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The gift of peace of mind – Can apps reduce holiday stress?

Posted on 12-20-2016 Posted in Stress - 0 Comments

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Holiday shopping can be stressful for a lot of people. Does one brave the Black Friday crowds or wait until later? Even if the decision is to wait, there are still many things to think about, such as where the best deals are, what the best time to go shopping is and what to get that one person who seems to have everything.

Some people still try to manage everything using an old-fashioned pen and paper, but now they can take advantage of technology. The major retail stores all have their own websites and apps, and potential customers can access them to find the best price on a particular item or find a gift suitable for a hard-to-buy-for person. Shoppers can now sit comfortably at home instead of plodding through crowded stores to find just the right present.

The app Gift Suggester lets the browser choose “recipient,” “personality” or “occasion.” Under recipient, one can enter “female senior citizen” or “male college student” and up pops a list of suitable gifts at varying prices. The search tab provides additional filters to help people go through a range of options. The gifts are unusual, too, not the run-of-the-mill kind.

It can be hard to keep track of sales during the holiday season and when purchasing an expensive item, such as electronics, the price varies from store to store. RetailMeNot is a website for finding coupon and discount codes, and it also has an app for iPhones. If your favorite clothing store is The Gap, check RetailMeNot first before going shopping to the store or online. It publishes codes for everyone to take advantage of, and each deal has a reliability rating voted on by consumers.

ShopSavvy is an app that delivers flyers from various retailers and has a SmartAlert feature that traces product categories over 1,500 online stores. The user instructs the app to keep an eye on women’s boots or men’s watches, and it will alert you when a good price is available.

If the user wants a specific product, such as a certain brand of golf clubs or a particular piece of jewelry, the app TrackIf allows the user to choose individual products and then compares prices from all over the Internet. The user is alerted when a sale price appears.

Addwish makes it easy to get wish lists from others and coordinate them, they can be shared with others and family members can work together deciding who will get mom the handbag she’s had her eye on.

If you’re one of those people who doesn’t like writing Christmas cards, Christmas Video Greeting Cards is an iPhone app that has a simple, fun way to send personalized holiday video cards to as many people as you want for only 99 cents each. The user chooses a border decoration and holiday music and records a 30-second personal video with just a few clicks. The video card can be sent via Facebook or email.

Clear is a list reminder app in which each item on a list has its own color. The top item is red to indicate urgency or importance, and the bottom item yellow. In-between items are varying shades of yellow and red. The app comes with several color schemes to choose from.

These days, even a person snowed in by a blizzard can shop, compare and order gifts for delivery right from their living room, reducing stress while having fun with electronics.

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Written by Veronica McNamara, Sovereign Health Group writer

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