Great Apps for the Christmas Season

Whether you are an iOS or Android app developer or builder, or just someone who wants some nice apps for the Christmas season, here are some apps that will bring Christmas cheer and help make the time leading up to Christmas even more fun.

The Christmas List

The Christmas List is an iPhone and iPad app, available for $1.99 at the iStore. Developed by Limbua.com, it is a shopping app that helps you organise your Christmas shopping and make sure that you don’t forget anything, anyone or any bargain.

The Christmas List allows you to make an overall budget and individual limits for each person on your list. You can separate people into groups to track them and you can also track stores and individual gifts. If you find a great present for someone and think others may like it, The Christmas List helps you give that same gift to others on your list.

101 Christmas Cake Ideas

This is a free app for iPhone and iPad. It is a very visual app, with plenty of patterns, templates and tips for decorating your Christmas cake. The app contains reference guides and plenty of great ideas to help you create a unique Christmas cake that will be the highlight of any Christmas party.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

This app is like watching the classic holiday cartoon, but in interactive book form. It is available for both Apple and Android devices. It costs $5.99 on iTunes but only $1.87 on Google Play. For those who aren’t familiar with the story, Charlie Brown is mocked and teased by his friends for his resistance to commercialism, but eventually has a Merry Christmas with those friends—a classic, heart-warming Christmas tale that never grows old.

Christmas Carolizer

This free app is available for both Apple and Android devices. It turns your mobile device into a small, portable karaoke machine that allows you to sing along with Christmas favourites with a twist: they are from the versions performed by contemporary artists such as Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber, as well as classic performers such as Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley.

Christmas Countdown

This free app is available for both Android and Apple devices. It is a kids’ app that turns the days leading up to Christmas into a game. Christmas Countdown incorporates riddles, puzzles and games into the traditional Advent calendar. Every time a riddle, puzzle or game is completed, your child is rewarded with an animated Elven Advent poem.

Christmas Photo Frames

Christmas Photo Frames is $0.99 for iPhone and iPad and free for Android. It allows you to turn your favourite photos into Christmas cards with themed Christmas frames. The app provides plenty of options for customisation, allowing you to make a personalised card for everyone on your list.

Holiday Time Machine

Holiday Time Machine is an app for iPhone and iPad that costs $0.99. It includes more than 2,500 holiday-themed videos dating from 1898 to 2012. There are up to 60 videos for any given year. For example, you can watch Mariah Carey sing “All I Want for Christmas is You” from 1992. And if you want to watch the Virtual Yule Log, you can access it at any time in the upper left hand corner of the screen.

Christmas Music

This free app features 10,000 free Christmas songs and is available for iPhone and iPad. There are multiple versions of most songs, done in different styles.

Christmas Carols Piano

You can learn to play piano by using Christmas carols with this free iPhone and iPad app. There are 12 Christmas carols and 55 total melodies. This app helps kids or adults learn intuitively by playing familiar, easy melodies on the piano.

Christmas Advent Calendar

This Advent calendar has a twist: you get a free, Christmas-themed app every day until Christmas. It is free and available for iPhone and iPad.

Next Year: Your Christmas App

It’s never too early to start thinking about your own iOS or Android Christmas app. Start your creation and development now and have your Christmas app ready to be next year’s Christmas sensation.

So, how does one create and develop a successful app, whether for Christmas or for something you can put on the market sooner? To put it another way, what lesson can an Android or iOS app developer learn from Christmas apps?

The biggest “take” from Christmas apps is to give people something they want or need. You may notice two main approaches here: useful apps which fall into the “need” category and apps that tug on the heartstrings and fall into the “want” category.

Call 1300 650 253 to create your Christmas app.

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