7 Great Christmas Shopping List Apps for iPhone and Android

Some digital help for the most wonderful time of the year

Whether you're shopping from your couch or braving the malls, Christmas shopping list apps will keep you organized and on track. These apps help you build your list of gift ideas, organize lists according to person, keep track of purchases and spending, and streamline your entire shopping process.

Here are seven great Christmas shopping list apps for iOS and Android.

Apps are available for iOS or Android devices or both, as indicated.

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GiftList

GiftList app for iPhone
What We Like
  • Add products from any website to the app.

  • Share the list with people who don't have the app.

  • Mark items on a list as bought or reserved.

What We Don't Like
  • The app doesn't import website products automatically without an extension.

The free GiftList app makes it easy to create lists for yourself and others. Let your friends and family know what you want for the holidays, even if they don't have the app. If they use GiftList, check their lists before you start shopping to know what they want.

Search online and add gifts to your lists. You have to input the information manually unless you have the Chrome extension that automates the process. Track purchases on the lists to see what you've already bought and what you still need to buy.

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Christmas List App

Christmas List App
What We Like
  • Fun, easy-to-use app.

  • Add items from any online store to your list.

  • Receive curated recommendations from the app.

What We Don't Like
  • Claimed items can be deleted from a list.

  • Viewers of shared lists may see the gifts they will receive.

The free Christmas List App makes gift-giving fun. Create Christmas gift lists for yourself and others and share them with your family and friends. Use the list to claim items to purchase, be notified when a new product is added to a list, and track your spending budget. Add items from any online store, including Amazon and eBay, and receive curated gift ideas and suggestions. Watch for deal alerts to save money.

The app is particularly handy for making lists for young children who can't set up one on their own. Then share their lists with family members.

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The Christmas List

The Christmas List app for iOS
What We Like
  • Sync gift lists by AirDrop or email.

  • Create personal shopping budgets.

What We Don't Like
  • Budget displays per person but not as a total.

This is one of the best-reviewed and most popular Christmas shopping apps around. The Christmas List app for iOS is perfect for anyone who wants to get serious about their list planning, organization, and tracking.

Use it to sync gift lists by AirDrop or email, track budgets per person, add people from your contact list, store photos of gifts, and more.

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Christmas Gifts and Budget

Christmas Gifts and Budget app for Android
What We Like
  • Christmas list is password protected.

  • Generates a new list each year with archived information.

What We Don't Like
  • Not easily configured for other holidays.

  • No way to import images and info from a website.

Track gift ideas and your budget at the same time with the free Christmas Gifts and Budget app for Android devices. Use the app to capture your gift ideas as they come to you. Associate them with your family members or friends, and check them off when you buy them.

Each year is archived and fully reviewable when Christmas rolls around again. The app generates fresh, new lists each year, but unlike some of the other Christmas apps, it isn't set up to work with additional holidays or birthdays.

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Christmas Gift List Tracker

Christmas Gift List Tracker app for iPhone
What We Like
  • Can mark items "private" on shared lists.

  • Include graphing options to visualize info.

  • Highly ranked by users.

What We Don't Like
  • Lacks some of the bells and whistles of other apps.

The Christmas Gift List Tracker is just the app for making your lists and checking them twice. Use it to track everyone on your list, ideas for gifts, and purchases. Try out the graphing capabilities of the app and compare your plans with reality by assigning a budget value to each person on your list.

Share your lists and collaborate with others (just mark any secret gifts "private" to prevent the recipients from seeing them) or password protect your lists to keep them super-secret.

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Xmas Gifts List

Xmas Gifts List app for Android
What We Like
  • Password or fingerprint protected.

  • Sort people by name, date, gift not yet bought.

What We Don't Like
  • No way to add images to gifts.

  • Ads in free app sometimes block content.

The free Xmas Gifts List app for Android devices simplifies holiday planning and gift-giving. Make your list by adding people from your Contacts or manually. Then enter possible gifts and the prices to track your expenses. The app generates totals for each recipient separately.

As Christmas nears, you can indicate whether each gift was bought or delivered, secure in the fact that you haven't missed anyone or blown your budget. An in-app purchase is available for removing the ads.

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Santa's Bag

Santa's Bag iOS app on iPhone
What We Like
  • Recommended by many major news venues and websites.

  • Highly customizable.

  • Makes gift suggestions and recommendations.

What We Don't Like
  • Two people can't log in to the same app list to make selections or changes.

Use the free Santa's Bag app for iPhone to set up gift lists for each member of your family and keep the lists private with a passcode or Face ID, so there's no chance your kids will find out what they are getting.

Add links, photos, and notes for each gift to simplify your planning, and don't overlook the budgeting features in the app to keep your holiday spending in line. Print checkable lists when it's time to shop, and you won't miss a beat. Save time and money, and best of all, find the perfect gifts!

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