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Holiday Shopping Apps for iPhone and Android

Get Your Christmas Shopping Done on Your Mobile Device This Year

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More people are taking their online shopping to their mobile devices, and for this year’s holiday season, retailers are preparing for the surge in traffic expected to come from more tablets and smartphones in addition to regular laptops and desktop computers. As more people go mobile, the trend is only expected to grow.

If you’re looking to jump on the mobile shopping bandwagon for this holiday season, there are a few great mobile apps you should know about. Here are ten of them that you should consider checking out.

1. The Christmas List

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Take your shopping list planning and organizing up a notch with this little app. You can use it to since gift lists up by email, track budgets per person, add people directly from your contact list, store photos of gifts and so much more. It’s not free, but at just $0.99, all the features are definitely worth it. This app is only available for iOS devices, and has been optimized for the iPhone 5.

2. Free Christmas List

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For those that have an Android smartphone instead of an iPhone, the Free Christmas List app is available from Google Play. Similar to the one above for the iPhone, you can track gifts by person, track your budgets and create a cost summary. If you like it, the app has a Pro version that you can upgrade to, which gets rid of the ads and adds password protection options.

3. Amazon Mobile

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Amazon has almost everything, and it does a crazy huge amount of online transactions during the holidays. Even if you just want to do some browsing from your smartphone, having the Amazon Mobile installed may be useful to you. You can search for products and buy them just like you can on the regular Amazon website. Available for iPhone and Android.

4. eBay

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Like Amazon, eBay is another online retailer giant that has just about everything--both new and used. Take your bidding and auction monitoring right to your mobile device so you can keep track of them on the go. All of your purchasing can be done straight through the app through your eBay account. It’s available for both iPhone and Android.

5. Half.com

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Part of eBay, Half.com helps you get your shopping done while sticking to your budget. The app basically allows you to find great deals across a whole bunch of product categories, even letting you login to your eBay account so you can make your purchases easily through the app. Available for both iPhone and Android.

6. Target

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Target’s mobile app has a ton of features. Not only can you stay organized by creating lists and use the barcode scanner to check for products, you can also see what products are currently in stock in purchase everything directly through your mobile device. Target’s app is available for both iPhone and Android.

7. Walmart

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Walmart is another great retailer that usually has everything you need for great prices, but the stores can get crazy around the holidays. Walmart’s mobile app lets you check out what products are on the rollback list, scan to get product details, organize your shopping list, and make all your transactions through your phone. It’s available for iPhone and Android.

8. Gilt on the Go

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Gilt helps you find the best luxury brands at discounted prices, in categories like fashion for men, women, children, home décor and even local deals and travel. The company actually offers mobile-exclusive deals to customers, so it’s worth it to get the app. The mobile app is available on almost every major mobile platform including iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry.

9. RedLaser

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When you do actually get out to the mall or shopping centers, make sure to have the RedLaser barcode scanner installed on your smartphone. Scan the barcode from any product to pull up a list of price comparisons for you to see where you can get the best deal. If you’re on a budget, it’s a great tool to have. The app is available for both iPhone and Android.

10. Macy's

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Macy’s has an exclusive app for shopping on your mobile device, still giving you the opportunity to enjoy in-store savings and special offers. You can manage your account through the app, make purchases and get access to Macy’s entire online assortment. The Macy’s app is available for both iPhone and Android.

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