It’s that time of year again when we are all caught trying to find that one perfect gift. Wooden horses and toy soldiers won’t do it anymore. If you’re looking to buy modern toys for children of all ages, you’ll need to find the best tech gift.
Fortunately, Apple happens to be the tech world’s Santa Claus. From Apple hardware to the perfect accessory, there is no shortage of gift options out there for everyone on your list. These are some of the best gift ideas for 2017.
Apple TV 4K
Apple TV is quite simply the best media streaming device out there. It sports a near perfect interface and enough functionality to keep up with the stiffest competition on the market.
Apple TV 4K is the best Apple TV device ever made. It’s really not even close. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s still one of the most reasonable 4K media streaming options in terms of price and possibly the best in terms of overall usability.
iPhone 8/8 Plus
It’s a true shame that Apple hasn’t promoted the iPhone 8 as much as the iPhone X. Mind you, we understand why that’s the case, but the iPhone 8 is not the lesser iPhone it is sometimes promoted as.
In fact, if the iPhone 8 had the iPhone X’s screen, it might just be the best iPhone in years. It’s powerful, it’s sleek, and it improves on the iPhone 7 in every meaningful way. Of course, we know the iPhone you’re really thinking about…
What’s in a screen? Does the iPhone X’s larger screen really justify its almost $1000 price tag? Maybe. It certainly does a better job of justifying it than the facial recognition features.
However, the fact remains that it’s really hard to go from the iPhone X’s screen to a smaller display. Apple has crafted one of the best phone screens we’ve ever laid eyes on, and that extra real estate really does come in handy for most applications.
Apple Watch Series 3
This is the Apple Watch that should have been released from the start. Prior to the release of this device, Apple Watch’s were treated as a companion piece to iPhones. They were fun but not essential.
Series 3 adds mobile support to the Apple Watch, and, in the process, really gives you an excuse to leave your phone behind. If you’ve been waiting to get in on the Apple Watch movement, now is certainly the time.
Do you really, really, really love someone on your gift list? Do you want to give them a gift that they’ll never forget? If so, we recommend the soon-to-be-released iMac Pro.
The iMac Pro is a $4,999 desktop that comes shockingly close to justifying that price. Its display is stunning, its design is flawless, and its functionality is theoretically limitless. This is a top of the line iMac for serious iMac users.
MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID
We’re probably going to receive a new line of MacBook Pro’s next year, but it’s hard to argue against the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID even when you consider its theoretical competition.
This is an exceptionally built laptop with incredible battery life, sleek design, and a phenomenal touchpad. It’s everything you’ve ever liked about using a MacBook done better than it’s ever been done before. You’ll be happy with this MacBook for a long time.
For Your Smart Home
Elgato Eve Energy
As corny as it sounds, Elgato Eve Energy is kind of like the Clapper for a smart technology generation. On a basic level, it allows you to control devices hooked up to it via your smartphone. That’s neat.
What really makes the Elgato special, though, is how it allows you to monitor your daily electricity usage. It also allows you to program certain electronics in a way that allows you to really feel like you’re in control of your home technology.
Philips Hue White Ambiance A19 Starter Kit
Customizable light bulbs used to be a gimmicky piece of technology that was primarily marketed towards technophiles with money to burn. Now, it’s hard not to see their practical merit.
This starter kit contains pretty much everything that you’ll ever need to join the rapidly growing group of people who love customizing their home lighting. From enhancing movie night to managing your energy consumption, this kit opens up an entirely new living experience.
Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with Century Trim
There’s a bit of an argument at the moment regarding which devices need a “smart” option. For instance, you probably shouldn’t have to perform a firmware update on your refrigerator.
However, smart locks are actually quite interesting. The Schlage Sense Smart Deadlock allows you to ditch the primitive process of opening your doors with keys. It also allows you to do things like lock your door remotely. This is simply the best device of its kind.
Even though Google’s Pixel Buds broke into this market in a big way in 2017, our nod for wireless earbuds go to the Airpods. Granted, that’s largely because Pixel Buds work best with the Pixel phone.
That’s not to say that the Airpods are inferior. Actually, they sound better than Google’s earbuds and are truly wireless. Sizing issues aside, it really does feel like Air Pods are the future of wireless earbuds.
Mophie Wireless Charging Base
Apple is going to release their own wireless charging station sometime next year. We’re sure it will be great. However, we’re not sure how much they’ll improve upon Mophie’s device.
The Mophie Wireless Charging Base is a fantastic option for those tired of cables. It’s reasonably well-priced and uses the same charging technology that Apple has committed to moving forward. You really should own a wireless charger, and this is one of the best out there.
Moshi IonBank 5k Portable Battery Pack
Portable battery packs are an essential device for any traveler. They offer a world in which you never need to worry about your phone or tablet dying. They’re cheap, tend to work well, and are quite sturdy.
What separates the IonSlim is its size. Unlike other battery packs, the IonSlim doesn’t look like a blocky battery you’ve got to drag around. It’s sleek, works very well, and compliments your Apple device quite well.
Jabra Move Wireless Stereo Headset
Not everyone likes earbuds. They’re convenient, but they’re sometimes uncomfortable. While there are a ton of headset alternatives out there, the Jabra Move Wireless Stereo Headset is rightfully making a name for itself as one of the best.
The Jabra is just solid across the board. Its wireless battery life is great, the sound quality is excellent, and it looks pretty clean on your head. It’s hard not recommend this headset to everyone.
Apple iPhone X Silicone Case
Finding the perfect iPhone X case is a challenge. You want to protect your phone, but you don’t want to compromise its wonderful screen and great looks. Fortunately, iPhone has released a fascinating official option.
The Apple iPhone X Silicone Case is a non-intrusive form of phone protection. It’s designed to not overwhelm your iPhone while still offering a reasonable level of protection. It even works with wireless chargers. Simply put, it’s the perfect minimalist option.
Apple Smart Keyboard
While many consumers are choosing their tablets over laptops, there are many hesitant to completely make that switch yet. A good tablet keyboard can go a long way towards helping you make that leap.
So far as that goes, the Apple Smart Keyboard is possibly the iPad’s best keyboard option. It’s lightweight, but it still feels like an actual keyboard. The Smart Keyboard is designed to eliminate the annoyances that accompany most iPad keyboards.
Just For Fun
Carved Phone Case
If you’re looking for a phone case that will steal the show, you need to know about Carved. Carved creates custom wood cases for a variety of phones. They’re strikingly beautiful and actually offer decent protection.
What really makes Carved special, though, are the custom options. The folks at Carved really can create the case of your dreams. Granted, you’ll pay a bit of a premium, but these are the best-looking cases around.
AmazonBasics Felt Laptop Sleeve
This is one of the best budget items you can purchase for someone that doesn’t have a separate bag. Don’t be fooled by it’s low price; the AmazonBasics Laptop Sleeve is a wonderful laptop bag.
While we do wish this sleeve came with a strap, this is a great secondary holder that is easy to carry around the office or in class. It looks rather nice and never gets in the way. You don’t even have to tell the recipient that it’s a budget item.
Inspire Mac Candle No. 2
Do you have someone in your life who is really obsessed with Apple. As in…kind of creepily obsessed? If so, then you might want to get them this rather unique candle.
The first edition of Twelve South’s candle was designed to smell like a newly opened Apple product. It was cute, but a bit gimmicky. This new model of Twelve South candle has a more general scent designed to spark creativity. It’s quite pleasant and lasts up to 70 hours.
Tile Key Finder
If you never want to lose your keys, wallet, or phone again, you need a Tile. Tile is a small device that you attach to your keys, wallet, or whatever. If you ever lose the item it is attached to, you can ping it through a separate app.
Even better, you can use the other end of the Tile device to page your phone at any time. This makes it a nearly foolproof way to ensure you always know where your valuables are.
Prynt Pocket, Instant Photo Printer
We may live in a golden age of digital photography, but there’s something special about a physical photograph. Now, the Prynt Pocket Printer allows you to experience the best of both of those worlds.
After hooking your iPhone up to this device, you can print any digital photo you have in just 30 seconds. The included app even allows you to customize the photo before you print it. This is a gift any camera obsessed iPhone owner will love.
Monument Valley 2
The original Monument Valley is one of the best gaming apps ever made. It was essentially a puzzle game designed to resemble an M.C. Escher painting.
Monument Valley 2 retains everything that made the original game great, but offers a lot more of it all. The puzzles are more interesting, the levels are better, and the art is more striking than ever. This is quite simply one of the best mobile games ever made.
Splendor is one of the most beloved board games of the past few years. This deceptively simple game requires you to build a respectable marketplace using jewels as currency. It only takes minutes to learn but requires hundreds of games to master.
This digital version of the board game is not only a fantastic adaptation, but we can guarantee you that it’s more addictive than your favorite mobile game. It even features an impressive online multiplayer mode.
Sky Guide AR
Virtual reality may steal all the headlines, but its augmented reality that steals the show. Augmented reality apps modify the world around you in some way to create an interactive experience. Pokemon GO is a popular example of the technology.
Sky Guide AR is an augmented reality app that lets you turn your phone into a planetarium. It charts the night skies and finds everything from constellations to satellites. This is an essential app for anyone who enjoys looking at the night sky.
While you might not want to think about your budget too much during holiday shopping, you do need a good budgeting app. So far as that goes, there are few options out there better than Pennies.
Pennies allows you to construct a long-term or short-term budget through a simple step-by-step process. It simplifies the budgeting process but is deep enough to ensure that any budget can be accommodated for. This is a must-have for anyone looking to save or spend smarter.
You shouldn’t drive and use your phone. Nevertheless, most of us do it anyway. That being the case, it just makes sense to have an app that makes driving while using your phone safer.
There are few apps that accomplish that as well as Open Road. It simplifies everything from music apps to messaging and makes it easier to use them with no touches or few touches. If you want to safely use your phone while driving, this is the best way to do so.