Whether in search of the perfect gift, the best price, or a new way to bring a little magic to your holiday, we've rounded up our four favorite apps to make your season a little more merry.
If you're a big bargain hunter (and really, who doesn't love a great deal?) then RedLaser is the perfect app to bring along on your holiday shopping spree. Just scan the barcode of any item on your list, and RedLaser will compare your item's price with thousands of other retailers—online, offline, and even stores right down the road. Worried someone will snatch the last coveted item on your list? Buy directly from your phone with RedLaser partner retailers, and have your item waiting for you at a nearby store.
Get your family in the holiday spirit—or to keep the kids in line—with the Santa's Magic Phone app. With personalized wish lists you can easily forward to fellow family members, and colorful, Christmas-themed puzzles to keep your little ones occupied, it's our favorite family app of the season. Create a little holiday magic—or keep tabs on their nice vs. naughty behavior—with customized calls and texts from the big man himself.
Having a hard time finding a unique gift for someone on your list? Give the GiveEmThis app a try! This free web-based application uses clues from Facebook and Twitter to make interest-specific gift recommendations for products on Amazon.com. Analyzing Twitter updates, events, "Likes", and public bio information, GiveEmThis is a fun and entertaining idea-generator—even if it sometimes misses the mark.
Giving back is a big part of the holiday season, but with more and more of our shopping done online, there's not always a dutiful bell ringer standing by. That's why we love the idea behind Socialvest. Just set up a free account, shop at one of the 600+ retailers (in-store or online), and accrue a percentage of your purchase to donate to the charity of your choice. It's a free and easy way to make an impact, all while going about your holiday shopping routine.