6 Mobile Apps to Simplify Your Holiday Shopping

by Michelle

This is some great information in this guest blog post by Mashable Tech of www.mashable.com.

Was it Tom who wanted the iPod touch? Or was it Kristy? Never leave home without your wishlist, thanks to The Christmas List Gift Planner for Android. Create profiles for all the good little boys and girls, and categorize them by group (Immediate Family, Friends, Co-Workers). Then set a budget for each person. Start adding gift ideas manually or simply scan an item’s barcode.

The app will track whom you’ve purchased gifts for, as well as your individual and overall budget. A free version of the app exists, but if you want all the best features, pay the $1.99 Android Market price. Your sanity is worth it.

Price: $1.99

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Much like the Android app, The Christmas List for iOS lets you add gift ideas for friends and family, but instead of scanning barcodes, you take pictures of items and assign them to lucky recipients.

You can also organize your list by store, so plan your shopping trip to Best Buy. If you’re mounting a coordinated assault on this year’s shopping, share your Christmas lists with others via email or sync automatically if they have the app to ensure you don’t double-up on the same gift. It’s pretty much everything you need for only $0.99.

Price: $0.99

In this rough economy, everybody is looking for the best prices on gifts this year. After scanning an item’s barcode, the app displays competing prices of online retailers, and will also tell you where to buy the item in your own neighborhood. If you set up an account on ShopSavvy, you have the added convenience of buying from select online stores directly from the app.

Price: FREE on both iOS and Android

Admit it: It’s nice to give and receive. With ShopKick, you can do both. The more you shop, the more points (or “kicks”) you earn. Then redeem your kicks for gift cards at places like Old Navy and Toys ‘R’ Us, or cash out your kicks for movie tickets or even an Xbox 360.

There is no catch. You don’t even have to buy anything – you can earn kicks just by walking into a participating store. If you have a little time to browse, earn more kicks by scanning the barcodes on featured items. But if you are looking to buy, ShopKick users enjoy exclusive deals at many stores. Plus, you’ll likely receive additional kicks with a purchase.

Best of all, it doesn’t take forever to reap the benefits, unlike some other rewards programs. It takes 400 kicks to get a $25 voucher at Restaurant.com. At about 50 kicks just for visiting most big box stores, you could have dinner paid for after one good day of holiday mall madness.

Price: FREE on both iOS and Android

5. Etsy

We all have that impossible-to-shop-for person on our lists. If you just can’t find that special gift at the mall, try Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods. The company recently launched an official app for iOS that lets you search, browse and buy from the thousands of small businesses on its site.

Narrow your Etsy search by price, how recently the item was added, and include your address if you prefer to patron local artisans. Where else could you find a laptop sleeve made from recycled grocery bags, a hand-carved moose statue and a Doctor Who scarf, all in one place?

Price: FREE

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the store, little Jimmy is running and running some more. You’ve threatened ‘no Santa,’ you’ve tried making him sit, but precious little Jimmy is being quite a little s**t.

Hey, I have an idea! How about you play with Mommy’s phone? Here, read A Charlie Brown Christmas. It’s just not the holidays without Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Not only is this new digital book narrated by the original Charlie Brown voice, but there are enough interactive bells and whistles to keep little Jimmy entertained while you finish up that last-minute Christmas shopping.

Price: $4.99

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