posted Friday, December 13, 2013 by Rebecca Brooks

Whether you’re the hyper-organized type with check lists galore, an uber thrifty consumer, always on the hunt for a deal, or the last-minute shopper…there’s a holiday app for you. We’ve rounded up some of the top holiday apps so you can avoid a gift-giving crisis this year. Not too tech savvy? No problem! These apps are super simple to use and will make your holiday shopping experience a lot less stressful. What’s even better? You can download them all for free!


Still clipping coupons? Put the scissors down. With SnipSnap, you won’t have to hold up the check out line while you search for a crumpled coupon. SnipSnap, available on iOS and Android, lets users snap photos of their favorite coupons and store them within the app, making them easily available and searchable. You can also browse other users’ coupons. From books to baby toys, there are over 1.1 million coupons on the site, with an estimated $113 million in savings so far.


This app uses your smartphone’s location to show you where you can find discounts at nearby stores. SaleSorter also lists store hours and contact info, so feel free to call and see how long the lines are before making the trip to the mall. This app is available on iOS.


Why shouldn’t you get rewarded for all of your tireless holiday shopping? Shopkick is the shopaholic’s best friend. Over 6 million people have discovered this app, making it the most-used shopping app according to Nielsen. Even Oprah claims that this app is “addictive.” Discover the best and most popular items near you and get rewarded with kicks (points) simply for walking into a store.  Receive extra points by scanning items and making purchases. Kicks can be redeemed for gifts cards at your favorite stores. Shopkick is available on iOS, iPad and Android.

eBay Now

Okay last-minute shoppers, this one’s for you. Until December 24th, 2013, eBay Now (available on iOS and Android) is offering FREE same-day delivery from nearby stores. Make purchases with this app from local brick-and-mortar businesses without having to stand in line, wait long for your purchases, or pay shipping & handling.  So relax, your holiday shopping WILL get done. Better late than never, right?

12 Days of Gifts

This isn’t exactly a shopping app, but it will make your holiday season much brighter. Apple has launched its 12 Days of Gifts app for iOS devices because, well, who doesn’t love free Apple gifts? From Dec. 26 to Jan. 6, Apple will be offering a new free song, app, book or movie every day. Act quickly though, because each deal will only be available for 24 hours. Previously, Apple has given away games such as Geomaster and apps like The Photo Cookbook as well as singles from bands Maroon 5, Foo Fighters and One Direction.

Happy holiday shopping!

What's your favorite holiday app?