11 must-have apps this Christmas

Getting you through Christmas, one app at a time.

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Form managing your gift lists to making the most of this year's festive feasts - we’ve lined up 11 of the top apps to complement your Christmas – many of which are free!

Cards and gifts

1. Red Stamp

Free, Android and iOS

Say goodbye to bulk Christmas card shopping with Red Stamp.

This handy app allows you to personalise your very own Christmas cards with images, text, and an array of templates. You can then post your custom cards, or save money by simply downloading or emailing your festive design. 

 

Red stamp christmas app

2. Christmas Gift List

Free, Android  

Christmas Gift List is the perfect present-planning tool, enabling you to make a list of gift ideas, set budgets and keep track of your purchases and spend for each family member or friend.

Christmas gift list app

3. Not on the High Street

Free, iOS

‘Not on the High Street’ is an online retail market place, bringing together the country’s best small businesses. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, it’s the place to purchase those personal, sentimental, well-thought-out gifts for those closest to you.

The app allows you to search via interest, occasion or department, and boasts many other features to make the process as simple and personal as possible.

Not on the high street app

4. Secret Santa Tombola

Free, iOS

What are the chances of getting lumbered with the one person in your office you barely know for this year’s Secret Santa?

This app is designed to make that process easier. All you need to do is spin the Secret Santa Tombola and it will help you find a gift even they will like.

5. Geek – Smarter Shopping

Free, Android and iOS

Christmas shopping for a tech lover? This one’s for you.

When splashing the cash on the latest gadgets, you want to be sure you’re getting the best deal. And this app will help you find the ultimate gadget gift while benefiting from up to 50-80% off.

6. Deliveries

£3.99, Android and iOS

Online shopping is fast becoming a popular solution to crowded shopping centres and last-minute stressful present hunting. The downside is making sure you’re in for delivery.

But worry no more! This useful app allows you to keep track of all your parcel deliveries, from multiple retailers, in one place. 

Deliveries app

The true Christmas spirit

7. StreetLink

Free, Android and iOS

As wonderful as Christmas can be, unfortunately for some it’s spent in the cold with little else. 

StreetLink’s purpose is to provide a platform for the general public to notify local authorities of rough sleepers, so they can then be helped off the streets. 

Since its launch in December 2012, StreetLink has directly helped more than 15,000 homeless people. 

A must-have app solely for doing good, especially for those living in bustling urban cities.

Festive food

8. M&S

Free, Android and iOS

M&S app

 

Whether you’re an M&S inclined shopper or not, this app certainly has its uses, especially around the festive season.

From helping you complete your Christmas shopping to offering top tips on your Christmas cooking, this app has it all.

For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

9. NORAD Tracks Santa

Free, Android and iOS

This app is as fun and festive as it gets and is designed to track Santa Claus on his way around the globe. 

Teamed with interesting articles on how Christmas is celebrated across the world, it’s a great way to sprinkle the festive spirit across your Android or iPhone.

10. Doodle Jump Christmas Special

Free, Android, iOS

This classic has had a Christmas makeover and is sure to cure any moments of boredom! Jump your way through challenges while doing your best to avoid the Chill Breath Monster through the festive backdrop.

Featuring new challenges and paths, it’s the perfect excuse to hibernate on the sofa for a while. 

Doodle jump

Post-Christmas recovery

11. MyFitnessPal

Free, Android and iOS

Indulging in festive foodie delights is one of the many perks we love about Christmas. 

However, once the excuse of ‘It’s Christmas!’ has worn off, the decorations have come down, and the uneaten Christmas pudding is back in the cupboard, it’s time to get your dietary habits back on track (in other words, no more mince pies for breakfast or chomping through a tin of Quality Streets in one sitting). 

MyFitnessPal is great for monitoring your required calorie intake so you can start the New Year on a healthy note.

12. MoneySuperMarket GO

Free, Android and iOS

The festive season - both before and after the big day itself - is a time when money can be tight, and every saving we make matters a great deal. And it's with great deals in mind that we have developed our own app, MoneySuperMarket GO.

It's the ideal way to identify where and how you could be saving money on your household bills, including car insurance and your energy tariff.

So if you want to get your finances in order from the palm of your hand, download MoneySuperMarket GO today.

By Frankie Sammut

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