by Margaux Joffe Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to unplug and spend precious quality time with those we love. However, before you completely ditch your digital device, check out a few apps that will help you make the most of your Thanksgiving holiday.
Dominate Your Last Minute Errands
Infuse some fun into your pre-Thanksgiving to-do list with EpicWin. Complete items on your to-do list to earn points, unlock loot, and become a mistress of task domination! [iPhone - $2.99]
Streamline Your Travel Details
Eliminate travel anxiety with TripIt! No more frantic searching for flight times, confirmation numbers, or hotel addresses. This app automatically organizes your travel-related confirmation emails into a tidy, day-by-day itinerary that you can access on the go! [Iphone/Android/Windows - Free]
Chef it Up
Planning on cooking? Use the Epicurious mobile app to search more than 30,000 delicious, professionally created recipes from Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Self, and renowned chefs and cookbooks. Don’t be shy, there’s even an “I can barely cook” category! [iPhone/iPad/Android/Windows - Free]
Mix it Up
If you are a guest, offer to play bartender with the help of Mixologist! You can search 8,000 drink recipes, and read up on bartending tips and tricks. Or simply enter the liquor and mixers that you have on hand, and shake your phone to get a random drink suggestion. [iPhone - $0.99 / Android - $1.99]
Capture the Moment
Enjoy the timeless fun of Photobooths with Incredibooth. Get crafty with DIY props, or simply squeeze together and smile! The app comes with 4 lens options, allows you to save photos as traditional strips or individual pics, and even share to Facebook and Twitter. What’s not the love? [iPhone/iPad - $0.99]
Facetime with Family
If you are unable to be with family this Thanksgiving, get some much-needed facetime with Fring. The app provides 4-way live video calling, and works across ios and android platforms. The best part is, it's free! [iPhone/iPad/Android - free]
Shop Smart on Black Friday
For those brave enough to battle the crowds, there are some great ways to get social on black Friday. You can easily ensure you're snagging the best deal with ShopSavvy. ShopSavvy scans available prices for identical products online and in nearby stores so you can see if you’re getting the best deal. [iPhone/iPad/Android - free]
Detox and Destress
After traveling, eating, drinking, and shopping, you'll want to detox and destress. Burn off that extra helping (or two) of pumpkin pie with Nike+ GPS. Map your runs, track your progress and get the motivation you need with fun social features. When you start your run, you can opt to share on your Facebook wall to receive mid-run cheers every time your friends like or comment on your run status. I tried it, it’s awesome. [iPhone - $1.99]
Create a space for restoration and mindfulness with All-in Yoga. The app creates the best individual program for you based on your goals, experience level and time limits. It even features photos and videos in case you don’t know the poses, letting you simply breathe and reflect on everything you are grateful for. [iPhone -$1.99]
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Say Thank You
After you return home, send a customized thank you note to your Thanksgiving host with Postagram. Select your favorite pic from the weekend, add your personal message, and your postcard will be printed and sent directly to your host’s mailbox. Each Postagram is $.99 and can be sent anywhere in the world. You'll put a smile on someone's face, and your Mom will be proud. [iPhone/Android - $0.99]
Do you have a favorite mobile app you plan to use over the Thanksgiving holiday? Share in a comment below, or tweet me @MargauxEve.