The Festive Apple 2012: Christmas greeting apps for iOS

Sections: iDevice Apps, iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPhone/iPod touch/iPad, iPod touch

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Traditional cards or even e-cards aren’t the only ways to send Christmas greetings. Here is an eclectic array of of alternative greeting apps for iOS—several of them free.

Between attending and hosting holiday parties and dealing with the stress of finding the perfect gift, it can be easy to forget that the holidays are a time of year to be thankful, share happiness and spread good cheer.

That’s why Cheers iOS app is launching an update for the holidays that allows you to connect with others through Cheerful Missions, making it simple to join those who share your interests to spread joy on topics you love.

Some holiday-themed Cheerful Missions include, “The Spirit of Giving,” a Mission for cheering your favorite charity; “Holiday Traditions,” a Mission that’s all about celebrating fun family traditions; and “Hostess with the Mostest,” a collection of Cheers to those holiday hosts who always go above and beyond.

To participate, users can browse and follow interesting Missions, then simply snap a photo, add some text and hit “Share” to add their Cheers to the Missions they want to contribute to. Cheers can also be shared with others on Facebook, Twitter, via email and the Web, spreading a little joy into the newsfeeds and timelines of these popular, but not always very positive, social networks.

In addition to a timeline of Cheers, each Mission lists its own contributors, followers and leaderboard, making it easy for you to discover like-minded people who are into the same cheerful pursuits as you. You can also create your own Missions and invite others to contribute Cheers to your cheerful cause.

The Cheers mobile app first launched on iOS in February 2012 by Mohit (founder of and Shopzilla) as the world’s first app built solely to help people express love and appreciation for anyone, anything, anywhere.

Price: Free

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Christmas Texting & Ringtones

Vipos Apps published a new app for Christmas 2012. The app lets users create messages with Christmas backgrounds and Christmas emoticons as well as using their own photos as message backgrounds. Users can add cute Christmas emoji of Santa, reindeer, snowman or cookies to their messages, which can be texted, emailed or shared to social networks. Users get to customize their messages by selecting fonts, font sizes and text colors in addition to the backgrounds. The Christmas picture message can be sent to any phone. It’s a great way for iPhone owners to create and share nice looking Christmas messages with friends and family.

A second part of the app lets users download Christmas ringtones from a great collection of international Christmas songs under the common creative license, and therefore free to install. Christmas ringtones are available in about ten different languages. The ringtone list is updated daily. Since apps are not allowed to actually install ringtones on the iPhone, the users need to email the downloaded ringtones to themselves and install via iTunes. A ringtone preview is played automatically before emailing it. All the popular Christmas songs like Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, Carol of the Bells, Dreaming of a White Christmas, Let it Snow, Feliz Navidad, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and many more are available for download for free.

Price: Free

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Christmas PicFX

Karmatech Mediaworks’ Christmas PicFx 1.0 is a new holiday-themed greeting app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. With over 35 photo effects, Christmas PicFx is packed with holiday themed frames, picture effects, stickers, labels and symbols which make creating and sharing festive greetings easy. Featuring an easy-to-use interface and numerous design possibilities, anyone can create beautiful picture messages.

Users can create picture messages with an easy to use interface and numerous design possibilities making the entire creation process simple and fun. With a simple click, a greeting can be shared throughout social networks. Users can also create holiday themed Facebook cover images using the app, enabling them to have a new cover image all through the holiday season.


  • Christmas themed frames and graphics to create
  • Add Photos and text labels to your holiday greetings (plenty of fonts, square, stickers rounded and torn tape labels, adjust the colour of the text and label) you can also add multiple text
  • Extensive image editor
  • Pinch zoom, pan, rotate or mirror each photo
  • Over 35 spectacular photo effects
  • Share the images via Facebook, Twitter
  • Send as an email
  • Send Support for the iPhone and iPad

Price: $2.99

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Christmas Movie C@rds

After last years’ success of Christmas C@rds, Hot Chili Apps is expanding their Christmas Edition: Christmas Greetings 2012 can be created as movies. The user of Christmas Movie C@rds is able to choose one of 15 templates, add a personal text message and let it move. This individually designed video can be loaded up to Facebook directly from within the app, sent by mail or saved in the device’s album for further use.

Christmas Movie C@rds are part of the C@rd series of Hot Chili Apps, mobile e-card templates for almost any occasions: birthdays, weddings, removals and many more. The apps give a quite simple and easy way to design digital postcards. Color and size variations of texts and photographs can be altered with two fingers. The final positioning of the elements within the layout is done with just one finger.

Price: $1.99

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Before Santa shimmies down the chimney, Bamboo Group kicks off the holiday season with their latest creation: Personalized Voice Recorded Music Cards 1.0. The app is designed for iPad and runs on both iPad mini and iPad with Retina Display resolution. Recards combines crispy graphics and high quality custom made music beats created by DJ Diamos Roll exclusively for Recards.

It has never been so easy to send Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays wishes to friends and family all over the world. All users have to do is to choose one of the six custom made beats, record their greeting, then customize it with beautiful artwork and with a few taps the music card is on its way to their loved ones.

Recards gives users an opportunity to celebrate every tasty morsel of the holiday season with unique and stylish music cards. The free iPad app from Bamboo Group is filled with fun and joy to share with the loved ones, regardless of whether they’re on the naughty or nice list.

Price: Free. Additional beats can be unlocked via in-app purchases.

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