At this time of year, life can get hectic. From shopping for the perfect gifts to planning family get-togethers, attending holiday parties to preparing dinners and holiday food, October through January can easily become overwhelming. This year, try out some of these helpful apps to help you take control, but also let loose and have some fun.
Warning: this app is seriously addicting. If you’ve ever wanted to star in your own music video, here’s your chance. With Triller, easily create music videos to share with friends and family with countless music, filter, and speed options. It’s super simple to operate. Just pick your perfect song, pick a few filters, shoot a few takes, and Triller edits them together for you to share with friends and family. This is app is endless fun. Plus, you and your family and friends will have a blast creating your own memorable music videos that celebrate your own holiday traditions.
Take your GIFs and eCards to the next level by starring in them yourself. With endless options full of hilarious eCards, funny GIFs, and popular music videos, JibJab is going to help you up your messaging game. Just snap a selfie and then choose one of the hundreds of GIFs, eCards, and music videos to star in and never send a plain ol’ boring birthday message ever again. (Quick heads up: the iPhone version of this app seems to have more fun features and options than the Android version.)
If you love learning, discovering new facts, and improving your knowledge, Curiosity may just be your new favorite app.
“At Curiosity, we believe knowledge is power. So we’ve made it easy to increase your knowledge discovery in a way that fits your busy lifestyle. Whether you’re a history buff, science nerd, art history fanatic, or teacher looking for math quizzes – you’ll discover facts that leave you wanting more.”
Updated with five facts for you every day, you can explore topics that interest you, find short-form articles packed with fast facts, watch educational videos, and share your favorite facts with friends and family. Curiosity makes it easy to quickly learn new things every day, any time you want.
4. Happy Couple
Holidays can easily get overwhelming. With a million things on your “To-Do” list, holidays can put strain on any relationship. That’s where Happy Couple comes in. Reconnect with your partner and have fun doing it. Answer questions that will help you strengthen your bond and get helpful tips to create a powerful connection and open communication between you and your loved one.
Get the best route, every day, with real–time help from other drivers.
One of the most stressful part of the holidays is getting around from place to place. You somehow have to be in twelve different places during the day and, of course, there’s a few mysterious road closures that seemingly popped up out of nowhere. That’s where Waze comes in. Get the fastest route from A to B while avoiding traffic and road closures. Updated by other users in real time, you’ll always have a heads up, meaning this winter, you may be actually able to stick to your schedule.
Fall and winter can already make it extra difficult to keep your health goals in track. Add holiday goodies and tasty treats in the mix, and it can be impossible. That’s where Lark comes to the rescue. Formatted like a text message, Lark takes data from your other health apps and assists you with your own personal health coach. The app can track eating habits, encourage you to get more activity in your day, alert you to unhealthy sleep patterns, and encourage other healthy habits when it thinks you need it. This app will help keep you on track.
You already know that it’s important to take some time for yourself to unwind and relax, but do you actually do it? It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and neglect our personal well-being. That’s where Headspace comes in. This app is “meditation made simple.” Already used by celebrities like Emma Watson, this app is a life changer. With guided meditations to help “improve your focus, exercise mindful awareness, relieve anxiety and reduce stress” and a way to track your progress to stay motivated and recover from mini meltdowns, this app makes it easy for everyone take care of their mental health.
This time of year, your “to-do” list is endless and you have a million things to do, yet, you keep getting distracted. Stay productive this year with Pomodrone. Pomodrone features a simple, customizable timer to help you keep your focus on one activity at a time and reminds you to take breaks when you need them.
“By combining relatively short periods of uninterrupted and focused work with frequent breaks you can maximize the amount of time you remain focused and your overall productivity.”
9. Grid Diary
This time of year seems to fly by fast. One second you’re celebrating Halloween and the next it’s New Year’s Day. Remember all of those precious memories you created with Grid Diary. Unlike most diary apps, Grid Diary gives you question prompts to help you keep track of your days. Questions like “What are you grateful for?,” “What are three good things about today?,” and “What did you get done today?” assist you in writing down things you may have otherwise easily forgotten. Plus, the questions are easy to customize, allowing you to write about what you think is important and easily track your progress through the year.
Shopswell has finally released an app just in time for the holidays. No more stressing for weeks about finding the perfect gift. Create and share gift guides and wishlists, get help from the community to find the perfect present, and discover gift ideas you may not have considered. Your holiday shopping just got a whole lot easier.