7 Apps to Help You Wrap Up Your Holiday Shopping

December 18, 2013

9:00 am

Some of you are still in the throes of holiday shopping, clicking your way through websites to find the best deals – or even pounding the pavement.

Others have yet to begin working your way through holiday wish lists — the last-minute shoppers among us (yikes!).

And others completed their shopping prior to Black Friday and already have everything wrapped under the tree.

But, for anyone still working their way through their shopping list, here are some apps to help you get it all done so you can enjoy the holidays.


This app is the king of comparison shopping apps. Users look up the item they’re seeking, and PriceGrabber will show a variety of results to make an informed decision. It has a built-in scanner and is available for iOS and Android.


ShopKick rewards you even if you don’t buy from the stores you visit. You get points, called “kicks,” whenever you walk into a store. These points add up to gift certificates at places like Tiffany’s and American Eagle Outfitters. When you do spend, you get lots more kicks. The app is free on iOS and Android.


This app can help make shopping less hectic by helping you find the stores most likely to offer what you’re looking for. ShopTrotter, available for iOS and Android, will tell you where to shop in over 80 cities worldwide, based upon particular products, brands, price ranges, or stores nearby.


Bring back the nostalgic deal-hunting days of yesteryear with Flipp, an app that replicates turning through the ad circulars to find what you want in stores. Flipp creates scanned and searchable versions of the ads distributed by many major stores. Flipp is only available for iOS.

Shop for Kids

Created by TimetoPlayMag.com, Shop for Kids is a free app for iOS and Android. It combines written reviews, video reviews, expert rankings, and live price comparisons for major retailers. Parents will love that the information is presented simply so they can make educated purchasing decisions quickly and on the go.


The gift giving app fligoo uses an algorithm to help you find the perfect gift for people on your list. By logging in through Facebook and typing in a friend’s name, you can set your price range and find the ideal gift for anyone.


Even if you’re pressed for time, there’s no reason not to try to score a good deal. ShopSavvy is an app for scanning, so you can comparison shop before settling on a purchase. It even includes a map so you can decide whether it’s worth it to drive across town for the better deal. ShopSavvy is available for both iOS and Android.

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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

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