Staying Mobile During The Holidays

Gifting Apps

The Season Of Gifting 

Put all your gifts, giving and wishing in the same place

Gifting through wish lists is an easy way to gain insight into items people are coveting and how to make their wishes come true! Toast is an app for that. See it. Wish it. Get it. Put all your gifts, giving and wishing in the same place. Celebrate your best moments by toasting those you care about.

CopyGram knows pictures are worth a thousand words and works with your Instagram. Bring back the days when photos decorated your walls in your physical life, not just on social media digital platforms. Pick it. Click it. Ship it as a gift. Gift certificates available Dec. 26th for memories worth saving throughout the New Year!

Gyft takes the paper trail out of certificates by helping to give, receive, and buy merchandise using a mobile wallet. Gift Cards are the #1 method to send and receive gifts on the go, last minute, or for the people who you are just not sure what to buy for them. Download Gyft and receive free gift cards to spend with their partners.

Staying Connected Across the Miles

It’s the address book that does not necessarily start with A

Skype, FaceBook chat, Viber, and WhatsApp solves the how, but now about the who.

Eventually we start searching address books for contacts to send  our personal greetings to during this time of year. Brewster app is your re-imagined address book for modern times. “It’s the address book that does not necessarily start with A,” says Founder Steven Greenwood, meaning it organizes your contacts through the lens of your daily relationships and interactions with your social networks, not just alphabetically.

Brewster filters your contacts by various themes or topics, so planning get togethers by city, interests or other keywords can be done easily. The hand held address book that keeps you in touch with clients, friends, family, and those who matter most.

Holiday Hibernation

Entertainment that bonds everyone’s interests

In home entertainment

We can not deny the urge to hibernate with domesticated entertainment – movies and television! Services that are addressing this nesting for the holidays are Foundd (suggests what to watch) and Tweek.tv (watch it all from the comfort of your iPad).

Foundd is the consumer based entertainment that bonds the audience through similar viewing interests. Their startup has been nominated for the People’s Choice Award at the upcoming Europa’s being held in Berlin.  CoFounder Lasse Claussen mentions using Toast App, Any.do, PayPal for payments, and Kiva to contribute or invest into causes he believes in during this holiday season.

So Many Apps, So Little Time

Discover, view and share mobile apps that are enjoyable and useful .

The biggest challenge in our industry is something we call “the intent problem in mobile app search,” says Founder of Xyo, Zoe Adamovicz.  The bottom line: discover, view and share mobile apps that are enjoyable and useful. Type the word “Gift” in Xyo’s search box and immediately find a whole collection of apps that are all about “gift planning.”

Find the best shopping lists or store locators and find the best apps to help with your shopping needs. For charitable aspirations, their app locates charity fundraising and various NGOs.  It’s hard to rank charity, but this overview sorts out which organizations would interest us the most to work with.

Put It on Santa’s Tab

Payments for LEGO’s, coffee, or a Christmas bonus we’re here and we’re open through the holidays – Ben Milne of Dwolla.

Paypal is still a tried and true method globally when making online purchases. Many are now opting for the convenience of a digital wallet, which not only involves point of purchase payments, but also money transfers from person to person. Companies addressing the need to send and receive money are Dwolla, Square, Sum Up and expanding in Europe iZettle. Speaking of digital or mobile wallets, KeyRing is a useful way to store loyalty programs and ShopKick rewards the holiday crowds for simply stepping foot in their stores.

Enjoy this time with family and friends, gift giving is a year round occasion, so let’s see what mobile passions and discoveries await us all in 2013! Happy Holidays!

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