10 fun things to do this holiday season, brought to you by European startups

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It’s a time for cheer and merriment. Play games, cook, host a party – whether you’re spending time with friends and family, or planning to take some out time for yourself, here are 10 ideas for fun things to do over the holidays, brought to you by European startups.

Pamper yourself 

With all of the stress of the holidays, and a little extra time off, you could probably use a little pampering. The UK-based startup Blow offers at-home beauty services, including massages, manicures, makeup, or facials. Perfect to just relax, or perhaps prepare for that big holiday party. In France, PopMyDay offers similar services.

Cook with family and friends 

There are tons of food delivery apps out there, but many restaurants – not to mention supermarkets – will be closed during the holidays. But don’t fret! You can have fun and make great healthy, vegetarian dishes using the ingredients you already have in your kitchen using the Plant Jammer app. Based in Copenhagen, the startup uses machine learning to tell you what delicious recipes you can make from the ingredients you already have in your fridge – and how to make them. Whether you’re spending the holidays alone, with a partner, or with extended family, don’t worry about having all the ingredients to make the perfect meal – and never settle for a simple pasta dish again.

Send flowers

Whether you forgot to send a gift, want to thank someone for theirs, or show a little extra affection to a lonely friend or family member, flowers are a universally accepted sign of love or appreciation. Giving is a gift in itself, and flowers will help you and the recipient feel special all day. Several European startups have popped up over the years offering flower delivery services, including the Spanish startup Colvin, UK-based Bloom & Wild and Florismart, Dutch startups Bloomon and Floraccess, and the French startup Bergamotte.

Spend time with the kids

The Barcelona-based startup Youmekids offers a huge collection of things to do with the little ones, from trips to activities to do at home. In the UK, Hoop also offers a selection of kid-based activities through its mobile app.

Play games together

Dutch Bounden is a whimsical dancing game for two players, with choreography by the Dutch National Ballet. Perfect for couples.

In the Icelandic game Triple Agent! each player works for an intelligence agency or plays a double agent. The double agents know who is on their team, but the other players have to find the traitors, while completing their own unique operation.

With French app Just Dance Now you can turn your living room into a dance floor using a smartphone and a screen connected to the Internet. It features over 300 songs, and you can play with an unlimited number of players.

Host or attend a party

French startup ExcuseMyParty helps you organise parties in your own home, or find private house parties to attend. Make new friends, and host a free event or set a price for attending your house party through its web platform. If you’re not into hosting your own event, you can find tons of events in cities throughout Europe on the Spanish Fever app.

Save and share those special moments

Whether you’re having a small get together with friends and family, or attending a big New Years Eve party, try WeGlue, a collaborative app out of Spain that lets you and your friends record your experiences at events and parties, and merge your collective photos and videos into a movie.

Discover your strengths

Swiss startup Karmagenes helps you unlock your potential by analysing your personality through your DNA. Karmagene’s algorithm matches specific genetic patterns to personality traits, such as spontaneity, risk-taking, confidence and self-awareness. Using this information, the startup helps you develop your potential, and the parts of your personality crucial for your personal and professional advancement. You can buy a full report of 14 modern personality traits based on genetic and psychometric analysis on their website for €174.95.

Go skiing

Skioo gives you access to over 50 ski resorts throughout Switzerland. Using a keycard, you can avoid lines, and you can avoid high fees by just paying as you ski. Don’t know how to ski? With Vienna-based checkyeti, you can book courses and ski instructors at over 500 ski resorts throughout Europe.

Redecorate your home

Download the 2D/3D Lithuanian app Planner 5D to plan out your dream home, or just see how it would look if you just want to move around your furniture. And if you’re looking for inspiration, check out the new Dutch startup CafeDeco, the ‘Shazam for furniture’, or design your own custom furniture through platforms like French HobFab or Mobibam.

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