Shopping. Cooking. Baking. Planning. Wrapping. Driving. Cleaning. With so much going on during the holidays, it’s like there isn’t enough time in a day to get it all done. And while we can’t add time to your day, we can help make some of these tasks easier. We’ve compiled a list of the top 7 apps to help make this holiday season just a little bit less stressful, and a lot more enjoyable.

Rinse app

Rinse
Laundry? LOL. Of course, you have laundry. Endless. Mountains. Of. Laundry. Some of it clean. But how would you even tell the difference? It was fresh out of the dryer and dumped on your bed, and then thrown off the bed and now in a pile on your floor. Which happens to be next to today’s new pile of dirty laundry. Just don’t even bother this month and do yourself a favor: download Rinse. This dry cleaning and laundry delivery app is your new best friend. Services include dry cleaning, wash & fold, hang dry (hello over the shoulder boulder holders!), leather care, and repairs. They’ll even donate that bag of small onesies you’ve had sitting in your coat closet for months. Pickup and delivery are free of charge, you can personalize your cleaning preferences, and they’re open 7 days a week. What’s not to love?

Cost: free to download

Download: iOS and Android

 

Map My Beauty

Map My Beauty
Holiday office parties? Holiday school parties? Holiday every-night-of-every-weekend parties? So many parties, so little… experience using that war paint that’s been sitting under the bathroom sink since last Christmas. If your version of a smokey eye is neglecting to wash your mascara off before bed and then rolling with it for your family holiday photo shoot the next morning – this app is for you. Intro: Map My Beauty. This how-to makeup app uses your own selfie to help map out what make-up should go where on your very own face. You can choose a number of different looks you’d like to master, like contouring, non-touring, highlighting, smokey eye, etc – which will all be personalized to your face and shape. Map My Beauty can even provide product recommendations that you can purchase in-app (free shipping, too!).

Cost: free to download

Download: iOS

Giftagram app

Giftagram
Looking for the perfect gift for that special someone but can’t seem to find it? There’s an app for that! Take the guesswork out of gift giving with Giftagram. Giftagram allows you purchase and send gifts for any occasion without even needing the recipient’s address. Curated gifts are added to the app weekly. You’ll find gifts from local and international brands that fit any budget, even gifts for the pickiest of people. Giftagram integrates with contacts in your phone, so not only will you nail their Christmas gift this year, but you’ll also be reminded for upcoming birthdays and/or anniversaries.

Bonus: Giftagram has launched a super awesome in-app toy drive. ToysRUs toys can be donated to Toys For Tots in two easy steps. Choose a toy. Click donate. Done. Now that’s getting into the holiday spirit!

Cost: free to download

Download: iOS and Android

 

Instacart app

 

Instacart
Grocery shopping with kids in tow is always an adventure. Grocery shopping in your pajamas while the kids are sleeping, however… so much more productive! Instacart allows users to shop via the app and have groceries delivered in as little as one hour, or scheduled up to a week in advance. Orders can be made from multiple stores at the same time. Reordering previous purchases is easy as pie. Instacarts personal shoppers will hand pick the best produce, meat, and seafood – and if you don’t see something in the app, you can write out a detailed description and 9 times out of 10 they will find it for you! Stores included in the app, but certainly not limited to: Whole Foods, Safeway, Costco, Target (say what?!), Petco, and plenty of local markets within each delivery area.

Cost: free to download;  $5.99 per delivery fee.

Download: iOS and Android

Personal referral: Here’s $10 on me : )

Waze app

Waze

Traffic?! Construction?! Road closed?! Ain’t nobody got time for that! Plug in your destination and let Waze get you there faster. Waze is a community-based directions and navigation app, meaning that real people on real roads that are in real traffic update the app in real time and make it real effective. Users can connect Waze to Facebook and see when other friends and family who are also connected to the app arrive at the destination. Sure does beat being stuck in a group text.

Cost: free to download

Download: iOS and Android

 

Bring Fido

Bring Fido
Flights? Check! Luggage? Check! Dog-friendly accommodations? Buh?! Booking a pet-friendly hotel has never been easier. Bring Fido helps you find hotels that welcome large pets, multiple pets, and hotels that do not charge an extra fee for bringing your fur-baby. The app also includes resources to help you find local attractions like dog parks, trails or beaches. Find local pet-friendly resources like vets, groomers, pet supply stores and even sitters. Hungry? Bring Fido will help you find a pet-friendly restaurant, too. Find help with airline regulations and even international regulations via the app as well.

 

Cost: free to download

Download: iOS

 

Insight Timer

Insight Timer
Sleep deprived thinking of your to-do list? Stressed with work deadlines? Feeling anxious about your in-laws coming to town? Maybe you just need a minute to regroup? Take it, and then some, with Insight Timer. This free meditation app includes over 3,000 guided meditations and 500 meditation tracks, from over 800 meditation teachers. Insight Timer has self-timed meditations that are sorted by types, music, length, talks and more. Whether you’re a seasoned zen guru or you’re literally-willing-to-do-anything – this is the app to help you press reset. It also shares in-depth stats and milestones to help you track your sanity (I mean practice).

Cost: free to download

Download: iOS and Android

What apps are you using to make life easier during the holidays? Tell us in the comments below. We’d love to know!

– Jennifer Yco

all photos courtesy of iTunes Preview