Shopping for the Apple fan in your life? Here are some gifts guaranteed to make them flip.
If you have an Apple fan in your house who already has the latest Apple Watch or Mac, it doesn't make sense to try and gift them a piece of tech this holiday season. Instead, try this gift list on for size: We've picked some fun apparel, decoration, and reading material sure to delight the Apple nerd in your house.
Vintage Apple Rainbow Logo Stickers
I was lucky enough to get one of these stickers years ago at a Macworld Expo, and it's remained one of my favorite little pieces of Mac history. There are still a bunch of these stickers in the wild (usually eBay), and they're quite reasonably priced if you're looking for a good Apple geek stocking stocking stuffer.
Give the Apple fan in your life a little decoration for their favorite laptop with these MacBook decals: Though I've linked to my favorite (a nod to the Apple desktops of yore), there's a veritable slew of different designs available for the Mac laptop of your choice.
New Mac Candle
Nothing's better than the smell of a freshly-unboxed Mac, but if you don't have $3000 to spend on a computer this year, here's a gift idea for your loved one: Stick Twelve South's New Mac Candle into an old Mac box! It's the most loving troll you can give your friends and family this holiday season.
Classic Mac Apple Watch Stand
If you're any sort of long-term Apple geek and the thought of transforming your 2016 gadget into something from the 1980s doesn't fill your heart with whimsy and delight, well — I pity you and your soul. Because this thing is adorable: The W3 Vintage Mac stand is not only a well-crafted and cute take on an Apple Watch stand, but a pitch-perfect miniature for the Macintosh line of yore.
It's the little details that matter: The charger and cord snap in through the underside of the Vintage Mac stand, sending power to the brick through a tiny little cutout through the rear of the computer; when viewed as a whole, it looks like a proper power cord for the tiny computer. Elago also nails the design: The slot for your Apple Watch is just big enough to slide the watch body into without feeling flimsy or too big, and its surrounding aesthetics (and perfectly-matched off-white coloration) really do make it look like you've just planted a little Macintosh computer on your desk or nightstand.
RetroConnector's mini Macs
The original creator of the Classic Mac Apple Watch stand, this Etsy seller also sports mini Mac casings for the Raspberry Pi, tiny Apple Mouse and disk earrings, iPod Nano docks, and more. If you're looking for an old-school gift that also serves modern relevance, check out RetroConnector's store.
Susan Kare prints
Susan Kare helped design the icons and typography of the original Macintosh; though she's no longer at Apple, she's published books of her art for fans of icon design and offers prints of many of the icons she created over the years. These posters are beautiful — I had one in my kitchen for several years — and a nice hat tip to the Apple of yore, too.
PatentPress Apple Computer Patent Poster
If internal Apple tech is more your giftee's style, check out these Etsy-created posters of early Apple Computer patents — the charcoal background offers a stark contrast with the sleek white lines and patent information.
"I Was A Mac User When Apple Was Doomed" Shirt
If your loved one flew the Apple flag long before anyone knew what an "iPod" was, let them declare their superiority with a shirt or mug from iMore contributor Rich Stevens's online store, Diesel Sweeties.
Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation
If your holiday budget can't quite afford the luxury of Jony Ive's pristine Apple retrospective, check out the book that did it first: Jonathan Zufi's Iconic collects imagery of Apple products from its early days to 2014, photographing them impeccably. It's the perfect coffee table book for the longtime Apple fan.
Visit Apple's company store
If you're lucky enough to live in Northern California, consider stopping by Apple's Company Store in Cupertino, CA. It features clothing, office accessories, mugs, and other trinkets that you can't get anywhere else — and those options change regularly; something you spot one day might be gone tomorrow. If you can't get to Cupertino and don't have any pals nearby, all hope isn't lost: You can always follow in the footsteps of this enterprising woman and hire someone on TaskRabbit to buy something and ship it to you.
Your favorite Apple gifts?
Have your eye on the perfect gift for the Apple fan in your life that's not on this list? Share it with us in the comments!