’Tis the season for shopping, huge feasts, family reunions, and plans with the mates. Surviving these caloric and financial excesses tends to be a complicated task, but even still, the latest technology can help ease the process if you know how to use it in your favor. Sticking to a budget, preparing a great meal, or finding the best gifts can all be possible with just a swipe on your phone’s screen.

It’s around this time each year that the race to find the best gifts reaches fever pitch and causes more than one headache, whether because you don’t have any good gift ideas or because your ideas are bigger than your budget. To solve these problems you can always browse the broad catalogues of online shops, where you’ll find big discounts or huge promotions across entire product lines.

Amazon

Amazon is always a brilliant resource when it comes to finding what you’re looking for. Its enormous catalogue usually satisfies the most concrete tastes and although the prices always depend on each seller you can still usually find good discounts on prices here compared to in physical stores.

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Groupon

With this tool you won’t access a catalogue of products but rather a series of offers and discounts focused on particular cities. In this way, you can find everything from discounts to the best restaurant in your city to coupons for couples massages and Turkish baths. Any such offer could be an appealing Christmas gift.

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On the other hand, another big issue that often arises at Christmastime, once you’ve already found all your gifts, involves the Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and/or New Year’s Day dinners… the celebrations can seem never-ending, unlike your list of menu ideas. To offer your guests a spread worthy of these occasions you don’t have to be an amazing cook—you just have to follow to the T all the instructions on your favorite cooking app.

Recipe Search

Thousands of recipes for all tastes at a single click. Regardless of your guests’ culinary preferences, you can surprise them with the most elaborate dishes even without being cooking experts.

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This app gives you a list of ingredients and the steps to follow, with detailed explanations and photos for each recipe, as well as the cooking times and any other info needed to prepare the perfect dish. If even with all the instructions on hand you can’t manage to figure something out, there’s always the option to view the explanatory videos. You’ll be the perfect host.

My Diet Coach

The perfect tool for losing those pounds you’ve gained over the big meals that you’ve savored over the festive season. My Diet Coach prepares a calorie plan for you based on your age, weight, and height, and helps encourage you to stick with your daily exercise.

Includes rewards to achieve goals that will help you stay on track with your diet. Complete your daily nutrition log and you’ll definitely manage to survive Christmas with the best gifts, perfect meals and your goals achieved.

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