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Birthday Present Reminders Shortcut for macOS

01 Dec 2022 | 1 minute

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I have a terrible memory. One of the many ways this rears its ugly head is that I forget birthdays all the time. Shortcuts to the rescue!

Because of my bad memory, I have been putting everyone’s birthday into Contacts (formally known as Address Book) for years. This shortcut will scan your contacts, find everyone who has a birthday recorded in the contact card, and if their birthday hasn’t already passed this year, generate a reminder for three weeks before their birthday to get them a present. For me, I create that reminder as a task in OmniFocus, but you can modify it as you need to use Reminders or any other scriptable task manager. The only thing you have to do is remember to run the script - I have a recurring task in OmniFocus to do that, too.

Birthday Reminders in OmniFocus

Next time you have a present for a friend or family member weeks in advance, I will humbly accept your thank you. 🙂




I'm Rick Myers, Senior Director of Customer Support at Akamai. Before we were acquired, I was the Vice President of Customer Support & Success at Linode. I also serve on the Board of Directors at Hopeworks. Before Linode, I worked at Apple. You can follow me on Twitter, connect with me on LinkedIn, or send me an email.

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