Gift Search ($0.99) by Christoph Martin is an app that helps you to do just that, search for gifts. If you still haven’t found the perfect gift for your golf-loving, do-it-yourself dad for Father’s Day, you may get the help you need with this app.
The first thing you will do when opening the app is select a recipient. Choices include Man, Woman, Teen, Child, Baby and Pet. In the next category you will pick a type of gift. For example, you may want to search for books or beauty products. Probably the most important category is the personality section. Here, you can find a more personalized gift. For example, your book-reading dad may also be the outdoorsy type. The final category is for occasions. You can search for a birthday gift for your niece, a graduation present for your brother or a bachelorette gift for your best friend.
Once the gift suggestion is populated, you can swipe through a selection of items. If any of the items pique your interest, you can add it to your saved gift list. I found gifts for friends that I wasn’t even thinking about while I was generating my search.
If you have found the perfect gift, you can buy it from within the app by tapping the “buy” button. It will take you to the seller’s website where you can purchase the item you are interested in.
This app is very limited in what it offers. Part of the problem is the personality category. Most people I know don’t fit into the personalities that are listed. I would do my best to choose something that resembled a friend, but the gifts that were generated didn’t seem to be something I imagined they would like.
There is also a problem with doubling up on gift suggestions. For example, I searched for books for intellectual types and the same book-of-the-month club gift popped up five times. The only difference being that one was for paperbacks, one was bi-monthly, one was for romance books, etc. I also searched for gifts for geeks and four variations of Buckyballs came up. There is also a personalized copy of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” that showed up in almost every search I did. The book was good, but not that good.
If you have patience, you can adjust your search criteria to find a wider variety of gift options, but sometimes, the end results of Gift Search leaves one frustrated. I guess that is how it feels at the mall. At least with this app, you don’t have to avoid the perfume counter or wander endlessly down aisle after aisle of things that you know dad won’t like.