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From entertaining the kids to turning the ‘to-do list’ into a ‘done list’, we’ve hunted down the top apps to help you beat festive frazzle
The Perfect Christmas Dinner
Free on iOS
If you’re a calamity in the kitchen (*raises hand*), you’ll like this app. Under the guidance of professional chef tutors at uber-posh Ashburton Cookery School & Chefs Academy, you can conjure up a feast that would have Nigella salivating. With more than 25 video recipes, from the crispiest roast potatoes to delicious drinks, this app is a step-by-step guide (with all-important timings) to the ultimate Yuletide party. And no need to faff with admin; there are planned menus, a shopping-list tool and canapé inspiration, so you can focus on being the hostess with the mostest.
Christmas Story For Kids: The Elf Adventure
Free on Android; 99p on iOS
Forget choc-filled Advent calendars – the countdown to Christmas has gone digital. This kids’ calendar (also on Amazon, 79p) has a mini-game behind every door, and each day reveals a new chapter of the story. The aim? To help the elves save Christmas. Little ones will be so engrossed, they’re less likely to get under your feet. Mum-win!
Free on Android and iOS
Need thoughtful gift ideas? Use the Boots app to customise and print photos from your phone (on to canvases, posters and cards), then pick up your pressies in as little as an hour with the Same Day Collect service†. You can manage your NHS and private prescriptions online via the app, too – ideal if you’re likely to be away from home. Plus, if you’re going on a long-haul trip (lucky you) and need to arrange vaccinations, you can book an appointment with the Travel Vaccinations and Health Advice Service†† via the app. And don’t forget to add your Advantage Card to generate offers just for you. Gift to self? Yes, please.
Relax & Rest
£1.55 on Android; £1.99 on iOS
Christmas isn’t all ecstatic mince pie consumption – it can be a time of total mental burnout. Download this app and you’ll find guided meditation sessions of varying lengths, even if you have only five minutes to spare. The sleep programme is heralded as a ‘must-have’ to help those who struggle to switch off. All guides are set to a soundtrack of soothing ocean, rain or stream sounds. Beats listening to Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas on repeat, eh?
Free on Android and iOS
It’s official: delegation is the key to a happy Christmas. Enter this award-winning app, which allows you to create and share lists – the food shop, who you have to buy gifts for, etc – with other people (*cough* your partner and kids). Everyone can then tick off tasks as soon as they’ve completed them. Handy, right? And get this: you can even set location-based reminders. So no forgetting to look out for our amazing weekly offers next time you’re in Boots.
Prices on third-party sites are correct at the time of going to print. †Available in selected stores. ††Selected stores only; service suitable for ages five years and over; subject to specially trained pharmacist and stock availability; eligibility criteria and charges apply.
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