains. It’s easy to use and you can easily search and filter products to find just what you’re looking for, at the best prices.
Start a list and get organised
Make sure you don’t forget anything for Christmas day with this handy shopping list app called Scan2List. It is specifically for Australian shoppers and lets you create shopping lists, quickly and easily. Simply scan barcodes of items to add them to a list which you can refer to later. This is perfect for your grocery shopping, but can also be used for anything, from recipes, to present lists and much more. Download it now and get the satisfaction of being able to check off your items, as you complete each task in the lead up to Christmas.
Throw the perfect party
Name: Pro Party Planner
At Christmas it’s fun to let your hair down and get together with friends and family. Throwing a party though can involve lots of organising. Pro Party Planner can give you some great Christmas party ideas, helping you with everything, taking the stress out of it. You can use it for setting your guest list, managing replies, keeping track of your budget, creating checklists and arranging your schedule.
Find thoughtful gift ideas
Name: Thoughtful gift finder
If you’re struggling for ideas on what to get your loved ones at Christmas, use this thoughtful gift finder app. You can import your friends from Facebook, or manually add then. Present ideas are then pulled through from notonthehighstreet.com where you can either buy the gifts via the app, or pin them against your friend, as a reminder for later. The app allows you to filter the results easily, to help you get some great ideas. If you’re looking for more gift ideas, don’t forget to download the Amazon and Groupon apps too! You never know, your friends and family may have Amazon wish-lists which are the perfect place to start getting ideas!
Start your countdown
Name: Sleeps to Christmas Lite
Are you excited about Christmas being just around the corner? We are! Therefore, on our top 10 list is this countdown app so you can know exactly how many sleeps it is until Christmas Day. If you’ve got lots to get done before the big day, then it’s a handy tool to have, so you know just how much time you’ve got left to get everything organised.
Most importantly, have some fun!
Your time at Christmas shouldn’t just be filled with cooking and wrapping presents. You should make sure you relax and have fun too! We love this Elfyourself app. Simply download it and add pictures of your friends, family or colleagues (during your lunch hour) to see the results. It will definitely make you laugh!
We hope you find these apps useful and they help you to enjoy the festive season without the worry. With all the time you can save, you may even have some spare to sit back, relax and treat yourself to a glass of mulled wine in front of a crackling fire, to really get you in the festive spirit.
There are many more apps available to try. Do you have any other festive apps that you enjoy using? We would love to hear about them. Let us know on Twitter – @SaxonsIT
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