8 Great Christmas Shopping List Apps for iPhone and Android

Some digital help for the most wonderful time of the year

More people than ever before are taking their holiday gift hunt to their mobile devices, shopping for Christmas gifts online and keeping track of purchases. 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 them according to person, keep track of purchases and spending, and streamline your entire shopping process. 

Here are the top Christmas shopping list apps for iOS and Android.

We'll indicate which apps have iOS versions, Android versions, or both.

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The Christmas List: Keep Track of Gifts, Budgets, and Recipients

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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 directly from your contact list, store photos of gifts, and so much more.

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Giftry: Exchange Wish Lists With Friends

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Giftry is an iOS gift registry app for all occasions, but it will make exchanging gift wish lists with friends and family super easy around Christmas time.

Add gifts to your wishlist from any store instantly, share your lists, and mark gifts as purchased to avoid double purchases. Invite your friends to use the app, too, so you can see everything they have on their wish lists and get the perfect gift they actually want.

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Gilt: Luxury in Your Smartphone

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Gilt helps you find the best luxury brands at discounted prices, in categories such as fashion, home décor, travel, and even local deals.

The company offers mobile-exclusive deals to customers, so it’s worthwhile to get the app, which is available for iOS and Android. Even if an item you like isn't available, adding it to your waitlist will automatically set off a reminder when it does become available.

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Amazon: The App for Everything You Might Want

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Amazon has almost everything, and it conducts a huge amount of online transactions during the holidays. The Amazon app, for both iOS and Android, is a useful addition to your phone for browsing, searching, and buying products, and its Wishlist feature helps keep track of everything you need.

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eBay: For Hard-to-Find Items

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Like Amazon, eBay is another online retail giant that has just about everything, both new and used. Take your bidding and auction monitoring right to your mobile device with the eBay app, for both iOS and Android, so you can keep track of your transactions on the go.

Simply add anything you like to your Watchlist to keep track of it or save it for later. All purchasing can be done straight from the app via your eBay account.

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Target: Find What You Need

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Target’s mobile app, for iOS and Android, has a ton of features that make shopping for gifts a breeze. 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.

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Walmart: Great Prices Without In-Store Drama

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Walmart is another great retailer that usually has everything you need at exceptional prices, but the stores can get crazy around the holidays.

Walmart's mobile app, for iOS and Android, 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. No parking lots or crowded aisles required!

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Macy's: In-Store Savings Right From Your Phone

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Macy’s has an exclusive app, for both iOS and Android, for shopping on your mobile device, while still offering you the opportunity to enjoy in-store savings and special offers.

Manage your account through the app, make purchases, and get access to Macy’s entire online assortment. Build your own shopping lists of all your favorite Macy's products right through the app.