Apps for your Christmas list

Looking at ways to make Christmas shopping less stressful

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Holiday planning:

A screen grab of the list section of Gift It by Switchback Media. Users can make lists and plan budgets for Christmas.

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Alpaca Christmas Infection: A game for those days when you’re just over Christmas.

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Christmas shopping is one of the most stressful parts of the entire year. Who do I need to shop for? What do I get cousin George who I only see once a year? How do I afford this? How do I shop for everyone that I need to and not forget anyone?

Gift It – Christmas Shopping List & Countdown App! by Switchback Media LLC., can help with the crazy confusion that comes with
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This app keeps a countdown of the number of nights before Christmas is upon us. With a list maker and a budget counter, the user can create a list for all of the people that they need to buy for along with a tracker for staying on budget.

This app is free to download but does include ads. The user can buy password protection for the lists for $1.99, remove ads for $1.99, or bundle both for $2.99.

There are options for current lists, making a new list and a long list of more apps.

In the settings, the user can change the way the lists are displayed. One option is to swipe a gift to either move it to the bottom of the list or move it to the purchased list. The user can track progress by percentage or color scale and an option to purchase the upgrades.

When the user creates a list, the app places the budget that they set and the people determined on the list. Clicking on one of the gift recipients allows the user to keep track of what they want to buy for the recipient as well as how much the item costs.

Down at the bottom, it totals up the amount you have “spent” as well as if you’re still within the budget.

When the user creates a list, the app places the budget that they set and the people determined on the list. Clicking on one of the gift recipients allows the user to keep track of what they want to buy for the recipient as well as how much the item costs. Down at the bottom, it totals up the amount you have “spent” as well as if you’re still within the budget.

Even though the app has ads, the organization of the app and the reminder of how much time is left until Christmas make this app a valuable organization tool, especially for individuals who really need to focus on their budget.

Now, for those who might not actually be that into Christmas, or who are described as a “Grinch,” I’ve got something for you, too – Alpaca Christmas Infection Bio Evolution by App Whisperer LLC.

This app doesn’t appear to have a point other than an alpaca in a Santa hat eating other alpacas in what appears to be Santa’s field at the North Pole.

As a free game, it’s not like the user will lose out on anything other than time once they’re addicted. There are ads present but they don’t interfere with the game.

As alpacas spawn on the screen, the user’s alpaca must attack and “absorb” the spawning alpacas. The game shows the number of alpacas that must be eaten to progress to the next level at the top of the screen.

This app is entertaining – especially for those who are over the Christmas hype.

As the user levels up, the alpaca evolves and gets bigger in a “you just gotta see it” kind of way.

I would recommend this app to anyone who has some free time. I probably wouldn’t recommend it to my grandma, but that’s already becoming a trend.


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