November 30, 2016

Ideal Shopping Apps Just In Time for the Holidays

Yael Morowati

Since Black Friday and Cyber Monday have already passed, this means that you’ve probably already compiled a list of gifts and spent a few bucks.  Well, the good news is that if you’re anything like the estimated 36 percent of Americans, then you’re going to shop online this season.  You will avoid endless lines, the crowds, and can shop in the comfort of your own home or office. With that being said, we’ve rounded up some of the best shopping apps for iOS and Android to help you navigate through the digital isles and to get your brain buzzing with cosmic ideas for your loved ones.  These apps are perfect for year-round use, and they’ll especially come in handy these next few weeks.  The countdown to the holidays has begun.

Touch of Modern
By connecting directly with the designers, ToMo brings you timeless and unique products.  ToMo also offers top of the line gifts at unbeatable “members-only” pricing. Each carefully designed piece is hand-selected.  This app is particularly useful if you’re shopping for men who have everything and are notoriously picky. ToMo offers lifestyle items that are both design-oriented and meant to start conversations.  ToMo also features flash sales that cover everything from retro jackets, living room sets, 3-D printers, molecular gastronomy sets, and deco prints. Every now and then, it also partners with larger brands to offer members extra perks on new products.

JackThreads
JackThreads is the ideal app for anyone who is indecisive or unsure of which shade of blue to buy. In case you’re like me, that means you need to try on at least three different colors or patterns of the same dress shirt before making your final decision. Avoid endless lines and public fitting rooms and shop in the comfort of your own home.  You can try-before-you-buy and order items via the company’s official mobile app or website. JackThreads believes that style, quality, and everyday value should be easily accessible, which is especially useful to millennials. The hardest part about shopping online isn’t discovering great looking stuff. It’s the uncertainty in choosing the right fit. Fortunately, you have five days to decide which pieces you would like to keep or return.  Best of all, you’ll only be charged for the items you keep.

Canopy
If you’re an avid Amazon shopper, then you’ll want to use Canopy, a curated selection of the most unique fashion, lifestyle, and home decor products available on this marketplace. It’s design-focused, modern, and elegant and its catalog is carefully arranged and thoughtfully maintained by real people, giving it a bit of a human touch.  You can follow people whose taste you trust and make better purchasing decisions by seeing what the community likes.  On Canopy, you can like things you think are great and make collections of products. For example, a selection of must-read comic books or the things you need for your new apartment.

Gilt
If you’re having a particularly difficult time shopping for your favorite person, then Gilt is the perfect app.  You’ll have to become a member in order to reap the benefits of instant insider access to today’s top designer labels and at up to 70% off retail.  It’s perfect if you’re shopping for women, men, kids and home as well as exclusive local services and experiences and luxury travel.

Tictail
If you enjoy supporting artisans from over 140 countries around the world, then Tictail is your app of choice. Artists and artisans use this app to set up their own stores.  It’s similar to Etsy, but is more polished. You’ll find more than 100,000 storefronts, and you will absolutely never get bored. Tictail brings unique handcrafted pieces to a wider audience.  Shoppers explore and connect with its global community of brands.

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