Last week my friend Michelle said her youngest found her Christmas list in her purse and it was now missing. Has this happened to you too?
I’ve done everything from using a small spiral bound memo book to setting up a tabbed section in my daytimer. Being a list person, it’s all been good–until I lose it or the kids find it. It also doesn’t help when I’m trying to remember what I gave others last year. When I find deep discounts in January / February I buy the item out. Translation–who did I give Christmas CD boxed sets to last year because I have six left for this year.
Last week I downloaded Better Christmas List from iTunes for my phone (compatible also to iTouch and iPad) and all I can say is I love it! Or in blogging language–lurve it!
For $1.99 Better Christmas List allows the organization of all Christmas lists. I set mine up into separate lists for my immediate family, my husband’s family, my family, friends, teachers, Operation Shoebox, and even a list for supplies/crafts/decorating. My favorite–a Stocking Stuffer list!
Each list contains the names of those receiving a gift. As I add a gift I can take a photo of it, put in the cost, set a budget, and list details. Better Christmas keeps an ongoing budget amount for individual group lists plus an overall amount. With a glance I can see how much I’ve spent on everything so far, how many presents I’ve bought and how many I have to go. The ability to add the kid’s wish list and see it at a glance is marvelous! If I purchase an item I simply enter the information and click a shopping cart icon to signify that it was bought. Icons (shopping cart empty, shopping cart full, gift, and boxes) track the progress of gifts from wish, purchase, wrapping, to shipping/giving.
My family is tired of me saying what a blessing this little App has already become. Of course, they do not see the big-picture implications of being able to use this throughout the year and not worry about a scrap of paper hidden somewhere–or forgetting what I bought. I’m already eyeballing the Better Gift App for birthday / anniversary presents.
Greatest feature of all…it’s password protected. No lookie-lous this year!
Here’s the ScreenShot from iTunes of what Better Christmas List looks like: