Stats from Black Friday and Cyber Monday showed that people are shopping on their phones with more confidence and frequency than ever before. Why, you ask? Some of that is undoubtedly due to improvements in functionality and customer service in mobile sites and apps. Many retailers have their own apps (Amazon's, Nordstrom's and Sephora's are particularly good), while others act as convenient marketplaces to shop several brands and retailers at once (see: Spring, Lyst and ShopStyle). But we're focusing on those useful apps that can make your holiday shopping process as a whole less of a nightmare by organizing your lists, getting the best deals (retailers still mark things down well after Cyber Monday) and actually figuring out and locating what you're looking for. Read on for our favorites (really — we downloaded them all to make sure they weren't garbage).
This app launched as your typical sales tracking app: save items and get alerts via email and push notifications. It's recently made it easier to save items you want to track while you're browsing the web — across devices. On your desktop, just download a "button" that lives on your browser, and click it when you're on an item you like to save it to your list. On mobile, you can "share" items (like you would to send a link over text or email) directly to the same lists. You're also able to make multiple lists and share them with others — helpful for holiday shopping.
This app is all about keeping abreast of deals on everything from clothes to electronics to food. You can select favorite retailers to be notified when they're having sales, keep track of coupon codes and be alerted when brick-and-mortar sales are happening near you physically.
With this app, in addition to being alerted about deals, you can search specific products (or scan a product's QR code) to find the best deals on that product available across tons of retailers at that moment.
For the most anal holiday gift shopper, this app organizes your entire shopping process: your budget, how many days are left until Christmas, what people you need to shop for, what you've already ordered and more.
Slice isn't purely a shopping app; rather, it's a place to track all of the items you've already purchased in one place to know where they are in the shipping process. It can also alert you of price drops.
This relatively new personal shopping app, which has already raised $25 million in venture capital, spans categories from fashion to pet goods and employs a host of "experts" who create category-specific shopping guides, and who are available to chat live to help you find what you're looking for.