Holiday Shopping Made Easier

I found a great app for my phone to help organize my holiday shopping list.  The app allows you to make a list of people you want to include on your gift list and set a budget for each.

With The Christmas List app, you add people to your list and you can even assign them to groups such as family, friends, and work and then assign a budget for each group.

Here is an example of my groups.

Once you have your list of groups, you can assign budgets for each person.  In this example, I allocated $75 each to my husband, daughter and son.

You can add the person’s photo and even add from your phone’s contact list or use the festive icons that are already on the app.

Ok, seems simple enough, but what I like best about the app is that I can set a budget, snap a photo of gift ideas and even track how far I am in my gift buying process.  This comes in handy because not only does it help you see how much shopping you have left, but it helps you keep track of spending.  You can even view gifts by store if you know where to find the gift.

So let’s say I found a cute jacket for my daughter at Costco for $50.  I can snap a photo and log it into my app.  If I add other items from this same store, I can view the list while I am in that store.

What I like best about this app, is that I can add to this list any time during the year if I happen to see something that would make a good gift for someone on my list.  Then if I buy the gift early, I will have it tracked so that I do not forget months later that I already bought a gift for someone.

The app has a passcode lock in case you have kids that might peek.  This app is only $.99 and is available for the iPad, iPhone and iTouch.

Do you use an app to help you with your holiday shopping?

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Categories: Apps, Blogging, Home Budgeting, Productivity, Shopping, Time Saver Tip


I am former productivity manager, a wife, a mom who loves streamlining recipes, simple crafts, organizing, and planning while celebrating life. I am a list-maker and planner. Thank you for stopping by!


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19 Comments on “Holiday Shopping Made Easier”

  1. November 7, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    I’m a sucker for apps, so this seemed perfect… but I’m also a huge cheap-skate and didn’t want to shell out the $.99 (It’s really dumb, I know). This seems very helpful though! I guess instead I’ll just use my trusty notepad, haha 🙂

    Strive to Thrive,

  2. November 7, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    My phone is not quite smart enough for apps or maybe I should say my phone’s owner is not quite smart enough for apps. However, that looks like a great one! I’d probably seriously consider it if I had the right phone. I’m still mostly a paper list person over here 🙂

  3. November 7, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    My phone or possibly its owner–ahem is not quite smart enough for apps! However, if I had the right phone I’d really be tempted by that one. I’m still mostly a paper and pen person when it comes to my holiday shopping.

    • November 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

      Paper and pen works for me! I use the smart phone a lot, but my planner is and always will be paper 🙂

  4. November 7, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    What a great app. I used something similar online last year, but I had to do it on my laptop and that was such a hassle. I forgot half of what I bought. This is awesome 🙂

  5. November 7, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    Thanks for the suggestion! I keep an excel spreadsheet that I update throughout the year as I shop, but this app is way cooler. I’ll have to give it a try this year. Cheers!

  6. thebusymomsdiet
    November 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Cool! I totally need this.

  7. November 8, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    Raquel do you happen to have a link for this app or the developers name? I can’t seem to find it.

  8. November 8, 2012 at 3:28 am #

    Thank You – I just downloaded it – very excited to get started.

  9. November 8, 2012 at 10:33 am #

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  10. November 8, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Awesome app! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  11. November 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    Love this! I am addicted to Apps of any kind right now!

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