Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are so popular that there's a good chance someone on your gift list has at least one. The Mac Observer knows it can be overwhelming trying to sort through all the possible gift ideas, so we dug through our tech gear stash and came up with some suggestions to put smiles on people's faces this holiday season.
Slope iPad Stand
The Slope from Dekke is a sleek iPad stand that looks great on your desk along side your Mac and Apple display. It uses nanofoam to securely hold your iPad or iPad mini in place, but it's easy to pull your tablet free with a gentle tug. The Slope matches Apple's gear so well that your iPad could be mistaken for a small iMac. The Slope is available in sizes for the iPad and iPad mini. They're priced at US$59.99 for the full size model, and $54.99 for the mini version.
Kensington Wet Electronics Rescue Pouch
The Web Electronics Rescue Pouch (EVAP) from Kensington offers both a unique and useful gift option. The EVAP is a small bag that contains a unique drying agent that safely removes the moisture from wet electronics preventing damage while quickly (and hopefully) bringing them back to life. The process takes between six and 24 hours to work. It is 700 percent more effective at removing moisture than rice, and at $19.99 it's a lot cheaper than a new phone.
Just Mobile AluCable Twist
The AluCable Twist from Just Mobile is a coiled cable for iPhones, iPads and iPods. The cable stretches from 4 to .07-in (10cm to 1.8m), and has a USB connector on one end along with an Apple-certified Lightning connector on the other. Handy and sturdy, it is priced at $24.99.
Toddy Gear iPhone Home Buttons
Toddy Gear offers three sets of iPhone Home button covers and they can be a perfect stocking stuffer for all the "with-it" people on your holiday list. There is a My Turn set, an Eye Candy set, and a Cross Roads set. Each set offers seven button selections for only US $7.99 each. The buttons are adhesive backed and are easy to add and remove. Be sure to skip this one if you're buying for an iPhone 5S owner since they won't be able to use TouchID with a Home button cover.
TruGlide Pro Stylus
The strikingly beautiful TruGlide Pro aluminum stylus features a microfiber nib instead of rubber that glides smoothly on touch screens. The tip unscrews and is interchangeable with a new tip, and a non-pressure sensitive artist's paintbrush tip is available, too. This stylus has good heft, is well balanced and features an exceptionally well made pocket clip for $29.95.
Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus
Wacom's Intuos Creative Stylus, not to be confused with the company's Intuos graphic tablets, is a pressure sensitive stylus for the iPad that feels surprisingly similar to paper when drawing and writing. It supports 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, includes palm rejection support so you can rest you hand on your iPad's display, and is compatible with a long list of apps such as Wacom's own Bamboo Paper app, ArtRage, ProCreate, Psykopaint, and SketchBook Pro. You need a third generation iPad or newer, an iPad mini, or the new Retina Display iPad mini. The Intuos Creative Stylus is priced at $99.95.
This Stylus-Pro from ZooGue is combination stylus and pen that makes a nice gift for someone that jumps between their iPad and traditional paper notepads. The rubber tip on one end provides a smooth stylus feel on your iPad and the pen tip is tucked away at the opposite end of the stylus barrel. Unscrew the stylus tip and there is a sim card ejector tool, too. The Zoogue Stylus-Pro is priced at $19.95.
20 Ways to Draw Book Series
With an iPad and a cool stylus in hand, you can be an artist anywhere you go without carting along lots of extra supplies. If you aren't an artist yet, or you know someone who's aspiring to let their inner artist out, 20 Ways to Draw a Tree and 44 Other Nifty Things from Nature is a great resource. Instead of step-by-step how-to instructions, the book is loaded with sample drawings you can copy or trace. Along with honing your artistic skills, the book can also give you inspiration when you need ideas for your next masterpiece. The series also includes 20 Ways to Draw a Cat, Tulip, and Dress. The books are priced at $16.50 each.
Griffin Justice League Headphones
The Justice League headphones from Griffin may be just the thing for the comic book lover on your holiday list. The headphones feature a lightweight over-the-ear design, and are adorned with either Batman or Superman symbols because apparently the rest of the Justice League didn't make the cut. The headphones include a slender stereo-mini plug that works with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and are compatible with the headphone port on most cases. Griffin's Justice League headphones are priced at $29.99.
olloclip 4-in-1 Lens Kit for iPhone 5 and 5s
The olloclip 4-in-1 is a superb clip-on lens kit that enhances the iPhone's native camera capabilities with four additional lenses: 10x macro, 15x macro, wide-angle and a fisheye lens. It comes in a microfiber pouch and includes lens caps. Weighing less than an ounce, it's a great, compact lens kit, designed for casual photographers who want to broaden their picture taking capabilities.
JayBird BlueBuds X
Sport in-ear headphones don't have to sound have to sound flat and thin, which is why the BlueBuds X from JayBrid are so great. They offer excellent audio quality, Bluetooth connectivity with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, a comfortable fit, and long battery life between charges. They're great for fitness activities, and sound good enough for day-to-day use, too. The BlueBuds X are priced at $169.95.