The 12 holiday apps of Christmas

Holiday apps can help save you moneyWhen you think about it, the holidays can be a demanding time; lists to make, gifts to buy, road trips to plan, not to mention family meals to organize. Why not let technology lend a helping hand? We created this list of handy holiday apps designed to do the hard work for you.

Making a list?

Evernote
iOS7, Android, free

Get yourself organized with this free, easy to use productivity app that lets you save notes, photos, to-do-lists, and voice reminders that sync across devices, including desktop. You can also set alerts, so when you make a list, you won’t have to check it twice. Hugely popular, Evernote has over 10 million downloads on the Google Play Store.

Let your phone save you money

RetailMeNot Coupons
iOS7, Android, free

The best thing about this coupon app from RetailMeNot is that you don’t need to remember to print or cut out those coupons. Simply search for the store you’re looking for, and if there’s a coupon deal available, you can show your phone at the checkout. Simple!

Or shop from the comfort of your phone

Gifti
iOS7, free

Struggling for gift inspiration? Or maybe you’re worried you might get another horrible sweater this year? Gifti is here to help. Make wish lists, browse categories, even take photos in store of that gift you keep hinting about. Then share your list and follow friends to see their wishes. Helpful if you’re really stuck for an idea, especially if you’re a last minute shopper.

Etsy
iOS7, Android, free

Etsy brings small businesses to the small screen in your hands. A worldwide marketplace, Etsy allows customers to buy unique products, with 17 million items from 800,000 sellers. If you like the idea of buying handmade products, the chances are you’ll find something to love here.

Add a personal touch

Zazzle
iOS7, free
Show your creative side with Zazzle, the app that lets you customize and design unique gifts for pretty much anyone, right from your phone. From personalized t-shirts to pet photo ornaments, the chances are you’ll find something, with that added personal touch, that would make a great, thoughtful gift.

Avoid traffic on your journey

Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic
iOS7, Android, free

The community based mapping, traffic, and navigation app, Waze brings drivers together to help beat traffic. The app works by collecting traffic and road data while you’re driving, providing alerts along your commute. The app also helps you find cheap gas stations through community shared information, so you might even save a few dollars too!

See also: Scout GPS Navigation & Traffic (iOS7 and Android, Free)

A feast of recipes at your finger tips

Yummly
iOS7, Free

Yummly lives up to its delicious sounding name by providing users with a search engine for recipes, pulling together sites such as AllRecipies and Food52 and food blogs such as Serious Eats. Hosting picky eaters or foodies? Not a problem, the app has helpful filters that let you search for recipes based on things such as holiday, diet, or allergies. Then you can save and organize your favorites in one place. The best thing about the app is that it learns about your tastes and makes recommendations for you.

A holiday tradition

The Nutcracker – by Timbuktu
iOS7, $1.99

Recommended for children aged 6 and over, the app is a fully animated storybook of the classic ballet by Tchaikovsky. Colorful images capture the imagination and bring to life the story to a new audience.

For when you need a distraction

Shatoetry
Android free, iOS7 $0.99
Finally, the official app from William Shatner has arrived. Shatoetry lets you arrange pre-recorded words in to sentences that Shatner ‘performs’ for you. This app will let you boldly go where no app has gone before.

Elf Yourself
iOS7, Android, free
No holiday app list would be complete without Elf Yourself, the app that lets you turn you and your friends in to dancing elves. As much a holiday classic as tacky lights!

To work off those holiday calories

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker – myfitnesspal.com
iOS7, Android, free

With a database of over 3 million foods, according to Google Play Store, this app from MyFitnessPal.com helps you count calories, plan exercises, connect with friends, and set goals to track your progress.

And finally, for free gifts for your phone

12 days of gifts
iOS7, free

Becoming something of a holiday tradition for iPhone users, this app from iTunes makes one gift free to download for 24 hours, such as songs, apps and books, from December 26 to January 6. Be sure to claim your free gift.

What are your favorite holiday apps?

Did we miss any? Let us know over on our Facebook page. Happy holidays from Elephant.

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