Haven’t done any Christmas shopping yet? Getting annoyed that your peers gloating that they’ve already finished all of theirs? Don’t worry, you can get that horrible knot out of your stomach simply by installing a handful of applications on your iPhone. These apps will help you to get all of your Christmas shopping done without even getting up out of your seat.
Amazon is a foolproof destination for anyone stuck for gift inspiration. This pocket-sized version of the site makes it easy to browse through the huge catalog of products and order instantly from your phone using the 1-Click ordering feature. The application even allows you to search for people’s wish lists, meaning that you don’t have to worry about getting friends and family the wrong presents again!
eBay Always great for finding bargain basement gifts, and it’s app provides a slick way to search, bid and monitor auction activity from wherever you are. Because you can access it anywhere, you can make sure you never miss out on an item because you weren’t around to monitor the bidding. There’s also an iPad version of eBay, which makes looking for cheap deals all the more pleasurable.
If you’ve got a bit of cash to throw around, you might like to treat your geeky loved ones to some Apple goodies. The Apple Store app offers a wonderful way to browse the company’s highly desirable product line. You can purchase Apple products and accessories directly from the app, and even add engraving or gift wrapping to items to make for a more personalized present.
The perfect anti-crisis Christmas app, TheFind: Shopping helps to ensure you get the best possible deal on every gift you buy this season. It allows you to search for any product, then get price comparisons from a wide range of retailers, before showing you where to buy, through a link to the online store or a map showing where the nearest outlet is. TheFind: Shopping even includes a barcode scanner for finding better deals while you’re actually out shopping!
Offering a more enjoyable way to do your Christmas shopping, CheckPoints instantly rewards you for buying stuff in stores. Scan products using your phone and you’ll get CheckPoints, which can be redeemed to get all sorts of goodies for free. The app and the service are free to use, and CheckPoints will even throw in 200 points to get you started when you install the application.
A trip to the Toys “R” Us store at this time of year is about as advisable as taking a picnic in wartorn Afghanistan. It’s got some great stuff for the kids though, so install the official Toys “R” Us app on your iPhone and use it to browse and purchase products without setting foot near the store. Features of the app include deals and special offers, customer ratings and reviews, and detailed item views.
Sniff out the best Target Christmas offers with the store’s official iOS application. The app allows you to search for a specific product or peruse by category, before completing your purchase through the integrated cart and checkout. The Target app includes a barcode scanner for finding instant details, reviews and availability of products that you find in the store.