As always, tech is making our lives easier. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the stress and anxiety of the upcoming festivities can be overwhelming. Meal planning, shopping, and checking off that to-do list can be daunting, but thanks to these 13 apps, Thanksgiving can be pulled off perfectly this year (or with more ease, at the very least).
For the Meal
The trip to the grocery store pre-Thanksgiving Dinner has to be one of the most stressful events of the year. You want to make sure that you get everything on the list, because there’s no way you’re going back out again later. That’s where Yummly comes in. This app lets you add all of your necessary items to a list right on your phone. It also comes up with ingredient suggestions and holiday recipe ideas. Plus, you can share the list with other users, so sending someone to the store in your place doesn’t end up in disaster.
And if, (God forbid), you forgot anything on your list, you can use Instacart (for larger grocery orders) or goPuff (for quick on-demand orders). You can shop for all of your grocery needs right on your phone, get a cash discount on your first order on both, and the items will arrive at your door in under an hour. Such a life saver.
As for the actual cooking, use The Cookbook App. This app allows you to scan over your existing recipes, and its clever OCR tech will read and write your recipes directly onto your phone. The Cookbook App also has a conversions feature for measurement, and timers based on your selection.
Need last-minute supplies? Occupy your cutting board properly with Instacart or goPuff.
If holiday cocktails are more your thing, try out Lush. This app gives you expertly crafted cocktail recipes that are sure to wow your guests. You can search by ingredients, glass type, or name to find your perfect drink this holiday season. Don’t want to run to the store for the booze? You can even order alcohol to be delivered right to your door with Drizly (and get $5 off with promo code: NSBDI).
For the Entertainment
Thanksgiving traditions include more than just the feast. Many families love tuning in to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, football games, or A Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving. Thankfully (pun intended), there are tons of apps and video streaming services that will make sure everyone gets to watch what they want, when they want.
For TV entertainment, give Youtube TV a try. Praised as being the “top internet-TV contender” by The Wall Street Journal, Youtube TV lets you browse live local tv stations, episodes of your favorite shows, and movies. You can use it on your TV, phone, or tablet to reduce family rivalries over who gets the remote.
Football lovers can also use the NFL App, which lets you livestream games, get highlights, and read breaking news right on your phone or tablet. This app is a life saver for when Grandma insists on having Thanksgiving Dinner during the game. You can follow along with real-time highlights, or discreetly watch it on your phone under the table (no judgment).
If TV isn’t your family’s thing, there are tons of fun family games to play on the app store. Some of the best include Pictionary, Reverse Charades, and Trivia Crack. All of these are family-friendly and sure to keep people busy for at least a few hours.
For background noise, consider playing some festive music. Spotify is many people's’ go-to music streaming service, because of the specially curated playlists for holidays. They’re even offering a deal right now for 3 months of Spotify Premium for only $0.99. Bring on the add-free music! Pandora also has some great holiday stations that can found based on your mood, event, or past playlist choices.
With so many different amazing apps at your disposal, let tech help you get through this holiday season. From meal planning to entertainment, these apps are sure to help you pull off the best Thanksgiving yet. Cue the compliments.