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Finally, a holiday gift guide you actually care about [Deals]


GG - Mainframe
Beats by Dre, UE ROLL 2, and lots of Mac amenities make for some very happy holidays.

The people on your holiday shopping list deserve cutting-edge gifts. That’s why you won’t find ugly sweaters or gifts that are actually meant for pets not people in the Cult of Mac gift guide.

Loaded with tech gift ideas for Apple fans, this handy guide will make you the best gift-giver in the family for once.

Gifts By Price:

1) Gifts under $50
2) Gifts under $100
3) Gifts under $200

Gifts under $50

GG - Oittm
Nothing says friendship like an attractive Apple Watch strap.
Photo: Oittm

Oittm 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch replacement strap — $22.99

Give the Apple Watch wearer in your life the gift of style. Yes, Apple’s minimalist designs are all well and good, but there’s no shame in making your Apple Watch actually look like a respectable, traditional timepiece. This stainless steel replacement strap from Oittm will do just that, making it acceptable to wear an Apple Watch to a black tie event.

Oittm 42mm Stainless Steel Apple Watch Replacement Strap — $22.99 at Amazon

GG - Jackery
Treat yourself (or “that guy”) to some portable battery power.
Photo: Jackery

Jackery Bolt MFi-certified 6,000mAh external battery charger — $25.99

If someone you know is that person who always seems to have a dying phone battery, get them a Jackery Bolt. This 6,000mAh external battery charger fits in a pocket and boasts a built-in USB port, plus Lightning and micro-USB cables to charge up to three devices in a flash. Just give it a little boost before they leave the house and they’ll be feeding everybody power all day.

Jackery Bolt MFi-Certified 6,000mAh external battery charger — $25.99

GG - Griffin BreakSafe
Protect your Macbook from any cord trips.
Photo: Griffin

Griffin BreakSafe magnetic USB-C breakaway power cable for MacBooks — $39.99

Know somebody with a new, USB-C-charging 12-inch MacBook or the new MacBook Pro? Having a backup charger is a huge plus, and Griffin’s BreakSafe power cable is about as good as it gets. Rated up to 60 watts, this charger isn’t just compatible with new MacBooks — it brings MagSafe-style charging to any device that juices up via USB-C.

Griffin BreakSafe magnetic USB-C breakaway power cable for MacBooks — $39.99 at Amazon

GG - Mujjo Wallet
It’s a wallet, it’s an iPhone case, it’s … Mujjo Wallet Case!!
Photo: Mujjo

Mujjo Wallet Case for Apple iPhone 7 — $33.90

Friends don’t let friends live with bulky pockets. They deserve better, you deserve better, and you can both do better. The Mujjo Wallet Case was artfully designed to trim down on your everyday carry, wrapping your phone in a stylish, tough leather case that also holds 2 to 3 of your essential cards. Like to party with your brother but he always loses his ID? Get him a Mujjo Wallet Case for that new iPhone 7.

Mujjo Wallet Case for Apple iPhone 7 — $33.90 at Amazon

GG - Amazon Echo Dot
The smartest homes have Echo Dot.
Photo: Amazon

Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Generation — $39.99

Got some people in your life who consider themselves pretty tech-savvy? Well, let them live the talk with the brand-new Echo Dot. This hands-free, voice-controlled device uses Amazon Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, answer questions, read the news, set alarms, and so much more. It’s always getting smarter and adding features so nobody can really say they know everything that it’s capable of. We’re at least 98% sure that it won’t go all Westworld any time soon. It will order you Domino’s, though!

Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Generation — $39.99 at Amazon

GG - Native Union Dock
Help your friends charge their devices like adults with this classy dock.
Photo: Native Union

Native Union dock for iPhone or iPad — $47.99

The bedside table is a common charging place, right? Well, what works better than just leaving your iPhone or tablet lying flat on the table is elevating it with a charging dock. This high-powered dock from Native Union is compatible with most Lightning-charging devices and cases, and will make life easier for any Apple product user on your list.

Native Union dock for iPhone or iPad — $47.99 at Amazon

GG - Twelve South BookArc for MacBook
Twelve South offers the gift of organization to all your favorite messy people.
Photo: Twelve South

Twelve South BookArc for MacBook — $49.99

Clutter is a fact of life for everybody, but MacBooks come with a valuable, often-overlooked feature called “closed-clamshell mode” that enables a more organized workspace. With this vertical desktop stand, a MacBook can stay out of the way while closed and connected to an external monitor. It’s ideal for the home office setup!

Twelve South BookArc for MacBook — $49.99 at Amazon

Gifts under $100

Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive GG
More storage will make everyone on your list very happy.
Photo: Seagate

Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive — $54.99

Amazon’s top selling external hard drive is 21% off right now, selling at $54.99 with free shipping. Considering it’s quite likely that everyone on your list has experienced difficulty storing their music, movies, documents, photos, and every other file at some point in their lives, this compact, high-speed drive makes an awesome gift. To put 1TB in context: that’s 250 two-hour DVDs. Not too shabby, right? They won’t think so, either.

Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive — $54.99 at Amazon

Nodus Shell Case of iPhone
The Nodus Shell Case of iPhone includes a Micro Dock magnetic mount that allows it to be stuck just about anywhere.
Photo: Nodus

Nodus Shell Case for iPhone — $69.39

An iPhone case might seem like a pretty lame gift, but Nodus’ Shell Case for iPhone is very special. First, it’s good looking. Made from top grain Italian leather, the case just gets better looking with age. It also includes a secure magnetic mounting system. It comes with a Micro Dock — a small magnet that can be attached to any surface. You then stick the case (which has a metal insert) to the magnet and it holds firm. It’s great for mounting a phone to the dash of a car, the side of your monitor, or a wall in the kitchen for cooking. Available in a range of colors for several iPhone models, including the 7 Plus.

Nodus Shell Case for iPhone — $69.39 at Nodus

GG - Twelve South BookBook
Fill your library with at least one leather-bound (fake) book this holiday season.
Photo: Twelve South

Twelve South BookBook for MacBook — $79.99

Got a librarian in the family? Cousin’s something of a bookworm? They’ll get a kick out of this vintage leather book case sleeve. Available for a variety of MacBooks, the BookBook case is designed to make a MacBook look like a classic leather-bound tome while also protecting the laptop from bumps and scratches.

Twelve South BookBook for MacBook — $79.99 at Amazon

GG - UE Roll
When Santa is UE ROLLin’, nobody’s hatin’.
Photo: Ultimate Ears

UE ROLL 2 — $95

The ultimate adventure speaker costs less than $100. The outdoorsy, jam-bandy, thrill-seeking types on your list with love the UE Roll 2, compatible with all Bluetooth devices for an industry-leading nine hours of battery life. The IPX7-rated waterproof speaker delivers outstanding sound that will fill the campsite just as well as it will the living room.

UE ROLL 2 — $95 at Amazon

Gifts under $200

GG - Polaroid ZIP
Yes, you really can print from your phone without ink.
Photo: Polaroid

Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer with ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology — $124.99

For the designer or photographer on your list, there’s the future of printing tech: Polaroid’s ZIP Mobile Printer. This portable printer doesn’t use ink while printing full-color, smudge-proof photos directly from your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth or NFC Technology. For the love of photo albums, help your friends and family wean themselves from Instagram.

Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer with ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology — $124.99 at Amazon

GG - Incase Icon Pack
This is the bag Santa uses on the weekends.
Photo: Incase

Incase Icon backpack — $125.75

The perfect bag for the business professional, the weekend warrior or the distance traveler — for anyone, really — Incase’s Icon backpack is constructed of 100 percent nylon and artfully designed to keep everything completely organized. It’s everything from a day-to-day work bag to a destination pack, and something you’ve probably heard friends or family say they needed but just forgot to take note.

Incase Icon Pack — $125.75 at Amazon

Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker GG
Get your family in on the “new year, new me” trend with Fitbits for all!
Photo: Fitbit

Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker — $128.95

Fitbits were all the rage last holiday season, and the Alta model seems poised to be another hot button item this year. This rain, sweat, and splash proof fitness tracker is an all-in-one solution for improving your day-to-day physical activity and keeping your goals organized via automatic syncing with over 200 types of iOS, Android and Windows devices.

Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker — $128.95 at Amazon

GG- Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard
The iPad users in your life will love how easy this keyboard case is to use.
Photo: Belkin

Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro keyboard case for iPad Air 2 — $142.82

The obvious shortcoming of the iPad Air 2 is the awkwardly sized, screen-consuming keypad that your mom continuously complains about. Make her happy this year with one of the best keyboard cases on the market, crafted with sturdy, aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, and offering an improved keyboard layout with the same number of keys as a laptop. Know somebody is getting an iPad Air 2 for Christmas? Double down with this multifunction case.

Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro keyboard case for iPad Air 2 — $142.82 at Amazon

GG - Sonos PLAY1
One of the best wireless speakers on the market is $30 off
Photo: Sonos

Sonos PLAY:1 Wireless Smart Speaker — $169

Filling a home with music is super easy with Sonos. Wirelessly streaming music from services like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon Music Unlimited, and more is a snap when you’re on the same network, and the PLAY:1 packs a serious sonic punch. The best feature, however, is their networking. With multiple devices you can play different songs in each room to keep everyone happy, or ring out the same song throughout the entire house.

Sonos PLAY:1 Wireless Smart Speaker — $169 at Amazon

GG - Canary
The Canary All-in-One Home Security Device is peace of mind in a device
Photo: Canary

Canary All-in-One Home Security Device — $169.99

If the gift of home security is one that keeps on giving, then Canary All-in-One Home Security Device is Santa Claus. Real-time, 1080p HD video to smartphones (with night vision!), air quality and temperature monitoring, and instant connection to local authorities are only the tip of the feature iceberg for this device. The absolute cherry, however? No installation or monthly fees required. It’s one of Oprah’s favorite things, too, which is an awesome thing to be able to say when you hand it to your friend.

Canary All-in-One Home Security Device — $169.99 at Amazon

August Smart Lock GG
Security is cool! The August Smart Lock puts your home’s security in your smartphone.
Photo: August

August Smart Lock — $217.99

According to CNET, the August Smart Lock is as close to flawless as smart locks get, integrating seamlessly with your home lock and deadbolt (and with Amazon Alexa) to let you to secure your home from your smartphone. Perfect for the more absent-minded apartment dwellers in your life, this smart lock lets you control access to your home from anywhere. Peace of mind is a great gift.

August Smart Lock — $217.99 at Amazon

GG - Beats Solo3
Drown out the carolers this holiday season with industry-leading wireless headphones.
Photo: Beats

Beats Solo3 wireless on-ear headphones — $249.99

Headphones should be a standard in everybody’s life these days. With how often we listen to music, podcasts, audiobooks — whatever — it’s important to have a great set of headphones to make even the shortest journeys exciting ones. Anybody on your list will love Beats Solo3, some of the best wireless headphones available on the planet.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones — $249.99 at Amazon

Bose QuietComfort 25 GG
Block out the kids on Christmas morning with noise-cancelling acoustic bliss from Bose.
Photo: Bose

Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones — $299

These noise cancelling headphones have been reeling in the praise, with a whopping 4.7 rating on 2,664 Google user reviews, a 4.5/5 from PC Mag, and many, many glowing reviews around the web. No, they’re not cheap at $299, but what would you expect of a flagship product from one of the biggest audio companies on Earth? The good news is that these things deliver, having been optimized for use with Apple devices (although they work great with other brands, too) to provide a deep, powerful sound while removing all the excess noise that drives you crazy.

Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones — $299 at Amazon

Join the audiovisual revolution with the newest model from GoPro.
Photo: GoPro

GoPro HERO5 — $399

The HERO5 is the newest, most advanced GoPro yet, recording stunning 4K video and taking 12MP photos in single, burst, and time lapse modes. It’s just as durable and adaptable as ever – even waterproof up to 10 meters without a housing – and somehow GoPro just keeps making the good stuff better. This model lets you preview and playback shots, change settings and edit footage right on the camera itself. $399 might sound like a lot for the #1 New Release in Amazon’s Camera & Photo category, but just search “GoPro HERO5” on YouTube and you’ll get it.

GoPro HERO5 — $399 at Amazon


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