11 best gifts for iPhone users that you need to buy this year

11 best gifts for iPhone users that you need to buy this year

The holiday season is fast approaching, and you know what that means: gifts, gifts, and more gifts! While it’s always great to be on the receiving end of gift giving, it’s fair to reciprocate as well.

If someone you know is an ardent Apple fan and has always been on IphoneWhat should you give them? Here are some of the coolest gifts you can get for iPhone users, regardless of the model.

Moose iPhone case

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One of the most important things you can give any iPhone user is a file good case. iPhones are slippery devices, after all! I recently picked up the Mous Clarity 2.0 MagSafe Compatible Iridescent iPhone Case for the dark purple color iPhone 14 Pro, and it’s one of my all-time favorites so far. As someone who has sent hundreds of phone cases in the past, it’s not easy for me to be one of my favourites; I’ve tested a lot, and it can be hard to tell them apart. Mouse cases can be pricey but they are worth the money.

I love Clarity 2.0 because it provides incredibly strong protection all around while maintaining a slim profile. It features Mouse’s AiroShock technology at the corners to absorb shock if dropped, and the front has just enough lip to protect the screen from any scratches if it’s placed upside down. The button and camera cutouts are precise and precise, and the buttons themselves are covered but retain a nice, nice click (I hate squishy buttons!).

If someone has a deep purple iPhone 14 Pro, I totally recommend the Iridescent Clarity 2.0 case, as it’s the perfect combination of fun colors. In the right light, this case is sure to turn heads. Plus, it has MagSafe, which is a must-have at this point if you have an iPhone 12 or later. Although, if you don’t like the iridescent color, you can go for the standard clear, and Mous also has a variety of other patterns to choose from.

PopSockets PopGrip for MagSafe

iPhone 14 Pro with Speck MagSafe Presidio Grip Case, black Walt Disney World 50th Celebration PopSocket, along with a set of MagSafe battery packs and PopTops
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Another must-have iPhone accessory for iPhone 12 and later owners MagSafe PopGrip from PopSockets. With the MagSafe PopGrip, it attaches to a coil iPhone 12And the iPhone 13or iPhone 14 Via MagSafe, with or without a MagSafe case. This means you don’t need to deal with the usual PopSocket adhesive on the handles, which can wear off the more you reposition them. With MagSafe you don’t have to worry about that, and it’s very easy to take it off and put it back on again.

The best part is that the PopGrip for MagSafe still uses interchangeable PopTops, so as long as you have another compatible PopGrip design that you like, you can swap it out without any problem. I’ve grabbed a whole lot of Disney-related PopGrips, and I’m constantly popping my grips based on how I feel.

PopSockets also has MagSafe PopWallet+ accessories, too, if you want to ditch a separate wallet. Recently, PopSockets teamed up with Anker to offer a MagSafe battery pack with a built-in PopSocket, so you can keep holding your phone while it’s charging.

iphone sonics case

An assortment of Sanrio and Care Bears Sonix iPhone 13 Pro cases
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While I’m currently using the Mous case I mentioned earlier, one of my favorite case brands is Sonix, mainly because they have some of the best designs out there, especially the Hello Kitty and Sanrio patterns, but there are other collaborations as well. Sonix cases are also extremely durable, protective, slim, lightweight, tactile, and very affordable. They also have MagSafe compatibility with iPhone 12 and later models.

ShiftCam SnapGrip

The ShiftCam SnapGrip Accessory Pack is used to take a selfie with a dog
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For iPhone users who are serious about content creation and photography, ShiftCam makes some great looking accessories that can take them to the next level.

The ShiftCam SnapGrip Accessory Kit is designed for iPhone MagSafe devices but can work with non-MagSafe devices via a magnetic sticker. SnapGrip magnetically attaches to your iPhone, compatible case, or other smartphone (excluding flip phones). Although its primary use case is to give you a more comfortable grip when taking photos and videos, it has shutter buttons to give you a feel like a standalone camera. It’s also a battery, which gives you extra power, and acts as a stand. You can use SnapGrip in either portrait or landscape mode – whichever works best for your current situation.

But ShiftCam doesn’t just stop at SnapGrip; There is a whole host of accessories to work with. SnapPod is a tripod mount and magnetic grip, and SnapLight adds a magnetic light ring to your device for optimal illumination. You can even save money by purchasing the SnapGrip bundle, which includes all of the accessories mentioned, instead of buying them all separately. It’s a great gift for that iPhone content creator in your life.

AirTag

AirTag attached to a keyring
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Every iPhone user should own a AirTagOr maybe a dozen of them. These are Apple’s item trackers, and they are very useful! I have a bunch of them myself, and they are great. AirTags can be attached to many accessories to help you keep track of your keys, bags, strollers, vehicles, and anything else you don’t want to lose. If you lose something, you can enable Lost Mode and use the Find My grid to track the item down.

AirTag integrates directly with iPhones Find my appwhere you can check the battery level (the CR2032 standard lasts about a year), location, ping the AirTag to help you locate it nearby, and if you have iPhone 11 or later, use the precise search feature thanks to the U1 chip and Bluetooth Low Energy (LE). Accurate Search allows you to accurately locate an AirTag with visual, audible, and haptic feedback.

AirTags only cost $29 a pop, or you can pick up a four-pack for $99 to save a few bucks.

AirPods Pro 2

Apple AirPods Pro 2 inside their charging case.
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Everyone can use a good pair of wireless earphones, and if someone is using an iPhone, you can’t beat them AirPods Pro 2. For those who do not like Regular AirPods Because of their in-ear feel and fit, AirPods Pro have always had silicone tips, which provide a more secure and comfortable fit. But the silicone tips also create a buffer and better block outside noise. With improved active noise cancellation and a new Adaptive Transparency feature, you can block out the world completely or just filter out enough sound without being overly distracting.

AirPods Pro 2 looks very similar to its predecessor, but there are some other improvements apart from improved ANC and transparency. There’s now volume control on the stem, MagSafe and Apple Watch charging on the case, a lanyard loop built into the case, accurate detection with Apple’s Find My app, and even a small speaker on the case for feedback tones.

With Apple AirPods Pro 2 and any other devices AirPodsYou get the best integration with iPhone and iOS, as well as all other Apple devices.

Apple Watch Series 8

Apple Watch Series 8 running the Compass app.
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One of the best pieces of tech that goes with your iPhone is Apple Watch Series 8. This is the latest iteration of the classic Apple Watch, and while the upgrades are iterative, it’s still a great device. With Apple Watch Series 8, you can receive calls and notifications on your wrist and easily track your daily activity and workouts. In addition, the large screen is very impressive.

Apple Watch Series 8 adds new temperature sensors that provide insights into your overall health and well-being. There is a car accident detection feature that can help you contact emergency services if you have a bad accident.

Apple Watch Ultra

Apple Watch Ultra with Wayfinder watch face.
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Although the Apple Watch Series 8 is an upgrade of the flagship Apple Watch hardware, Apple has also released a brand new one Apple Watch Ultra. This is Apple’s most rugged Apple Watch for extreme sports and activities, like deep-sea diving, mountain hiking, and more rigorous activities. However, it’s also a great smartwatch for everyone, even if you don’t plan to climb Mount Everest.

Apple Watch Ultra is made from ultra-lightweight titanium, so it’s incredibly strong and durable. It also sports the largest Apple Watch screen ever at 49mm, though this may not be the best for those with small wrists. Because of its larger size, the Apple Watch Ultra has the largest battery in an Apple Watch, and a single charge can last about 36 hours — And up to 60 hours if you use watchOS 9 Low Power Mode.

The Apple Watch Ultra is definitely more expensive than the Apple Watch Series 8, but it’s worth the cost if you can afford it.

Anker Magnetic Wireless Charger 633 MagGo Charging Station

Photo Stock - Anker MagGo 633 Wireless Charging Station Battery pack
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One of my favorite MagSafe codes for the iPhone 14 Pro is this one from Anker. On the surface, this looks like any other MagSafe charging stand; The base can wirelessly charge your favorite pair of true wireless earbuds, such as the AirPods Pro 2; The MagSafe part can charge your device; And it’s fully customizable! But the best part is that the MagSafe mount itself is a portable MagSafe battery pack, so you can remove it and take it with you! It’s only 5,000mAh, but since you put it back in the charging station when not in use, it always has to be powered off. It’s one of the most convenient little accessories I’ve used, and it’s an absolute must for any iPhone user with a MagSafe iPhone.

Anker PowerCore portable battery

Anker PowerCore III connected to the laptop.

Not everyone owns a MagSafe iPhone, and that’s okay. There are a lot of portable power banks out there, but one of my favorite brands for anything power related is Anker. You’ll find a variety of different offerings in the Anker PowerCore range, from slim and compact 10,000mAh power banks to larger 20,000mAh capacities with multiple simultaneous charging ports. Some of them even act as portable chargers for your laptop.

Anker has many different PowerCore battery products, so there’s plenty to choose from for every individual need. Personally, I’ve been using Anker products for years without any issues, so any of them are a winner.

HomePod mini

side homepod mini hand
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The perfect complement to your iPhone is the HomePod mini. The Apple smart speaker may look small, but it packs a big punch. Plus, with seamless integration with Siri, you can do many things with just your voice, such as set timers, control music and audio, get news and weather, and check your calendar and tasks. The HomePod mini is also quite affordable at just $99 each, and if you have multiple HomePod mini units, you can even use them as intercoms to communicate with others around the house. Every iPhone owner should have at least one HomePod mini at home.

Roll down the halls with awesome iPhone gifts

The holidays are already here, and now is the perfect time to start shopping. As an iPhone user for over a decade who has tried many different accessory brands and products, I know what works and what doesn’t. These delightful items are sure to brighten up any iPhone user’s day.

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