Apps are a fun way to make life a little easier, and they can be super entertaining too. And there are lots of new, super cool apps out there that can do just that. So, why not gift your best friend, favourite uncle, or little brother a bit of ease, entertainment, or both?! Here are some cool apps to give as gifts this holiday season. —Jennifer Cox
For the astronomy buff: SkyView is an Augmented Reality app that lets you see everything in the sky as well as into space. Find stars or constellations, including names and backstories, as well as planets and satellites, day or night. It’s also super user-friendly.
For the green thumb: Planta is an app that helps you care for plants. It has features such as Smart Care Reminders so once you enter your plants into the app, you will get notified when it’s time to water, fertilize, mist, clean (yes, it’s a thing) and repot. You will also find step-by- step guides, identification help, a light meter, and more.
For the person who is mindful of their wellbeing: the app Calm is the number-one app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation. This app can help manage stress, balance moods, improve sleep quality, and refocus your attention. It has everything from guided meditation and soundscapes to breathwork and stretching exercises.
For the Christmas lover: the ElfYourself app will help your family or friend’s inner elf come to life! Upload your favourite photos and watch as the app transforms them into dancing elves who take part in the most hilarious choreographed dances. Then you can share your custom-created music videos. They’ve helped create more than two billion elves.
For the Hollywood lover: there’s the Celebrity Cameo app, where you can get personalized videos from your favourite celebrities. Whether you’re giving one or receiving a personalized video, you can choose from hundreds of Hollywood A-listers like actors, musicians, and more. Plus, you can stay up-to-date with your favourite personalities and get access to exclusive feed content, promotions, and price drops.