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16 Apps To Help You Survive The Holiday Season
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16 Apps To Help You Survive The Holiday Season

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Updated: 10 January 2017
These fun and functional apps will ensure that you’re ready for whatever the holiday season throws at you. From Amazon for gifts to Pinterest for recipes, these apps will help you take the stress out of your holiday celebrations.

ElfYourself by Office Depot, Inc.

This classic and hilarious app will transform you and your friends into elves dancing along to slightly modified Holiday carols. Download ElfYourself for free to watch to the ’12 Cats of Christmas,’ but you’ll have to pay $5.99 to watch to other songs like ‘Office Party,’ ‘Jingle Pop,’ and ‘Soul.’


The Starbucks app helps you locate coffee shops, pre-order drinks, store your gift cards, and earn loyalty rewards. In other words, this app gets your favorite drink in your hand as fast as possible.


Looking for a new outfit for New Year’s Eve but got a tight budget from holiday gifting? Poshmark users can buy and sell new or gently used brand-name products for prices that are way lower than in stores.


If your inbox is blowing up from Black Friday deals or holiday specials, download the Unroll.Me app. This app sorts through your email subscriptions and allows you to unsubscribe from annoying emails in seconds.

Christmas Countdown

Christmas Countdown allows you to keep track of the weeks, days, hours, seconds, and even heartbeats until Christmas day.


Flipp collects weekly ads from hundreds of local retailers to make shopping for savings that much easier. If you’re planning Thanksgiving dinner or a big holiday brunch, Flipp can also help you plan your grocery list by finding the best deals.

Santa Booth

Santa Booth transforms pictures of your friends into Santa Claus by adding wrinkles, glasses, a beard, and, of course, a Santa hat. The result is a little creepy but definitely good for a laugh.


Epicurious allows you to search for great recipes for classic holiday meals and also find new favorites. Recipes are ranked by other users, so you can be sure that ‘Great Aunt May’s Pecan Pie’ is a winner.


Whether you’re new to Hanukkah celebrations or just need a little refresher, the Menorah app will help you with what to say and do during Hanukkah rituals.


From decorating the house to cookie recipes, Pinterest has become king of the How-to Guides. After creating a Pinterest account, you can save and pin interesting articles, recipes, and guides to your personal electronic boards.

Lose It!

If you’re brave enough to track all the calories you’ll be consuming during the holidays, be sure to check out the Lose It! app. This health app tracks calories, nutrients, and exercises and can help you make healthier choices over the holidays.


How else are you going to show the world how delicious your Thanksgiving dinner is? From pictures in front of the Christmas tree to fireworks at New Year’s, Instagram is your go-to for photo sharing over the holidays.


If you’re a devoted snowboarder or skier, be sure to download iTrailMap. With 3D maps of ski resorts from all over the world, this app helps you pick which mountain to visit and which slope to ride.


The shop for everything is the best place to get holiday gifts for even the hardest people to shop for on your list. With Cyber Monday discounts and the 12 Days of Deals, Amazon ensures that you get the best deal.

REI’s Snow Report

With temperature and snowfall reports for slopes all over the world, REI’s Snow Report app lets you see the best places to find fresh powder.


If you’re still in search of your Tinderella for New Year’s Eve, the dating app that started it all is here to help. Tinder’s easy-to-use app uses your location to find potential dates in your area and even has a Super Like option for when you think you’ve found ‘The One.