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Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, you will likely be buying gifts for friends and family this holiday season. Why not ease the burden of planning, shopping, and tracking your gifts with a few handy iOS apps?
Shop for Deals
If you believe in getting more for less, then check out these shopping apps with great deals. Find the perfect present and save a bundle, right from your iPhone.
1. Flipp (Free)
Flipp is a handy app for checking out weekly circulars for your favorite stores. Just circle the items that interest you and they will be clipped and saved. While you are browsing a flyer, you can narrow down the deals with the slider at the bottom. For instance, if you only want to view items that are 40 percent off, adjust the slider and those items will be highlighted in the circular.
Additional features of the app include coupons that you can print or clip, a built-in shopping list, and a spot for your loyalty cards. Flipp is available for free and can be used on both iPhone and iPad.
2. Ebates (Free)
If you like to earn rewards and cash back just for shopping, then Ebates is for you. This smart little money-saver gives you great deals and rewards for shopping. Browse thousands of stores like American Eagle, Famous Footwear, and Macy’s. You can also shop by category for electronics, clothing, and toys.
Discounts and cash back amounts are prominently displayed, making it easy to find a terrific deal. When you are ready to make a purchase, just tap to be directed to the store to buy the item.
So, spend a little and save a lot with Ebates this holiday season. The app is available for free on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
3. Groupon (Free)
Groupon is known for super savings on items from retailers, travel, restaurants, salons, and more. You can browse easily by category for local spots or products. Check out jewelry, electronics, collectibles, or enter an item in the search box.
The savings can be amazing depending on the products you choose. For gifts, this lets you spend less and stay within your budget. Additional app features include notifications for special deals, category preferences for quicker shopping, and sharing ability. Groupon is available for free for iPhone and iPad.
Remember: Groupon may not be ideal if you need your gifts in a hurry, as shipping times can run into the months on certain items. Conversely items like gift vouchers or events shouldn’t suffer from this problem.
4. Wish (Free)
For gadgets, jewelry, clothing, and accessories, Wish gives you deals on all sorts of items. While different than other shopping apps that offer big name stores and brands, you can still find great prices on in-app store products.
The app offers shopping by category along with filters to narrow down your search. There are notifications for special offers, recommended items, and a built-in Wishlist for your own picks. Wish is available for free for iPhone and iPad.
Find the Perfect Gift
Why spend time and energy fighting the crowds at the mall this holiday season? These apps bring those mall stores to you.
Wondermall brings the shopping mall to your device with stores like Old Navy, Wet Seal, Guess, and Fossil. Follow your favorite stores and then browse through items with filters for finding just what you want. You can also look for items by category such as men, women, kids, or toys.
The app provides coupons, notifications, and special offers like cash back on purchases. If you enjoy the stores at the mall, but do not have the time to get there, Wondermall is a handy option. It is available for free for iPhone and iPad.
6. RetailMeNot (Free)
RetailMeNot is another shopping app with plenty of brand name stores. Shop at Abercrombie & Fitch, Footlocker, HP, and Nortstrom. Save your favorite stores and check out their special deals. When you are ready to buy, the app will redirect you to the store and assist you in applying any applicable discounts.
In addition, the app offers savings on restaurants, the ability to save offers, and a coupon submission section. If you are interested in name brands and convenient shopping, check out RetailMeNot. The app is available for free for iPhone and Apple Watch.
Plan Your Gifts
When gift ideas pop up for your loved ones, make sure you mark them down. Holiday gift list apps can not only help you plan, but stay on track and on budget.
7. The Christmas Gift List (Free)
Keep track of what you are buying for who with The Christmas Gift List. Add people manually or from your contact list and then pop in your gift ideas. Items can be marked off as purchased, shipping, received, wrapped, or presented.
The app includes a handy area to check your gift purchasing progress. This section also includes how much money you have spent so far and a countdown until Christmas.
The Christmas Gift List is available for free for iPhone and iPad. You can upgrade to the pro version for $1.99 which offers device syncing and removes the ads.
8. GiftPlanner (Free)
GiftPlanner offers another nifty way to keep track of your gift purchasing. Add an event, such as a holiday, and then include the date, budget, people, gifts, and notes. The app lets you import people from your contact list, allowing you to get started quickly.
When you want to add a gift, you can include a variety of helpful details such as a photo or scanned barcode, price, quantity, store, website, and tracking information. The nice thing about GiftPlanner is that it is not themed specifically for the holidays, so you can use it for birthdays, anniversaries, or weddings.
GiftPlanner is available for free for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. An in-app purchase lets you upgrade to GiftPlanner Plus for $1.99 which provides device syncing and event icons.
Track Your Packages
Make sure you make it to the door before they do. These package trackers keep you updated on when your deliveries will arrive.
9. Deliveries: A Package Tracker ($4.99)
Add a tracking number and get updated on your packages with Deliveries. The app lets you save your favorite carriers and entering a new item is simple. The main page contains a list of your deliveries showing the current status and days until delivery for those not received yet.
The app includes iCloud sync, settings for sorting, notifications, calendar integration, and archive ability. Missing an important delivery will never happen again if you use Deliveries. The app is available for $4.99 for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
10. ParcelTrack (Free)
Another good delivery tracking option is ParcelTrack. Add your tracking number, including details such as content and sender. You then get a clean view of deliveries on the main page with statuses and times for delivered packages.
The app lets you archive or delete items, access an inbox with a personalized address, and receive push notifications. ParcelTrack is available for free for iPhone and iPad.
There is an in-app purchase for ParcelTrack Premium at $2.99 which will give you device syncing, a Home screen widget, live tracking, and additional notification options.
Happy Holidays From MakeUseOf!
Hopefully these terrific apps will help you through the holiday season. Shopping does not have to be stressful and with the right tools on your iPhone, it can be fun!
From all of us here at MakeUseOf, happy holidays!