You can forget about that ugly Christmas sweat shoved in the back of your wardrobe. Same goes for the Santa hat and reindeer-themed socks buried in your drawers. When it comes to the holidays, your biggest accessory is the pair of rose colored glasses you sport year after year.
Don’t worry — you aren’t alone. We all tend to romanticize the season with visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads.
Harkening back to the Christmases of yore, our nostalgia for the holidays is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it gets us excited for a season spent sipping mulled wine, nibbling on gingerbread, and watching the classics from our favorite spot on the couch.
On the other hand, it pulls the wool over our eyes and leaves us totally blindsided by reality when all those Christmas chores pile up.Between decorating, cooking, entertaining, shopping, budgeting, playing Santa, travelling, and your usual 9–5, you barely get any time for yourself.
We’ll let you in on a little secret. It doesn’t have to be this way. With a little planning and your trusty iPhone in your hands, you can tick everything and everyone off your list with enough time left over to catch The Man Who Invented Christmas with your kids, snuggle up by the fire with a spiced egg nog, and stock up on carbs in preparation for the big day.
But why the iPhone? You don’t need the iPhone 8’s updated iOS and improved Siri to make it work for you. Even the iPhone 6 —the latest generation to reach the end of its upgrade cycle—can help you get on top of your holiday prep this year. It’s a tool as an important as the mixer for your shortbread or the ladle for your gravy.
In fact, as your personal shopper, budget analyst, administrative assistant, calendar, and recipe book, it’s the most important gizmo in your entire holiday arsenal. Apologies to your trusty ladle, but the true MVP is your smartphone — if you equip it with the right apps and accessories to help you get through the season.
So let’s get started and see what your iPhone 6 needs to be the ultimate holiday device.
Secret Santa Tombola
Nothing screams uncomfortable obligation like the office’s yearly Secret Santa. If you’re fed up with the added pressure of finding a gift for a co-worker, leave it to the Secret Santa Tombola app. It’s a built-in personal shopper that suggests the ideal present without any work on your part. It’s also a handy app to have in case your shopping for someone who’s hard to buy for, as it’ll point you towards a thoughtful gift for anyone on your list.
It’s the weekend, the shopping mall is crawling with people, and, after hours of browsing the shelves, you’ve finally found that perfect gift. There’s just two problems: there’s no price tag and the line to the cashier has already hit double-digits. Sound familiar?
With Quick Scan on your 6, you won’t have to choose between standing in line or putting the gift back on the shelf. It uses your camera to scan the barcode of any item to tell you its cost. While it’s at it, it shares the price at nearby stores and online, so you can hunt down a deal this holiday.
The Christmas Gift List
The Christmas Gift List is an all-in-one app that will revolutionize the way you approach the season. It’s an organizational tool that lets you keep track of the people on your list, with 14 distinct filters to visualize and arrange this inventory according to ideas, gift progress, available retailers, and more. TCGL also helps you keep to a budget that employs special analytics to limit overspending on gifts.
iPhone 6 Skins
You know well enough not to use TCGL when you drive to and from shopping trips, but the temptation to scroll through your list as you navigate the malls is another story. The malls during the month of December aren’t pretty, and your fellow shoppers turn rabid once they get the scent of a deal. It’s a perilous risk that can end up with a cracked screen.
You won’t be able to tell for certain if that well-placed elbow was on purpose or by accident, but you can prevent it from damaging your smartphone with a grip-enhancing iPhone skin. On your search for the best iPhone 6 skins, remember that material counts. The 3M vinyl in dbrand skins add significant traction to any device it covers, making it an ideal shopping accessory when things get rough.
Overwhelmed and overworked is no way to celebrate the holidays. Make a new Christmas tradition with your iPhone. Use the above apps and accessories to organize the holidays perfectly, so you can free up some time to enjoy them with your family. Open a new tab and start adding these apps and accessories sooner rather than later, and let us know which ones make it ones turn out to be your favorite.