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Manage your holiday gift-giving from your iOS device

Karissa Bell | Dec. 5, 2011
Holiday shopping has swung into full gear. But while others elbowed their way to Black Friday deals and clicked on Cyber Monday savings, you sat on the sidelines. Maybe you always put off holiday shopping until the last minute. Maybe you’re daunted by the thought of coming up with a list, let alone checking it twice. Maybe you think the entire process is a bit of a drag.

Gift Plan syncs with your Facebook friends and imports their birthdays directly into the app so you never have to worry about missing a friend’s birthday. Furthermore, if you appreciate a well-designed app, you’ll love the stunning graphics of Gift Plan. Its elegant design is easily its best feature.

But if you want functionality, No More Socks offers the best bang for your buck. Like Gift Plan, it’s versatile enough to use year-round, but it takes gift planning to the next level by seamlessly incorporating shopping and sharing into the app. You can shop online directly from within No More Socks and easily compare prices between dozens of retailers.

No More Socks isn’t the only app that will share your lists via email, but it is the only one I’ve seen that uses sharing to tackle what can be one of the most difficult aspects of holiday shopping—finding the right gifts for everyone on your list. Other apps have areas for brainstorming, but No More Socks takes this a step further by leveraging its community of users to help you come up with gift ideas.

Of course, your favorite gift-giving manager will depend on your particular needs. But if you’re struggling to get a handle on your gift list, the knowledge that there are some capable apps out there should bring some measure of holiday cheer.


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