Is there anything else Christmassy to download to your iPhone beside a background image and a ringtone? I’ve been browsing through the App Store that claims to have an app for every occasion, and thought to myself “Wait, is there an app for Christmas?”.
Spoiler alert: there is, and not just one. This post is an overview of the best holiday season-inspired apps that I managed to find on the iOS app store. Take a look at these ten cheerful apps I found. No doubt they will add some Christmas magic to your mobile experience.
Having trouble with holiday budgeting? This app can help you with your struggle. Christmas Planner is meant to make holiday gift shopping easy and fun. The app lets you set up your gift budget, divide it by person, add gift info with picture, quantity, recipients, price, store, and status. Sorting the gifts by store, you will be able to get everything you need with a one-time visit so that you will save a lot of time. You can add notes to every gift as well. The app lets you track gift lists by store, by status (need to buy, purchased, wrapped, done), and note your gift ideas. You can archive your gift lists from previous years in the app as well.
Christmas Planner is a simple app that makes your Christmas gift shopping organized and under control. There is also a Christmas countdown that reminds you how much time for holiday shopping you still have. The free version has ads to it; nevertheless, it’s good for trying the app out. If you enjoy using it, you can get an ad-free version for under $1.
This app has cute juicy design, well-chosen cheerful Christmasy music and a bunch of awesome features. It is developed using Unity, which means that its performance is smooth and consistent. There are lite (free) and full ($4.99) versions of the app. You can use this app to track Santa’s location on the globe, or even have a video call with Santa, reaching him in his Snow Pole residence. There’s also a cheerful Christmas countdown.
One of the coolest things in this app is a Naughty or Nice Scanner. You can set it up in the Parent Control section so that it always shows “nice” or “naughty” or set it to random. Set up your child’s profile to start a video call with Santa. You can include a child’s name, hobbies, and a lot more. Next, set up the reason for the call. When you see the guy playing Santa, you will be amazed at how well he plays the part. You can record the calls to capture your child’s reaction.
Besides Santa video calls and Nice/Naughty scanner, the app has other cool features like North Pole News, Santa’s List, Beardifier (a feature that puts a beard on photos), an Elfifier, a joke generator, Elfbook (the elf Facebook), and much more.
Don’t have time to search for holiday spirit wallpapers on Pinterest? Just get Christmas Wallpapers & Backgrounds, and you’re fine for the season. The app has a wide choice of beautiful Christmas wallpapers, all in high resolution. Get the app so that your phone adds to your festive mood all season long. Whether you are looking for nature, Christmas tree or art, it’s all there.
Santa’s Bag is an award-winning app that has been recommended by The New York Times, USA Today, Forbes Magazine, Buzzfeed.com, and a lot of other top resources.
This app promises to revolutionize the Christmas experience of its users, and it stands up to its word. Santa’s Bag has a Christmas countdown on the main screen to remind you how much time you have before Christmas. You can set up your gift budget, record purchased and planned gifts and their budget. You can make a list of your family and friends (manually or import from contacts), add present ideas, notes, links and tags for each gift. The app also lets you search for gifts from partner vendors. Don’t be scared to be exposed – there is a screenlock passcode with a FaceID option in the app. Your ideas are safe!
Christmas Tale HD is a beautiful digital book for your kids. This Christmas-themed story is bright, sweet and cheerful. You can enjoy it with your whole family. There are such sections of the app as Storybook (interactive Christmas stories that come to life as you read them), Placement Puzzle, Peekaboo (search for a hidden item), Paint (coloring pictures), and Maze (help Santa to deliver the presents). This app also includes a countdown to Christmas and a wish list that you can fill in with your present ideas and share it with friends.
The HD graphics and excellent sound effects in this interactive multimedia book will fascinate your kids. This app lets the whole family enjoy the story of Santa and the elves in a new way. The free version of the app doesn’t let you use some of its features and has ads. You can purchase an ad-free full version of the app for $5,99.
Add some Christmas magic to your photos with the help of this fun photo editor. You will find over five dozens of photo frames, effects, and filters on this app. Creating personalized Christmas cards has never been so easy before! To create a holiday card, you need to choose a template you wish to apply, choose a photo from your gallery or take a new one with the camera, and add the text of your choice. It’s that easy!
Xmas photo editor lets you add some holiday spirit to your pictures. You can save them to your gallery or share to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from the app directly. Some of the most fun features of the app allow you to add a Santa hat or an Elf Hat to your pictures. Wonderful snow effects will make your pictures more festive.
The free version of the app has ads, so if you like using it, you can switch to a PRO version to get rid of them. As a bonus, you will gain access to a bunch of beautiful PRO effects.
Christmas Countdown (2018) is a fun and simple way of counting the days till Christmas. The app has a fun snowy countdown and lets you choose one of the eight holiday-themed backgrounds, and listen to classical Christmas music.
The app has an advent calendar that lets you open a gift every day of December. The gifts are HD holiday-inspired images that can be set as your wallpaper.
A cool thing about this particular app is that it has no adds in the free version. If you like it, you can upgrade to Pro to obtain a countdown widget for your home screen. There are also more backgrounds, music and countdown styles in the premium version.
It was my top 7 of Christmas-inspired apps. Do you use any holiday-themed app? Is there one you’d like to use but cannot find? Let me know in the comments.