How nice would it be to have all your Chrimbo shopping done and dusted? These apps and websites will help you achieve exactly that...
Does the idea of doing your Christmas shopping fill you with dread? Then you need to revamp the way you do it! In 2016 there’s no need to find yourself shoulder to shoulder with angry shoppers or in the midst of a mile-long queue; let your smartphone play the part of Santa instead.
This Sunday it’ll be five weeks until the big day, so why not get cracking now? Make yourself a lovely cuppa, download these top Christmas shopping apps, and get your shopping done in style…
Giftster | iOS, Android, Free
First thing’s first: figuring out what you’re going to buy everyone. You can make that task super simple with Giftster, a connected gift list register that loops everything you and your family members would like into one place. With it, anyone can add items from around the web to their personal wish lists, allowing buyers to reserve or mark that they’ve bought each one, all of which should ensure that everyone gets exactly what they’re after. In other words? No more novelty socks.
Zeek | iOS, Android, Free
If you’d rather let people decide what they want for themselves at a later date, a gift card is a classic Chrimbo option. And the great news is that these days you don’t have to pay full whack, thanks to apps like Zeek. Zeek is a voucher card marketplace where people sell their unwanted cards at slightly reduced costs, meaning you can pick up vouchers for a huge list of high street and online stores for less than they’re worth. Bargain.
Amazon and Amazon Prime Now | iOS, Android, Free
Ok, so Amazon is probably an obvious addition to any Christmas shopper’s app arsenal, but we thought we’d better highlight some of its cooler features. First up, Prime subscribers who live in compatible areas should definitely download Prime Now, which offers millions of items – from food to tech – with free 2-hour delivery. Almost anything ordered on the regular app via Prime, meanwhile, is eligible for professional gift wrapping for a small additional cost. Lastly, keep be sure to keep a beady eye on the ‘Today’s Deals’ section of the app, which is always chock full of timed discounts.
Facebook Marketplace | iOS, Android, Free
It can be hard to pull yourself away from Facebook long enough to get cracking on the Christmas shopping, but you might not need to thanks to the social media mogul’s latest app update. The new Marketplace tab is home to a digital jumble sale of everything from second-hand phones to garden gnomes, meaning this could very well be the first year in which you do all of your festive shopping and social sharing via the same app.
Bakodo | iOS, Free
If you do find yourself out in a physical, real-world shop (we feel your pain), make sure you bring a phone with Bakodo installed along for the ride. It’s a barcode scanning app that’ll easily let you look up real world items you spot on the web, from where you’ll likely find cheaper prices from online retailers. Now get yourself home and out of the cold.
HotUKDeals | iOS, Android, Free
HotUKDeals offers exactly what its name suggests, with hundreds of discounts, voucher codes and special offers being submitted and ranked daily by an enormous community of avid online bargain hunters. That’s alongside stacks of great shopping advice in the forums and the ability to receive notifications when items you’re interested in are featured in relevant deals.
Gift Finder by Notonthehighstreet | iOS, Free
Notonthehighstreet has made a name for itself by providing unique, tailored gift ideas that you can’t find anywhere else, and its Gift Finder app makes scouring everything on offer even easier. With it you can browse by family member and people’s interests. Sports lover? No problem. Avid cook? They’ve got you covered.
Parcel | iOS, Free
If you’ve followed our advice thus far you may have ended up buying a range of gifts from a plethora of different sites and stores. If you’re after a simple and easy way to keep track of when everything’s set to arrive, look no further than Parcel. It’s a comprehensive delivery tracking tool that plumbs into tracking info for over 300 delivery services, including Royal Mail, Parcelforce, Hermes UK and Yodel, with push notifications available every step of the way.
And a few essential websites…
The DemoHOHOtivator by MoneySavingExpert
How many coffees do you buy a week? How many treats? All those little purchases probably add up to much more than the cost of your Christmas shopping, you know. But you needn’t just take our word for it; use the DemoHOHOtivator. It’ll quickly add up the savings you’d make – both over the year and between now and Christmas – if you gave up those small indulgences.
Say your gift recipient loves a certain band, brand, programme or product, and you want to get them something related. Where do you start? You start at yasiv.com, of course! Search for something on the site and it’ll load up a visual web of every related product that Amazon has in its wares, letting you see clearly what your obvious choices are.
Vodafone UK’s Christmas deals
As per usual, we’ve got a raft of seasonal deals for phone fans to enjoy, with savings across the board. For example, you can now grab a Sony Xperia XZ for just £37 per month (£20 upfront cost) on a Vodafone Red 6GB bundle, saving you £10 a month! Click here to see more brilliant deals.
Get more great apps… Click here to read our roundup of this month’s must-have apps.