Chances are you know somebody who loves everything Apple from the Apple Watch to the latest iPhones and Macs. But that dedication to all-things-Apple is also what makes them difficult to shop for since they tend to buy the latest products from Cupertino as soon as they come out.
At the same time that creates a lot of opportunities for creative gift ideas that augment Apple devices such as toys, drones and Bluetooth-connected gadgets. Here are nine gift ideas for the Apple owner covering a range of prices to fit most holiday gift budgets.
Apple Watch Bands $49-$449
If the Apple lover you know has an Apple Watch, new strap and band options are a great gift idea. The quick-release mechanism makes it easy for them to swap out bands to fit just about any style -- whether it’s the $49 elastomer sport strap, leather loop band or even the $449 stainless steel link bracelet. Just make sure you know which size watch they own -- 38mm or 42mm -- as there are several options to choose from.
A backup power source is an essential for the person on the go. Enter the PowerCore Plus Mini -- a portable charger about the size of a lipstick container -- all you need is your own Lightning cable to use it. Anker claims that the PowerCore Mini can deliver over one full charge most iPhones with its 3000 mAH battery. Prices vary between $9.99 and $15.99 depending on color choice.
Sphero BB-8 Droid $149.99
If you were searching for a gift that both satisfies the Apple lover and the "Star Wars" nerd -- this may be the droid you’re looking for. This toy from Sphero takes on the shape of the BB-8 robot from Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Let it roam around in the house on its own or take control of the BB-8 via a connected smartphone, tablet or voice commands. Sphero claims over one hour of playtime before the BB-8 needs to be recharged via its inductive charging dock.
UE Roll Bluetooth Speaker $99.99
Whether you’re singing in the shower or looking to blast music while hanging out outside, this Bluetooth speaker can handle that with ease with its loud sound in a disc-shaped package. Attach it just about anywhere with its built-in bungee cord and don’t worry if it gets some water on it, since it’s IPX7 rated waterproof for 30 minute submersions at depths of up to one meter. For extra sound, the speaker can be paired with another UE Roll via Bluetooth.
Uniqlo Heattech Touchscreen Gloves $14.90 The one drawback of bundling up during winter is using your iPhone or iPad in the cold usually means trading warm hand for the ability to use a touchscreen. But with Uniqlo’s Heattech gloves, you can have the best of both worlds, as the conductive threads in the thumb and forefinger let you use a touchscreen without ever needing to take off your gloves.
Vinyl Decals $5-$15
If the plain aluminum of the MacBook and MacBook Pro isn’t cutting it for you anymore, adding a custom decal -- or decals for that matter -- could breathe new life into its look while showing off a bit of your personality as well. Whether it’s on sites such as Etsy and Amazon, you’re bound to find a decal that fits just about any piece of pop culture while also serving as a pretty aesthetic upgrade to your Apple laptop. Prices can range from $5 to $20 depending on the complexity of the vinyl decal design.
Parrot BeBop 2 Drone $549.99-$799.99
Photographers and videographers that want to take their hobby to the sky can pick up a multirotor, such as the Parrot BeBop 2. While it only weighs 500g, this drone packs tons of flight and video features, such as 1080p video, 25 minutes of flight time, digital image stabilization, GPS and live video control via a smartphone or tablet. For more refined control over the BeBop, tack on the Skycontroller, which increases the range of the BeBop to two kilometers and adds physical flight sticks for refined controls. Just don’t forget to include $5 with the gift so the recipient can register the multirotor with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration after unwrapping it.
Classic Advice Print $30 If you’re shopping for a fan that admires Apple’s design, give them a piece of motivational art that hangs in the office of Apple Inc.’s chief design officer, Jonathan Ives, according to the New Yorker. You won’t find a picture of a mountain or a waterfall in this poster. Instead you’ll find blunt phrases filled with expletives. “Believe in your f---ing self. Stay up all f---ing night,” an excerpt from the poster reads -- you get the idea. If that’s too much, a “family friendly” redacted version of the poster is also available for the same price.
AirPort Time Capsule 2TB $299 While Apple’s laptops are well-built machines, that doesn’t preclude their components from breaking down every so often. That’s where a good backup option such as the AirPort Time Capsule comes into play. On one side, it’s a full-fledged 802.11ac wireless router. On the other it’s also doubles as a Time Machine backup for any Mac connected to it. There’s no cables involved in the backup, just configure your Mac’s Time Machine to use the Time Capsule and it will automatically backup files over-the-air on an incremental basis.