When the holiday season comes along, it's time to start shopping! Shopping is synonymous with the holidays and it can be very exciting to give and receive gifts of all shapes and sizes to our loved ones, but the process can also be very stressful. Between choosing the right gifts, getting the best prices, avoiding the crowds, and figuring your way around those maze-like malls, holiday shopping can seem like one big challenge after another.

Fortunately, apps exist to make everything easier, including holiday shopping. The apps listed below are must-haves for the holiday season, with each one being carefully created to help make your holiday shopping experiences so much simpler. Read on to learn all about the best holiday shopping apps. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


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The number one question that gets asked in the build-up to the holiday season is 'What do you want for Christmas?' It's a question we have to ask again and again, to family, friends, co-workers, and more. It can be frustrating trying to figure out what other people want for Christmas and choosing the right gifts. If only there was a way to make it easier!

Well, that's where Gifster comes in. This app basically lets you make your own Christmas (or Birthday or any other special occasion) wish lists to share with family or friends. You can make a group with people you know and everyone can fill in their own lists with items they'd like to receive someday. From there, you're able to view loved ones' lists and buy them the gifts they're guaranteed to love, rather than risking it all on something you're not sure about or having to constantly go around asking everybody what they want.

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2.Amazon Mobile

Amazon Mobile
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Most people do a lot of their holiday shopping online nowadays, and Amazon is the number one port of call for almost every single item under the sun. No matter what you need to buy, Amazon will have it. Amazon Mobile lets you browse the site's full catalog of products and make purchases at the click of a button.

However, this app has many more hidden uses that you can take advantage of during the holiday season. For example, if you're out and about in a crowded mall and looking to get the best deal on a particular item, you can quickly check it out via Amazon Mobile to see price comparisons, product details, and reviews.

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Adults can have a lot of fun of Christmas, but the holidays are mostly all about the kids. When we go shopping, most of us are looking for gift ideas for little ones, and kids' Christmas gifts are often the most popular and fastest to sell out. Not only that, but with the toy market constantly shifting and evolving, with so many new brands and products coming out all the time, it can be hard to keep track of everything.

We've all been in that situation where a kid tells us about their latest video game or action figure and we have no idea what they're talking about. That's where ToyHopper comes in. This app provides full, detailed information on all the big gifts for kids. It offers gift ideas, gift themes, gift overviews, and more, breaking down each product with easy-to-read information, pictures, age ratings, recommendations, and more. Not only that, but ToyHopper also includes direct Amazon links for each of its products, letting you find the right gifts and buy them in a flash.

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4.Shop Savvy

Shop Savvy
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Shop Savvy is a totally free app that is a real must-have at Christmas time. It's very easy to use and can save you a whole lot of cash. We all want to get the best deals, especially during the holiday season where costs can quickly rack up. This app essentially functions as a barcode scanner, letting you quickly and easily scan items to learn more about them, including the prices local and online retailers are charging.

This way, you'll be able to instantly see where you can get the best deals, having the peace of mind that comes from knowing you're getting the lowest possible price, every time. But the advantages of this don't end there! Shop Savvy also functions as a gift tracking app, allowing you to scan items and save them in lists for later reference. It also includes social media integration, letting you share gift ideas and price info with your friends and family via Twitter and Facebook. With this holiday shopping app, you'll get the best Christmas deals every time.

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5.Point Inside

Point Inside
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Many people shop online, but the majority still head out to major malls and gigantic shopping areas in search of the best deals. Often, it pays off to see items in person and check them out in reality, rather than simply looking at images on a screen, so it makes sense that a lot of people do their holiday shopping in malls. However, actually finding your way around those malls can be a real nightmare! Especially during the holiday season, with big crowds around every corner and lots of noise, it's easy to lose track of where you are and where you need to go.

Point Inside can help with that. This holiday shopping app offers detailed, in-depth maps of hundreds of malls all around the United States. These maps are fully interactive, letting you zoom in and out and track your own location too in order to figure out where you are and where you need to go. You'll get details on every single store in the mall, as well as locations of restrooms and eateries to make your day of shopping as seamless as possible.

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5 Best Holiday Shopping Apps

  • Giftster, Photo: aquar/stock.adobe.com
  • Amazon Mobile, Photo: Vitaliy/stock.adobe.com
  • ToyHopper, Photo: Konstantin Yuganov/stock.adobe.com
  • Shop Savvy, Photo: Halfpoint/stock.adobe.com
  • Point Inside, Photo: gpointstudio/stock.adobe.com
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