No one wants the gift that keeps on giving. You know the one. That really bad present that gets passed from recipient to recipient till it ends up sad and forgotten at the bottom of a present drawer.
The generic gifts that appeal to everyone -- bottles of wine, cakes and flowers, and the trusty gift cards -- will certainly be enjoyed, but they scream impersonal. See, your friends are unique and their gifts should be as well.
But you don't have to travel to the ends of the earth or spend a lot of time searching for creative gift ideas.
With these eight shopping apps, some of which you've heard of and others perhaps not, you'll find holiday gifts, as well as housewarming gifts, wedding gifts, anniversary gifts, and graduation gifts as unique as your loved ones and guaranteed to bring a smile to their faces.
If you can envision it -- coveted tech, celebrity cast-off clothing, collectible knick-knacks, or a classic car -- somebody's probably selling it on eBay, the granddaddy of online marketplaces. Shop eBay's millions of options for cool unique gifts on the go with the eBay (Android, iOS) mobile app on your phone or tablet.
The Gilt (Android, iOS) app is a guilt-free zone to splurge on the perfect gifts. You'll find incredibly chic designer clothing, accessories, and health and beauty products for men, women, and children. That's because the app offers brands like Valentino, Stuart Weitzman, and John Varvatos at a deep discount -- up to 70 percent off of store prices.
If you're not looking for fashion or beauty products, you can also find great home goods, luggage, toys, games, books, baby gear, and even pet accessories at a major discount. You'll even get instant reminders when items go on sale or when there's a local offer in your city.
Looking for personalized gift ideas? Etsy is a global marketplace featuring millions of offbeat homespun, vintage, and creative items for him and her and them. Find curated recommendations for handmade jewelry, art, clothing, furniture and more in the Etsy (Android, iOS) app listed by the site's millions of members. Then check out in a snap with Apple Pay.
No sneakerhead wants knockoffs. So the GOAT (Android, iOS) app offers an incredible selection of 125,000-plus sneakers to choose from, including hard-to-find Air Jordans, Kobes, Lebrons, and Adidas and Yeezy styles, as well as free verification services on all purchases to ensure your sneakers are legit and in good shape.
As the company's jingle suggests, Wayfair's got just what you need, if what you need is unique home goods. The Wayfair (Android, iOS) app's got 7 million unique items to choose from, and the new 3D View in Room feature lets you transpose life-size items in a room before purchase using your phone's camera and augmented reality, so you see how they fit in advance. Just don't let your recipient catch you in the act. The mobile-optimized checkout makes ordering super fast. After your transaction is complete, you can track packages IRL until they hit their destination.
6. Touch of Modern
There's something for every man on Touch of Modern (Android, iOS), the app featuring some of the most exciting curated collections--unique electronics, watches, furniture, gadgets, fashion, and accessories--from around the world at reduced prices. Once you find their perfect gift, check out is quick and easy in the app.
Fancy a gift for the Mr. or Ms. Fancy in your life? The Fancy (Android, iOS) app has some of the coolest items we've seen curated by those in the know from thousands of the hippest online stores. Not sure where to look? The gift guides and gift recommendation search engine can help.
8. Shop Disney
Why risk buying phony Disney merchandise from untrusty retailers for the Mouseketeer in your life when purchasing from the official Shop Disney (Android, iOS) app ensures that its exclusive limited-edition Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars products are the real deal. You can even pay for them quickly and securely in the app using Apple Pay.
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