As the holiday season is approaching it can be full of magical moments, memorable experiences, but also a degree of stress and anxiety. If you’re looking to get ahead and stay on top of everything this season, you’re in luck, there are so many amazing iPad apps to help you plan and prepare with ease, leaving you with lots of time for hot chocolate, looking at the holiday lights, and just enjoying the season.
Here are 5 iPad apps to help you out this holiday season.
Gifster is an easy way to keep track of your wish lists and gifts you’re buying for friends, family, or colleagues. You’ll love that you’re able to add gifts from any store. There is even a Secret Santa feature for those of you that do a yearly Secret Santa exchange at work or with family. Plus, with Giftster you can keep both your own wish lists and Secret Santa in one app. We all love a one-stop-shop.
The holiday season is already busy enough without having to fight traffic and holiday crowds at the grocery store. Using Instacart on your iPad from the comfort of your couch is one way to save time, allowing you to either pick up or even have your food delivered straight to your door. Also, if you have family over and everyone needs something different, you can just pass your iPad around the room, allowing each person to add what they need.
One of the things that we don’t often talk about with the holidays is how expensive this time of the year can be from Thanksgiving to Christmas or Hanukkah, and the New Year. It’s important to start saving and planning before December hits to make sure that you can cover all of your expenses. Using a personal finance app like Mint can help you to stay on track and to know exactly where your money is going.
Headspace is an amazing meditation app! I’ve been using it for years and continue to use it every single day. There are even meditations starting at one minute! When a stressful moment arises, as it inevitably will, pulling out your iPad for a quick guided meditation can be the calm in your day that you desperately need! Try it out and see what you think. Then, if you love it as much as I do, you might even want to gift it to someone this year.
For the holiday season, Etsy will become your new best friend. Whether you’re looking for winter decor for your house or the perfect handmade gift for each of your family members, Etsy has you covered. Using Etsy is a great way to support small business owners and also allows you to buy gifts that are unique and perfectly suited to each person in your life. You’ll also love that so many items can be customized, allowing you to add that personal touch that your friends and family members will love! You might even find a few things to add to your own wish list.
Remember that the essence of the holiday season is all about spending time with the people you love. While it’s great to find the perfect gifts and have a beautifully decorated home, you also need to allow time for rest and rejuvenation. I find that one of the best ways to stay relaxed is to have a solid plan in place and to plan ahead. Try using a digital to-do list or digital planner and think about the month or so ahead. Plan your days, and make space for your most important tasks.