Best Apple Accessories to Get For Christmas
Christmas is just around the corner again, and with that comes Secret Santas and gift exchanges! With the holiday rush, it might just be more prudent for many of us to shop online rather than queue with the crowds at Orchard Road. The perfect Christmas gift for most, tech accessories bypasses the awkward conversations of having to exchange gifts due to wrong sizing or design, while still functioning as a brilliant utility tool for years to come.
Nothing is worse than a gift not used, and these Apple accessories are sure to come in handy as the years go on.
1. MagSafe Battery Pack
Know anyone with an iPhone 12 or later that’s always running out of battery? Well, this gift is sure to solve that issue for them. Providing extra juice for that special someone’s iPhone so you can always stay in touch, the MagSafe Battery pack provides up to 70% additional charge with the iPhone 12 or 13 Mini. Not only does this allow you to do away with those bulky power banks and unnecessary wires, but the MagSafe Battery Pack also doubles up as a charger for other Apple wearables (such as the Apple Watch and AirPods) that support MagSafe. For the die-hard Apple fan, consider giving them the best bang for your buck with the MagSafe Duo Charger - a sleek and gorgeous way to keep their Apple products in view and topped up to full.
2. Apple Pencil
For the artist in the group, the Apple Pencil is a must-have. However, there are some things to note before you decide to purchase this as a gift. The Apple Pencil comes in two generations - the second generation is only compatible with the iPad Mini (6th Generation), iPad Air (4th Generation), iPad Pro 12.9 inch (3rd generation or later), and the iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later). Meanwhile, the first generation of the Apple Pencil is compatible with any iPad from the 6th generation onwards, the iPad Mini (5th Generation), the iPad Air (3rd Generation), the iPad 12.9 inch (1st or 2nd Generation) and both the iPad Pro 10.5 inch and iPad Pro 9.7 inch. If you’re unsure about which iPad the recipient has, you can always check by looking on the back of his/her device and cross-referencing it here.
Given its high response rate and minimal latency, many artists favour the Apple Pencil coupled with the processing power of the iPads to achieve maximum results while sketching or drawing digitally. This extends to note-taking as well and is a great fit for anyone who wants to consistently work free-hand on their device. Attached seamlessly along the side via magnets, the Apple Pencil is the definitive Apple accessory that changes the game.
For the absent-minded one in the group, Apple’s AirTags make for a thoughtful and personalised gift. Connecting to iOS and macOS devices via Bluetooth, the AirTag provides real-time updates on its location by consistently sending out signals to iCloud. As an accessory, AirTags are lightweight and durable - they can also be personalised and engraved, which lends an intimate touch to the gift.
Prices start from 45 SGD for a single AirTag and move up to 149 SGD for a pack of four, all available on Apple’s online website.
4. Apple Watch Sports Band
Finally, the gift for gym rats and fitspo in the group - the Apple Watch Sports Band. Coming in a rainbow myriad of colours, the Apple Watch Sports Band is both functional and stylish. The easy swap system makes customisation a cinch, allowing the wearer to switch up the look of the Apple Watch in mere seconds. Composed of custom high-performance fluoroelastomer, the Apple Watch Sports Band is also an extremely durable accessory while being soft and comfortable.
Available on Apple’s online website for 69 SGD, be sure to double-check the case size of the wearer’s Apple Watch before purchasing!