PadGadget Essentials: This Week’s Must Have Holiday Apps and Tips

This week on PadGadget, we covered a range of topics that will help you with your holiday shopping and planning, from apps that keep track of all of your holiday presents to apps that will help you find the best deals out there.

We’re a week into December, so it’s time to start shopping, baking, and prepping for the holidays. Before you start, make sure to take a look at this week’s essentials for must have apps that will make the holidays less stressful and a lot more fun.

We kicked off the week with a list of apps that will help you keep track of your gift lists for friends and family. These apps, like mGifts, keep track of what you’ve bought, what you still need to buy, and how much you’ve spent. If you have a hard time staying organized when it comes to gift giving, try one of these handy apps.

Do you want to save some money this holiday season? If so, you won’t want to miss our list of couponing apps, which offer daily and weekly deals on a wide range of must have Christmas items. Don’t miss Lory’s review of the best bar code readers in the App Store either, because scanning bar codes in stores can be the best way to get great deals.

With all that money you save, consider making a donation to a worthy cause with instead. Lory walks you through the steps in this review.

You’ll want to get in the holiday spirit with Jillian’s list of the best winter themed apps for the iPad, and you won’t want to miss her review of Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift, which is a free holiday-themed version of the popular Cut the Rope app.

Lory has some tips on achieving a stress free Christmas, which includes an app that will help you send out e-Christmas cards and a party planning app that will help you take care of all the little details of your holiday party.

Speaking of holiday parties, I found some of the best apps that will help you find and book the perfect restaurant to host your party. Forget having that party at home – if you host your party at a restaurant, there’s someone else to do the cooking, serving, and clean up.

If you do end up cooking this year, check out Food 52, which Emily reviewed. It’s full of fantastic holiday recipes. Need a great dessert? Jenni says Appetites’ Easy as Pie is a great choice for you bakers.

Want a free pass on holiday shopping? Just check out Catalog Spree, which I reviewed. It’s a great way to find the perfect gift for everyone from the comfort of your couch.

Looking for something fun for the kids to do, without shelling out any cash? Emily made a helpful list of free Christmas apps for kids, which includes gems like Toca Hair Salon – Christmas.

Make sure to stay tuned to PadGadget next week for even more great holiday apps!

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