Santa's Bag
Price: Free
Available for: Apple iOS

Even Santa needs a helper around this time of year, and this colorful little app is his best hope for staying on budget.

Users can list each person they're giving gifts to, the exact gifts they're giving each person, the total they're looking to spend per person and their grand total for the holiday season. Meters beside each person's name monitor how close gift buyers are to their budget and go from green to red if a user decides to splurge.

The app also keeps a running countdown of the days until Christmas, with a cartoon Santa reminding you that not only is your cash running out, but the clock is ticking.

Black Friday by Fatwallet
Price: Free
Available for: Apple iOS

Is it really worth sacrificing your late Thanksgiving night to elbow your way past the deal-crazed masses for that one marked-down present? This app can make that call for you.

Fatwallet's app displays major every retailer's Black Friday ads and lets you compare based on item, brand and price. If an online item comes with free shipping, you'll know about it. If there's a rebate, you'll get it. If that same "deal" isn't restricted to Black Friday and can still be found in December, this app will help you forgo the doorbuster sales for a decent night's sleep.

Delivery Status
Price: $4.99
Available for: Apple iOS

If you just winced at the thought of paying five bucks for an app that tells you when packages are arriving, you probably aren't doing a whole lot of online holiday shopping.

With free shipping now so central to the holiday shopping experience that it has its own day and Cyber Monday pretty much necessitating shipment, it gets a bit tough to keep track of all those gifts and packages even if they're just going to the person who bought them. This app tracks packages from UPS ( UPS), FedEx ( FDX), DHL, the U.S. Postal Service, Amazon ( AMZN), Amazon Prime's Lazership partner, Apple, Google Checkout and other services to help you keep track of what's arriving when and what's been delayed. It even provides a package's location via Google Maps so you know how close a package is to being on your doorstep. For shoppers who mark the holiday season with a pile of cardboard parcels on their porch or wrapping table, Delivery Status comes in handy.

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