If you need help organizing your Christmas shopping, check out a smartphone app. You can make a list and check it twice, once on your iPhone and once on your Android phone!
Better Christmas List
Better Christmas List helps you organize the people you need to buy gifts for and your progress in buying, wrapping and delivering your gifts. You can set an overall budget as well as a budget for each person on your list.
To use Better Christmas List, first add groups of people, such as Work, Family, Friends. Then add people within each group. Go into the group you have added and press the + sign. The app will ask you whether you want to add a gift or a person. It’s easier to add the person first, then add the gift later. You can type in the person’s name or add the person from your Contact List. You can upload a picture of the person into the list as well as contact information. There is a section for notes, but no specific area to list sizes, which would be helpful if you were interested in buying clothing.
After you add the people, you can then add the gifts. Go into the group, select the person and then press the + sign. You can add the name of the gift, a picture, price, store and notes. You can also track your progress by pressing the icons, including
- empty shopping cart
- full shopping cart
- wrapped gift
- delivered package
A handy update to the app would be the ability to scan a bar code or QR code to record information about a product.
The app has optional password protection in case you want to keep your gifts a secret from prying eyes. The app also has a countdown feature so you know exactly how many days are left until Christmas.
Better Christmas List is beautifully designed with lots of Christmas icons scattered throughout the app. You have choices of Classic and Modern themes for the title bar, icons and background. You can customize the app further with themes you can buy for $0.99 each, the Frosty Theme and the Wrapping Theme.
Better Christmas List is on sale for $0.99, marked down from $2.99, in the iTunes App Store through November 30. Better Christmas List
Christmas List Pro
Android users should check out the free app Christmas List Pro in the Android Market. This app has many of the same handy features as Better Christmas List, including the ability to add people and gifts, as well as keeping track of your budget.
A very useful feature in Christmas List Pro is that when you add people, there are spaces to add sizes for clothes, including shirt, pants, shoes, and chest. There is also a space to note what type of computer the person owns. You can also make general notes for each person.
You can enable password protection on the app and you can email your list to yourself or someone else.
Some features that would be helpful to have on Christmas List Pro include the ability to put people into groups, customize the look of the app, add information directly from a Contacts List, add pictures, and scan bar codes and QR codes.
This video from the developer walks you through how to use the app:
You can find the app free in the Android Market here: Christmas List Pro.
Do you use shopping lists to keep track of your Christmas shopping? Have you ever used a smartphone app to help with your holiday shopping? Let us know in the Comments section below!