Hands up if you forget birthdays all the damn time. Hey, whoa, slow down. I can’t see all of you at the back. Waaaaay too many hands. Wait. No, OK, hands down. Let’s do this differently.
We’ll forget about the counting bit, and just assume that pretty much everyone forgets birthdays and ends up hating themselves just a tiny bit more each time. Especially when a few months later, the person whose birthday you forgot remembers yours, and sends a perfectly judged gift too. Dammit.
What you need, forgetful friends, is Yearly. It’s a classic single-task app that costs a single dollar, and goodness me is it a dollar well spent.
Yearly looks at your Address Book data (no, it doesn’t secretly upload copies of it anywhere, it just looks at the data on your device) and hunts down the birthday entries.
(You knew about those, right? You knew that Address Book on OS X has a “Birthday” field for every contact? Yeah, you knew that. Good.)
Then it displays a simple list of forthcoming birthdays, in the order that you need to get your ass in gear and go shopping for gifts. Tap a contact to see their contact details, any notes you’ve added, and even their star sign (if that sort of thing matters to you).
This is a simple app, and you’ll find your way around it in no time. If you don’t have many birthdays entered in your Address Book database, this app will probably encourage you to add them. It’s smart, it’s simple, it’s one dollar, and for a lot of you who put your hands up at the beginning of this post, it’s invaluable.