Apple fans come from all walks of life, but they’re unified by their love of iPhones, iPads and MacBooks. They appreciate Apple’s sleek design sense, enjoy strolling through Apple Stores and look forward to the company’s latest tech. Knowing all of this is extremely helpful when you’re shopping for gifts for an Apple devotee.
As you mull over the gift options, keep in mind that Apple fans love a melding of form and function in gadgets that are both useful and beautiful to look at.
From a high-end smart speaker to a fun family game and an affordable wireless charger, we’ve rounded up 10 gadgets that any Apple-loving person will be delighted to unwrap for the holidays.
Anker Wireless Charger
Anker is a brand that’s known for its battery-powered devices, like portable chargers and Bluetooth speakers. The company offers a wireless charging pad compatible with the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X. It also works with other Qi wireless charging-compatible devices, but Apple fans will appreciate its slim, low-key design. At a price of just $13.99, it can even be a stocking-stuffer gift.
Sphero’s nifty BOLT is an app-enabled robot that plays well with Mac and iOS devices. It’s a perfect fit for an adventurous, gadget-loving Apple family. The LED-equipped robotic ball will spark the minds of older kids, but can also capture the imagination of adults.
August Smart Lock Pro + Connect
August’s third-generation smart lock is available as a $279.99 bundle with a Connect Wi-Fi Bridge. The kit comes with everything needed to transform a regular deadbolt into a smart lock. The August lock is compatible with Apple HomeKit, and can be set to automatically lock or unlock as the iPhone owner leaves or approaches the door. August also plays nice with Alexa and Google Home, making the smart lock a great gift for households that use Android and Amazon products as well as Apple items.
Native Union Clic Marble Case
Native Union is known for its unusual smartphone cases crafted using everything from real wood to canvas. The $89.99 Native Union Clic Marble case is made with a real slice of marble with rubber bumpers to protect your screen. It makes for a highly unusual case option. The marble case for the iPhone X runs $89.99, but you can also find Native Union cases to fit earlier iPhone modes.
Beasts of Balance
Physical tabletop games and digital games come together in the $98 Beasts of Balance, which is described as "Jenga meets Pokemon." The hybrid game uses a free iOS app that works with most iPhone, iPad and AppleTV devices. As you stack the pieces into a tower, a digital world evolves on screen. It’s a smart and unusual gift for an Apple-loving family.
Fujifilm Instax SP-3 Mobile Printer
Fujifilm’s $199.95 portable Instax SP-3 Mobile Printer is like a having a modern Polaroid setup. It prints to special square-shaped film, giving an iPhone or iPad user an option to make a physical photograph out of a digital image. It’s Instagram in real life. It only takes about 13 seconds to print a photo. This would be a perfect gift to unveil at a family holiday gathering so you can capture and share the festivities.
Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit
If J.K. Rowling ever wrote a book called "Harry Potter and the Magic of Computer Science," it would have to include the Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit. The $99.99 kit is geared for kids ages 6 and up. It lets them build a wand and learn to code through a series of challenges. It matches up perfectly with an iPad to give kids many hours of magical and educational game play.
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without a few products from Apple itself. If you’re looking to make a splash and have the room in your holiday budget, then the $349.00 HomePod smart speaker is an ultimate gift. The speaker boasts excellent sound and will truly fill out an Apple fan’s gadget portfolio. Check out our thoughts on the HomePod.
If your Apple-loving recipient hasn’t sprung for AirPods yet, then you could become a holiday hero by gifting a set of the $159 wireless earphones. They come with a charging case and let Apple users navigate music, answer calls, and get directions, all without messing with wires.
App Store & iTunes gift card
Gift cards are popular for some very good reasons. The recipient gets to choose what to spend it on, so you don’t have to guess and perhaps get them something they don’t want or already have. It’s also perfect as a last-minute choice when you’re running out of time before Christmas. A card good for Apple’s App Store and iTunes let’s your person pick out games, apps, music, or other entertainment. It’s always a welcome gift.
You have a lot of fabulous options for gifts for the Apple fan on your holiday shopping list, whether you opt for a handy stocking-stuffer like a gift card or wireless charging pad, or choose to go for a wow moment with a HomePod smart speaker. Either way, your Apple fan will be happy.
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