The best gifts for Apple users and fans

Christmas is around the corner. And if you want to give a gift to someone who likes to use Apple devices or is a general fan of technology from Cupertino, then you can find a bit of inspiration here. The gift ideas range from headphones and iPad accessories to charging stations and MacBook cases to biographies, comics and specialist reading about the world of tech companies. Finally, there are also book recommendations from Apple CEO Tim Cook himself. So there should be something for everyone.

AirPods: The Bluetooth headphones for Apple devices

The Apple AirPods are available in different versions, but they are all ideal for use with the iPhone, iPad and Mac. Below you will find a small comparison so that you can choose the right model for the person you want to give the gift to.

AirPods (3rd Gen) AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) AirPods Max
form factor In-Ear In-Ear Over-Ear
charging Case ja ja no
3D audio ja ja ja
Siri usage ja ja ja
Runtime (one battery charge) 6h 6h 20h
Automatic device change ja ja ja
Active noise cancellation no ja ja
transparency mode no ja ja
Adaptive audio no ja no
Price (Apple) 199 euros 279 Euros 579 Euros
Price (Amazon) 179 Euros 263 Euros 532 Euros

Information provided without guarantee; Typos and changes possible

Apple Pencil: taking notes, drawing and illustrating on the iPad

There are also different models of the Apple Pencil, which you can use to make notes and drawings on the iPad. There's the 1 Apple Pencil 2015st Generation for Lightning iPads, the 2 Apple Pencil 2018nd Generation for USB-C iPads (except iPad 10), and the Apple Pencil USB-C for all USB-C iPads including iPad 10. But that was just a rough overview. If you don't know exactly which Apple Pencil you should get, then take a look here for all the information you need: Apple Pencil buying advice – which model is the right one?

16,10 EUR
Apple Pencil (1 Generation)
  • Flexible design
  • High quality material
  • Durable
29,51 EUR
Apple Pencil (2 Generation)
  • Compatibility: iPad mini (6th generation), iPad Pro 12,9 inch (3rd, 4th and 5th generation), iPad Pro 11 inch (1st, 2nd...
Apple Pencil (USB C): Pixel-perfect precision, tilt sensitivity and industry-leading low...
  • WHY APPLE PENCIL − With pixel-perfect precision, tilt sensitivity and low latency, the Apple Pencil makes...
  • COMPATIBILITY - The Apple Pencil (USB C) works with the 13" iPad Pro (M4), 12,9" iPad Pro (3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th...
  • SIMPLE AND NATURAL − Write, sketch and draw with pixel-perfect precision. The Apple Pencil does all of this...

Apple microfiber cloth

The Apple cleaning cloth certainly doesn't win the prize for the cheapest microfiber cloth in the world, but it's also very well made. It feels good and with a 70% mixture of isopropanol and water - as recommended by Apple - you can use the cloth to get even stubborn stains from the iPhone, iPad or Mac display without scratching the display. And be careful: I have linked the original from Apple here. There are also wipes on Amazon that even imitate the packaging, but are not from Apple. And accordingly they also have bad reviews because they don't clean well. So just please this one buy.-

Apple polishing cloth ​​​​​​​(previous model)
  • Made from a soft, non-abrasive material, the polishing cloth cleans any Apple display, including nano-textured glass,...
  • Safe for use with all Apple displays, including nano-textured glass.

Belkin 3-in-1 chargers for iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods

Are your friends and family already equipped with all the Apple devices they need and are the only things missing from practical third-party accessories? Then the 3-in-1 charging stations from Belkin make a perfect gift. These high-quality and Apple-certified charging aids are ideal for charging the iPhone, AirPods with charging case and the Apple Watch. There is no tangled cables because charging is carried out wirelessly using MagSafe technology. There are a model for angled iPhone and Watch displays as well as alternatively a model for discarded devices.

28,64 EUR
Belkin MagSafe 3-in-1 wireless charger, charging station 15W, fast charging for iPhone and...
  • A whole new 3-in-1 charging solution with MagSafe mount for your Apple devices
  • Charge three devices, iPhone 15, iPhone 14, iPhone 13 or iPhone 12, Apple Watch (Series 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, SE) and...
  • Fast wireless charging for your iPhone 15, iPhone 14, iPhone 13 or iPhone 12 at up to 15W
32,52 EUR
Belkin MagSafe 3-in-1 Wireless Charger, MFi Certified Charging Pad, MagSafe Charging Station for...
1.352 reviews
Belkin MagSafe 3-in-1 Wireless Charger, MFi Certified Charging Pad, MagSafe Charging Station for...
  • Conveniently charge all your Apple devices at the same time and in one place
  • Charge your Apple Watch 7 33% faster so you can be more confident about your workout progress...
  • Perfect alignment of the iPhone for charging with MagSafe

SATECHI iPhone and iPad holder for FaceTime, media, work and more

Not primarily for charging, but for ergonomic working or gaming on the iPad and iPhone this holder from SATECHI thought. The holder, which can be adjusted at two points, ensures an individual height and a continuous tilt of the display. You can use the various functions of the devices while sitting, standing or lying down - FaceTime calls, streaming films, playing games (with a paired Bluetooth controller), drawing, making entries using the keyboard and mouse and more. 

SATECHI R1 Aluminum Multi-Angle Foldable Tablet Stand - For M2/ M1 iPad Pro/iPad Air, iPad...
  • UNIVERSAL COMPATIBILITY - M2/M1 iPad Pro, M1 iPad Air, 2022 iPad 10th generation, 2021 iPad Pro, 2021 iPad Mini,...
  • SLIM & STURDY DESIGN – No more worrying about your tablet tipping over! The hands-free display...
  • ADJUSTS TO THE PERFECT ANGLE - whether you're watching YouTube videos, using FaceTime or just...

Safe on the go: laptop bag for your MacBook

Because I use it myself when traveling and on activities, I can recommend the laptop bag from tomtoc for safely transporting your Apple MacBook. The well thought-out bag offers bumpers in the corners, a padded microfiber interior and a water-repellent exterior. In addition to the main compartment for the MacBook, there is also a compartment for cables, hard drives, USB sticks, writing materials or other accessories. I carry the power supply, charging cable, mouse and mouse pad in it. There are different colors to suit every taste as well as three sizes for all current models of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

4,65 EUR
tomtoc 360° case for 16 inch MacBook Pro M3/M2/M1 Pro/Max A2991 A2780 A2485 A2141...
  • Military-Grade Protection: To handle the toughest situations: from drops to impacts to...
  • Quality meets performance: The high-quality, splash-proof recycled fabric, the YKK zippers, the...
  • Convenient Storage: Your laptop is never the only thing you need to take with you. Maybe your charger too...
4,50 EUR
tomtoc 360° case for 14 inch MacBook Pro M3/M2/M1 Pro/Max A2992 A2918 A2779 A2442...
  • Military-Grade Protection: To handle the toughest situations: from drops to impacts to...
  • Quality meets performance: The high-quality, splash-proof recycled fabric, the YKK zippers, the...
  • Convenient Storage: Your laptop is never the only thing you need to take with you. Maybe your charger too...
4,35 EUR
tomtoc 360° case for 13 inch MacBook Air 2024-2018 M3 M2/A2681 M1/A2337, 13-inch MacBook...
  • Military-Grade Protection: To withstand the harshest conditions - from drops and impacts to...
  • Quality meets performance: The MacBook case meets the highest standards, which is ensured by the splash-proof...
  • Practical storage: With the sleeve you can not only transport your laptop, but also accessories such as...

Biographies of Steve Jobs, Tim Cook and Jony Ive

If there is nothing left to be desired when it comes to devices and accessories, you can also treat Apple fans to specialist reading. I recommend this for all Apple nerds Steve Jobs biography, because this puts a lot of focus on his professional career, his contribution to Apple's success and similar ventures (e.g. his investment in Pixar). You can find out about the current Apple CEO Tim Cook in a very separate book well-read. There is also Reading about Jony Ive, the former star designer at Apple who, among other things, is responsible for the look of the 1998 iMac.

Steve Jobs: The Authorized Bio of the Apple Founder
  • Brand: Bertelsmann Verlag
  • Steve Jobs: The Authorized Biography of the Apple Founder
  • Product type: ABIS_BOOK
Jony Ive: The Apple design genius
  • Kahney, Leander (Author)

Steve Jobs – The insanely brilliant life of the iPhone inventor (comic)

If you are more into comics, you will happy about this book. It is “Steve Jobs – The Insanely Brilliant Life of the iPhone Inventor” by Jessie Hartland, translated by Ulrike Schimming. Accompanied by creative drawings, it contains the most important facts and milestones from Steve Jobs' life. Private life is taken into account as well as working life and setting up your own company. A cheap but beautiful gift that - unlike the biographies shown above - is probably not on that many shelves yet.

Apple Junkies: What others don't want to understand

How does someone who has had nothing to do with Apple for a long time become a big fan of iPhone, Mac and Co.? How does this person respond to the criticism that Windows, Linux and Android users repeatedly bombard Apple and Apple technology users? And what do people think of the statement that Apple is no longer bringing innovations to market? These are exactly the questions asked in the book “Apple Junkies: What others don't want to understand“ answered. Christian Caracas shows his own journey to becoming an Apple user and fan and evaluates the innovation potential under Tim Cook (as of 2021, before apple vision pro). With a foreword by Macwelt's deputy editor-in-chief, Peter Müller.

The Four: The Secret DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google

Here is another book that is also about Apple, but also takes a look at Amazon, Facebook (now “Meta”) and Google. The book "The Four: The Secret DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google“ by Scott Galloway is from 2017, but it still impressively shows how the four technology giants are structured, operate and were able to become what they have become worldwide. So if you want to understand a little better how a manageable number of companies around the world were able to have such a big influence on society, the economy and politics, you should get the book as a gift.

Tim Cook's current book recommendations

Apple CEO Tim Cook was in mid-November guest on BBC podcast “Dua Lipa: At Your Service”. The almost 45-minute conversation covered a wide range of topics, from Tim Cook's childhood to equality in the workplace to the regulation of generative AI. But people also asked for book recommendations. The Apple boss made the following recommendations:

Shoe Dog: The Official Biography of the NIKE Founder
  • Brand: FinanzBuch Verlag
  • Shoe Dog: The official biography of the NIKE founder
  • Product type: ABIS_BOOK
Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon
  • Tye, Larry (Author)

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6 comments on “The best gifts for Apple users and fans”

    1. Hello Horst! Johannes is on vacation right now, but of course you're right. The polishing cloth from Apple still has to be included! I just caught up on it. LG, Jens

      1. Hi Jens,
        Thank you👍

        Before I forget it
        Best wishes to you, your family and of course the entire team
        Merry Christmas🎄🎄🎄 and a successful New Year👍👍👍

        My Airpods Pro 2 USB C charging case was delivered yesterday. Sounds excellent! A real improvement on my old Airpods Pro from 2019.

        1. Hello Horst! Thank you. I'll pass it on to everyone! And of course a happy holiday and a happy new year to you too. Unfortunately, Lynne stole the AirPods Pro from me a long time ago... But USB-C and good sound are two good reasons to maybe buy them again if there's a good offer. 😊 LG, Jens

          1. Hello Horst! Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, budget-wise, I have to wait until January. Splurged a bit on other tech stuff this month. 😂 But there will definitely be a good deal again. LG, Jens

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