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There are plenty of great gift ideas for iPhone owners, from fun cases to game controllers.
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Shopping for an iPhone user is quite easy, considering there are tons of accessories to choose from that can make ideal gifts. From high-end earbuds and durable Lightning cables to a magnetic tripod and even a game controller, there are plenty of products out there that are perfect for iPhone owners.
After testing and researching many accessories, here’s a look at some of the best gift ideas for the iPhone owner in your life, from affordable cases to the Apple Watch.
Apple’s new iPhone 13 lineup boasts some cool camera features. With a new Cinematic mode and the ability to shift focus in videos, new iPhone owners might want to try shooting their own homemade films. A tripod with MagSafe capabilities is an ideal gift to help amateur filmmakers capture steady shots on their iPhone.
Joby’s GripTight GorillaPod for MagSafe magnetically attaches to iPhone 12 and 13 models. The unique tripod has two clamps for an even more secure smartphone grip. Gorillapod stands are flexible and help users film from unique angles.
Fingerprints can easily get all over an iPhone. You can help your gift recipient keep their phone smudge-free with a screen cleaning kit. This bundle from Whoosh! includes a 3.4 ounce bottle, a 0.8 ounce bottle that can fit in pockets, and three microfiber cloths.
The cleaner is even alcohol and ammonia free, so you can rest easy that it’s safe to use on a phone screen without stripping the factory coating.
A stylish leather wallet from Apple will help iPhone 12 and 13 owners get the most out of their device’s MagSafe capabilities. The wallet stores three cards and attaches directly to the back of the phone or onto any case compatible with MagSafe.
You can find the perfect match for your giftee’s iPhone and personality with color options like golden brown, dark cherry, and sequoia green.
It seems like iPhones get bigger every year, so why not buy a nice sturdy PopSockets PopGrip and save your loved one the pinky strain? These handy grips stick on the back of most iPhone cases with ease and pop out twice to provide excellent grip. Your giftee can even use them to prop up their phone so it stands alone as they watch videos.
PopSockets PopGrips come in more patterns, colors, and styles than I can count, so you’ll be sure to find one that matches the personality of your loved one. There’s also a version that attaches to the iPhone 12 and 13 series with MagSafe. If you’ve ever had doubts about sticking something semi-permanently to the back of your iPhone, the PopGrip for MagSafe is the answer.
The PopWallet+ for MagSafe combines Apple’s MagSafe wallet and PopSocket’s PopGrip. It’s a handy accessory that offers all the functionality of a PopGrip that also lets you carry around your three most important cards.
Its magnetic connection is strong enough that the PopWallet+ won’t detach easily by accident, but it’s still simple to remove when you want to take it off for wireless charging. The PopWallet+ is also shielded, so it won’t damage credit cards from the effects of magnets.
If the person you’re shopping for can’t seem to keep track of their belongings, try gifting them an AirTag. The accessory from Apple is a tiny Bluetooth tracker that you can use to keep tabs on belongings like keys, wallets, and bags. But what really distinguishes AirTags from Tile is the fact that it can use nearby iPhones to find your lost items when they’re out of Bluetooth range.
Unfortunately, you’ll need to purchase an accessory to add AirTags to your keychain. But AirTags’ ability to leverage other iPhones as a finding network still makes them the most useful Bluetooth trackers for Apple fans.
Whether you’re reading work emails, binging Netflix, or playing a game, a pair of blue light filtering glasses can make your phone’s screen much easier on the eyes. Felix Gray made a name for itself early on in this space, and it’s one of our top choices for blue light filtering specs thanks to the company’s relatively affordable prices and stylish designs. Frames start at $95, and they’re available in prescription and non-prescription versions.
There are two things wrong with the Lightning cable Apple includes in the box with each new iPhone: The cable is too short and it’s too weak. Native Union’s Night Cable solves both those problems with a 10-foot-long durable cable that can easily reach to charge your phone.
It also has a handy knotted weight on it that you can move up and down the cable to ensure that your iPhone stays on the table while it charges without falling or moving. It’s our favorite long iPhone cable.
There’s nothing better than a leather iPhone case and Nomad makes our favorite ones. Not only are they durable and protective, but the cases are also made with soft Horween leather that ages beautifully. Nomad cases are also easy to clean and maintain, so you don’t have to worry if they pick up a little dirt, dust, or debris. We can’t recommend these cases enough.
Case-Mate makes lots of fun iPhone cases, so there’s sure to be one that your iPhone fan will like. From sparkly cases and iridescent ones to retro Kodak and camo cases, Case-Mate has a ton of designs. The cases are protective, too, but the prices will vary depending on the case and phone model.
With its convenient handle for easy carrying, water resistance, and extra-long battery life, the Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is a speaker you can truly take anywhere. Those qualities alone makes it a great choice for anyone who loves listening to music on-the-go. But Bose’s compact music player also impresses with excellent sound quality and useful features like the ability to take calls and trigger your phone’s virtual assistant, making it one of our favorite portable Bluetooth speakers.
Charging multiple devices can be an annoyance, but that’s where devices like Belkin’s 3-in-1 dock come in handy. Not only does it wirelessly charge your iPhone, but there’s also an Apple Watch dock and charging pad for your AirPods. We’ve crowned it our favorite charging device for powering up multiple Apple devices, thanks to its sleek design, 4.5-foot power cord, and 90-degree Apple Watch stand placement, which makes it ideal for using the watch in Nightstand Mode. Just be sure that the person you’re shopping for has the wireless charging case for their AirPods.
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Just about every iPhone owner will love to have an Apple Watch, so this is really a fail-safe gift. Although it’s not as advanced as the new Apple Watch Series 7, the Apple Watch SE has most of the features people want for less. It can track fitness metrics, keep tabs on heart rate and health, go swimming, buzz with notifications, and so much more. It’s a true companion to the iPhone for an affordable price.
For the mobile gamer in your life, chances are they’d appreciate some dedicated controls for their favorite games. As excellent as Apple’s touchscreens may be, they just don’t compare to buttons and joysticks for games. A controller like the SteelSeries Nimbus+, which was designed specifically for Apple devices, should make gaming on the iPhone feel much more console-like.
If your loved one lives a life aquatic — or is just a lovable klutz — they need the Lifeproof Fré iPhone case. This case is fully submersible in water that’s up to 6.6 feet (2 meters) deep for one hour. It’s also fully sealed with its built-in screen protector and port covers, so it’s safe from the elements.
These waterproof cases are currently available for the iPhone 6 through the iPhone 12. On the Lifeproof product pages, you can sign up to be notified when iPhone 13 sizes become available.
The North Face
Whether you’re in the car or out for a walk this winter, these gloves from North Face are a great choice for anyone that wants to keep their phone handy on-the-go. We love these gloves because they have a natural fit and allow you to use your phone with any finger, not just your index finger or thumb.
With Anker’s USB-C-to-Lightning Cable and USB-C Wall Adapter, anyone who has a newer iPhone can take advantage of faster charging speeds. The cable is also durable and well made, plus, it’s MFi certified by Apple to be safe.
It’s so easy to scratch or crack a phone screen by accident, so we recommend picking up a screen protector as a small, practical gift. Zagg is famous for its screen protectors because they are durable, easy to apply, and some offer special features like blue light blocking and privacy shields. Price and availability may vary depending on which iPhone model you’re shopping for. Screen protectors for newer iPhones are typically more expensive.
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Although there are wireless earbuds that sound better, Apple’s Airpods remain an excellent buy because they are just so simple and easy to use with an iPhone. They pair effortlessly, never lose connection, and they come with a charging case that supports more than 24 hours of extra power.
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For those that either have more expensive taste or want the absolute best and latest Apple tech, whoever you’re gifting will definitely appreciate the AirPods Pro — especially for its water resistance and active noise cancelling, neither of which the traditional AirPods have.
Apple’s AirPods aren’t for everyone, as fit can be a concern (they don’t stay in my ears at all). That’s when wireless earbuds with an in-ear design, like the Sony WF-1000XM4, come into play. The WF-1000XM4 sound amazing and are among the best earbuds you can buy for reducing unwanted and uncomfortable ambient noise.
The Sonys are pricey, however, and there are plenty of other wireless earbuds we recommend that cost less. If you’re looking for a cheaper gift, we also love the Jabra Elite 7 Pro for around $200, the Cambridge Melomania 1+ for around $100, and the JLabs Jbuds Air for around $25.
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Although iPhone battery life has improved markedly over the years, it’s still a good idea to have a portable battery pack on hand for charging emergencies. Elecjet makes our favorite battery pack with its 20,000mAh of capacity that can charge up iPhones, tablets, and even laptops.
Our iPhones already have excellent cameras, but nothing beats having a dedicated lens. Moment’s Fisheye 14mm Lens lets you shoot images from a wider 170-degree perspective than you’d normally be able to get, even on the iPhone 12 series, which has an ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree field of view. We recommend the Fisheye lens because it offers a perspective that you can’t already get with the iPhone. However, Moment’s lenses are expensive and they require a compatible case from the company to work, so we’d only suggest this if you’re buying for someone who truly loves photography, especially street photography.
There is nothing worse than running out of storage on your iPhone or struggling to transfer photos and files from your phone to your laptop. SanDisk’s iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone solves both problems with an elegant solution that works effortlessly.
The drive has a regular USB-A end that will fit in most laptops and a lightning end that fits all iPhones so you can offload files and transfer them back and forth. It’s great for extra photo storage.
Although sharing digital photos is fun, sharing physical photos is wonderful. Lifeprint’s portable photo printer can reproduce high-quality photos on special photo paper in a 3-by-4.5-inch size that’s perfect for sharing.
You can do lots of fun things with the app, too, and make your Live iPhone photos come to life as animated GIFs as you hold your phone above the printed photo. Lifeprint’s printers can communicate with each other, too, so if both you and your loved one have a Lifeprint printer, you can send photos to print at each other’s printers.
When it comes to fitness trackers, Fitbit is the most well-known brand and the Charge 5 is an excellent gift for iPhone owners who want to get and stay fit.
Driving without a car mount for your phone is a recipe for disaster, but luckily, you can get your loved one a phone mount like this one from iOttie for a great price. It adjusts to fit any iPhone and it’ll fit in any car’s air vent. It’s easy to angle any which way so you can see the phone properly when you drive. It’s a godsend for when you need GPS for driving directions.
If your giftee has a newer iPhone model, you should also consider this Belkin MagSafe car mount. iPhone 12 and 13 models can magnetically snap on to the MagSafe car mount for simple installation.
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