I spent some time testing about a dozen Christmas gift tracker apps and here are the winners!

For iOS, the winner is The Christmas List by Erik Eggleston. It is $2.99, and even though most gift tracker apps are free, I do not hesitate to recommend spending the $2.99 for this app. (I’m not an affiliate, just a fan.) It is very intuitive and easy to use. You can easily make your list of gift recipients and group them if needed (family, work, etc.). Each person can have a photo or avatar. The countdown timer is in terms of shopping days. When you create a gift idea, you can easily add the same gift to multiple recipients. Store names are pre-loaded in a drop-down list, which was unique to this app. So, for example, if I knew I wanted to buy a certain book at Barnes & Noble and present each of my co-workers with a copy, this is super easy to do in the app. You can add a passcode to the app so that no one using your phone can sneak a peek at the gift list. And of course since you paid for the app there are no ads of any kind. I couldn’t find any bugs or a single thing to complain about with this app.

 

It is hard for me to entirely recommend any other iOS Christmas planner app because all the other ones I tested were similar to The Christmas List, but each one had some drawbacks. I might have been able to look past the drawbacks if I had never used The Christmas List. Too bad for the other guys, I guess.

The Android winner is Christmas Gift List by engApps. It has been supported for years and has more than ten thousand 5-star reviews. It is similar to The Christmas List, and it is free. This app lacks the feature of being able to put gift recipients into different groups such as family or work. But it has the passcode feature, which is a must for an app like this. You can backup your file to Google Drive. Your list is archived on January 1st each year so you can refer to it again next year.

 

Do you have a favorite Christmas gift tracker app?

 

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