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With presents to buy, guests to entertain and a massive lunch to cook, Christmas is a busy old time, and so anything that makes the season less stressful is more than welcome. That's where technology can help. From tasty Christmas recipies and gift ideas to Christmas TV scheduling and festive tales to tell round the fire, we've rounded up the most useful apps to help you navigate the festive season with ease. Download them today...

Best for Christmas Gift Inspiration

Christmas Wrapped, £1.19 (or free for the Lite version)

An excellent app if you’re feeling lost and lacking inspiration on what to get people this Christmas. Simply type in your budget, along with the age and gender or your recipient and you’ll be presented with suitable gift ideas from 250 shops, which you can click to buy there are then. What’s more, 10p from every download goes straight to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Best for Christmas TV Scheduling

Sky+, Free

If you find yourself tucking into your turkey at the in-laws’and suddenly realise you’re missing The Royle Family / Doctor Who / the Strictly Christmas Special (delete according to taste), then quickly download this oh-so-handy app. Once you’ve registered your details, simply find the program you want and click record to ensure you don’t miss any essential viewing.

Best for Christmas Recipe Ideas

Waitrose Christmas, Free

There are loads of cooking apps out there but we think that this one from Waitrose is the best. With over 100 recipes - including some of Delia’s and Heston’s – as well as video guides, a turkey timer, wine guide and a Christmas day planner, it has everything you need if you’re in charge of the cooking this year.

Best for Wine Buying Advice

Olly Smith’s Wine App, £2.99

Unless you know your stuff, buying wine can be baffling, especially if you want a bottle of something really good for a Christmas present. Luckily TV wine supremo Olly Smith has just launched his first app to guide you through the options, which will suggest suitable tipples to suit the food you’re serving. In addition, GPS technology locates your nearest wine stockist, plus there are videos of Olly’s favourite sommeliers, wines of the week, deals and expert tips from Olly himself.

Best for Entertaining the Kids

Christmas Book, 59p

Get into the festive spirit by gathering the family round the fire with hot chocolate, mince pies and this handy app, which contains classic Christmas tales, carols and other seasonal extras.

Best for Christmas Carolling

Santa’s Sleigh Bell Christmas, Free

Turn your phone into a festival musical instrument – simply shake to hear sleigh bells. The perfect accompaniment when you’re out carolling with the kids.

Best for Getting Home Safe

One Click Cab, Free

We all know it’s important to take a licenced cab, but after a few festive sherries it’s often easier to jump into the first one that comes along. Avoid risking it with the One Click Cab app, which provides details of reputable, best-rated taxi firms in your locality.

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