17 Most Useful Shopping Apps for the Holidays and All Year Round

December 2, 2012

Shopping anytime can be a lot of work but we all know holiday shopping can be especially hectic. We picked out the most useful shopping apps that will help you get organized, efficient and savvy. From having interactive maps of the mall to organize your holiday gift list to getting in-store coupons, these apps will help you save time, money and energy any time of the year. 

The Christmas List - for iPhone

  • Easily create and track Christmas lists
  • Makes it easy to track spending and budget
  • Supports multiple gifting groups
  • Passcode secures lists from prying eyes
View on iTunes

Hanukkah Gift List - for iPhone

  • Manage your Hanukkah gift recipients, planning, shopping and budget
  • Contacts import for recipients
  • Email customizable, checkable planning and shopping lists
  • Gift photos and countdown timer
  • Screenlock passcode
View on iTunes

FastMall - for iPhone

  • Download any mall map then get interactive navigation without GPS or WIFI
  • Find mall stores, restaurants and restrooms with guided turn-by-turn direction
  • Add a text, photo or video to remember where you parked
  • Available maps for all the largest malls in the US, UK, Canada, France and more
View on iTunes

SnipSnap Coupon App - for iPhone

  • Snap a picture of any printed coupon and the app converts it into a offer you can redeem from your phone
  • Works with coupons from the newspaper and your mail.
  • Search the app for coupons that other people scanned
  • Get reminders when you have coupons for the store you entered or if it’s close to expiring
View on iTunes

Holiday Gift List - for iPhone

  • A manager for your Holiday shopping
  • Keep track of what you have done and what shopping is left
  • Add new gift ideas into the person’s list at anytime
  • Create multiple lists with password protection
View on iTunes

Decide Shopping & Price Predictor - for iPhone & iPad

  • This app helps you know what to buy and when with price predictions
  • When you follow Decide’s recommendation to buy now and the price drops from any seller within 2 weeks, they pay you the difference
  • Set price alerts to track products
  • Product ratings and reviews
View on iTunes

CardStar - for iPhone

  • Import all your plastic loyalty cards, reward cards and membership cards to your phone
  • Use your camera to import all your cards in minutes
  • Create a custom card if yours doesn’t have a barcode
  • Browse thousands of offers, sales, card-linked offers and more
  • Save grocery coupons to your card
View on iTunes

ShopSavvy - for iPhone & iPad

  • Find the right product at the best price by scanning barcodes
  • Also search using keywords
  • More merchants in North America and Europe than any other app
  • Find a deal and buy it directly from the merchant ecommerce site
  • Price match at local merchants and know if it is in stock
View on iTunes

My Christmas Budget - for iPhone

  • Keeps your holiday shopping on budget, on time and on target
  • Home screen gives a complete overview of your planning
  • Create separate groups for family, friends, and coworkers
  • Password protection
  • See a countdown to Christmas
View on iTunes

Rather-be-Shopping Coupons - for iPhone

  • Get in-store and online coupons to all your favorite stores
  • Easily browse coupons by store name or shopping category
  • Present your in-store coupon on your phone to the cashier
  • Online coupons allow you to shop on the retailer’s site via your phone
View on iTunes

Google Shopper - for iPhone

  • Helps you find local and online prices on millions of products
  • The app recognizes products by cover art, barcode, voice and text search
  • Get reviews, specifications, videos and more
  • Save items to your shopping list and share with friends
View on iTunes

returnguru - for iPhone

  • Keeps track of your purchase receipts and returns
  • Take a picture of the receipt
  • Get automatic reminders before it’s too late to return a purchase
  • Return reminders are based on store return policies
View on iTunes

dealnews App - for iPhone

  • Browse over 200 deals a day on everything from tablets to shoes to apps and more
  • Search fro the latest deals, coupons and freebies
  • Setup instant deal alerts
  • Browse local deals and save deals for purchase later
View on iTunes

Myibidder Auction Bid Sniper for eBay - for iPhone

  • Allows you to snipe auctions on eBay by placing the last seconds bid to increase your chances to win the item
  • No need to watch the auction, just set a snipe
  • There are no monthly fees or no per-auction fees
  • You must meet eBay’s and seller’s requirements in order to win
  • Your snipe must be added and activated at least 3 minutes in advance
View on iTunes

Slice - for iPhone

  • Tracks and organizes all your online spending and tracks your packages automatically
  • Sends you alerts if something you bought dropped in price so you can recoup the difference
  • Get push notifications when a package is shipped, out for delivery or has been delivered
  • Back up e-receipts to facilitate returns, exchanges and warranty claims
View on iTunes

RedLaser - for iPhone

  • Get the best prices on millions of products across thousands of online and local retailers
  • Find deals and coupons from hundreds of stores
  • App provides easy, fast and secure checkout from select retailers
  • Scan and store your loyalty cards and even share cards with family and friends
View on iTunes

eBay Instant Sale - for iPhone

  • Provides a convenient, simple way to get cash for your electronics or recycle them for free
  • You’ll receive an immediate cash offer for your electronic devices
  • Once the item is assessed, cash will be deposited to your PayPal account within 5 business days
  • If the item doesn’t have a resale value, you get a free shipping label for recycling
View on iTunes

For more online shopping, here’s a list of retailers with their own apps:

Amazon Mobile - for iPhone & iPad


Overstock.com - for iPhone & iPad


Target - for iPhone


Sears2go - for iPhone


Walmart - for iPhone


B&N Bookstore - for iPhone


Toys R Us - for iPad


Zappos Mobile - for iPhone & iPad


Disney Store - for iPhone & iPad


Nordstrom - for iPhone


Macy's - for iPhone


The Home Depot - for iPhone


Lowe's - for iPhone


BB&Beyond - for iPhone


Costco - for iPhone



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