Whether it’s the holiday season, a birthday, or any other special occasion, chances are you know someone fond of Apple. Apple fanboys are scattered around the world and plenty of them are very vocal about it. At first, you’d think they’re easy folks to buy for since they already have a clear interest. Then you realize most Apple products are hundreds if not thousands of dollars, and that’s nowhere near within your budget.
Well there are still plenty of gifts you can get an Apple enthusiast. Whether it’s gift cards, gadget accessories, or just unique toys keeping with the Apple theme, these ideas definitely don’t cost as much as Apple products themselves. So here is our roundup of seven terrific gifts for the Apple lover under $50.
Apple Leather Case for iPhone
If the person you’re buying for just picked up a snazzy new iPhone 7, it’s a good idea to get a case. One of the sleekest cases still is Apple’s own Leather Case. Sure it might be relatively costly, but it looks premium and feels terrific. Ordinarily I’d recommend third-party cases for being more protective and less expensive, but that’s why the Apple Leather case makes a perfect gift. It’s lustful — something that’s extra money and delivers that luxurious feeling of splurging on something.
The iPhone 6/6s/7 Leather Case retails for $45 and comes in seven different colors. The iPhone 6/6s/7 Plus case comes in the same colors and retails for $49.
Anker PowerCore 20100
The PowerCore 20100 can charge an iPhone 7 nearly seven times before needing a recharge of its own.
I’ve recommended the Anker PowerCore 20100 time and time again as the perfect power bank and I’m not stopping now. The iPhone 7 still occasionally doesn’t have all-day battery life especially for power users. Battery cases solve this, but if you want a new phone, you usually have to get a new case as well. Power banks hold much more battery life and don’t cost nearly as much.
Anker is known for creating tremendous power supplies. The PowerCore 20100 can charge an iPhone 7 nearly seven times before needing a recharge of its own. It’s not that much bigger than one either, meaning it’s nice and compact enough to travel with. It’s gotten me through an entire vacation. It can charge two devices at once too — perfect for an Apple fanatic that tends to use an iPhone and iPad simultaneously. The PowerCore 20100 sells for $39.99 on Amazon.
DKnight Magicbox II
Time and time again DKnight’s Magicbox II gets endlessly positive reviews for being the best portable Bluetooth speaker for the price. Every iPhone owner who listens to music regularly — even iPhone 7 owners with the dual speakers — knows a solid Bluetooth speaker heightens the experience dramatically. The Magicbox II has amazing balanced sound quality with good bass, Bluetooth 4.0, up to 10 hours of battery life and an impressively compact design. Out of almost 10,000 reviews on Amazon, the Magicbox II has a 4.4 out of five star rating. Not only is it hard to argue with that, but it’s hard to argue with the price too: $44.99.
Apple Watch Woven Nylon Band
If the lucky person you’re buying for owns an Apple Watch, a terrific budget gift would be one of Apple’s newer woven nylon bands. Most people tend to buy Apple Watch models that come with a sport band and for good reason — they breathe pretty well and they function well in both athletic settings as well as more formal ones. But the woven nylon does look more classy and the material should breathe even better. Plus, you can’t go wrong buying an Apple Watch band because everyone loves the ability to customize. The woven nylon bands come in seven different color combinations and sell for $49.
Twelve South New Mac Candle
The gift is sure to get a laugh or two, but better yet, it should somewhat smell like a fresh new Apple product.
You probably didn’t even notice that new Macs have a certain smell to them. That’s intentional because the purpose is to manufacture not just a product, but an experience. Twelve South has tried to recreate that experience in the form of a 100 percent soy wax candle: the New Mac candle.
The gift is sure to get a laugh or two, but better yet, it should somewhat smell like a fresh new Apple product out of the box. Twelve South says the notes are mint, peach, basil, lavender, mandarin and sage. 9to5Mac reported after burning it that while it does smell slightly like an Apple product, it overall just smells very clean and pleasant. Either way, it sounds like a win. You can get the candle through Twelve South for $24.
‘Steve Jobs’ Biography by Walter Isaacson
The official Steve Jobs biography isn’t totally new since it came out in 2015, but it’s still a fantastic gift for any Apple lover who hasn’t gotten a chance to give it a read yet. The book, by Walter Isaacson explores the trials and tribulations of the life of the late Steve Jobs, former Apple CEO. It includes dozens of exclusive interviews before he passed, interviews with close family and friends, and tales of his childhood right up to the end. Whether kept as a good read or showcased on a coffee table, the book is tremendously valuable. It’s available in hardcover format for $20.99.
Apple iTunes Gift Card
When all else feels, give the Apple gift that should be nearly universally appreciated: an iTunes gift card. iTunes gift cards work for buying music, movies, TV shows, as well as apps in the iOS App Store and Mac App Store. An iTunes gift card says “Hey, you’re kind of hard to buy for, but I still care about you so here is money for you to do your own digital shopping.” I wouldn’t be disappointed by that gift at all.
You can buy iTunes gift cards through Apple in $25 or $50 amounts (or higher if budget is less of a concern.) They’re also widely available in stores in even smaller increments.