Christmas Day is just over a fortnight away, so the pressure to find the perfect gifts for your friends and family is officially on.
The way we see it, you have two options. You can bury your head in the snow until the very last minute, by which point the shelves will be barren – leaving you no choice other than to flee your loved ones in shame and begin a new life in the Philippines. Alternatively, you can just download our merry collection of Christmas shopping apps, and let all the hard work take care of itself.
If you’ve got a lot of presents still to buy, then the first thing you should do is get yourself organised. Using Christmas Gift List you can set budgets for all of the people you need to buy for, and then add in gifts as you buy them to keep track of your spending. You can even keep a record of your gift wrapping, so there will be no botched last-minute jobs using newspaper or tin foil.
If you’re buying for close friends or relatives then coming up with present ideas shouldn’t be too difficult, but what about the office secret santa or buying for people that you know less well? Gift Professor generates gift suggestions based on a short quiz of interests and personality traits – even if it doesn’t find the answer, it may point you in the right direction.
Okay, you’ve settled on a present idea, but now the price tag is putting you off. Don’t worry, Christmas can quickly get expensive and you aren’t being cheap – but download Red Laser and you may be to find a bargain elsewhere. Scan in the barcode of the gift you had in mind, and check the prices and deals that other retailers have to offer.
There’s always somebody who tries to wrangle their way out of Secret Santa, so make it official with the Open Secret Santa app. Add contacts and e-mail addresses of all participants and then draw assignments randomly with notifications for all. There’s something about receiving an assignment via text that will make you feel like a spy, and drawing names out of a hat just doesn’t cut it anymore.
One last present buying tip is the Groupon app for daily deals on everything from dinner reservations to a day in a fancy spa. Of course, Groupon is for life, not just for Christmas – but if you’re stuck for ideas then it’s worth taking a look at what’s on offer.