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Appy Christmas! Best apps to help you through the festive season

We now use our smartphones for almost everything: settling arguments in the pub, checking football scores, even meeting new people.

And with Christmas only a matter of days away now, it’s time employ that useful gadget for all your festive needs.

Here is our pick of the best smartphone apps to give you that festive feeling, and help you out with your Christmas dilemmas.

Christmas Wrapped app

Still stuck on what to get your loved ones for Christmas? It can be a tricky business. Luckily, we have the Christmas Wrapped app.

Simply enter your budget and the age and gender of the person you’re buying for, then marvel as the app returns up to 250 gift suggestions.

Once you have made a decision, simply click through the app to buy the gift straight away. The Christmas Wrapped app is available for £1.19, or free if you opt for the Lite version.

Lifecards app

There will come a time when we will live in a paperless world. If you simply can’t wait for humanity to evolve to that stage, use the Lifecards app to send out an e-version of your Christmas card.

Choose from over 33 templates, personalise the text and add up to four of your own photos. Then use the app to send the cards via email. Available for £1.49.

Santa’s Sleigh Bell Christmas app

We love this app: so simple yet so perfectly charming. Turn your phone into a festive factory by shaking it to produce the sound of sleigh bells. How clever is that? Perfect for carol singing or just making Christmas day a little more special. Available for free.

Santa’s Christmas Village app

For all the gamers out there, this is just one of plenty gaming apps putting a Christmas twist on classic games. Santa’s Christmas Village offers 13 classic games, from solitaire to minesweeper, all with a lovely festive feel. Available for 69p.

Better Christmas List app

If you are a bit unorganised at the best of times, Christmas planning is most likely not your strong point. Are you buying presents for friends, family, and work colleagues? This app lets you sort your gift list into an organised, easy-to-manage system.

You can track everyone you need to buy for, and keep a running tally of how much you’ve spent. You can also password protect it to stop anyone find out your gifts ideas. Available for 69p.