Lifestyle - Mobile App Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Tools

Our three favorites:

LovelyLovely 
(Developed by Lovely Inc.)
Available for: iOS
Release: November 
Price: Free

The Employee Relocation Council reports that moving is the third most stressful life event, trailing only the death of a loved one and divorce. Lovely helps take the edge off: This beautifully designed search tool identifies thousands of homes and apartments for rent, complete with a series of complementary features designed to further simplify the hunt for habitation. Selling points include maps with numbered, colored dots that illustrate how many listings are in each area of town and how long each rental has been on the market. Each listing is accompanied by a comprehensive profile with photos, descriptions and landlord contact information. Users also can build lists of their favorite rentals (with automatic updates once spots are no longer available) and create alerts for the newest listings hitting the market.

WeOttaGoWeottaGo 
(Developed by Weotta)
Available for: iOS
Release: May 
Price: Free

If you live in the moment, then don't let another second go by without downloading WeottaGo, which makes recommendations based on the user's whereabouts but also takes into account the current time and weather conditions, as well as corresponding merchant and event factors like hours of business, restaurant seating availability and movie showtimes. Filters include category, popularity, mood and distance, and suggestions evolve as the day progresses, changing in relation to what's happening now and what's happening next to guarantee there's always something to do. WeottaGo also offers comprehensive details on the venues and events in question. And the more you use the app, the better it understands your likes and dislikes, making it even easier to plan an afternoon coffee break or a night on the town.

Zaarly

Zaarly 
(Developed by Zaarly)
Available for: iOSAndroid 
Release: 2011
Price: Free

Got a dirty deed you want done dirt-cheap? Look no further than Zaarly, a cross-platform, peer-to-peer digital marketplace enabling users to buy and sell goods, services and experiences within their local community. Zaarly users post what they're looking for, when they'd like it and how much they're willing to pay for the privilege; the hyper-local service automatically connects the request with fellow users who bid for the right to facilitate the transaction. Close to half a million people have signed up for Zaarly, with fulfillments ranging from house cleaning to car repair to landscaping--Zaarly has also helped users land a wedding singer, fresh milk from a cow and even a bowl of Lucky Charms cereal consisting solely of marshmallows.