Buying holiday gifts for your friends and family is always a stressful affair. Even when you’re close to the person, you’re still never quite sure that they’ll enjoy the gift you’ve got wrapped up.
But if they’re an Apple fan, you can be sure that they’ll enjoy Apple-related products. Check out the following gifts that will make any Apple fan happy.
1. AirPods ($169)
This holiday season, gift your friend or family members literal magic. After being encumbered by spotty Bluetooth headsets, pairing, unpairing, inelegant charging solutions, AirPods feel like they’re magic.
They automatically connect to the paired iPhone when you open the case. The music stops when you take an AirPod out of your ear. You can invoke Siri with just two taps. AirPods last for 5 hours but pop them into the case and in a couple of minutes, you’ll have an hour’s charge. AirPods are amazing. In true Apple fashion, they just work. They’re going to make for a great stocking stuffer.
2. Apple Watch (From $249)
Apple Watch is a great fitness tracker and a smartwatch. It helps you manage your notifications, view information at a glance and to stay fit. If you know someone in your life who might benefit from better notification management or from a fitness tracker, get them an Apple Watch.
The Series 1 Apple Watch starts at $249. Series 3 adds GPS, swim tracking and starts at $399 (there’s also an LTE version for Series 3).
3. Leather Case
You can help your friend class it up this holiday season by gifting them a saddle brown leather case for the iPhone. Apple’s official leather case is a great fit for the iPhone. It comes in a couple of colors, has a microfiber lining inside, aluminum buttons and it just looks cool.
Nomad’s Leather case is also a good alternative. Nomad’s case is built from Horween leather from the USA. As the time goes by it develops a cool looking rugged patina.
4. HomeKit Devices
Recently, Apple made some changes to how HomeKit devices are approved and connected to iOS devices. Now it’s much easier for both the manufacturers and the consumers to adopt the HomeKit protocol. You can just scan a HomeKit device to add it to the Home app. There’s no need to download the manufacturer’s app.
You can help your friend or family member get started on their smart home setup by gifting them appliances that are compatible with HomeKit. So they can control their lights, fans, and security system using Siri on their iPhones.
5. Apple TV 4K ($179)
Chances are, your friend or a family member owns a 4K TV (now that they’re cheap enough). Even if they already own the last generation Apple TV, you can still gift them the new Apple TV 4K. This new version will play 4K movies, in HDR. Plus, almost all movies they’ve bought on iTunes will automatically be updated to 4K free of cost (other than some Disney movies).
Apple TV 4K is really fast. And it supports dynamic frame rates. So if you’re watching a 24 fps movie, you can set the frame rate beforehand (in an upcoming software update, Apple TV will do this automatically).
6. iPhone Tripods
The iPhone is a great camera. And most of the time, it’s the best camera that’s on you. If your friend is into iPhone photography, you can gift them an iPhone tripod and a tripod mount.
For the tripod mount, I’d recommend Studio Neat’s Glif. It’s a versatile, expandable tripod mount. For the tripod itself, there’s nothing better than a Manfrotto.
7. Wireless Chargers
The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X support wireless charging. If your friend just got a brand new iPhone, surprise them with a wireless charger they can put on their bedside table or on their desk at work.
It seems like a small thing but wireless charging is really convenient. You just prop your phone on the pad and it starts charging. iPhones use the Qi industry standard for wireless charging. So you’ll find Qi-certified wireless chargers for as little as $20. Apple itself sells wireless chargers from Belkin and Mophie.
8. Apple Watch Bands ($49)
Apple Watch bands are compatible with every Apple Watch on the market. If your friend or family member is a big fan of the Apple Watch, you can gift them an awesome Apple Watch band (or two). Apple Watch bands are really easy to switch and they are a quick way to accessorize. Apple itself sells some really cool watch bands. From the Woven Nylon band to the Nike band to the new Sport Loop band, there’s a lot to choose from.
9. Docks for Everything
An Apple fan has multiple Apple devices to charge at night – iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. And if it’s a family of Apple fans, that number just multiplies. Which is why an all-in-one charging dock will make a great gift.
AllDock makes a great base for charging multiple iOS devices at once. StudioNeat has a great Material Dock for charging both iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time.
10. iPad Accessories
11. A New iPhone?
What does your holiday shopping list for the year look like? What gifts did you end up buying for the Apple fan in your life? Share with us in the comments below.