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It’s that time of year when Santa’s magic is strong! If you’ve been looking for a way to connect to the North Pole, these apps can help.
Capture the magic
This is a fun app that lets you add Santa to any photo. Just take a photo or select an existing one from your camera roll and drag and drop the Santa! You can also move and resize Santa for the perfect effect. The basic Santa stickers are free, or you can pay to unlock more characters or poses.
Portable North Pole
PNP is an annual favorite and one of the smartest ways to get a personalized video message from Santa. Choose from a wide range of video types, themes and messages. Then enter information about the recipient, including their name, hobbies, and even photos of them.
PNP will generate a high-quality video that your kids can watch over and over again. There’s even a reaction camera so you can record their little faces as they watch the magic unfold.
New this year are printable gift tags with a QR code the recipient can scan to view their personalized video.
A basic personalized video is free, but if you want something more personalized or additional themes, you can pay to unlock more.
Message from Santa Claus
No spam here! You definitely want to take this call. An app called Message from Santa Claus can arrange a real conversation from the North Pole.
Again, just enter the recipient’s information and set a delay, and your phone will ring with a call from the big man himself.
You can get the basics for free on this app, but there are a lot of long ads between conversations, so be prepared for some waiting and clicking to get rid of the ads. But when Santa is on the line, the effect is pretty funny.
Alexa Naughty or Nice Quiz
Wondering where you stand this year? Just ask Alexa!
Say “Alexa, open Naughty or Nice Quiz” to activate a feature that captures the spirit of the season. Alexa will guide you through a series of fun and ever-changing questions to find out if you’ve been naughty or nice.
This is suitable for children of all ages.
Elf Ideas App
Finally, if you’re kid is obsessed with Elf on the Shelf, check out the official Elf Ideas app.
It has an Instagram-style feed of the best Elf photos, with poses sure to make you laugh.
There are also funny videos, news and music, all from the North Pole.
Windows Ugly Sweater
This year’s Windows Ugly Sweater featuring Clippy is sold out, but proceeds support the College Success Foundation. It helps underserved students achieve their educational dreams. Even if you can’t get the sweater on point, you can still donate to the cause and make an impact in someone’s life.