We’re living in a tech-enhanced world, and that can be a good thing, a great thing and, well, something that causes stress and anxiety. But when it comes to the holiday season, we can all use a helping hand, and that’s where tech can be super-helpful. Whether we need to keep the kids occupied, or we need help making a list and checking it twice, there are some incredible apps out there that help with every holiday obstacle. And the best part is, eight out of 10 of these are 100 per cent free! (The two you pay for are just too good to not tell you about.) So, do yourselves a favour, and calm the storm that is the holiday season with a little help from these apps:
10 amazing apps every family needs to survive the holiday season
Celebrations Around the WorldWant the holidays to be a season of learning? This app will take your children around the world, and it will teach the little ones how other parts celebrate Christmas. And it's visually captivating, too.
Free, available at the Apple app store. Christmas Around the World
Red LaserMaking a list? Well, every time you see something you're planning to buy for someone, scan with RedLaser. It not only will save your gift ideas, but it'll find lower prices at shops close to you.
Free, available at Google Play for Android and the app store for iPhone and iPad. Red Laser
Santa's BagInput names of people you are buying gifts for, and assign a budget for each. When you buy something, put in the value. It's an easy way to keep track, and stay on budget.
Free, available at the app store for iPhone and iPad.Santa's Bag
Christmas List SnowballSanta's Bag isn't available for Android devices yet, but Christmas List Snowball is just as good at keeping you on budget. And the app's style is very festive, so you're really not missing out on anything at all.
Free, available at Google Play for Android devices. Christmas List Snowball
NORAD Santa TrackerKids and parents alike can play "Thin Ice," a game where you help Santa's elves. And of course, you can track Santa's progress on Christmas Eve, too!
Free, available at Google Play for Android and the app store for iPhone and iPad. NORAD
Google Santa TrackerPlay some games with elves wearing jet packs, and then follow Santa's progress. It's a lot of fun to keep a watchful eye on the man in the big red suit.
Free, available at Google Play for Android. Google
A Charlie Brown ChristmasThis is a totally immersive experience, and if your kids don't know this story, this is the way to share it. You can even play Schroeder's piano!
$4.99, available at Google Play for Android and the app store for iPhone and iPad. A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dora's Christmas Carol AdventureThrough some fun and games, and a little help from Santa, kids will learn about the holidays in a bright, colourful and interactive way. This app is also the number-one rated educational game for kids in over 15 countries.
$3.49 at the app store for iPhone and iPadDora's Christmas Carol Adventure
Christmas TaleWant something with a bit more story? This interactive Christmas storybook has been downloaded over 1.3 million times. So, people really like reading this baby.
Free, available at Google Play for Android and the app store for iPhone and iPad.Christmas Tale
Chanukah GuideWant to educate your kids about other holiday traditions? This Chanukah Guide is packed full of easy-to-digest information, whether you're Jewish or not.
Free, available at Google Play for Android and the app store for iPhone and iPad. Chanukah Guide