There’s no better way to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday than with apps for your iPhone. From tasty recipes to enjoyable games to holiday greetings, these apps will get you ready to give thanks.
Thanksgiving Cooking and Recipes
Whether you like to stick with tradition or try something new, Thanksgiving cooking and recipe apps can help.
1. Thanksgiving Recipes
The Thanksgiving Recipes app helps you create something tasty and traditional, or fresh and flavorful. From main dishes to sides to desserts, you can find exactly what fits your family with helpful recipes and instructional videos.
Each recipe has a photo, ingredients, and directions helpfully displayed. The app lets you save your favorites and share recipes with others. So if you’re in the market to try a new dish this Thanksgiving, this app has you covered.
Download: Thanksgiving Recipes (Free)
For a recipe app that you can use during Thanksgiving, as well as other holidays or anytime you need some inspiration, check out Tasty. The Tasty app has a whole section of dish recipes for Thanksgiving. Just enter “Thanksgiving” in the search box and you’re on your way to a delicious holiday meal.
The videos you’ll find in the app provide different recipes in one clip and show you the steps to creating the dish. You’ll also get the written ingredients, nutritional details, and instructions with an option to see them one step at a time. Take Tasty for a spin to boost your Thanksgiving feast.
Download: Tasty (Free)
Thanksgiving Fun and Games
Take a break from the kitchen or get in the holiday spirit with some entertainment. These games are made just for Thanksgiving.
3. 3D Turkey Run Thanksgiving Infinite Runner
Get ready to race through Thanksgiving Village in 3D Turkey Run. Choose from one of four turkeys, move left and right to pick up valuable coins, swipe up to jump, and swipe down to slide. There are obstacles galore—from logs to fences to pumpkins, you will need to maneuver your turkey well to dodge them.
The game is available at no cost, with in-app purchases for additional tokens. For a little bit of Thanksgiving fun before the guests arrive, save the turkey in this upbeat endless runner.
Download: 3D Turkey Run Thanksgiving Infinite Runner (Free, in-app purchases available)
4. Hidden Objects Thanksgiving Puzzle
If you enjoy hidden object puzzle games, then you’re in for a treat. Hidden Objects Thanksgiving Puzzle takes you to harvest time with warm autumn colors, relaxing gameplay, and subtle background music.
Choose from three games modes including traditional, chill, or adventure. Each has different game options like time and hint limits, various scenes, and unique levels. You can also decide to use pictures, words, or collections for your list of objects.
Hidden Objects Thanksgiving Puzzle on iPhone or iPad offers a great way to unwind after your turkey stuffs you.
Download: Hidden Objects Thanksgiving Puzzle (Free, in-app purchases available)
Thanksgiving Wallpapers and Countdowns
Spruce up your iPhone wallpaper with a Thanksgiving or autumn-themed background. You can even add a countdown until the holiday if you like.
5. Thanksgiving All-In-One
With 40 seasonal wallpaper options, recipes, and a built-in countdown, Thanksgiving All-In-One has a bit of everything. The wallpaper options include pumpkins, leaves, and the silhouette of a pilgrim. Access the countdown with a tap; it displays the time until Thanksgiving Day arrives.
As added bonuses, the app includes links to YouTube videos of recipes and a small section that has Thanksgiving poems. If you are looking for a simple and free app to get you in the holiday spirit, this is one to check out.
Download: Thanksgiving All-In-One (Free)
6. Thanksgiving Wallpaper & Backgrounds
If you’re just looking for a nice selection of wallpapers for your Home or Lock screen, take a look at Thanksgiving Wallpaper & Backgrounds by Floor Girls. From artsy and classic to cute and cartoony, you’ll find many cool options.
Once you choose a wallpaper, you can save it to your camera roll or share it with a friend. The app also includes a slideshow option so you can sit back and relax as you browse through the backgrounds. Thanksgiving Wallpaper & Backgrounds also has images for other holidays and seasons, making it useful for any time of the year.
Download: Thanksgiving Wallpaper & Backgrounds (Free)
Thanksgiving Coloring Books for Kids
Let your kids create some works of art for Thanksgiving with cute coloring book apps for iOS.
7. Thanksgiving Coloring Book!
A good coloring book option for the kids is Thanksgiving Coloring Book! from Peep Software. Image options like silly turkeys, young pilgrims, and a perfect pie are available for any age or preference. One you select a picture, switching colors is easy by swiping on the crayons. Then just tap the crayon color you want and let the fun begin.
The app offers both brush and bucket coloring modes, a handy eraser, and simple saving or sharing options. For those images that have a lot of detail, just use the pinch-to-zoom feature. The app is free with an in-app purchase to remove the ads for $1.
Download: Thanksgiving Coloring Book! (Free, in-app purchases available)
8. Thanksgiving Coloring Book
Thanksgiving Coloring Book from TickTap has a smaller selection of images, but still provides the enjoyment of coloring and includes delightful background music. Choose a vibrant color from the 16 options and then pick your brush size to get started.
This coloring book app does not include a fill mode, making it more like a real coloring experience. But don’t worry—if you make a mistake or color outside the lines, an eraser lets you clean up. Email your finished masterpieces to faraway family right from within the app.
Additional picture packs are available for a $1 in-app purchase, which also removes the ads.
Download: Thanksgiving Coloring Book (Free, in-app purchases available)
Thanksgiving Greeting Cards and Photo Frames
Send a heartfelt or amusing greeting this Thanksgiving with neat greeting card and photo frame apps.
9. Thanksgiving Cards & Wishes
From the popular 123Greetings.com comes Thanksgiving Cards & Wishes. The app gives you over 1,000 free Thanksgiving greetings to choose from. It also offers video cards, postcards, and GIF cards that you can easily send to your loved ones.
You can also take a look at the bonus features, like scheduling the delivery of your greeting, sending a card to multiple contacts at once, and posting directly to Facebook. Thanksgiving Cards & Wishes makes it super easy to send greetings that share your thanks this holiday.
Download: Thanksgiving Cards & Wishes (Free)
10. Thanksgiving Picture Frames
If you enjoy using your own photos for your greetings, check out Thanksgiving Picture Frames. The app offers over 50 nifty frames, 100 decorative stickers, and a variety of font styles.
Using the app is simple. Just select a photo from your iPhone, add your text, and include a few stickers. Then you can share your creation on Facebook or Twitter, send it in an email, or just save it to your camera roll. This Thanksgiving, send a gobble or a grin with this fun photo app.
Download: Thanksgiving Picture Frames (Free)
Gobble Up the Thanksgiving Apps!
Whether you enjoy themed games, attractive backgrounds, or holiday greetings, these apps are just the ticket for Turkey Day. Be sure to also check out our list of guides for having the perfect Thanksgiving this year and websites to help have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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