10 Apps & Sites That Will Save Your Butt This Month

The holidays are meant to be a joyous time of year. And yet, despite our never-ending love for spiked eggnog and presents, there are many elements that can make this the most stressful month ever. Namely, braving packed stores, wrapping mountains of gifts, and one too many social events on the cal.
Sometimes, we need to call in reinforcements, in the form of white-glove apps and websites that do the holiday dirty work for us. Whether it’s wrapping and shipping our gifts or ordering treats for our next soiree, we’re beyond elated these services exist in San Francisco. Seasonal Zen is just a click away with these rad downloads — consider Christmas saved.
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Photo: Courtesy of Minibar.
Because, what is a party without booze? In case you forgot to make a liquor-store run before your shindig (in which case, we question your priorities!), there is hope, and it doesn’t involve a 20-minute trip to BevMo. Minibar is an app that geo-tags your locale to see where the nearest participating liquor store is, then allows you to make your order online, and bam — delivers the alcohol right to your doorstep. Whether you’re stocking up for a party or want to send someone a little liquor love for the holiday, Minibar makes it easy-peasy.
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Photo: Courtesy of Postmates.
Anyone who’s used this app knows how crucial to life it is. Seriously, order pretty much anything, summon a messenger, and have it delivered to you for a small fee. We’re talking candy from the drugstore, booze, food from your favorite restaurant, Scotch tape — anything. It may make us lazy, but Postmates has also saved our ass at many a holiday party.
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Photo: Courtesy of Flavour.
You’re meeting your pals for a pre-holiday get-together, and they’ve tasked you with choosing the restaurant. No need to stress out, provided you have the Flavour app. It allows you to choose from top restaurants (you can filter according to neighborhood, price, cuisine — the works), and then it books the reservation for you. Consider yourself the coolest kid on the block with this handy app.
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Photo: Courtesy of Handy.
Sure, the holidays are a hoot — Champagne, cheese, presents! — but who wants to do the post-party cleanup? Not us! Seriously, one of the worst things about having folks over is the mess you're left with afterwards. Handy does the dirty work for you. Download the app, select a service and time slot, and a professional comes and makes your place look like new again. Magic!
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Photo: Courtesy of Shyp.
Shyp is our go-to when we need to send things out but are too lazy to hit the post office. The concept is simple: You snap a pic of the item, fill out the address info, and a Shyp messenger picks it up, mails it out for you, and alerts you of the tracking information once it's sent. What’s more, this year Shyp is partnering with Brit + Co. to provide wrapping services over the holidays. Simply select your preferred customized paper, pay an extra $5, and get your presents professionally wrapped before shipping. And, don't worry: Shyp will make sure your gift gets where it's going by Christmas Day.
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Photo: Courtesy of BloomThat.
BloomThat is our standby year-round for buying gorgeous floral arrangements in one swipe. Now that the site has a spiffy, new holiday assortment, we’ll be giving the gift of flora all season long. Forget someone on your list? At the push of a button, he or she will have a beautiful poinsettia or succulent delivered in two hours.
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Photo: Courtesy of Doughbies.
Lots of cookies are devoured around this time of year — there’s no denying that. But, between all of the fetes and gatherings, it might be tough to find time to actually bake 'em yourself. That doesn’t mean you should settle for store-bought iterations. Doughbies is an amazing S.F.-based site that curates a selection of notable bakers’ creations. It allows you to order whatever your sweet tooth is craving. Just as with most white-glove sites, the goods are delivered to your door within 20 minutes. Game-changer.
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Photo: Courtesy of SpotHero.
Searching for parking in S.F. sucks, especially when you’re trying to get some holiday shopping done. Well, SpotHero is here to help you avoid circling around the block 100 times. Just type in your destination. The app will populate a list of the nearest garages and lots, and allow you to book directly through it (at a discounted rate). Yes, please!
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Photo: Courtesy of Sprig.
In the holiday rush, sometimes sitting down for a meal isn’t an option. That’s why we love Sprig. The app offers three seasonal, high-end dishes, all crafted by former Google executive chef Nate Keller and team. The ingredients are fresh, locally sourced, and seriously delicious. Enjoy!
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Photo: Courtesy of Good Eggs.
Good Eggs
Prepping for a big dinner but don't have the time to grocery-shop? That's where Good Eggs comes in. It allows you to fill your virtual cart with picks from local farmers and purveyors and have them delivered right to your door. Whether you want to pick up some extra produce, a prepped meal, or you're looking for all your ingredients, it's got you covered.