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Christmas Gift Buying Apps

We’re officially into the holiday shopping season and that means lots of money being spent on lots of gifts – and a need for a way to keep track of it all.

Here are three apps can make gift-giving way less stressful.

Santa’s Bag is one of the best with its ability to import recipients, set budgets, plan gifts and create wish lists. When you’re ready to hit the store, you’ll have everything in a list that will help make sure you have everyone covered and still have money for New Year’s Eve. The ad-supported app is free for iOS.

GiftPlanner lets users manage gift-giving for the holidays and other events like birthdays or anniversaries. You can set a countdown so you don’t run short on time and keep track of what you spend – so you don’t run short on budget. Use GiftPlanner’s bookmarking feature to send gift ideas from your computer or tablet to the app. The scanner feature lets you quickly and easily upload info about what you’ve bought. The app is free for iOS.

Android users will want to get the app called Christmas Gift List. The app allows users to add recipients and keep track of gifts bought and how much has been spent. Christmas Gift List also includes a countdown to Christmas and a total amount spent on gifts. There’s even a way to check off when you’ve wrapped gifts. Christmas Gift List is free for Android.

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.