Holiday Shopping Apps to Help Save You Time and Money
It won't wrap your presents for you, but your BlackBerry smartphone can be a first-rate personal shopping assistant
Deep into the holiday season no one wants to be stuck in a mall with an empty shopping bag and an emptier list of gift ideas. Thanks to your BlackBerry® smartphone, however, this year you're not out there on your own. We've made a list—and checked it twice—of some great holiday gift-buying apps you can download to your BlackBerry smartphone. It's better to give than to receive (or so we're told) so our present to you is a terrific set of free apps to keep you and your gift recipients smiling through the upcoming holidays.
Sccope (not a typo) is just the thing for savvy US-based smartphone shoppers. It boasts an enormous database of advertised prices from top retailers and lets you browse by category, search by barcode (where available), input the product name in the search bar, or take a picture of the product's barcode to compare many different price points. This formerly paid application (now free) is a heavyweight champ of comparison shopping.
As its name suggests, Poynt (FREE) is designed to "point" you wherever you need to go to find those killer gift ideas. If one store sells out of that flat-screen television for your parents, for example, just enter "flat screen TV" into Poynt's search bar and you'll be navigating your way (using your BlackBerry smartphone's built-in GPS functionality) to an alternate TV dealer in minutes. It doesn't get much easier than this.
The child in all of us associates holiday gift giving with toys. All toys and nothing but toys. Thanks to the new ToysRUs app, you can navigate directly to the toy megastore's site to browse and purchase anything in the catalog. This free app also works with BabysRUs.com.
Shopper – Shopping List
Really good shoppers keep lists and the FREE Shopper – Shopping List app is a list-making machine. Use the preloaded catalog to build a detailed holiday grocery-shopping list or develop a custom holiday gift-buying list for your friends and family. You can reuse lists for repeat shopping trips, share them with other BlackBerry Shopper – Shopping List users, and keep lists synced in real time between all recipients. If you're feeling generous, you can even let family members add to the list as you shop.
1-800-Flowers Mobile Gift Center
Flowers are one of the most personal gifts you can send and, if the fragrant bud is at the top of your holiday gift-giving plans, the free 1-800-Flowers Mobile Gift Center app should make your life much easier. Preview different arrangements; set up birthday or special event reminders; and wow someone special with the perfect bouquet. Show them you care this holiday season with a one-of-a-kind floral arrangement.
Frugalytics Shopping for Smart People
With retailers locked in a virtual battle for your holiday spending money, why pay top dollar for their wares? The FREE Frugalytics Shopping for Smart People app lets you comparison shop for just about anything on your holiday gift list (with both online and local merchants) to help you get the best price.
Godiva Chocolatier has been selling elegant, hand-crafted Belgian chocolates for more than 80 years and, thanks to this free app, you can now redirect these premium confections to someone on your holiday gift list with a few simple smartphone clicks. These melt-in-the-mouth treats will score you big points with anyone who appreciates the gastronomic potential of the cocoa bean.
Whether you're a buyer or seller, one of the most significant online locations to negotiate the efficient movement of goods: eBay. And Internet auctioneering is a lot easier with the FREE eBay app for BlackBerry smartphones. Search, bid, and close the deal as a shopper or watch and review your items as a seller. The free eBay app is designed to keep you connected to your important online transactions 24/7. When that hard-to-find holiday gift idea pops into your head, you'll be all over it.
Spending time with family and friends is just as important as gift giving and nothing brings loved ones together like a good meal. With OpenTable (FREE), you can find restaurants close to your current location, search menu offerings, and even make reservations on the fly. This free app may not shrink your shopping list but it'll definitely increase your popularity with the foodies in your group by helping you to quickly and easily land a table at your favorite spot.
Here is a terrific gift idea for hard-to-please family or friends: give the gift of entertainment. The free Ticketmaster app lets you shop for their favorite acts from virtually any location. Check out seating charts and score those tickets right then and there. Tip: When deciding what to tickets to get, pick the show you also like because you'll probably be going!
Once all the shopping is done (or at least forgotten about until your next trip to the mall) it's time to start planning the holiday meal. But there is no need for gravy-stained recipe cards here because the popular Allrecipes.com website is now mobile. Just point your BlackBerry smartphone's browser to mobile.allrecipes.com and fire up that oven.
Radar Coupons (FREE) can save you a lot of money this holiday season. This app is designed to present coupon offers from local retailers and alerts you of special offers and coupons from other establishments within a 10-mile radius (employing your BlackBerry smartphone's GPS) as soon as you launch it. When you're ready to pay, simply open the coupon on your smartphone and show it to the cashier.