The 10 Best Holiday Shopping Apps for Busy Students

College students have a lot going on this time of year: finals, travel, lots of holiday get-togethers, possibly even a job. Oh, and there’s holiday shopping, too. Shopping for everyone on your list can be time consuming and expensive, but we have good news: there’s help, and it’s just waiting to be found on your phone. We’ve discovered 10 awesome holiday shopping apps that can save you time, money, and help you find the very best gifts for your friends and family this holiday season.

  1. FastMall:

    Who has time to find the mall directory? Master the mall shopping experience with the FastMall app. You can use it to see an interactive map of more than 1250 different malls including malls in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and North Dakota, and find the store you’re looking for right away. You can even remember where you parked, find restrooms and elevators, and get special deals through the app.

  2. Better Christmas List:

    Manage your entire Christmas list with this app. You can set and track budgets for groups and people, create separate groups for family, friends, work, and more, and sort your shopping list by store or urgency. We’re really impressed by this app’s features that go above and beyond simple gift listing, like icons that show you at a glance who’s all set and who’s not. Plus, you can use it year after year, archiving your list to make sure you don’t repeat the same gift next year.

  3. Amazon Price Check:

    Ever wondered if that sweater you’re looking at in store is cheaper on Amazon? You don’t have to wonder with this app. Fire up the Price Check for iPhone direct from Amazon, and you can check prices instantly by scanning, photographing, typing, or saying what you’d like to compare. You can also influence Amazon prices by sharing the in-store price on the app. If Amazon’s price is better, you can buy directly from the app (and get free shipping for orders over $25).

  4. Shopkick:

    Finding the best deals and beating the holiday crowds can feel like a game, and it’s even more fun when you have Shopkick. This app gives you points for walking in to stores and making purchases. And once you check in, you can get exclusive deals and discounts through the app. Earn enough points, and you can redeem them for treats like gift cards, song downloads, and more.

  5. The Find:

    Just like Amazon’s app, The Find can tell you whether you’ve found the best price or not. Scan barcodes in store, then compare prices and similar products available within your shopping area – South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee – wherever! You can also sniff out any coupon codes and shipping deals available for items. If you’re not ready to buy just yet, it’s no problem: use this app to set a price alert so you can swoop in and buy it when it’s a steal.

  6. Delivery Status:

    We all tend to stalk the UPS delivery truck around the holidays. Now, you can do it easily on your phone with this app. Keep track of all the packages you have out there and know exactly when they’re going to arrive. You can even see your packages on a map, with support from more than 30 different services including UPS, FedEx, USPS, and DHL.

  7. CardStar:

    Forget stuffing your wallet or overloading your keychain with the endless loyalty cards available out there. Get great deals and lose the bulk by loading all of your membership and rewards cards into the CardStar app. You can still get access to all the same deals for holiday shopping without physically carrying all of them around.

  8. Gift Plan:

    We’ve all felt the worst of holiday panics: you forgot to add someone to your list, or worse, overlooked a friend or family member’s birthday because of the rush of the holidays. With Gift Plan, you can import the birthdays of your contacts and even Facebook friends, add gift ideas, sizes, and see all of their upcoming occasions at a glance. You’ll also be able to create a slick and easy-to-use shopping list to stay on top of your gift gathering and budget this year.

  9. Slice:

    If you plan to do most of your holiday shopping online, Slice is the perfect solution. You can organize and track everything, from email receipts to tracking numbers. You can also get alerts whenever an item you’ve purchased drops in price, allowing you to get money back! Several merchants also offer cash back rewards through the app, including Best Buy, Walmart,, and Nordstrom. Plus, if you’re taking advantage of any daily deals, Slice can remind you to use your Groupon, Living Social, and Plum District vouchers while they’re still good.

  10. RedLaser:

    Another comparison shopping app, RedLaser gets really local, and it’s perfect for people who prefer to buy in store (or who have missing shipping deadlines). Search for what you’d like to find, and RedLaser will show you where it’s available, on a map, with prices. You can even buy directly from your phone and have the items waiting for you at the store. It’s insanely easy to find what you’re looking for with this app!

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