Christmas List Apps for iPhone & Android

Get Your Christmas Shopping Done on Your Mobile Device This Year

More people are taking their holiday gift hunt to their mobile devices, even using Christmas list apps alongside their online and offline shopping.

For this year’s holiday season, retailers are preparing their websites for the surges of online traffic expected to come from more tablets and smartphones in addition to regular laptops and desktop computers. As more people go mobile, the trend toward online shopping via apps and the mobile web is only expected to grow.

If you’re looking to jump on the mobile shopping bandwagon for this holiday season, there are a few great mobile apps you should know about. Here are ten of them that you should consider checking out.

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Take your shopping list planning and organizing up a notch with this little app. You can use it to sync gift lists up by AirDrop or by email, track budgets per person, add people directly from your contact list, store photos of gifts and so much more. It’s not free, but at just $1.99, all the features are definitely worth it. This app is only available for iOS devices for the time being. More »

For those that have an Android smartphone instead of an iPhone, the Free Christmas List app is available from Google Play. Similar to the one above for the iPhone, you can track gifts by person, set budgets for each of them, conveniently check off each gift as you make your purchases, add more specific notes for each person, and so much more. It's really the perfect app to help you keep everything organized as you plan your gifts and shop around. More »

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If you want a clean yet festive looking app that helps you organize and track all the gifts you need to get, then Santa's Bag for iPhone may be the one you need. Along with a countdown to Christmas, you get a nice summary of your gift purchasing activity, plus a convenient tab showing the gift recipients you entered and their details. The app claims to have been designed in a way so that users never end up forgetting about anyone or anything. Best of all, it's free.

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Amazon has almost everything, and it does a crazy huge amount of online transactions during the holidays. Even if you just want to do some browsing from your smartphone, having the Amazon app installed may be useful to you. You can search for products and buy them just like you can on the regular Amazon website, using the Wishlist feature to keep track of everything you need. Available for iPhone and Android.

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Like Amazon, eBay is another online retailer giant that has just about everything -- both new and used. Take your bidding and auction monitoring right to your mobile device so you can keep track of them on the go. Simply add anything you like to your ​Watch list to keep track of it, or save it for later. All of your purchasing can be done straight through the app through your eBay account. It’s available for both iPhone and Android. More »

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Target’s mobile app has a ton of features. Not only can you stay organized by creating your own dedicated shopping lists and using the barcode scanner to check for products, but you can also see what products are currently in stock and purchase everything directly through your mobile device. Target’s app is available for both iPhone and Android.

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Walmart is another great retailer that usually has everything you need for great prices, but the stores can get crazy around the holidays. Walmart’s mobile app lets you check out what products are on the rollback list, scan to get product details, organize your shopping list directly through the app, and make all your transactions through your phone. It’s available for iPhone and Android. More »

Gilt helps you find the best luxury brands at discounted prices, in categories like fashion for men, women, children, home décor and even local deals and travel. The company actually offers mobile-exclusive deals to customers, so it’s worth it to get the app. Even if something isn't available, adding it to your waitlist will automatically set off a reminder for when it does become available. The mobile app is available on almost every major mobile platform including iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry.

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When you do actually get out to the mall or shopping centers, make sure to have the RedLaser barcode scanner installed on your smartphone. Scan the barcode from any product to pull up a list of price comparisons for you to see where you can get the best deal. If you’re on a budget, it’s a great tool to have. Use it to build your own wish lists, gift lists, or other shopping lists that can even be shared with friends and family. The app is available for both iPhone and Android. More »

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Macy’s has an exclusive app for shopping on your mobile device, while still offering you the opportunity to enjoy in-store savings and special offers. You can manage your account through the app, make purchases and get access to Macy’s entire online assortment. And of course, you can certainly build your own shopping lists of all your favorite Macy's products right through the app. The Macy’s app is available for both iPhone and Android.

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