• 6 Services You Didn't Know About that Will Make Christmas Shopping So Much Easier

    It's the most wonderful time of the year... to shop for presents!
    by Jillianne Viel E. Castillo .

  • Photo from Pixabay

    Let’s face it, it’s fun to give and receive presents but it’s a chore to shop for them, more and more so as Christmas day nears. We’re here to relieve some of the stress brought on by Christmas shopping with this list of services you can make thorough use of; everything from making lists, paying for gifts, online shopping, snagging great deals and more. Make Christmas shopping easier with the help of these handy-dandy tools:

    1. Christmas Gift List



    First off, don’t go into this blindly. Be a smart shopper by jotting down the people you want to give presents to, what you’re getting each one of them and how much money you’re willing to spend. Christmas Gift List is a great app for this. 

    You can do all of the things mentioned above and even more such as: see an overall picture of your list, how many days left until Christmas and password-lock your list (for nosy kids who can’t wait to find out what you’re getting them). The festive and clean interface is also a breeze to use.

    Get it on: Android

    2. PayMaya



    Say you want to gift someone a Spotify Premium subscription or a cool app on the Apple Store (yes, these are both possible) but the problem is you don’t have a credit card. Get a PayMaya account and you can. All you need is a mobile phone number. 

    PayMaya works like a reloadable credit card. Meaning, you put money into it and you use it like you would a credit card. What’s great about PayMaya is that it’s a Visa card. You can use it wherever Visa cards are accepted. Just download the app, register your number and load up. You’ll get an online virtual credit card and you can get an actual card too, if you wish, that you can use in physical stores. Cool, right?

    Get it on: Android, iOS

    3. Lazada



    If you’re looking to avoid the frantic Christmas rush (and lacked the foresight or the time to shop earlier), shopping online is your savior. We’re loving Lazada now as they’re having a huge Christmas sale where they’re offering items for up to 95% off happening from Dec. 10 to 12. There’s even going to be iPad Mini 2’s at half price, so we hear. 

    They’re a great choice for online shopping as they ship nationwide free of charge and have an option for Cash on Delivery for those who don’t like paying with – or don’t have – credit cards. 

    Find it here: Lazada.com.ph

    4. Grab Express



    Say you’ve whipped up a homemade chicken pie as a Christmas present for a friend. Your Christmas schedule is so packed though that you’re finding it hard to go over to her house to give her the pie. Will you call it a lost cause and gift it to someone else?

    Don’t. Hire a service to personally get it to her. GrabTaxi is now offering a delivery service they call GrabExpress. You can send gifts, Christmas cards, documents, cookies and anything else valued below P2,000 anywhere on-demand. You can even book a pick-up at your friend’s house and have her present to you dropped-off at your place. Booking for GrabExpress is done via the GrabTaxi app. 

    Get it on: Andoid, iOS, Blackberry

    5. Sakay.ph



    Want to go to Divisoria but don’t know how to get there? Easy, use Sakay.ph. Input where you are and where you want to go, and your instant navigator will tell you everything you need to know from what jeep to ride, where to get off, where to walk to for your next ride, etc. It’s like GPS but for people who commute. It will even give you route options, tell you the duration of your trip and provide an estimated fare cost.

    Find it here: Sakay.ph
    Or get it on: Android, iOS 

    6. Snipe PH



    You’re at the mall but, alas, you forgot to do your research. You don’t know where all the sales and great finds are. Here’s your solution: whip out your phone and download Snipe PH. 

    Snipe PH is a location-based shopping app. It will tell you the great deals and bargains that you can enjoy in the mall you’re in. Just pick a category (you’re looking for shoes for kuya, for example), choose an item you like, and then get the code so you can present it at the store checkout. It saves money and time! The app can be used at Alabang Town Center, Bonifacio High Street, Glorietta Complex, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall and SM North EDSA.

    Get it on: Android, iOS

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