Gift Guide for Apple Fans (2019)

If you're on the hunt for the best gifts to buy an Apple fan this year, we've put together a helpful guide to point you in the right direction. While personal preference always plays a part in gift giving, sometimes it can be hard to come up with any ideas for someone in your life who loves tech and Apple products.


The gifts in this guide largely relate to products created by Apple and third-party accessories that work well with Apple's devices. We've divided things up by Apple Products; Cases, Skins, and Screen Protectors; Charging; Audio; Smart Home; and Miscellaneous. Be sure to save this guide and browse it throughout the year whenever you need to buy a birthday gift or other present for a loved one.

Apple Products


If your budget allows for it, Apple has numerous devices that make for solid gift giving ideas. If the person you're buying for subscribes to Apple Music, AirPods and HomePod are great companions to the streaming music service, and Apple TV 4K is one of the best streaming boxes on the market, perfect for TV binges.

  • AirPods ($160) - AirPods may be the most loved Apple product thanks to instant setup and truly wireless features.
  • Apple TV 4K (starting at $180) - Watch Amazon Prime, HBO, Hulu, and more, all organized with Apple's convenient TV app.
  • HomePod ($350) - A great Apple Music companion that can also perform some helpful Siri functions.

Cases, Skins, and Screen Protectors


With their cheap prices and small sizes, iPhone cases and screen protectors make for great, quick gifts. Of course, if you're looking for MacBook protection, companies like Pad & Quill and Twelve South offer solid options, and the growing popularity of AirPods has caused third-party brands to introduce some case options for the wireless headphones as well.

iPhone

MacBook

AirPods

Charging


Portable chargers are one of the best go-to gifts, since most people can relate to needing a quick charge on their smartphone at one point during the day. Anker's popularity and reliability in the market remains strong, so you can't go wrong buying from them, but look to Choetech, RAVPower, and new brand Nimble for a few other notable charging accessory options.

Audio


If you're shopping for a music lover, who perhaps doesn't subscribe to Apple Music, then Bluetooth speakers are a great idea. The market is full of low-cost, dependable options like Anker Soundcore, as well as mid- and high-range devices from UE and Sonos.

  • Soundcore 2 Bluetooth speakers ($40) - Like Anker's other products, these speakers are low-cost but high quality.
  • Sonos One ($200) - With AirPlay 2, you can use Siri to control audio playback on Sonos One and integrate the speaker into HomeKit.
  • UE Boom 3 ($130) - A 15 hour battery and improvements to waterproofing make the Boom 3 Ultimate Ears' most durable speaker yet.
  • Anker Soundcore Life 2 ($80) - Anker's over-the-ear headphones have excellent battery life and a comfy fit, without breaking the bank [Review].
  • BeatsX ($100) - iPhone quick pairing and Lightning charging make the BeatsX a great option for those in the Apple ecosystem.
  • Bose QuietComfort 35 ($300) - Block out noise to focus on your own music with Bose's comfy over-ear headphones.

Smart Home


If someone on your shopping list is into smart home devices, the iDevices Switch and Hue White and Color Ambiance Lightstrip are great additions to any HomeKit household, and mesh Wi-Fi systems from Orbi and AmpliFi will ensure that all devices remain connected anywhere in the house.

  • Lifx lights (starting at $30) - Lifx lights sync to HomeKit and offer various bulbs and lightstrips for colorful lighting scenarios.
  • Hue White and Color Ambiance Lightstrip ($60) - One of the best options in the smart lighting space for quick-and-easy bias lighting.
  • Nanoleaf Canvas ($250) - Bright and unique wall lights, now upgraded with full touch controls [Review].
  • Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi System ($322) - Larger homes of up to 5,000 sq ft will benefit greatly from Orbi's whole-home mesh Wi-Fi coverage.
  • AmpliFi Instant Router ($180) - Sets up in under two minutes for fast and dependable coverage throughout your home of up to 4,000 sq ft.
  • iDevices HomeKit Switch ($30) - One of the best -- and best priced -- HomeKit-compatible switches on the market.

Miscellaneous


Of course, there are plenty more gift ideas that would work for any Apple fan, from Throwboy's Apple-themed pillows to a helpful dongle keychain accessory, a BentoStack organizer, and more.

  • Throwboy Apple Device Pillows ($25 - $40) - Decorate your home with cute pillows themed after an iPhone, Mac, Rainbow Wheel, and more.
  • iBot G3 ($40) - An adorable figurine for any Apple enthusiast to decorate their office or living spaces [Review].
  • Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit ($100) - Kids can learn how to code through lessons themed in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World.
  • Braxley Bands ($30) - These elastic bands offer ultimate comfort and ease of use for Apple Watch fans [Review].
  • Twelve South Fermata ($80) - Charge and store Beats and other headphones on the Fermata stand.
  • Ember Ceramic Mug ($80) - Keep your coffee or tea at the perfect drinking temperature for hours with Ember's iOS-connected Ceramic Mug.
  • BentoStack ($50) - Perfect for frequent travelers, who can store Apple Watch bands, Apple Pencil, cables, and more in BentoStack's unique enclosure.
  • Cozy's "Drink Different" Ice Molds ($13) - Spice up your favorite cold drinks with Mac-shaped ice cubes [Review].
  • Sphero Specdrums ($100) - Aimed at kids, Specdrums allow you to turn colors into musical tones with a simple tap of your finger [Review].
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