Recently, I reviewed Bento, the amazingly simple and elegant database tool exclusively for the Mac. Well, they have just released something called the Holiday Pack.
The Bento Holiday Pack is a completely free download, and contains a 30-day trial of Bento (enough time to get those holiday cards sent). The only difference between it and regular Bento 2, is that it contains festive themes and templates that can help you organize your cards, gifts and other holiday-related items. This Holiday Pack also helps keep track of information such as price per recipient of gifts (which in the economic situation today, is very important) and you can even make notations of tax-deductable items. You can even make a tally of all your purchases to make sure you stay in your budget!
The Holiday Pack contains many tools for keeping track of holiday cards. There is even a newly included Contacts & Cards template (found in the usual place for templates). With this template, you can keep track of who has sent you holiday cards in the past, pictures of holiday cards you have been sent (you knew you will want to show them to your grandkids someday) and information about recipients of your cards. Getting prepared with a Bento database is easy, and will make sure that you don’t have the last minute stress of finding people’s addresses, or even forgetting people!
Bento, by FileMaker still retails for $49, and you can download a free 30-day trial, with all of these themes and templates. Bento was already a great database tool for general purposes, and can now help you even more with holiday budgets, cards and anything else you do for the holiday (maybe keeping track of who will come to your party). I highly suggest you download this special version if you will be making cards or buying gifts this holiday season; it is like having your own ‘Little Helpers.’