Remember what it was like to shop for the holidays back in the olden days? You know the time period. Drive around looking for a place to park at the mall. Wander around all the stores, bumping into people, waiting in line to check out, ordering lunch at the Food Court.
Is there a better way to shop? I found three ways to get shopping done early and make every gift getter happy. How?
First, instead of hitting the mall for Black Friday or digging through store flyers in the newspaper, I decided to do what 40-percent of Americans did to kick off the holiday season.
Shop online. iPhone and iPad.
Yeah, that means Amazon, Best Buy, even Macy’s, Walmart, and Target, but it takes less time and less stress to get the deeds done.
Second, I searched for gifts I could order that would be here on time; before the actual holidays so we wouldn’t have to rush around at the last minute. Some online stores even gift wrap.
Finally, I decided that some family members, a few co-workers, and neighbors– those that are gift-worthy– should get some special, something useful, something that could be used for years. Everyday.
Thanks to the App Store’s option to gift apps, I decided to gift a few apps that I knew could be used by the aforementioned members of local and remote humanity that lived in our circles.
This year I went for a few games for younger ones and some much-needed password manager apps for everyone else.
First on the list was 1Password; the one that does everything you want, syncs between iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Great app. Have you seen the price tag? The Family Subscription is $6.99 and the monthly subscription is $3.99.
Do the math. That adds up fast.
Second on my list was one that used to be a bargain. Enpass. This is something of a 1Password Lite password manager app, but priced more like the real thing. I might be grandfathered in because I’ve used it for years, but it’s now $11.99 for 6 months. Subscription.
Finally, I decided to do the right thing. Everybody on my gift got a game or something useful– but without a subscription. Everybody also got LastPass, one of the best and most highly acclaimed password managers that also runs on Mac, iPhone, and iPad (and almost everything else).
LastPass is free but the premium version comes with a modest price tag. More expensive than Apple’s built-in Keychain, of course, but with more features that are easier to use (Keychain can be a monster).
Carol and I decided Black Friday was no longer worth the physical effort while shopping from home was more of a pleasure than a pain. Bargains galore. Easy ways to gift without feeling the pressure of getting.