Mike Dariano


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Using Evernote for your Holiday Shopping

Every year as I get older I find myself needing to receive stuff. Luckily for me I'm getting more nieces and nephews to buy for and Christmas really peaks at our house when my daughters get to open their gifts. Jamie Rubin, my Evernote sage, shared his tip for organizing thank you notes for gifts. My tip today is at the other end, getting the gifts in the first place.

The tip is relatively simple, when you get an email with the gifts ideas for your nieces and nephews and whether they be naughty or nice, you forward that email to your Evernote account. This lets you get it out of your inbox and in Evernote where it will always be on your smartphone during those long shopping days fueled by Annie's soft pretzels.

I'm going one step beyond this and including the Amazon.com prices for some of gifts that I need to buy. I'm doing this manually because my entire gift list is a single note that I can scroll through in the store. You could also use the Evernote Web Clipper to save notes into a single Gift notebook for quick price matching.

I also cleaned up the formatting of my list so that it looks nice and clean. Each person I need to buy for is followed by their gift requests, each with a checkbox I can mark as I purchase things. For many of the exchanges we're in there is a price limit on how much to spend, once I reach that limit I'm crossing off names. I'd be amazed if Santa doesn't have a Evernote Premium account yet.

Looking at the image then, I've bought one thing for Doug, but haven't met the $50 exchange limit yet. With Karen I have and she's been crossed off. With Taylor I don't know what to buy so I listed all her things and will find something from there off the store shelves. While there though I know that the Amazon.com price for an Aquadoodle mat is $19.99.

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