For anyone who’s ever said “I could sure use some help with all my holiday tasks”, your smartphone offers almost all the help you’ll ever need! It’s the perfect tool to help you with everything from finding the perfect gift to finding a moment to relax.
Here are a few smartphone apps that I’ve found to be indispensable holiday companions. You’ll find these available for both Android smartphones, and iPhones. Each of the apps listed here is free to download and start using, though several also offer additional “premium” content with paid subscriptions.
Shopping: Nearly every retailer now offers an app or website that lets you directly shop its merchandise without ever leaving home. With just a few clicks, you can browse, order, pay and have your packages delivered right to your door. Among large retailers, checkout Target or Amazon. Or, for great deals on gently used luxury clothing and accessories, try Tradesy.
Holiday Music: Love to have a seasonal soundtrack? If you’re a holiday music fan, then you need to make sure you have Pandora on your phone. It has so many incredible Christmas music stations, you’re sure to find a sound and style that fit whatever mood you’re in.
Travel: If your loved ones are flying in for the holidays, consider trying the Flight Tracker app to keep tabs on their travel status. You can track their flight from point to point, and know if they’re on-time or delayed. It’s also an amazing way to watch aircraft move all around the world in real-time
Food: The Yumly app is a terrific way to spice up your holiday table with new dishes and flavors. With a database of more than two million recipes, it offers plenty of great ideas along with step-by-step instructions and even helpful videos.
Time for you. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s important to find time for yourself to relax and recharge. I use the guided meditations and helpful tips offered at the Headspace app for a little stress-free “me” time.
Before you dive into the whirl of the holiday season, consider adding one (or all) of these apps to your smartphone. They can help make the season bright, in so many ways!