12/06/2012 07:54 EST

Top 5 Shopping Apps To Help With Your Holiday Gift Buying


From crowded malls, disgruntled shoppers, overspending and lamenting "what to get" lists, holiday shopping season can suck the life out of the most wonderful time of year. To help you get through the season with a superior spirit, we've compiled a list of our five favourite holiday shopping apps. They'll help you keep organized, get the best deals and stay on budget — all while finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list.

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1. Elfster

Make this year's Secret Santa a breeze with Elfster. The app and website generate gift choices and email them to each

"Santa." In addition to helping pick presents, Elfster allows users to create wishlists — to help inspire great gifting. You can even send an anonymous note to your giftee.

2. Christmas Budget

Keep your spending in check while compiling who you need to shop for and what you need to get! This app keeps track of what you’ve spent. Add in gift ideas for an organized and easy way to do your shopping without breaking the bank!

3. GiftGen

All out of ideas for what to get everyone on that constantly growing list of yours? GiftGen is a great way to come up with ideas for gift-giving! Using info such as price and age ranges, gender and interests, GiftGen comes up suggestions to fit your needs.

4. RedLaser

Finding the best price is a breeze with RedLaser. This barcode scanning app compares prices from other retailers instantly.

5. Decide

Ever make a purchase only to find a better deal a few days later? This iPhone app uses algorithms to predict whether or not shoppers should buy now or wait for an upcoming sale on electronics and appliances.