Shopping + Gifts

Be a more effi­cient and effec­tive shop­per with the Shop­ping + Gifts topic.

Some peo­ple like to shop and some peo­ple dread noth­ing more. No mat­ter how you feel about it, you’ll love the Shop­ping + Gifts topic. This topic allows you to do much more than cre­ate a gro­cery list — it allows you to build a col­lec­tion of prod­ucts that you buy for your home or busi­ness. It helps you to orga­nize the infor­ma­tion for the prod­ucts you buy, the stores you fre­quent, coupons and the gifts you give and receive — all in con­text with every­thing else you do in your daily life.

Alerts, reminders and cal­en­dar items help you to stay on top of the prod­ucts you need to buy. With the Near Me view, pow­ered by foursquare®, search for food, shops and  busi­nesses near you. If you wish, you can con­vert these busi­nesses to Places, Sell­ers, Banks or Ser­vice Providers in your LightAr­row app directly from the Near Me view. This way, the seller’s infor­ma­tion is always at your fin­ger­tips. And if you use online sell­ers, you can keep track of your user­names and pass­words, which are secured with mil­i­tary grade 256-bit Advanced Encryp­tion Stan­dard (AES) encryption.

Through the power of inte­gra­tion, your shop­ping infor­ma­tion is avail­able across top­ics. For exam­ple, the items you need to buy for any events you are plan­ning in the Events topic auto­mat­i­cally show up in your Shop­ping lists. The result is much bet­ter orga­nized views of every­thing you buy, need to buy, or had bought for you and where you shop.

This topic is included in Life­Topix and My.Shopping and is avail­able as an in-app-purchase in My.Agenda.

*Infor­ma­tion based on LightAr­row App Engine 8.

Shop­ping + Gifts Touchpoints

Shopping + Gifts

Tasks + Projects Tasks + Projects: man­age all shop­ping from directly within a project
Events + Appointments Events + Appoint­ments: man­age all shop­ping from directly within events
Travel + Places Travel + Places: from the Travel + Places topic, man­age shop­ping for trips and visitors
People + Services Peo­ple + Ser­vices: asso­ciate sell­ers (ser­vice providers) with prod­ucts, with loca­tion and con­tact info
Health + Goals Health + Goals: asso­ciate shop­ping items with goals directly from the Health + Goals topic
Finances Finances: view shop­ping items for char­i­ta­ble dona­tions from the Finances topic
Notes + Files, Lists Notes + Files, Lists: con­duct prod­uct research with notes, book­marks, files, and track coupon infor­ma­tion with date tags
Media Media: Eas­ily man­age all asso­ci­ated media, such as pho­tos, video clips, audio clips
Bookmarks Book­marks: coupons can con­tain book­marks to online coupons
LifeTopix Calendar icon My Cal­en­dar: com­plete daily agenda, month/list views: all date rel­e­vant items in one place includ­ing shop­ping lists with due dates

This appli­ca­tion uses the foursquare® API but is not endorsed or cer­ti­fied by Foursquare Labs, Inc. All of the foursquare® logos (includ­ing all badges) and trade­marks dis­played on this appli­ca­tion are the prop­erty of Foursquare Labs, Inc.

12 Comments


  1. Fernand Hudon
    Jan 17, 2013

    Well, You talk about the abil­ity to use the light­ning add to add a new prod­uct. Yes, I write the prod­uct name, the list is fil­tered accord­ingly, but I can’t find the add but­ton you talk about.


    • LightArrow
      Jan 17, 2013

      Hi Fer­nand,
      Once you write the prod­uct name and the list is fil­tered, please tap on the item you want from the fil­tered list, and then tap on the Add but­ton (left of the Close but­ton) right next to where you type.
      Team LightArrow


  2. phil
    Dec 07, 2012

    Is there a way to add a prod­uct directly to a shop­ping list with­out hav­ing to go to the “select prod­uct” list? There are times when items I am shop­ping for are “one-time” items, ex. blue Christ­mas lights, extra mag­a­zine for m&p 45, etc.. I don’t nec­es­sar­ily need to add these items to the prod­uct list because I will likely never use them again. Also, it would be more con­ve­nient to be able to add or select prod­ucts from the Prod­uct field on the Shop­ping Item screen instead of hav­ing to go to a dif­fer­ent “Select Prod­uct” screen. Maybe when I start typ­ing in a prod­uct, a drop down list appears with the cur­rent prod­ucts. If the item I am enter­ing is on the prod­uct list, I could select it. If the item is not on the cur­rent prod­uct list, it could be added at that point. The cur­rent setup (product/search for product/“create new” if prod­uct is not on the list) is a bit cum­ber­some if I have sev­eral prod­ucts to add that are not cur­rently on the prod­uct list.


    • LightArrow
      Dec 07, 2012

      Hi Phil,
      Thanks for reach­ing out. We have added what you have asked for in our lat­est 5.1.1 update (avail­able as of last week). In a shop­ping list, or in the All Shop­ping Items view, you can tap on light­ning add (light­ning icon next to + icon), which brings up a prod­uct search field. As you start typ­ing, the results list is updated in real-time. If you see the prod­uct you are look­ing for, you can tap on it and then tap on Add. If you don’t see the prod­uct after you typed it in (let’s say Hot Choco­late), you can tap Add, in which case both the prod­uct gets cre­ated behind the scenes, and the shop­ping item gets added to your list. You can option­ally tap on the shop­ping item after­wards to add more data if you wish, such as quan­tity, price, seller, etc. We have in fact made it very sim­ple to add shop­ping items with this lightning-add option.
      We hope this helps.
      Best regards,
      Team LightArrow


  3. Kate
    Sep 03, 2012

    Under the “Shop­ping” screen, I’d like to be able to re-order the items listed there. For exam­ple, I’m never going to track gifts given to me, and I don’t antic­i­pate trak­ing things to sell, but I want to con­fig­ure prod­ucts all the time. I have to scroll down to con­fig­ure prod­ucts, and would pre­fer hav­ing it 3rd on my list, not near the bot­tom. If there’s a way to do this, I’d love to hear how. Thanks!


    • LightArrow
      Sep 03, 2012

      Hi Kate,
      That is a great point. It’s not pos­si­ble right now, but we do plan to make the top level topic views (includ­ing Shop­ping) con­fig­urable in the future.
      Best regards,
      Team LightArrow


  4. James
    Jul 12, 2012

    Hey guys, recently I’ve been using Shop­ping Lists more often, and I was dream­ing of an enhance­ment that would be cool. 

    Right now you have totals (Total Items/All; Unbought/Open; and Bought)  spread out using but­tons. What I think would be con­ve­nient is if you also have all three totals on the main cat­e­gory or seller page. This would just be another way of see infor­ma­tion, you wouldn’t have to get rid of the other way because it is useful. 

    For exam­ple:
    Under Sell­ers for my Graphic Nov­els shop­ping list I have Ama­zon & ComiXol­ogy, but instead of hav­ing to hit any other but­tons, I would like to see three totals: Bought, Unbought/Open and Total Items/All.

    Bring­ing this infor­ma­tion to the main page can be very use­ful for really time com­par­isons that are more dif­fi­cult when switch­ing pages. I would love to see the num­bers change as I check and uncheck to see what I could get and com­pare with other sell­ers on the page to get the best deal, etc. 

    Just an idea.


    • LightArrow
      Jul 12, 2012

      Hi James,
      Thanks so much for tak­ing the time to share this idea with us! We should be able to do this in a straight­for­ward way in an update in the near future, most likely in 5.1 (we are almost done with 5.0, which ships later this month).
      Best regards,
      Team LightArrow


  5. IPaddingmomma
    Apr 01, 2012

    Is there a way to arrange a shop­ping list in the order of store loca­tion? I’ve setup sep­a­rate lists for each store but I don’t see any way to sort the items on a store’s list. Is there a bet­ter way?


    • LifeTopix Support
      Apr 01, 2012

      Hi,

      We have heard this from a cou­ple of users. We agree that it would be a use­ful enhance­ment to the shop­ping topic so we have added it to our prod­uct plan.

      We hope to be able to get this in to our next release (4.2).

      Best regards,
      Team LightArrow.


  6. Dimpy
    Aug 15, 2011

    Are there shop­ping tem­plates to choose from or choices of com­mon items say from a gro­cery store to select? Or do you make all lists from scratch? Will this sync with google cal­en­dar, iCal, and out­look? If so how do I sync these cal­en­dars w this pro­gram? Thanks.


    • LifeTopix Support
      Aug 15, 2011

      Hi Dimpy,
      Thanks for your ques­tion! Life­Topix has sev­eral pre-created prod­ucts in shop­ping, rep­re­sent­ing pop­u­lar gro­cery and house­hold items. Of course you can add more, as well as edit or delete any prod­uct. You can also add stores as well as shop­ping item units to the pre-created lists for those.
      Regard­ing your sec­ond ques­tion, Life­Topix cre­ates entries in the device cal­en­dar for date-relevant things such as tasks, projects, trips, etc. We leave it up to the user to sync their device cal­en­dar with iCal or Out­look using iTunes, or using MobileMe (for sync with iCal). Regard­less of what they use, the events cre­ated by Life­Topix also get synced (as they are like cre­ated like nor­mal cal­en­dar entries on the device by Life­Topix).
      Best regards,
      Team LightArrow

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