Throwing a spontaneous party and squeezing in extra place settings is now a turnkey endeavor, so bid hostess hot flashes farewell. Your smartphone now wields a veritable courier service of extra linens, decorations, Solo cups in bulk, and even ice. You could have a venue (or your apartment) fully stocked in a matter of clicks. The easy-to-use interface is also categorized by occasion (game night is our favorite). These pre-populated events are an idea factory. Need a last-minute croquet set for dinner with the in-laws? Who doesn’t?
Ad-libbed gestures can still feel incredibly special. The next time you find yourself stuck in back-to-back meetings at the office or forget a key holiday, have a gift sent to the recipient of your choosing on the spot. If you want to be extra sly, have Amazon drop it to you directly. Essentially, your smartphone is now equal parts personal shopper and virtual assistant. For hosts, we love the idea of turning up to a party with fresh vinyl. It’s more personal than a bottle of wine and just as fun to break in.
Arriving at your destination only to realize you’ve left essential tech accessories or beauty musts behind can be a pricey misstep. Every jet-setter knows all too well that splurging at the airport kiosk for anything from a single set of basic headphones to a universal adapter can often come with a tag three times the market price. Forgo the hassle of locating the nearest Target, and have your missing items sent to your hotel. If preparing for a longer journey, consider sending liquids like shampoo or face creams that exceed the airport security limit to your destination via the app. You won’t need to check a bag, and you’ll still be turned out to the nines via all your trusted brand-name products.
It’s no surprise Amazon makes household errands easier. Suddenly hit with the spring-cleaning bug? Have organizational bins sent for. Working late? Arrange for groceries to be couriered straight to your kitchen. If you’re lucky enough to fall within the delivery range of Bristol Farms, the impeccably stocked grocer will deliver everything from cheese plates to fully prepped meals. Whether you’ve run out of household necessities or you’d simply rather spend Saturday afternoon at the dog park than stand in line at Costco, outsource your errands!
Family life is joyously unpredictable. In the company of small children, one never truly knows when a magic eraser will come in handy to remove newly minted art from an unsuspecting wall. And new moms, rejoice: Never leave the house for diapers, lunch bags, Pixar DVDs, or team snacks for the soccer game—the gang’s all here. While you’re juggling it all, rest assured you now only need a half-hour window to show up with Sprinkles cupcakes anywhere in town. PTA meetings, Little league victories… You can call it in from under the bleachers.
Have a favorite app that makes life easier? What is it?