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The holiday season can be a really stressful time, both mentally and financially. It is difficult to maintain normalcy when there's a number of people to think about, presents to buy, and gifts to wrap... all while life carries on around you. If you're looking for a great way to organize all the gifts you need to buy and keep track of how much you want to spend then check out Santa's Bag.

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Santa's bag is a free app that has 4.5 stars, hundreds of reviews, no ads, and plenty of helpful Christmas cheer. Once you download it you'll understand why it's a favorite! With a combination of big picture and person by person planning you can get through the season remembering everyone's gifts with ease.

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The main page is your overview. It greets you with a cheerful Santa, a Christmas Day countdown, and the breakdown of your budget. It will give you the number of gifts purchased already, the ones left to buy, and how that stacks up to your overall budget. All that is great but the main page is just the tip of the iceberg.

Import people from your contacts to seamlessly make your Christmas list, contact photos and all. This can make it easy to organize everyone you need to buy presents for like family, friends, and coworkers. Through contacts, you can put in budgets by person, keep track of gift ideas, the gift's prices, stocking stuffers, and the person's wishlist.

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If you're not sure what you're getting someone then keep track of ideas on the app to come back to later! If two or more people are sharing a gift, then no problem! You can add multiple recipients to anything. Going person by person means that you can organize properly without leaving anyone out, getting too many or too few presents, and can stay on budget.

You've done the organizing and you know what you are getting everyone. Santa's Bag organizes each gift through the labels 'idea', 'need to buy', 'purchased', 'wrapped', and 'given'. That makes it easy to track each gift through the entire process.

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Now comes the trip to the store, yikes. Nothing is worse than walking out with your bags to realize you forgot something! With Santa's Bag, you can go to the side menu and get your Quick Lists. Shop strategically by using either the total shopping list or go under favorites to see your list store by store!

Everything is pretty much bought online these days so don't worry, there's an online gift tracker as well. It seems like every year there is something that comes either too early or too late in the mail and can be forgotten, make sure nothing escapes your notice! Once you label a gift as online it will give you the new options of 'ordered' and 'received'.

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Santa's bag is here to help make everything easier this Christmas, so give it a try! It's made my shopping a thousand times easier and it can do the same for you. Be prepared this holiday season with the best app for making the holidays organized, on budget, and stress free.

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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

What would get you into the office? Free lunch? A gym membership? Permission to hang out with your dog? Some employers are trying just that.

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Did you hear about the Great Resignation? It isn’t over. Just over two years of pandemic living, many offices are finally returning to full-time or hybrid experiences. This is causing employees to totally reconsider their positions.

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