Social apps review: apps for gifting on the go
Spring has sprung and with it comes a slew of important dates: Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Easter, not to mention all the birthdays of those conceived during the long balmy evenings of summer. But no longer do you have to consult the calendar weeks ahead to make sure you’ve got present-buying covered. These apps let you send relevant, appreciated gifts on the go.
This new smartphone app from gift website gifted2you.com lets users send high quality, nicely wrapped artisan gifts straight to the recipient’s door, at the touch of a button. Gifts range from £8 to £99 and can be sourced, ordered and paid for within three minutes, the company claims. The app also offers a range of gift cards from top brand names – Pizza Express, iTunes and Cineworld, to name a few. The app pulls in data from Facebook to keep users up to date with upcoming dates, and contacts can be added manually through the easy-navigation interface.
Platform and developer: Android, iOS (by gifted2you.com)
Final word: A solid choice for UK gifters, this app offers everything users need to keep their loved ones happy. Its focus on presentation and quality means recipients will be none the wiser about their gifts origin.
A gift card-only based app, eGifter shines in its extensive integration with network contacts. Friends, family and colleagues on Facebook, LinkedIn and most recently, Google+, can all be sent an e-gift card for one of over 100 national brands at the touch of a button, complete with personalized message and optional receipt notification. Some e-gift cards will have special bonuses or rewards attached to them, in a bid to help merchants boost their business, too.
Platform and developer: Android, iOS (by GroupGifting.com)
Final word: An easy-to-use gifting app most suited to indecisive types, since it removes the stress of choosing an actual gift (and everyone likes pizza, right?). Its instant transactions also means it’s useful for those that really do leave it all to the last minute. Group gifting options rumoured for its next update.
Good news for those on a budget, gifting doesn’t always mean opening your wallet. Wrapp offers a variety of gifts ranging from free magazine subscriptions and redeemable codes for restaurants and spas, to paid-for soft toys, flowers and home interior items. The app creators have recently taken payment platform Braintree under its wing, meaning the whole process can be done and dusted with a single touch.
Platform and developer: Android, iOS (by Bohemian Wrappsody AB)
Final word: A great little app for sending fun gifts to friends – more of a ‘just thought you might like this’ rather than a ‘here’s a significant gift for your important date’, though: one downside is that the gift recipient has to be on Facebook.