There aren't many days left out of the 12 days of Christmas right about now, so we figured it's time to round up our ideas for 10 Android and iOS apps that can help you with the shopping, cooking, mixing, travelling, and straight-up celebratory part of the most wonderful holiday! Hopefully, you've conducted yourself properly throughout the year and Santa will bring you the exact smartphone, or tablet, or whatever is it that you've yearned for the most! No matter whether you're 3, 33, or 93, nothing beats the joy of receiving a wonderful gift from the people closest to you.
By the way, we've been doing our Christmas apps roundups for a while at PhoneArena, so when you're thorough with this one, be sure to check out our lists from 2013
- those actually hold up really well, and might even bring some wonderful memories back. Are you in the mood yet?
10 Christmas apps for Android and iOS
10 Christmas apps for Android and iOS
1. Quicket (Android & iOS) is for your travel needs
With its latest update, Quicket lets you plan your journey home all the way down to the movies you'll be watching on the flight! In addition to reviewing the movie selection for an upcoming trip, the app lets you check in on LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, and Facebook as well as use an on-board seat advizor for 250+ airlines with 1300+ aircraft seat maps, and scan your boarding pass.
You can see who else is on your plane with the social check-in feature, see the status of your flight, gate number or time of departure/arrival, and use an interactive airport map to get to the gate faster.
2. Selfit (iOS) is for mixed reality Santa selfies
Just in time for the holiday, the new version of Selfit comes with a Santa Claus animation that can turn any ol' selfie into an animated Santa, complete with Christmas music and snowfall. Santa can even be personalized by mixing and matching props, accessories, or backgrounds. In addition to St. Nick, there's a large variety of “props” such as virtual characters, animations, and live effects to spruce up your selfie. They are designed to move in accordance to the user’s motions and facial expressions.
Selfit is a free app and is optimized for iOS 6, or above devices.Download
3. Santa's Bag (iOS) is an awesome Christmas gift list
Santa's Bag for iOS is a gift list app that enables you to import recipients, set budgets, plan gifts, create wishlists & shopping lists, track progress, share - and more, if you really need more, that is. The app is designed to make sure you don't forget anyone or anything. It even has a countdown clock! That should take some of the edge off Christmas shopping!Download
4. Gyft (Android & iOS) is for keeping a mobile gift card wallet
Gyft is a mobile gift card app to easily upload, buy, send, and redeem gift cards in stores or online. It can also keep track of gift card balances and send friends and family gift cards.
You can choose among gift cards from hundreds of retailers like iTunes, Target, The Home Depot®, CVS Pharmacy, Kohl’s, Gilt, Sephora, Zappos, and many more. With every purchase, you’ll earn Points that you can use towards discounts on future gift card purchases.
With Gyft, you can upload all your plastic gift cards, store your gift card information securely with passcode protection, back up your cards automatically in the cloud and store them safely. If you lose your phone - just restore them. And since its Christmas time, feel free to send cards to your friends and family via Facebook, email or text. They can contain a personalized gift message or video.
5. Christmas Live Wallpaper is for lighting up your Android homescreen
Here's a dazzling Christmas live wallpaper to put on your device's screen! It has a sparkling Christmas tree, a Christmas and New Year's countdown, a range of color schemes with a color cycling mode, camera angels, snowfall amount and speed adjustments, 3D fireworks, and performance options . It's a very complete and pretty wallpaper, if slightly kitschy - like everything else Christmas, really.Download
6. Christmas HD Icon Pack is for xmas-styling your favorite Android launcher
This is a really nice Christmas icon pack that's compatible with many popular launchers, such as Apex, Nova, ADW, Holo, Go, and Action. It also includes over 1900 icons in 1080p, 300+ colorful icons, 70+ icons, 78 cloud wallpapers, widgets, and other holiday themed stuff.Download
7. Official NORAD Santa Tracker app (Android & iOS) is for stalking Santa
The NORAD Tracks Santa App is the official mobile app of the NORAD Tracks Santa program. Watch the days countdown to Santa's flight, follow Santa's progress on December 24, play "Thin Ice" to help Santa's elves deliver presents, and learn about NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) and its mission. By the way, said program began on December 24, 1955, when a Sears department store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper which told children that they could telephone Santa Claus and included a number for them to call. However, the telephone number printed was misprinted and calls instead came through to Colorado Springs' Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center. Colonel Harry Shoup, who was on duty that night, told his staff to give all children who called in a "current location" for Santa Claus. A tradition began which continued when the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) replaced CONAD in 1958. Such an terrific story!
8. SNOWidget (iOS) is for getting snow inside your notifications drawer
Want a neat, simple app that makes it snow inside your iOS notifications pull-down menu? Great, you have it now. Simply install it on your iDevice, and snowlakes will start raining on your notifications. Download
9. Food Network In the Kitchen (Android & iOS) for more Christmas turkey
Food Network fan? You probably have this app already, but if you don't, then you could find a great source of recipes in it. There are thousand of recipes, videos, and photos from FN chefs and shows, there's searching by chef or ingredient, and a regularly updated seasonal collection of meals. The built-in grocery list, multiple cooking timers, and unit converter will be most handy during the Christmas shopping that precedes the cooking rush.
10. Top Shelf Drinks helps you handle the Christmas bar
In the dark on what drinks to get and mix for the Christmas and New Year's party? Get Top Shelf Drinks and you'll be pouring drinks like a pro. There are more quality recipes than you can handle, ranging from classics to present day flavors. Everything is organized in categories, and the liquor cabinet section lets you dial in the spirits you have around and come up with possible recipes. Still feeling indecisive? You can have Top Shelf choose random drinks for you. By the way, the app is totally ofline, and there are no ads to get in the way of your cocktail spinning. This one's on us.