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Aha: Give the Perfect Gift in 60 Seconds app review: find the best gifts for friends and family

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Introduction

We all have somebody in our family or social circle that we find extremely difficult to buy presents for and that can definitely be frustrating. You can certainly go online yourself and search out gift ideas, but you never seem to be able to get inside that person’s head to know what they really want. There are even apps that can help you with gift ideas, but these are normally just separated into generic categories and it’s still up to you to know what your friends or family members like and what might interest them.

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Recently, an app was introduced to the App Store called aha: Give the Perfect Gift in 60 Seconds and it’s designed to actually help you find that perfect gift based on profile information you have about your friends or family members. This is a free app and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

aha: Unique Finds from Around the World

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AHA!

This app was created by a company called AHAlife Holdings Inc. and they’re based in Brooklyn, New York. This company has been providing unique and hard to find lifestyle product ideas from around the world to their customers since 2010. This isn’t just another eBay, or Amazon – it’s a company that connects consumers with artisans, collectors, and designers from unique corners of the globe that we might not otherwise be able to connect with.

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The company was founded by Shauna Mei – an engineering graduate from MIT that decided to turn her considerable talents towards online commerce and media. She didn’t want to just produce an online store with the standard product categories you can find anywhere else – Mei wanted to provide the world with an outlet where they could find unique gift ideas not available anywhere else and with the introduction of this app she’s now offering this unique service on the iOS platform.

This is a company that continues to grow at a steady pace which has turned them into a multimillion dollar outfit. In fact, for the year ending December 31, 2015, their total sales was more than $6 million – perhaps not overwhelming, but a pretty healthy bottom line nonetheless.

Find the Perfect Gift

Any company that has to compete against the likes of Amazon and eBay is likely to struggle a little bit, but as you can see from AHAlife’s revenue stream that we’ve already discussed above they’re doing just fine. The reason for this is that they don’t try to compete directly with these bigger companies instead they offer a unique service and access to products not found anywhere else. What makes this app really unique is that it has the ability to take the data you’ve entered that you know about someone and come up with great gift ideas – this is a formula that gives it a leg up on the competition.

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One drawback of this app is that while it says it’s compatible with all iOS devices, its functionality is somewhat limited unless you’re using an iPhone. What I do really like about the aha app is that it has a great user interface that features great thumbnail pictures of all their products, a clear description of each product, and the price is also clearly indicated. Everything you need is available at a glance and easy to access. This app will require 20.2 MB of available space on your iOS device.

aha: Unique Finds from Around the World

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How to use aha

When you run the app for the first time you have two different options to sign up – you can either sign up using your email accounts or you can sign up with your existing Facebook account. As you want to use this app to access gift ideas for your friends and family it’s probably a good idea to sign up using your Facebook account, but you do have the choice.

Once you’re signed up you can look for the perfect gift based on a variety of categories – these are too numerous to mention all of them here, but some of the popular categories include weddings, classic gifts, tech upgrades, men, women, and little ones. There are about 20 different categories in all, so you should be able to find something for just about anybody on your list.

Within each category you’ll be presented a series of gift ideas and as we mentioned above each gift features a great snapshot which shows you what the product is, a description of the product, and its price tag. If you tap on the thumbnail you can open up a more detailed gallery which will provide you with several different pictures of the product as well as providing you with the detailed description of the product and its main features. They even go so far as to tell you where the product was made and where its designers come from.

If you wish to change categories at any time you can do it a couple of different ways. You can use the sliding category menu near the top of the apps screen, or you can tap on the menu icon on the top left-hand side and search through the drop down list of categories.

Making a purchase is simple – you simply tap on the item you’re interested in and then tap on the select now button at the bottom of the page. You’ll then be guided through a series of steps that will allow you to make a purchase. A great feature of this service is that you don’t actually have to pay for the product until your friend or family member accepts the gift – that way if they don’t like it and return it you’re not on the hook for anything. Shipping is also free within the United States.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Allows you to find unique gift ideas from around the world
  • You can sign up using your existing Facebook account
  • Has a great user interface that includes a snapshot of the product, a description, and its price
  • About 20 different categories to choose from
  • You can tap on the thumbnail of the product to view more details
  • Switching product categories is simple
  • To purchase an item you simply tap on select now

Cons

  • It’s functionality is limited on iPads and iPods

Gone in 60 Seconds

aha: Give the Perfect Gift in 60 Seconds is a unique app that gives you access to products from right across the globe that you would otherwise not have access to. The app will guide you through some great ideas for those friends that you find hard to buy for and it makes the purchase process very simple. You don’t have to pay until your friend or family member accepts the gift and shipping is free. If you’re an avid online shopper you will love this app.

aha: Unique Finds from Around the World

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Allan Calder

Allan is a freelance writer who loves scouring the App Store for exciting, intriguing and unique apps.