Christmas Phone.Smartphones and Christmas shopping are big business. A report found that last year, almost 90% of smartphone owners used their mobile phones to do some of their Christmas shopping with a staggering £4 billion pounds worth of Christmas shopping transactions. Here are 5 of the best apps to get your Christmas purchasing under way.

Amazon (iOS, Android, Windows - Free)
Love them or hate them Amazon is often one of the first ports of call to cross off a load of presents off your Christmas lists. As well as the usual Amazon shopping experience, the app means you can keep tabs on your Wish Lists and the option to scan barcodes when you're out and about so you can compare prices and check if the items are available and decide whether to buy online or in another store.

Gift King (iTunes - Free)

Blokes take note, you need this app if you want to impress the lady in your life with your thoughtful and considerate Christmas presents! The Gift King app is in fact an app from the brilliant online retailer Not On The High Street which has been created especially for men to assist them with finding presents which their partners will appreciate. All you have to do is answer a few simple questions about your loved one and it will offer you lots of suggestions for unique and great gifts - way more appealing than traipsing around a load of shops in the middle of winter.

uShop: UK (Android - Free)

Save yourself the hassle and time consuming job of trawling through lots of individual retail websites with this handy app from uShop: UK. It cleverly bring together products and prices from many of the UK's biggest high street names all together in one place to make your shopping that much easier. With big names included such as John Lewis, Debenhams, M&S, Argos, Curry's and also Amazon and some of the supermarkets you can get through that shopping list before you know it. (iOS, Android, Windows - Free)

HotUKDeals is a great concept which essentially unearths the best deals, offers and even freebies on a whole host of products and services. Members of HotUKDeals will upload any bargains, unbeatable prices and voucher codes which they come across to share with others and you can look them up using the categories provided or by retailer. It's also well worth checking out the holiday and flight section for some superb deals as well as the best reductions if you happen to be looking to buy or lease a new car.

Better Christmas List (iOS £0.63)

If you've got a lot of gifts to buy then it certainly helps to have those Christmas wish lists all together in one place where you can't lose them. This useful app helps you to create your shopping lists for family and friends as well as keeping tabs on your budget. You can even use it year after year so you know what presents you have bought for your loved ones previously. Your lists can be organised so you can see everything which you need to buy in shop order or by date order if you've got presents you need to get in the post. There's also a password to keep the kids from finding out what they'll be getting for Christmas!