The free app you need this Christmas season to keep track of all your Christmas gifts list and budget.
Santa's Bag App
Santa's Bag is a free app (with paid upgrades available) that allows you to keep track of all your Christmas shopping lists.
There are no ads and so many helpful (and free) features!
I have used this for a few years now and it's super awesome having lists on my phone. Because when do you ever leave home without a phone?
These are the features I find so helpful:
- Plan gifts, ideas, and preferences for each of your recipients.
- Keep track of gift ideas and where to get them. I love the shopping list feature.
- Set and track progress against budgets for each person.
- Easily filter gifts by status including Idea, To Buy, Ordered, To Wrap, Wrapped, To Send, Given
- The countdown will let you know exactly how much time you have until the big day!
- You can see how you are doing on your overall Christmas gif budget and budget per person.
How To Use Santa's Bag App
Home Screen/Summary Tab
On the home screen, you'll see how many days left until Christmas, your budget and how you're doing against your budget, and how many more gifts you need to buy.
You can view your recipients and see an overall summary for each recipient including how many gifts purchased, how much spent, and budget for that person.
Once you click into a specific gift recipient, you'll see a status of which gifts need to be bought, wrapped, delivered, ordered, etc.
How To Track Other Categories
I like to keep track of other categories that aren't necessarily specific to a person, but rather a category like Christmas Food or a specific Christmas party.
If you want to do the same, just create that category as a "Recipient" and then you can categorize all those purchases under that "recipient".
For example, if I want to set a budget for a Christmas kickoff party, I'll create a recipient called "Christmas Kickoff". Then I will add all the expenses for that party and assign them to the Christmas Kick off recipient.
That way I can see how much I have spent for that one event.
Just mark all items as given (knowing you don't need to wrap them, etc).
Click on All Gifts to see each item for that category:
Click on the Calculator tab to see the overall budget and expenses for that recipient or category like this:
All Gifts View
The All Gifts view allows you to see all the gifts you have added and their status.
Once you have a gift idea, you can enter it in, including a photo, the recipient, where to buy, the cost, and the status, such as ordered, wrapped, delivered, or given.
Santa's Bag- Premium Version
All of these features are included in the free version. If you want to to keep lists from years past, you'll need to upgrade to the premium version.
The premium version is only $4.99, so definitely seems to be worth it to keep track of multiple years.
Overall, I love using Santa's Bag and am so impressed with all the free features it includes.
I hope this helps you stay organized and under budget this Christmas season as you keep track of Christmas gifts.