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The 10 Best Christmas apps

Whether you want to track Santa's journey around the globe or need tips to cook the dinner, here’s an app to suit...

1. Doodle Jump Christmas Special

iOS & Android, 69p, bit.ly/XljTgI

From Lima Sky, the team behind the incredibly addictive Doodle Jump, comes this special edition to keep the children entertained.

2. Gift Plan

iOS, £1.99, bit.ly/VFXQju

This app helps with jotting down present ideas, putting together a shopping list and it remembers what presents you will buy people for next year, too.

3. Gift Wrapping Instant Expert

iOS, free or 69p, bit.ly/VETNEi

Whether it's just basic wrapping or getting creative with an added bow or ribbon, this app has videos and guides.

4. Epicurious

iOS, Android & Windows Phone, free, epi.us/TZCMbD

Epicurious has thousands of recipes for the most important meal of the year, from the traditional roast turkey to cranberry sauce.

5. NORAD Tracks Santa

iOS, Android & Windows Phone, free, bit.ly/TgyBpw

The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) has a team of volunteers – and an app – dedicated to tracking Santa.

6. Moonpig

iOS & Android, free, bit.ly/SVOlOO

It's never too late to send a card to that distant relative. With this app you can send customised cards as late as tomorrow.

7. How the Grinch stole Christmas! Dr Seuss

iOS, Android & Windows Phone, £1.99, bit.ly/Wb9Dsu

This modern update to the classic Christmas tale promises to keep children of all ages enthralled.

8. Amazon Mobile

iOS & Android, free, amzn.to/VFXXLR

Amazon offers last-minute Christmas shopping without having to brave the bustle of the high street.

9. Tesco mobile app

iOS, Android, free, bit.ly/SnLb9L

With your perfect Christmas recipe in hand, order the groceries and ingredients that are needed for the big day's meal.

10. Christmas Radio

iOS & Android, free, bit.ly/ZpalH3

If you're in desperate need of a change to those over-played Christmas CDs, this has dozens of Christmas internet radio stations.