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9to5Mac Gift Guide: Best iPhone wallets and smart wallets

This year is more interesting when it comes to iPhone wallets as 2020 marks Apple’s true foray into the market with the MagSafe reboot and the iPhone 12 lineup enabling its Leather Wallet. However, there are a lot of other great options available with different pros and cons. We’ll also take a look at some smart/standalone wallet options. Let’s dive into the iPhone wallet gift guide!

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Gift Guide: Gadget gifts for all budgets

Gadget gifts

For the past couple of years, my gadget gift guide has focused on audio products. But the truth is, this is now a relatively static market. New products come along, of course, but many of my recommendations remain unchanged, so check out last year’s guide for inspiration for music lovers. This covers in-ear and over-ear headphones, portable speakers, and home speakers.

This year, I’ve opted for a more eclectic range of gadget gifts, aiming to include recommendations at all budgets. However, I do, of course, need to make one obvious addition on the audio front…

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9to5Mac Gift Guide: The best HomeKit gifts in 2020 for safety and security

best HomeKit gifts 2020

The holidays are upon us, and as usual, improving my home with HomeKit is always on my mind. One of the things I love about HomeKit is that it’s not just about making your life more comfortable to use or more fun, it can undoubtedly improve security as well. As you think about the best HomeKit gifts for 2020, here are some essential items to keep your home secure before and after the holiday season.

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9to5Mac Gift Guide: AirPods vs AirPods Pro buying guide and the best accessories

airpods vs airpods pro

With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, one of the most popular gifts this year will undoubtedly be AirPods and AirPods Pro. With three different variations to choose from, making a buying decision could be tricky. Read on as we compare the AirPods vs AirPods Pro, plus some tips on the best accessories to complement the gift this year.

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9to5Mac Gift Guide: Must-have travel tech that‘s useful for everyday use

9to5Mac gift guide travel and everyday use tech gear

It can be easy to pick up tech products and accessories that end up serving a single purpose or don’t end up being used as much as you imagined. That’s even truer during the holidays when discounts and deals abound. In the spirit of high functionality and usefulness, let’s take a look at some of the best travel tech out there that you or your loved ones will also find valuable for everyday use at home or the office.



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9to5Mac Audio Gift Guide: Treat your loved ones to the gift of great sound

2019 audio gift guide

It’s no coincidence that I’m again choosing to put together an audio gift guide this year. There are few greater gifts you can offer someone than that of great sound.

It probably wasn’t actually Plato who said it, but I’m very much of this view:

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.

To me, great music deserves to be heard properly, whether that’s through headphones or speakers…



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9to5Mac Gift Guide: Getting started with HomeKit lights, cameras, AirPlay 2, and more

With the growing adoption of smart speakers like Apple’s HomePod and Amazon’s Echo family, plus continued refinement of HomeKit, smart home products are becoming more and more popular. With that in mind, smart home accessories like lighting, sensors, smart locks, plugs, and more are bound to be popular gifts this holiday season.

For the Apple user in your life looking to turn their home into a smart home, here are some of 9to5Mac’s top picks in each category of accessories.



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9to5Mac Gift Guide: What do you buy for the person who already has the latest technology?

How do you shop for a tech-savvy person who buys the latest of everything before the holidays arrive? I am totally that person for my family when it comes to the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and AirPods.

There are some Apple products that I can never have enough of like App Store gift cards and another HomePod, but stocking stuffers and expensive smart speakers aren’t always the right gift.

That’s why I’m approaching my gift recommendations this year a bit different. Last year I covered an area of great interest and expertise with smart home products, and most of those picks are still applicable.

But there’s also a lot of new technology out this year as well as gadgets I’ve received for testing — new technology that I’m super glad to see exist. Read on to see my favorite picks for new tech that I’m grateful for this year.



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[Update: Smart locks, fans, new Echo features, latest prices] 9to5Mac Gift Guide: Smart Home picks – Siri and Alexa voice control, mesh Wi-Fi, NAS, more

Smart home products make great gifts. Shiny new toys to play with over the holidays, and utility that lasts all year long. Products that work with Apple HomeKit are a big part of modern smart home setups. HomeKit accessories from a variety of brands work with Apple’s Home app and with voice control through Siri.

Apple’s smart home framework doesn’t cover the full range of what you might need for a smart home, however, which is where Amazon Alexa can help. There are also things to consider when buying for smart home enthusiasts like upgraded network options, network-attached storage for serving media and storing backups, and ways to integrate charging stations throughout the house.



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9to5Mac Gift Guide: Desk Accessories picks for any Apple user

The modern world of life is simple. People that use technology spend a lot of time at their desks. As both a developer and writer, I am in front of my MacBook Pro for tens of hours a week.

Here’s some tech picks that can complement your own desk life, and they make great gifts for others too.

Read on for a breakdown of my picks: HomePod, the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock, LIFX Z Light Strip, Fermata headphone stand and the JOBY iPhone Tripod Mount. Treat yourself (or a friend) …



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9to5Mac Gift Guide: iPad picks — accessories to complement your new computer

Apple announced its latest generation iPad Pro just under a month ago now. And with it came some important changes such as the addition of USB-C and moving the Smart Connector to the back of the device.

Many users, including myself, have picked up or are looking to pickup an iPad (Pro, or not) this holiday season. I’ve gone through a ton of different accessories and here are my recommendations for iPad accessories to pick up this holiday season…



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9to5Mac Gift Guide: Tech stocking stuffer picks to surprise and delight from $10-$30

Big ticket items can often grab the spotlight when it comes to anticipated tech gifts, but stocking stuffers present the opportunity to expand, enhance, power, and protect both new and old devices. Read on for our look at the best tech stocking stuffers including cases, screen protectors, touchscreen gloves, power banks, smart trackers and more from $10-$30.



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9to5Mac Gift Guide: IT professional picks — tech toolkit, network monitor, more

Gifts for IT professionals

The Christmas season is upon us, and everyone that I know is out trying to cross people off their gift buying list. Being an IT Director in my day job, there are always IT related items that I like to ask for every year. From extra dongles, new network testing tools, to the latest training manuals, here are gifts for IT professionals that I can recommend.

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9to5Mac Gift Guide: Apple Watch picks – Series 3 vs 4, bands, chargers, and more

The Apple Watch has become an incredibly popular product since its introduction in 2015. It’s gone from a niche watch for Apple fans to a mainstream fitness tracker, and the latest Apple Watch Series 4 takes things a step farther with a new design. The Apple Watch and its various bands, chargers, docks, and more are bound to be some of the most popular gifts this holiday season. These are some of our favorite ideas for Apple Watch gifts.



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9to5Mac Gift Guide: Audio picks and more for the music lovers in your life

Audio gift guide

Music is, to me, one of the greatest things in life. Whether it’s sitting down to actively listen to an album, with nothing else competing for your attention … dancing … having music help the time whizz by on a flight or other journey … or simply adding to the ambience when having friends round to dinner, music brings a huge amount of joy.

It’s never been easier or cheaper to play the music of your choice. A tenner a month on an Apple Music subscription gets you access to around 40 million songs on demand. You can access that music through any of your iDevices, but if you want to enjoy the experience to the full, a good pair of headphones or speakers make the world of difference.

After Zac shared his smart home gift guide, I’ve pulled together some personal recommendations for audio kit that will really enable your family and friends to get the most from their music – together with a few other miscellaneous suggestions at the end …



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Gift Guide: Tech (and more) to buy for college kids that will help them have fun & be productive

iPad Pro Apple Pencil

Earlier this week I shared by personal gift guide for the Apple fans in your life, suggesting products like iPhone cases, drones, HomeKit accessories, and much more. This time around, I’m sharing apps and products that will be greatly appreciated by the Apple-loving students in your life this holiday season…



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