THE BLOG
11/30/2014 12:06 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

5 Must-Have Apps for the Holidays

The holidays are here! It's time to experience eggnog, mistletoe, and some cool apps. Whether it's the horrors of shopping or the bumper-to-bumper interstate traffic, you may feel stressed at the end of the day.

Moreover, it's very unlikely that you will disconnect from the world. Your smartphone will be surgically attached to your hand while you hang decorations.

To help you cope, the market is flooded with apps to create your own survival kit. From essential health to travel tools, here are five apps that will bring you joy for the holidays.

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1. OurCam

Smartphones give us an opportunity to share photos through instant messaging and social networks, but it still takes a lot of effort to share a large number of photos. OurCam saves the day. This app makes sharing photos with family and friends seamless.

First, create a private group with your phone contacts. Then, take pictures! The photos will instantly be sent to the group. You can also chat in the private group. Stop everyone from nagging you for holiday photos. Install OurCam and trust your family received them automatically.

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2. MyFitnessPal

Glazed ham, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie can add a few extra pounds around your waistline. Stay healthy this holiday season with MyFitnessPal. This mobile app and website gives you the tools to track your eating and exercise habits.

MyFitnessPal offers a large food database--more than 4 million different items! Track both cardio and strength training, including sets and repetitions. You also can connect with your friends to stay inspired.

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3. TripCase

Travel planning isn't easy. Don't get bogged down by all your itineraries. Instead, try TripCase. This app puts your flight, hotel, car rental, and dinner reservations and confirmation emails in one central location.

You can check layover times, alternative flight options, seating charts, and the weather. You also have the option to add and edit items in your itinerary. Plus, share your travel plans with family members.

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4. Santa's Bag

Who's receiving this gift? It can be overwhelming to manage a long shopping list. Santa's Bag keeps track of the gifts you bought and which ones are left to purchase. The ability to add the recipient's photo to the list personalizes the shopping experience.

Don't worry about curious eyes; Santa's Bag also allows you to set a passcode to lock entry. More importantly, the app lets you set budgets and ensures you don't forget anyone on your list.

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5. Shop for Kids

Find the right gift for your son, niece, or cousin. Shop for Kids is a must for busy adults. The mobile app lets you search and browse for games, toys, and even electronics. If you are skeptical about a product while shopping, just scan the barcode and watch expert video reviews.

Are you undecided about a particular item? Just bookmark the product. You also can receive price drop notifications and get real-time online price comparisons.

Reduce your stress levels with one of the above apps. You deserve some holiday bliss.

Images courtesy of the iTunes Store.