10 Apple Accessory Gifts

With Christmas fast approaching, you should probably start thinking about what to buy that special someone. Fortunately enough for you, we’ve put together a list detailing the 10 best gift ideas for the Apple fan in your life. The iPhone 12, iPad Pro or a new MacBook are destined to be popular Christmas gifts this year. If you’re after one or two accessories to accompany those gifts, there are quite a few options to choose from.

AirPods

Yes we know, we’ve seen the memes too. But despite what the internet has to say, the AirPods and AirPods Pro are both great, fully wireless accessories to partner just about any Apple product. When it comes to sound quality, sure there are other headphones out there that do sound better but if you are already part of the Apple ecosystem, the AirPods should be taken seriously. They’re even an excellent option for pretty much any device that accepts Bluetooth headphones, although you do miss out on some of the features that make them so great.

Connecting your Airpods to your iPhone or iPad is super easy and one of the reasons that we, along with so many other people, love them. Once connected, and you’re signed in to iCloud, the AirPods are then automatically set up with any of your Apple devices that are also using iCloud, with the same Apple ID. Making them a great accessory to partner with your MacBook or iMac too.

MacBook Protective Sleeve

Having somewhere to store your MacBook without just throwing it into your backpack is always a good idea. While the beautiful, machined finish of the MacBook Pro and Air is great to look at, they can be very prone to scratches. Having your MacBook loose in the bottom of your bag with keys, headphones, or some spare change bouncing around is a recipe for a scratched MacBook, and nobody wants a scratched MacBook. Sleeves tend to vary in price depending on the number of features they have but truth be told, you don’t have to spend a crazy amount. For the 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, we like this one from Tomtoc. It’s slim and compact in design and has all the padding and protection you need, as well as a handy pocket for you to store any of your accessories. Tomtoc also makes a slightly larger version for the 15/16-inch MacBook Pro, check it out here.

Native Union Wireless Charger

As the iPhone and the AirPods both now come with wireless charging options enabled, another great gift idea is a wireless charging pad. There are plenty of options available to suit all budgets but we especially like this, the Native Union Dock Wireless Charger. Supporting a range of devices, including the iPhone 8 or later, this wireless charger is sleek in design and will look great sitting on any desk or bedside table. It is also equipped with fast-charging options, allowing you to go from 0% back up to 100% in no time at all.

Logitech Keyboard for iPad Pro

Acting as both a case and a keyboard, the Logitech Slim Folio Keyboard acts as a great alternative to the Magic Keyboard from Apple. While it does not feature a trackpad, you can buy this case and a trackpad and still be saving money when compared with the Magic keyboard. It features a backlit keyboard, coming in handy for low light situations and for the price, this is a great feature. The keyboard also allows you to program specific iOS shortcuts so you know that this isn’t just any generic keyboard, it’s built specifically with iPad OS in mind. It also has an extra little sleeve that allows you to house the Apple Pencil which, when paired with the trackpad, is essentially the price of the magic keyboard.

 

Apple Pencil

The Apple Pencil makes for the perfect gift for that iPad user on your Christmas list. The 1st Gen and 2nd Gen Apple Pencil bring a whole new way of interacting with apps on your iPad, offering precision that no other stylus can offer. Whether it’s drawing, note-taking or marking up documents, the Apple Pencil is a great option to upgrade any iPad workstation. While we have listed both the 1st and 2nd gen options, there are a few key differences that you should be aware of. While the 1st generation is slightly less expensive, it can only be paired and charged with a lightning cable, while the 2nd generation supports both wireless pairing and charging. Keep in mind that the 2nd generation is only compatible with newer models of iPad, the 4th gen iPad Air and both iPad Pro models whereas the 1st generation Apple Pencil is compatible with the regular iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro.

External SSD

External SSDs are a great way to expand your base storage without opting for expensive Apple upgrades. This Samsung T5 500GB SSD would make a great addition to either your iPad or Mac setup and you can even find the 1TB variant for under £140. This SSD not only features lightning-fast USB 3.1 but it is extremely portable and compact, meaning you can slip it into your bag, backpack or even your pocket when you’re on the go. As iPad OS advances, the more valuable it is to make sure that you have plenty of storage to cover your video or photo editing needs.

MagSafe Adapter

While the new MacBooks are great, they are missing a beloved feature that was unfortunately discontinued with the release of the new MacBook Pro back in 2016, MagSafe. Now if that doesn’t ring any bells, MagSafe technology essentially connects your MacBook with the charging cable using magnets. While that may not sound all too interesting, it was certainly very useful and saved you from those scenarios where you or someone else accidentally pulled the charging cable, resulting in your MacBook getting yanked off the face of the earth.

With this handy little adapter, you plug one side straight into the Thunderbolt 3 port and the other into the charging cable and ‘bam’, you’ve got MagSafe. Christmas is a chaotic period at the best of times and the last thing you want is your brand new MacBook getting broken when that annoying younger sibling or that clumsy, old uncle trips over your charging cable.

Satechi Dongle

While it may not be the most exciting gift to unwrap on Christmas day, a true tech-head will always appreciate a good dongle and the Satechi Multi-Port Adapter is just that. If you’re working with a MacBook Pro from 2016 and onwards or a newer model of the MacBook Air, a dongle could be essential, especially if your accessories still use classic USB or even SD card slots. While this adapter from Satechi is slightly on the more expensive side, its power delivery and sleek design make it the perfect option to pair with a MacBook. It is available in a few different colours; Silver, Space Grey and Gold, allowing you to match it perfectly with your MacBooks finish.

 

Lume Cube AIR

In a time where video conferencing has rapidly become the new norm for team meetings, the Lume Cube AIR is a portable lighting solution that will ensure that you stay bright in those early morning conference calls. Inside the box, you’ll find a suction cup mount that you can use to find the perfect angle and make sure that you stay illuminated when lighting is less than ideal. The cube AIR is both portable and waterproof, so for the budding smartphone photographers out there, this makes a great addition to the mobile photography kit.

Native Union Night Cable

iPhone lightning cables that come in the box are notoriously flimsy, not to mention they’re also too short. The Native Union Night Cable solves both of these problems. Made from an ultra-strong, reinforced material and at 10ft in length, this cable will solve all your iPhone, and some iPad charging needs. It also has a handy weighted knot that acts as an anchor to any flat surface, ensuring that your device does not fall or move while charging.