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Successfully navigate holiday season with Apps

November 1, 2016
By Kristy MacKaben - For Mirror Moms

It's the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also the busiest, especially for parents of young children. There are parties and decorations, meals and charity events. And, of course, the gifts. The gift lists sometimes seem endless.

Most parents would welcome almost anything to make their lives easier, including relying on the latest mobile apps.

Mirror Moms compiled a list of handy apps to help with life during the holidays. We've covered everything from party planning and gift giving to tracking Santa and getting creative with the good old Elf on the Shelf.

Pro Party Planner

By Zysco

Cost: $4.99

If you're planning a holiday shindig, Pro Party Planner will keep you organized. Track guest responses, party supplies and budget. The app also allows you to create shopping lists and delegate tasks. App users will receive alerts about impending tasks, so nothing is forgotten. Communicate with guests by sending texts or emails through the app.

Santa's Bag: Christmas Gift List

By Clay Pot Software LLC

Cost: Free, but app upgrade is $2.99

Don't forget anyone on your list with Santa's Bag. Manage what people want and check off gifts once they are purchased. Create wish lists and shopping lists, and share with fellow users. Sort by gifts, recipients or store, and track how much you've spent.


By Project Slice

Cost: Free

Akin to a personal shopping assistant, Slice keeps track of purchases, receipts and shipments. The app also alerts users of when they may be eligible for a refund because of price reductions on something they've bought.

Gas Buddy

By GasBuddy Organization Inc.

Cost: Free

There's a chance you'll be traveling at some point over the holidays. GasBuddy helps locate the nearest gas station, and also helps find the cheapest gas. Information is provided by fellow users, who are encouraged to report gas prices wherever they are.

Elf on the Shelf

By the Elf on the Shelf CCA and B LLC


Cost: Free

Elves might need some creative inspiration to surprise their families. This app is full of fun, silly and unique ideas for the Elf on the Shelf. View daily elf photos, as well as instructions for creating memorable Elf on the Shelf experiences.

Santa's Postman

By Infinite Skyz, LLC

Cost: $2.99

Kids will love the story of Kuri, the elf who delivers letter to Santa. Along with listening to the story, kids can send a letter to Santa, play a snowball fight game, listen to Christmas music and track Santa on Christmas Eve.

NORAD Santa Tracker

By VisionBox, Inc

Cost: Free

This is the official app of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, an organization in charge of aerospace control of North America (United States and Canada). The app counts the days until Santa's trip around the world, and tracks his whereabouts on Christmas Eve into Christmas Day.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

By Loud Crow Interactive

Cost: $5.99

Watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is tradition in many homes. This app brings the classic tale to life. Play Schroeder's piano. Finger paint with Charlie Brown and his friends. Go caroling, and find decorations for Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. This app is sure to delight and entertain kids of varying ages.



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