Here is my absolute favorite iOS holiday shopping app - RedLaser.
RedLaser isn't some tacky snowglobe app, or a game or an app that allows you to send cards. No, this app can actually help you save money over the holidays!
Here's how it works. You're out shopping and you find the perfect gift for someone. But before you buy it, check to see if you can find a better deal by whipping out your iPhone (or iPad/iPod touch) and using RedLaser to scan the product's barcode. The app then goes off to search for the lowest online and local prices from its catalog of thousands of retailers such as Google, TheFind, SDC, eBay, Milo.com, Half.com, and more!
RedLaser as a whole raft of cool features:
- Scans UPC, EAN, UPC-E and EAN-8 barcodes!
- QR code scanning including URLs, contact info, calendar events, emails and more!
- Searches for prices with Google, theFind, SDC, eBay, Milo.com, Half.com, and Buy.com
- Keyword search and Voice search functionality to find the best deal when you don’t have a barcode handy
- Local search powered by Milo.com and TheFind
- Local search locates books in nearby libraries
- Lists – you can now organize your products to create shopping lists, wish lists or gift lists. Or use lists to archive your books or CD and DVD collections
- In-app checkout. Now you can find the best prices AND purchase directly from within the app for home delivery or local in-store pickup from select stores
- High-res Retina display support for iPhone 4
- iPhone 4 LED light option during scanning
- Send scanned products as email attachment ? great for inventory!
- Automatic search localization for USD, EUR, and GBP
- Create a QR Code from your contacts, a URL, or text
RedLaser is an absolutely amazing app - don't leave home to go holiday shopping without it!
Best of all - this app is free!