Best Apple Watch accessories for smartwatch fans [2017 Gift Guide]

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Apple Watch gift guide
Great gift ideas for any Apple Watch wearer.
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2017 Gift Guide bugTreat the Apple Watch lover in your life to some sweet gifts this holiday season.

Cult of Mac can help you pick out the finest accessories money can buy for Apple Watch fanatics. We have everything from swanky straps to chic charging stands in our best Apple Watch accessories roundup.

Seize power for all your gear and gadgets [Deals]

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3 outlets and 4 USB ports make this travel-friendly power strip a comprehensive charging solution.
3 outlets and 4 USB ports make this travel-friendly power strip a comprehensive charging solution.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

The more we rely on our digital devices, the more chances there are to run out of juice at just the wrong moment. But the essential charging gadgets in this roundup can meet anyone’s thirst for power.

They include a portable, surge-protected strip with USB and standard outlets, a five-port dock that organizes your gizmos while they charge, a trio of extra-long, MFi-certified Lightning cables, and a wireless charging hub for Apple Watch and three other devices. Read on to learn more:

Retro Apple fan makes 3D miniatures of classic Macs

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Charles Mangin likes them Apples, especially when he can recreate a 3D printed miniature version of his favorite computers.
Charles Mangin likes them Apples, especially when he can recreate a 3D printed miniature version of his favorite computers.
Photo: Charles Mangin

Cult of Mac 2.0 bugApple’s business model is based on the future, but sometimes a fan pines for the machine they had as a kid.

Self-taught hardware hacker and 3D printer artist Charles Mangin happily tries to satisfy those vintage tech longings by recreating pieces of Apple’s past in miniature. He even brings the screens to life — sort of.

3 ways to keep your iDevice in reach and hands-free [Deals]

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Bobine's flexible mount easily keeps your phone where you need it and at the ideal viewing angle.
Bobine's flexible mount easily keeps your phone where you need it and at the ideal viewing angle.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Whether it’s in the car, at the office, or anywhere else, sometimes it’s best to just have the phone, tablet or watch where they can be seen while our hands are busy doing other things.

Bobine makes a series of charging grips for iPhone and Apple Watch that are designed to keep your devices where you need them. They’re tough, stylish and perfect for any conceivable use. And they’re on sale now at Cult of Mac Deals. Take a look:

These sleek docking stations are worthy of the iPhone and Apple Watch [Deals]

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The HoverDock supports and charges your phone while doing justice to its sleek design.
The HoverDock supports and charges your phone while doing justice to its sleek design.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

When you buy a top-flight tech product like an iPhone or Apple Watch, some of the future-is-now magic can be lost as you plug it into a flimsy plastic docking station. HoverDock isn’t having it, though — hence these sleek, future-ready docks for both iPhone and Apple Watch. Take a look!

A suit of armor for your Apple Watch and a charging station to match [Draft]

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Spigen's protector and charging case make sure your Apple Watch can take a licking and keep on ticking.
Spigen's protector and charging case make sure your Apple Watch can take a licking and keep on ticking.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

You got an Apple Watch, congrats! It’s a beautiful, powerful, pricey bit of tech that’s also just a sharp table corner or door handle away from ruining your day. Make sure your new acquisition stands the test of time with Spigen’s protective Apple Watch protector and matching power stand. Right now the combo is just $21.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

These Apple Watch docks were made for Nightstand mode

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Night Stand for Apple Watch
Take that, Apple.
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Apple Watch stand makers are responding to watchOS 2’s Nightstand mode feature, which will turn your wearable into a makeshift alarm clock and display the time in landscape mode when it’s charging on its side. New Apple Watch docks are starting to appear to accommodate this feature ahead of the software update coming this fall.

These 3-D-printed Apple Watch stands will show off your shiny smartwatch

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Tossing your Apple Watch on the table just doesn't feel right.

After spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your new Apple Watch, it’s hard to justify tossing the device on the table to charge like discarded jewelry. If you’ve got a 3-D printer, it’s easy to class things up by printing out an Apple Watch stand.

These 3-D-printed Apple Watch stands will protect your high-tech timepiece from scratches and, more importantly, provide a platform to show off your new smartwatch to friends and family — even when you aren’t using it.

A variety of 3-D printing files are available to download completely free of charge, and they get the job done just fine. Take a look at some of the best designs out there — all of which cost nothing to download.

First ‘luxury’ Apple Watch dock looks cheap and boring

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ChronosDock: A luxury Apple Watch dock. Photo: Kickshark
ChronosDock: A luxury Apple Watch dock. Photo: Kickshark

We still don’t know the exact launch date of the Apple Watch, but if you just can’t wait to load up on accessories for your Apple wearable, the first Apple Watch dock is already available on Kickstarter.

ChronosDock, a “luxury” bedside dock, is the first Apple Watch accessory we’ve seen launch so far. Its makers, Kickshark, say it’s “the most indulgent, opulent piece of docking jewelry” they could imagine. It only costs $99, but they insist it’s “excessive in the extreme” to satisfy all you high-end fashionistas.

We think it looks kind of boring, but take a look for yourself: