Top 5 Christmas apps for iPhone and iPad

TiPb checks out the best, most must-have apps to load up on your iPhone or iPad before you head into the Christmas Holidays

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Wondering how you'll get through all the Christmas cooking, cleaning, shopping, and entertaining? Luckily there are lots of iPhone and iPad apps for that. Whether you need to take your turkey (or tofu!) up a notch, get the perfect gift for that special someone, or just survive the relatives festivities, read on for TiPb's top 5 favorite, most recommended, most must-have iPhone and iPad apps to get you through Christmas and into the New Year.

Epicurious Recipes and Shopping List (Universal)

Best Christmas cooking apps for iPhone and iPad: EpicuriousFrom the famed website of the same name Epicurious brings the best in seasonal recipes to your iPhone and iPad year round, but they really give it their all for Christmas. Currently featured categories include Christmas Cookies, Pies and Tarts, Christmas Dinners, Holiday Desserts, Christmas Cocktails, Edible Gifts, Holiday Sides, and Vegetarian Holiday fare. From full time foodies to those who only cook -- and panic about it -- this time of year, Epicurious is our go-to app to get our Christmas cheer started in style. Universal app - download once, use on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. [Free - iTunes link]

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Gift Plan (iPhone)

Top Christmas apps for iPhone: Gift PlanWatching Homer Simpson race out the door, hop into the car, and speed off to the gas station because he forgot to buy that all-important Christmas gift may be funny to watch but it's terrifying when it happens to you. Gift Plan makes sure it never ever does. While it works for birthdays, anniversaries, and pretty much any special occasion, it really shines over Christmas when everyone needs presents all at once. Just enter in who you have to buy for, include all-important metrics like your lady's dress size or boss' hobbies, add ideas as you get them, and then let Gift Plan do the heavy reminder lifting. And hey, if it's too late and you missed a gift this year, whip out Gift Plan and add it in for next year. The app is cheap. Staying off the couch and out of the dog house is priceless. [$1.99 - iTunes link]

Amazon Windowshop (iPad)

Top Christmas apps for iPad: Amazon Window ShopOnce you know what you want to buy, you still need to buy it. Online shopping offers tons of options from the megamarts to the mom and pops but Amazon is the reigning king of great selection, good prices, and fast delivery. With Amazon Windowshop, they've even made it more fun to get your shopping done. It's a completely custom, totally optimized iPad interface and it makes browsing for items a fast, fluid experience. All the usual product categories are there, as are featured items, best sellers, new releases, most wished for, and appropriately for the season -- most gifted. If you're an Amazon Prime member, or don't mind forking over the extra cash for next or second-day delivery, it can even rescue the last-minute shopper in you. [Free - iTunes link]

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  • iTunes Apps for Holiday Shopping [Various - iTunes link]

Scrabble (iPhone/iPad)

Top Christmas apps for iPad - ScrabbleScrabble, the classic word game, is available for both iPhone and iPad, though you have to buy each separately. Each works pretty much as you'd expect -- you can play Scrabble on your iPhone or iPad with them, just the way you've played the board game for years if not generations. But here's where it gets especially great for the holidays: If you have an iPad and an iPhone, or especially if a group of you have iPhones, you can use the iPad as the Scrabble board and each keep your individual letter tiles on your iPhone via the free Scrabble Tile Rack app. Then, where you're ready to play your word, you can flick the tiles from your iPhone to the iPad board. It supports up to 4 friends and/or family members and while gimmicky it's also a great. [$0.99 on sale - iPad iTunes link, iPhone iTunes link] [Free - Tile Rack iTunes link]

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  • iTunes Holiday Apps (Games section) [Various - iTunes link]

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Universal)

Best iPad and iPhone apps for Christmas: How the Grinch Stole Christmas The classic Dr. Seuss book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas comes to both iPhone and iPad in interactive form. It can automatically read to kids, young and old, read but let you control the page turning, or let you read out loud all by yourself. You can also touch the pictures -- all Dr. Seuss originals, of course -- and their name will be written, and spoken out loud. There are a half-dozen or so Dr. Seuss books available in the App Store but this time of year none makes our tiny, cold little hearts grow more sizes than the story of the Grinch. Perfect to either help keep the kids busy or to read together for some quality time over the holidays. Universal app - download once, use on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. [$3.99 - iTunes link]

  • iTunes Holiday Apps (Books section) [Various - iTunes link]

Your top Christmas apps?

So there you have them, our top 5 best iPhone and iPad apps to help you survive Chistmas. Be sure to check out our Picks of the Week and iPhone App and Games Forum and iPad App and Games Forum for more recommendations, and if we missed any of your favorites leave them in the comments below!

Rene Ritchie

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MiguelGomes09 says:

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stephen says:

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Rotem says:

Nice list, realy liked the iPad app!

The Catwoman says:

Of course it's gotta be the Naughty or Nice app. I love to take it to my son's school and put it on NAUGHTY for the little bullies and have them nearly in tears for being so mean to my little boy. hehe. I'm hoping Karma doesn't get me for this! LOL

ernesto says:

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Harry says:

Excellent blog! iPhone and iPad viewers can check out the applications and use them for Christmas activities.

Samuel DenHartog says:

Santa’s Christmas Village (17-in-1) from EnsenaSoft has just been made available on the App Store! This exciting new version of the game, which previously was rated #1 “Best Santa Game” by Apple iTunes in 2009, includes an incredible 17 entertaining and fun games that will get you into the Christmas spirit no matter what the time of year! Santa's Christmas Village's hand drawn computer painted graphics, original seasonal folk music, classic Christmas tunes (over 25 songs included!), and classic original games encourages your entire family to participate in the fun.

reallyMedia says:

Please consider our new game, Holidazed! It was stuck in review for awhile, so we missed most of these featured holiday lists, but it is a fun game. You play as an elf that fell out of Santa's sleigh and have to jump from roof to roof collecting gifts.
We just were awarded the Corona Game of the Week. Check it out. Thanks!

Nikkitaasha says:

Punflay has released 3 new apps for Christmas- 12 days to Christmas, Jerricho the Elf and My Story Time! Gift it to the little ones at home! Happy holidays!

Weets says:

The list ist awesome. I have an addition.
SoundFlavors. You can play christmas songs without knowledge and its fun.

FunGum says:

There is also one more Christmas App released recently - CuteShot.
You can make Christmas postcards and share them with your friends via email, twitter or facebook.

Christmas light says:

Celebrate the Christmas with new enchanting iPhone app – light up your holiday.
Merry Christmas,

Lee says:

New iphone app for Christmas - My Xmas Cards.
Using the app you can create personalized cards featuring your photo.
The special feature about the app is that it enables you to order real flat cards from your iphone.
It's really simple and useful.
The cards are of great quality and will bring happiness to their receivers.
I would love it if you would add the app to your list!
Download link :
About us:

Lee says:

New iphone app for Christmas - My Xmas Cards.
Using the app you can create personalized cards featuring your photo.
The special feature about the app is that it enables you to order real flat cards from your iphone.
It's really simple and useful.
The cards are of great quality and will bring happiness to their receivers.
I would love it if you would add the app to your list!
Download link :
About us:

James says:

Check out Letters for Santa on iPad

Rev Cate Irvine says:

New Christmas app - iPrintPaper Xmas Wrap.
Prints 16 different wrapping papers from your iPhone.

Lily says:

Letters for Santa! A new christmas story from the app store, full of lovely surprises. It will keep your child entertained for hours. It’s a fun and interactive app, which allows your child to write a letter to Santa and get an instant response straight from the North Pole. Worth every penny!

Vitzu says:

Holiday season is here and it's time to send cards so....customize your photos with original Christmas icons!!
Christmas e-cards is available in AppStore!

JT says:

ChristmasBook from Med ART Studios is awesome! ChristmasBook is an iPhone app that allows the whole family to take photos, write comments and record memories and then print a real coffee table book in soft or hard cover. The app is FREE!

Akshay says:

pretty good list, i liked Amazons window shop :) But why is is missing here? peopel just try out this android and iphone app its awesome for festive shopping, best thing is that you also get instant coupons!

Invincible Frog says:

Great list, I'll add (advertise :D) our app - Letter To Santa. Its unique features (not found in other similar apps) make it very useful for the whole family. You can get it here:
Merry Christmas everyone

Sunhongshuai says:

Instead of writing letter to "Santa" who is located far far away, people and their children may find it interestin­g to build up a beautiful Christmas tree with iPad/iPhon­e. Here is a free App, simple and sweet:http://itu­­com/cn/app­/make-a-xt­ree/id4830­89635?l=en­&mt=8

Brad says:

I really like the fun, and very funny, card creation app called Send My Santa. It lets you tun pictures into custom Christmas cards. It is free, check it out here:

Santa Claus says:

Cool list! If you want a fun & festive colorful app that can help kids learn colors and numbers check out "Light Up The Tree!" or "Light Up The Tree! Free!"
It's also fun for all ages, especially if you like Christmas & the holiday season. This game is filled with holiday joy!
Full version: ­­-the-tree!/id482715448?ls=1&mt=8
Free version: ­­-the-tree!-free!/id484984418?ls=1&m­t=8
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays everyone!

free stuff without surveys says:

Hey thanks for the android apps. Definetely Camera 360 rocks!

zenox says:

My kids love Christmas Countdown ( I can't get my phone back from them.

William Inzori says:

My favorite is XmasTouch for iphone and ipad. It's great for making funny Christmas cards with pictures from your phone. Over 50 real like objects to change your photos. Kids love it!