We all need a little help now and then, especially when it comes to the holidays. As much as we want to get into the Christmas spirit, sometimes it eludes us as we spread ourselves ever so thin with all the to-do lists.
Not to worry! The following apps will not only help you stay organised but will give you some great ideas and will add a sprinkling of magic this holiday season.
Let’s take a look at the best Christmas apps for kids and parents to get you into a festive mood.
The Best Christmas Apps for Organisation and Festive Fun
Developed by Gold Coast couple (former NRL player Kirk Reynoldson and his wife Kate Morgan) Eggy streamlines Christmas shopping, helping families stay on budget, store receipts, and can even be used to set reminders for when sales are about to end, reducing over-spending and last minute panic buying.
You can also synch calendars through the app and share them with family members, so everyone knows what’s happening (and where they need to be + what to bring!), and create to-do lists and meal plans, keeping everyone on the same page. Eggy is great for pretty much any day of the week but especially handy through the festive season when things are extra chaotic. For Apple and Android.
This two-way gift registry is a lifesaver this holiday season and beyond! With this wish list maker, you can create groups with family and friends and view each other’s lists anytime while keeping track of items to avoid duplicates. No more messaging individually to ask what they’d like or repeating yourself when asked what you’d like.
3. Christmas Gift List Tracker
What better way to keep your Christmas shopping organised than with a Christmas Gift List Tracker? This handy app not only features a Christmas countdown to keep you on track, but it allows to you create gift lists, a budget, and input purchases so you can keep your overall spending in check.
4. Scout Elf Ideas
I will be the first one to tell you how much I love it when our little Elf on the Shelf visits our home every December 1st. I think I look forward to it as much as my little guy.
But I will also be the first to admit that finding new and clever things to do with Elfie, as my son named him, can be quite challenging, especially when you’re burnt out from Christmas shopping and the endless holiday to-dos.
This app offers photos and inspiration for some magical mischief. Ideas can range from simple to complex and even come with instructions and materials so parents can choose what they can handle on any given day. Plus, it’ll send you a daily reminder so you don’t forget to move the little rascal! For Apple and Android.
5. NORAD Tracks Santa
Keep the magic of the season alive by tracking Santa with this handy app. NORAD has been keeping an eye on Santa as he delivers toys around the world since 1955.
Starting December 1st, children big and small can play games, listen to music, and watch movies as they count down to Santa’s departure from the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Track Santa in his up-to-the-minute progress as his reindeer take him from the South Pacific to New Zealand, and Australia as he begins his journey. For Apple and Android.
6. Santa Tracker
If you’re looking for a simpler way to track Santa during his travels, then this Santa app is for you.
This customisable, animated app has a Christmas countdown and allows them to see what the jolly man himself is up to leading up to the big day and track him as he makes his way around the world on Christmas Eve, letting your little one know how long until he’ll be on their rooftop. For Apple and Android.
7. PNP – Portable North Pole
With over 20 million downloads around the world, it is no surprise that the Portable North Pole Christmas app is one of the best for a personalised video message for your kiddo from Santa himself.
Simply upload your little one’s photo and some information, such as their name and age to get a special message tailored just for them.
8. Elf Yourself
Start a new holiday tradition by ‘Elfing Yourself’ and your entire family for personalized videos as you become hilarious dancing elves.
You can add up to five faces and select a dance to create your video. Then share on social media or send as a message for a festive and fun holiday greeting. Your little ones are sure to have a blast with this one! For Apple and Android.
9. I Caught Santa (Catch a Character)
Is there anything more magical than catching Santa in your home delivering presents or eating one of the cookies you left out for him? Nope, I don’t think so!
This app allows you to superimpose jolly old Saint Nick onto any photo, including the inside of your home for magical proof. Your little one can even get an ‘official’ letter from Santa thanking them for the milk and cookies!
10. Naughty or Nice Scanner
This Christmas app will scan your little ones and let them know if they’ve been ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’ so far.
You can leave it up to fate (random) or change the settings to always produce ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’. Have some fun with it as they improve their behaviour as the big day gets closer! For Apple.
We hope you enjoy getting into the holiday spirit with these fun and helpful Christmas apps!
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