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; TVs; 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.
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 mini are great companions to the streaming music service. For anyone active on your shopping list, the new Apple Watch SE is a great workout companion at an affordable price point.
- AirPods ($199) - With their new wireless charging feature, AirPods continue to be one of Apple's most loved products.
- AirPods Pro ($250) - The original AirPods get a Pro upgrade with active noise cancellation and three sizes of soft silicone tips for a more secure fit.
- HomePod mini ($99) - A smaller version of the HomePod at a much more affordable price perfect for holiday gift-giving.
- 11-inch iPad Pro (starting at $800) - The latest 2020 iteration of the iPad Pro, with a faster A12Z Bionic chip and LiDAR.
- 10.2-inch iPad (starting at $330) - If you don't want to spend as much on an iPad Pro, Apple's entry level iPad got a 2020 update as well thanks to the A12 Bionic processor.
- Apple Pencil 2 ($125) - Pair a new Apple Pencil 2 with the latest iPad Air and iPad Pro models for a smooth illustrating or note-taking experience.
- Apple Watch SE (starting at $280) - The cheaper alternative of the mainline Apple Watch Series 6, the SE models still pack a ton of new features into a cheaper price tag
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.
- Nimble's Bottle Cases ($35-$40) - Stylish, sparse cases that protect your new iPhone 12 from drops, with proceeds going toward eco-friendly causes.
- Speck's Cases ($25-$45) - Hardshell cases that provide grippy protection in bright, eye-catching colors.
- BodyGuardz Pure 2 EyeGuard ($25-$55) - Protect your iPhone from drops and your eyes from harmful blue light effects.
- Incase Hardshell Case for MacBook (starting around $40) - Incase is well-known for its hardshell MacBook cases, which provide durable protection to Apple's laptops.
- Twelve South BookBook ($90) - Twelve South's BookBooks make your MacBook look like a vintage novel.
- Pad & Quill Leather Valet Case for 13-inch MacBook Pro ($160) - Fit your MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, Apple Pencil, cables, and more in Pad & Quill's leather case.
- Elago's Cases for AirPods 1 & 2 ($8) - Stylish dual-tone protection for your AirPods.
- Elago AW6 AirPods Case ($12) - Protect your AirPods in a case that looks just like an iPod.
- Elago AirPods Pro Slim Case ($8) - A sleek case to protect your AirPods Pro.
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.
- Kingston Nucleum USB-C Hub ($50) - Expand your MacBook's ports with Kingston's USB-C Hub.
- OWC USB-C Travel Dock ($40) - Add up to five ports of expansion onto a MacBook Pro or iPad Pro.
- Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable for MacBook ($16) - Bring back MagSafe with Griffin's cable accessory.
- Anker PowerCore 10,000 mAh Battery ($30) - Anker's PowerCore batteries are a backpack and travel necessity, and 10,000 mAh is a perfect mid-range size.
- Mophie powerstation USB-C XXXL ($200) - Mophie's powerhouse portable charging station offers a 26,000 mAh portable battery.
- Anker PowerWave Wireless Charging Mat ($14) - Wirelessly charge an iPhone 8 and newer on Anker's cheap-but-reliable mat.
- Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Dock ($150) - Wirelessly charge your iPhone, along with your Apple Watch, on Belkin's convenient and useful dock [Review].
- Twelve South HiRise Wireless ($60) - Wirelessly charge your iPhone on the stand, then pop out the puck for an on-the-go Qi mat that perfectly fits the AirPods [Review].
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 Wonderboom 2 ($70) - A great little speaker that's perfect for both indoor and outdoor use [Review].
- Belkin SoundForm Elite Smart Speaker ($300) - A solid combo wireless charger + Bluetooth speaker [Review].
- Anker Soundcore Life 2 ($80) - Anker's over-the-ear headphones have excellent battery life and a comfy fit, without breaking the bank [Review].
- Powerbeats Pro ($250) - Think of these as upgraded AirPods, with sweat resistance and a reinforced over-ear fit to ensure they stay snug even during tough workouts.
- Bose QuietComfort 35 ($300) - Block out noise to focus on your own music with Bose's comfy over-ear headphones.
- Sony Bluetooth Noise Cancellation Wireless Over-Ear Headphones ($300) - Perfect for anyone who's working from home and in need of a little more quiet during their day.
The end of the year is always a good time to shop for a new TV, and this year you can get quality deals on great TVs that also support Apple's HomeKit and AirPlay 2 features. Below we've rounded up a few possibilities from Best Buy and B&H Photo, all of which support HomeKit.
- LG 43" Class UN7000 Series LED 4K UHD Smart TV ($250)
- LG 43" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV ($310)
- TCL 55" Class 5 Series LED 4K UHD Smart Roku TV ($450)
- LG 65" Class UN7000 Series LED 4K UHD Smart TV ($500)
- Sony 65" Class X800H Series LED 4K UHD Smart TV ($900)
- Sony 65" Class X900H Series LED 4K UHD Smart TV ($1,400)
- LG 70" Class HDR 4K UHD Smart LED TV ($550)
- LG 75" Class UN6970 Series LED 4K UHD Smart TV ($850)
- LG 75" Class NanoCell 80 Series LED 4K UHD Smart TV ($1,000)
If someone on your shopping list is into smart home devices, the Satechi Dual Smart Outlet 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 Shapes ($200) - Bright and unique wall lights, now with new shapes that offer more customization [Review].
- Ecobee4 Thermostat ($200) - A favorite for HomeKit-enabled temperature controls.
- Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi System ($260) - 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.
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.
- iBoy ($40) - An adorable figurine for any Apple enthusiast to decorate their office or living spaces [Review].
- Twelve South Fermata ($45) - Charge and store Beats and other headphones on the Fermata stand.
- Elago's nostalgic accessories (~$10-$15) - Beyond AirPods, Elago offers cases for iPhone and stands for Apple Watch that look like Macs, iPods, and even the original Nintendo Game Boy.
- 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].
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