10 Must-Have Mobile Apps for Holiday Shopping


The holidays can get hectic when dealing with wish lists, long waits, best bargains, and so much more. According to a recent survey conducted by Apptentive.com, 88% of holiday shoppers use retail mobile apps to prepare them for the season. Turn your phone into a personal side-kick for the holidays and download these suggested mobile apps to make your life much easier and purchases much cheaper.


The Christmas List: Take the burden off Santa this year and have everyone’s Christmas lists in the palm of your hand. Organize and budget for each of your loved ones, track your shopping progress, share and update lists with others, and so much more! Available for Apple users. Christmas Gift List is available for Android users for similar capabilities.

ShopSavvy: Stay up-to-date during the holiday season on daily deals, coupons, and price comparisons from your favorite places to shop, online and in-store! You can also create wish lists that will actively update you on items that go on sale from one store to another. Available for Apple and Android users.

Pounce: Turn your camera into a “buy” button with this app. Take a photo of any item you see on the street that might make a great gift for your family or friends, and Pounce will search on the internet and help you find exactly where to get it! Available for Apple and Android users.

Slice: Keep track of all your online orders in one place without having to enter in a single tracking number this season. Slice sifts through your email for confirmation receipts, gathers the tracking numbers, and adds them to a map to show you what package is where, and when it will arrive. Available for Apple and Android users.

Coupon Sherpa App: Coupon Sherpa was the first-ever mobile coupon app, and features hundreds of digital coupons for popular stores like Kohls and Macy’s. Coupon Sherpa makes it easy to score in-store savings at retailers and restaurants, especially during the holiday season. Simply hand your phone to the cashier and they’ll scan the coupon. No clipping required. Available for Apple and Android users.

DealBoard App: Are you struggling with daily deal fatigue? If so, look no further than the DealBoard app to reduce your inbox clutter. This handy app aggregates daily deal offers into a single email based on your preferences, eliminating the need for individual subscriptions. Available for Apple users. Deal Drop is available for Android users for similar capabilities.

BuyOrNot App: It’s easy to evaluate your shopping options when you’re surfing the web, but user reviews and other product evaluations are harder to come by in-store. Enter the BuyOrNot App, a barcode-scanning app with access to a jaw-dropping 45 million product reviews. Available for Apple users.

Lookout Mobile Security App: Think about all the personal information your mobile device contains, not to mention the apps and websites you use every day. Couple that with the growing trend of mobile commerce, and your device is a hot commodity for hackers. PCMagazine’s Editor’s Choice for Android is the Lookout Mobile Security App. It’s available for free, or for $2.99 per month for enhanced security. Available for Android users.

Kayak: If you’re travelling throughout the holiday season, let Kayak help keep your flights and dates organized. This free app can compare hundreds of travel sites, finding you the best deals available for flights, hotels, car rentals, and all your other travel needs. Available for Apple and Android users.

Santa Tracker: Take a break from your shopping marathons and see what Santa is up to! NORAD’s Santa Tracker is great for the whole family, giving you a countdown to Christmas, themed mini-games and short videos, and also fact-filled articles on Saint Nick and worldwide Christmas traditions. Available for Apple and Android users.