Apple prides itself on the great design of its devices, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little pizzazz yourself. The easiest and best-looking way to express yourself without affecting the device’s aesthetics is to apply a decal or sticker to your MacBook. Let’s find out where you can buy one.
A decal or sticker is basically a design you apply on the MacBook’s top, either on the glowing Apple logo itself, in a small part of the top, or completely across the cover. And before you think that Apple wouldn’t want you to do this, the company itself encouraged this style quotient in an ad, which also shows what some great decals look like:
So where can you buy decals and stickers? What are the best sites to find new ones? We went hunting around the web to come up with a list.
In our search, multiple forums, subreddits, reviewers and Apple aficionados rated The Decal Guru as the best store to buy stickers from. All of them cited the store’s reasonable rates, on-time shipping, and quality of decals. Multiple users noted how the decals didn’t leave any residue upon removing, which made them go back to Decal Guru for more decals. The US-based store also makes custom-sized decals upon request, and ships internationally too.
Tip: Pick up some good bargains in the $5 decal sale.
While the collection at The Decal Girl isn’t as large as what you’ll find at The Decal Guru, the quality is as high. In fact, we love Decal Girl’s minimal use of colors in most of their stickers and the creativity with which they use the Apple logo to make it a part of the sticker. Whether it’s acting as an apple in Snow White’s hand or glowing as the moon against your city’s skyline, it feels a part of the larger picture.
Tip: There are quite a few city-based stickers here, to show off your proud heritage. And if you want something more, check out their MacBook Skins too.
Marble MacBook Decal
Apple often focuses on making one great device instead of 20 good variants. That’s the same philosophy behind Marble MacBook Decal. They have only one product: the decal that makes it look like your MacBook’s top is made out of marble. But boy, does it look gorgeous. If there was one way to make your Mac look even more premium than it already does, this is it.
Tip: Choose the device you’re buying it for carefully, because it’s tailored according to size. If you haven’t already got a MacBook, then our guide to choose a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro can help you out.
Netherlands-based Kong Decals finds a lot of favor from those who want their stickers shipped internationally, given their flat 4-euro shipping free anywhere in the world. Kong Decals has several lovely full-colored decals of popular characters, like the brilliant Homer Simpson sticker above.
Tip: Kong Decals has a Gift Card, which is a great budget-friendly geek gift, and you can also pick up at the last minute.
MacStix decided not to bother with the size variations and just make logo-centric stickers, so that they can be applied to any MacBook regardless of model. The decals are gorgeous and minimalistic, perfectly complementing the Apple philosophy to design. They specialize in decals that cover a portion of the Apple logo, but use the glowing effect to come up with a new design. Lovely!
Tip: Stick to this if you like minimalistic design, but if not, don’t even bother going to MacStix. Creator Felix David has a strong design philosophy and doesn’t waiver from it.
Like MacStix, BittenFruit decided to concentrate on the logo so that every sticker could be applied to any MacBook. BittenFruit’s designs are completely original, and they have some lovely concepts, like the peeling Apple sticker pictured above.
Tip: Buy two stickers or more. Seriously. Individual sticker shipping costs $1.95 (within US) and $3.95 (international), but shipping is free if you order two or more stickers. So even if you don’t want two, find a friend who does and save yourself the shipping costs.
Comic book lovers, this one’s for you. Macmerise has an entire section dedicated to the best of Marvel Comics, so you can get your share of Captain America, Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, and other favorite characters from the Marvel universe that you have come to love. Use the filters on the left to choose a specific character, like this cool Iron Man sticker.
Tip: We loved Avengers: Age of Ultron, and so does MacMerise. In the filters, you’ll find “Age of Ultron” under brands. You’re welcome.
Banksy, the renowned street artist, finds a prominent place on this site, which has an entire section dedicated to vinyl decals made out of Banksy’s art. The Banksy Section has 34 of his famous street art works, as well as his signature as a decal. The New Zealand-based website claims to ship worldwide for a flat $3 fee.
Tip: If you’re a child of the Internet era and you love your memes, check out the meme decals for some great options!
If you’re on a budget, Vinyl Infusion is the place to go. None of the sites we browsed through consistently offered the low rates that this one does. Plus, shipping within the UK is free, and shipping internationally is a max cost of GBP 3.50, or roughly US$5.5.
Tip: If you aren’t finding decals in your device’s size, grab logo-based “one size fits all” designs.
A one-man operation, Denmark-based Make It Stick pays attention to every detail in the sticker-making process and offers free international shipping on all their products. Also, unlike many other sites here, you can first choose your MacBook’s size to filter the decals that will work for it.
Tip: Site owner Mads is hands-on with everything, so if you have an idea for a design, drop him a line and he might just make it!
The Razberry is another single-person operation offering hand-made, logo-centric designs that work on any MacBook. What we love is the number of character-based designs they do, creatively using vinyl to mask aspects of the Apple logo to transform it into popular characters like Michael Jackson, Chuck Norris, Dr. Watson from Sherlock Holmes, and so on.
Tip: For a limited time, Razberry is offering free international shipping, so grab those vinyl stickers now!
This site has one of the biggest collections of decals and stickers we have seen, so you’ll need to rely on its sorting features to find what you want based on category, popularity, or other filters.
Tip: Make sure you browse through the Speciality Skins, like the Carbon Fiber skin to not only make your Mac look good, but protect it as well.
Not only does SkinIt have a huge collection of MacBook stickers and decals already, it also lets you create a custom sticker! Add an image, rotate or scale it, add text if you desire, and check out the preview to see what it’ll look like on your MacBook. Yes, it costs a lot (about $35 on average), but that’s the price to pay if you want your laptop to bear your own unique signature.
Tip: Instead of editing on-site, we’d suggest you use some free photo editors to get the best image before you upload it.
You might be surprised to know that it’s not only the cover of your MacBook that can be customized. SkinStyler specializes in stickers for your trackpad or the entire wrist rest area under the keyboard. It’s one of the awesome and easy ways to pimp your laptop.
Tip: This will no longer give you the smooth glass feel of your trackpad, so know that before you buy one of these.
Etsy, the alternative to eBay for handmade products, is a great place to shop for MacBook decals, since you will find several independent artists coming up with single creations that they put up for sale here. Use the sidebar filters to choose “handmade” so that you get creative designs that you won’t find elsewhere on the Internet.
Tip: The sidebar filter can also save you the heartache that comes with finding a great design which won’t ship to you. Pick your shipping location before you start searching!
The opposite of Etsy is good old Amazon, where you can find a huge number of MacBook decals for a low price, especially if they’re mass-manufactured. Amazon also has the best search engine among all these sites, so it’s worth checking it out if you’re looking for something specific, like say a Harry Potter decal.
Tip: While it won’t be MacBook specific, the skins and decals for laptops category is where new designs will be uploaded. Here’s how to set up an RSS feed for an Amazon category, so you don’t miss out!
Show Us Your Decals!
Whether you bought a cool MacBook sticker online or if you’ve handcrafted one to sell, we want to see it. Drop a line in the comments!