Best Christmas Apps 2017

Perhaps you’re looking for an app to arrange secret Santa? Or maybe you’d love your children to be able to receive a special call from Santa himself? Here are the best Christmas apps so whichever app you’re looking for hopefully you’ll find it here!

Elfster Secret Santa Generator (Elfster, Inc.)

Elfster secret santa app

Elfster is the ultimate Secret Santa App Generator. Effortlessly and electronically let the app draw names without the need for everyone to be in the same room picking names out of a hat, you also don’t have the worry of drawing out your own name and then needing to re-draw.

You can also click here to go direct to the Elfster website to set up your secret santa for the group of people you’re participating with. You set the spend budget and can even create your own wish list to share with others.

The Christmas List (By Erik Eggleston)

The Christmas List app

The Christmas List app is a must have to help you be stress-free and organised this Christmas. This brilliant Christmas app is simple to use and allows you to stick within your budget as you can see if you’re within the present cost you’ve set yourself.

Track your progress

You can easily keep track of your progress within the app by seeing which presents are purchased, wrapped and which gifts you still need to buy.

Set budgets

Keep on top of costs by assigning a budget to each person

Easily add gifts

Just place each gift name on a new line and The Christmas List converts your note into a gift list.

Share lists

Easily share lists amongst others. You can do this via email, message, AirDrop, email and iCloud.

Organised by store

As soon as you choose a store for a present the app remembers and creates a shopping list for everything you intend to purchase from that store allowing you to get everything in one hit when making your purchases.


You can see a quick overview of your shopping progress

Other great features

  • You can print out your lists straight from the app
  • Add password protection to avoid others peeking!
  • Import from your contacts
  • Add photos

ElfYourself by Office Depot, Inc (By Magic Mirror LLC)

elf yourself christmas app

The ElfYourself Christmas app allows you to make personalised videos using photos from your phone. Make funny festive videos to send to your family, friends and work colleagues.

With ElfYourself everyone becomes a dancing elf, each photo replaces the head of an elf. Experiment with a variety of different themes, once you’re happy with the video send it on or upload to your social media for everyone to see. The videos are extremely funny and guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face. Get into the Christmas spirit with ElfYourself!

Message from Santa! (By Net Unlimited)

message from santa app

This brilliant Message from Santa app allows children to have a magical experience this Christmas with a special call from Santa himself!

To receive the call you’ll need to answer some quick questions beforehand, along with what time you would like Santa to ring. Then wait patiently for the call to come in. You can also call Santa’s voicemail to check the weather on the North Pole, find out how many days until Christmas, hear the names of Santa’s reindeer and more! If someone’s misbehaving (or being good!) you can even call up to add someone to the naughty or nice list.

Dr. Seuss Camera – The Grinch Edition (By Oceanhouse Media)

Dr Seuss app

Have fun creating Grinchmas Cards with The Grinch Edition Dr.Seuss app!

Upload images from your photo library where you can then add your face onto or next to Seuss characters and choose from plenty of different cards created from original Dr.Seuss artwork. Personalise however you wish and add your own twist with a range of different borders and colours.

You can then share with family and friends through social media e.g Facebook and Instagram, or simply email or save straight to your device.

PNP 2017 Portable North Pole (By UGroupMedia inc)

North Pole christmas app

The Portable North Pole Christmas app has many great features for adults and children alike. There’s festive activities for children to keep themselves occupied meanwhile the adults can create personalised video messages to spread the joy to family and friends over Christmas time.

Personalised videos

Create personalised festive video messages to send to your loved ones. Click here to go to the Portable North Pole website to make your very own Santa video.

Capture their reaction

Capture that special moment when your child sees Santa.

Naughty or nice?

That moment of anticipation when your child discovers if they are on the naughty or nice list.

A call from Santa

Create a personalised message and Santa will deliver it. Perhaps your child has worked hard and you want them to know they are on Santa’s nice list? What better way of delivering that message than an unforgettable magical call which they will treasure.

Magic Pass

If you download the Magic Pass your child will be able to experience Christmas Bedtime Stories with Santa videos.

Children’s section

There is a child-friendly area within the app which allows them to play games and view their Santa video messages. Rest assured the section for parents is safely locked with a passcode so there is no possibility of lowering any Christmas spirit!

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