The next weeks are about to get busy. Really busy. That is why we’ve put together this list of apps, 12 total, that can help everyone survive the most
stressful wonderful time of the year.
Too much family time
Nerves wracked and patience waning? These apps will help you take a step back and stay appreciative during stressful moments.
Press pause and reflect on the craziness by writing a short journal entry with Day One. Choose the perfect image and customize with links or music.
Need to clear your head? Try HeadSpace, a meditation app, to help you center your thoughts and focus on what really matters.
Who gets what?
If you have trouble remembering who you still want to buy a gift for or how much is money is left in the budget, these apps are for you.
Forward emails with purchase and tracking numbers to Slice to effortlessly monitor what has been shipped and when.
Save gift ideas for anyone – on any occasion – with GiftPlanner. Further customize by adding a photo, who the gift is for, where it is from and how much it costs. The options are endless.
Going where and when?
These apps will help you manage hotel reservations, travel bookings and flight arrangements.
Find the lowest prices for flights using Skyscanner. Select based on layover details, airline or price.
Forward travel-related emails to WorldMate to create an easy-to-read itinerary. The app updates with real-time information about cancellations, gate assignments and delays. You can even check-in for your flight via the app and sync to your personal calendar.
Keep up in the kitchen (and behind the bar)
Not sure what to bring to a holiday work party? These apps curate recipes of all kinds for formal family affairs, last minute get togethers or extravagant parties.
The Kitchen Stories app comes complete with how-to videos, shopping lists and wine pairings for hundreds of recipes. The app lets you effortlessly adjust the number of servings and convert between measurements.
When it comes to drink recipes, Mixology is a great free resource. Browse through hundreds of cocktail recipes by ingredients, liquor or category.
Stave off boredom with some friendly competition
These apps will get the family interacting and playing together.
A fun and easy game, Heads Up involves guessing the word on the “card,” or smartphone, via clues from other players before time runs out.
PartyDoodles is like Pictionary but you use a tablet or smartphone as your pen and paper. Break up into teams and then try to guess the word based on your friends’ drawings.
Stay healthy and motivated
These apps can help keep you on track when it comes to health and fitness goals.
MyFitnessPal will help you keep track of how many calories you’re eating and how much you can eat to hold your current weight. The app even breaks down the amount of sugar, protein and fat present in the foods you’ve eaten that day.
There are no excuses for not working out with the 7 Minute Workout Challenge app. There is no equipment required and the app lets you choose from a variety of exercises for the minimum 7 minutes. Repeat a few times for circuit training and a higher calorie burn.