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Mini meme: Get organised for Christmas!

On the first day of Christmas / My true love sent to me / Apps to help plan successfully

With Christmas mere days away, it’s not too late to turn to the world of apps for help getting your Yuletide off to a slick start.

We’ve picked out eight excellent apps – all free – that you can download right now.

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1. Evernote


The main problem with organising Christmas is forgetting ALL OF THE THINGS – or remembering some of them and then forgetting where you put your lists. Just bung it all in Evernote – to-dos, gift lists, inspirational recipe cards and decorations – tag everything, put your feet up and have a mince pie.

Platforms: Android, Blackberry, iOS, Windows Phone Price: From £free

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Download Evernote

2. Amazon


We’re fairly certain Amazon will be the only shop in existence by about 2040, and the app shows why: so many things at such low prices, all at your fingertips. It’s perfect for the sofa shopper or for those last-minute impulse pressies – assuming you splash out a bit for next-day delivery.

Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone Price: £free

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Download Amazon

3. Yummly


Unless you’re going a bit minimal with Christmas dinner (and, sorry, but Turkey Twizzlers and chips will not cut it), you need recipes. Yummly has all of them, and you can make collections and build shopping lists. (Android users must make do with the website, or rivals Allrecipes and BigOven.)

Platforms: iOS Price: £free

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Download Yummly

4. Google Maps

Google Maps

If you’re travelling for Christmas, turning up three hours late for dinner because you went the wrong way up the M1 won’t win you a crack at the wishbone. Use Google Maps to plan your journey (and its length) and if you’re going somewhere without much reception, save the local map for offline use.

Platforms: Android, iOS Price: £free

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Download Google Maps

5. BBC Weather

BBC Weather

In the UK at least, the weather’s as likely to be grey and mild on Christmas Day as attempting to turn your garden into an ice rink and blow the cat over next door’s fence. The BBC Weather app’s great for forecasts and weather warnings that are as clear as day, even if you’ve had the odd sherry or ten.

Platforms: Android, iOS Price: £free

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Download BBC Weather

6. Moonpig


It’s always the same: the cards are done and dusted, at the mercy of Royal Mail, but you’ve forgotten one. You could go out again, but instead stay in, use Moonpig to send a personalised card from the oddly svelte mobile selection, and spend the evening perfecting your Slade impersonation.

Platforms: Android, iOS Price: £free

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Download Moonpig for iOS and Android

7. Christmas Radio

Christmas Radio

Whenever a bunch of people get together, everyone’s varied and personal taste in music is most likely to make them come to blows. So set fire to Spotify for the day and go truly festive with Christmas Radio, playing only music from stations that have Santa, sleigh bells, carols and snowmen on the brain.

Platforms: Android, iOS Price: £free

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Download Christmas Radio

8. Humming Timing

Humming Timer

Since this timer only goes up to a second under two hours, Humming Timing’s no good for your turkey, but it’s great for timing veggies and the like; instead of an alarm blaring when something’s ready, it uses tracks from your music library. Spuds ready when American Pie is done? Confusing but tasty!

Platforms: iOS Price: £free

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Download Humming Timing

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