Padgadget Essentials: This Week’s Apps and Accessories for Holiday planning

Oh, boy. The holidays have begun. Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? What about baking cookies for this year’s office party? Do you know what music you’ll be playing at your gift exchange? Do you need help getting into the Christmas spirit? Did you eat too much on Thanksgiving and can’t fit into your snowman sweater anymore? We’ve got apps and accessories to help you make it through the season of giving with minimal damage.

First off, we told you about great deals on apps that went on sale on Cyber Monday. Some of those apps are still on sale, so be sure to check on their status. Of course, no Cyber Monday would be complete without drastic price slashes on iPad accessories.

If you need help finding the right cookie recipes to wow your in-laws at this year’s cookie exchange, we found a few baking apps and accessories to make them think you befriended Martha Stewart.

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the cooks in the house. What better way to say “Happy Holidays” than with a home-cooked meal. We made a list of some of our favorite cooking apps and accessories, too.

With all the cooking and baking you’ll be doing this year, don’t forget about entertainment. Music is just as important to a good holiday party as having enough chairs. We have some tips for how to rock your holiday party in style with your iPad.

Are you still trying to figure out what to get your hubby this year? We have a list of apps that will make your holiday shopping a breeze. If you are thinking about getting your loved one an iPad mini for Christmas, Juli has some advice that may help you decide.

Maybe we’re jumping the gun here. Maybe you aren’t quite ready to start thinking about shopping and cooking and holiday parties just yet. If you need some help getting in the mood for Christmas, check out our list of top iPad Christmas games, as well as great Christmas apps for kids.

You’ll probably need to start sending out your holiday greeting cards soon. We have a list of apps that will make you the talk of the town with your awesome hand-made Christmas cards made on your iPad.

If you are still trying to work off that calorie-heavy Thanksgiving dinner before having to do it all again for Christmas, check out our review of Workout Trainer for the iPad.

With all these apps and accessories to help you, this year might finally be the year that the holidays don’t turn you into a blubbering pile of mush.

About Lory: Writer of all things app related, traveler of the space-time continuum, baker of really great cookies. Follow me @appaholik