The unmistakeable signs of the holidays are here. Every Starbuck’s red cup and piece of tinsel is a reminder you only have so much time before the big day, so the countdown to find the perfect present for the people on your list is officially on. If you’re wondering what to get everyone, look no further than your favorite Cupertino-based tech company. Apple is a great resource of fun and practical gifts, no matter who you’re shopping for — including yourself!
For the Apple fan in all of us, here are the top-rated gifts of the year.
Apple 4K TV
When the weather outside is frightful, the Netflix inside is delightful. Anyone who prefers to hide away from Old Man Winter by hibernating in front of the screen would do well with an Apple TV this year. It comes hooked up with Siri, so you don’t even have to leave your cocoon of blankets when you lose the remote. Just ask the voice-activated assistant to control your screen, pausing for a bathroom break or switching to a different streaming service.
It comes paired with Apple’s own iTunes TV and Movies, and it streams most other services easily — including your beloved Netflix. Equipped with Dolby Atmos surround sound and HDR10 display, the 4K television creates a personal theater experience in your home.
Whether you have a brand new iPhone XS Max or an older 6s, any handset that follows you wherever your day takes you will start looking worse for wear. When you take it from work to home to even the bathroom, your iPhone may show grime and scratches it doesn’t deserve. You can camouflage these damages, plus prevent more from happening, by customizing an iPhone skin.
It doesn’t matter what generation you have; skin designers like dbrand tailor-make each design to fit the specific handset, ensuring it’s the closest fitting accessory that adds zero bulk. Although you won’t have to worry about bloat with an iPhone skin, but you can expect it to add a little bling. Shopping for a unique skin has never been easier. You can find cool skins for your iPhone that fit your style, choosing from the latest black marble and black matrix or fan favorites like carbon fiber and metallic.
If you have an iPhone 7 or later, then you understand the personal sacrifices behind #headphonegate. The seventh generation ushered in a new era of iPhones that didn’t include the headphone jack. As a result, you were expected to purchase AirPods or non-Apple brand wireless earbuds.
While they work perfectly fine with your iPhone, the only issue is they don’t hook up easily with any device that isn’t Bluetooth-enabled — which is a surprising number of things, considering the general push towards wireless compatibility. So, the struggle is real when you want to listen to something wired.
Rather than having a pair of wireless earbuds for your phone and pair of wired headphones for everything else, try out the AirFly. This Twelve South accessory plugs into any device’s headphone jacks to connect it wirelessly with your AirPods. Whether on a plane or at the gym, you’ll be able to connect to wired devices without issue.
Apple Watch 4
The holidays are an easy excuse to overindulge in all your favorite treats. A bite of gingerbread here, a nibble of chocolate there, and let’s not forget all those extra helpings at dinner. They can add for those with a slow metabolism. If you’re already thinking about your new year’s resolution to eat less and move more, then the latest Apple Watch is all you need to kick your fitness into high gear.
The series 4 watch is the ultimate workout partner that helps stay you motivated with the ability to pace sprints and track fitness metrics. It comes with new and improved tracking functions too, including a proactive health monitor that can alert you of any unusual symptoms that suggest you may have a heart condition.
It being the holidays, you’ll be taking more photographs than usual as you snap family dinners, friendly get-togethers, and grammable winter scenes in outdoor markets. If you’re like most people, you fill up your phone with these pics, only for them to rot on iPhoto or the iCloud. This is a disservice to all the looks you were slinging in your semi-formal holiday wear.
The Prynt Pocket is a pocket-sized photo printer that lets you share your best photos within minutes. The accessory easily clips onto the handset, where it connects to your camera or any existing pics in your photo library. Then it prints a 2×3 version of it for you to share or covet as you please.
And there you have it: five top-rated gifts of the season. Whether shopping for a loved one or yourself, anyone would be lucky to unwrap one of these gadgets for the holidays. From a new 4K TV to a portable photo printer, this list puts you on the right course this year. Because when it comes to Apple-friendly gifts, there’s no wrong answer.