2016 Apple Gift Guide
Looking for the best gifts for the best people in your life? iMore can help! We've spent the year scouring the internet, testing products, and figuring out our absolute favorite Apple and related tech of 2016. And we've brought it all here, together, in one easy wish list, just for you!
iPhone 7 Plus
The 256 GB iPhone 7 is top of the line. With a spectacular new Jet Black finish and amazing dual-lens camera with optical zoom and "portrait mode" depth-of-field effects, it's the closest you can get to a high-end camera in your pocket.
from $869 Buy Now
The 128 GB iPhone 7 is the best phone-sized phone you can buy today. It packs almost all the latest features Apple has to offer into a sleek, powerful package that still fits easily in your pocket or the palm of your hand.
from $649 Buy Now
The 64 GB iPhone SE is perfect for someone who wants their first iPhone or simply prefers a smaller iPhone. You can get space gray for that classic look or, if bling's your thing, go for rose gold!
$399 Buy Now
9.7 inch iPad Pro
The 128GB Wi-Fi-only 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the best iPad for readers, artists, teachers, and writers. With a high-density Retina display, smart keyboard support, and the Apple Pencil, it's finally a convertible done right!
from $599 Buy Now
12.9-inch iPad Pro
PC need replacing? The 128GB 12.9-inch iPad with Wi-Fi and cellular is the next generation of personal computing. With an expansive screen, hardware keyboard support, and optional Apple Pencil, it's also much, much more.
from $799 Buy Now
7.9-inch iPad mini
Want a tablet but don't want the giant screen that typically comes with it? iPad mini 4 offers a Retina display, Touch ID, and all the apps imaginabe in a 7.9-inch package that'll easily fit in small bags and even some back pockets!
from $399 Buy Now
MacBook Pro Late 2016
The all-new MacBook Pro 2016 is Apple's thinnest, lightest, fastest, and brightest ever, and includies both Touch Bar and Touch ID for the ultimate in conveninece and security.
from $1499 Buy Now
13-inch MacBook Air
The 13-inch MacBook Air may not have a Retina display, but it's got tons of ports and a low, low price-tag. That makes it the perfect first Mac for students and aspiring professionals alike!
from $999 Buy Now
The 27-inch iMac with wide color Retina 5K display is the the ultimate all-in-one computer for everyone. It's as sleek as it is powerful and makes a fantastic workstation for photos, videos, app development and more.
from $1799 Buy Now
Sennheiser's wireless noise-cancelling over-ear headphones are a fabulous Bluetooth option in their own right, but it's the 30-hour battery life, smart song pausing, and multitouch controls which elevate these headphones into an excellent holiday gift for the wireless audio geek in your life.
$400 Buy Now
UE Boom 2
Get one UE Boom 2 and you have powerful music in a small, convenient package. Get two, pair them together, and you have amazing stereo sound whenever and whereever you need it.
$155 Buy Now
Apple Music makes almost every popular song ever recorded available to you on demand. Just asked Siri to play it, and play it Siri will! There's a free 3-month trial, and after that it's just $9.99 a month per person, or $15.99 per family!
from $10/m Buy Now
Apple's new AirPods are the ultimate stocking stuffer — AND THEY'RE FINALLY HERE. Thanks to Apple's W1 chips, they let you effortlessly connect to your iPhone which then relays the connection to your Apple Watch and, with iCloud, syncs it to your iPad and Mac as well. You can control them with Siri and switch between devices. We love them.
$159 Buy Now
Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan
Adobe has switched to subscriptions and that makes Photoshop and Lightroom — for editing and organizing — more accessible than ever. There are even iPad and iPhone apps that let you take and tweak your library on the go!
$10/month Buy Now
iPhones have terrific cameras but ultra-thin lenses can only take you so far. olloclip lenses take you the rest of the way with fisheye, macro, and super-wide add-ons.
$80 Buy Now
Apple Photo Books
iPhone makes it easy to capture the moments that matter most to you, and Photos on Mac makes it easy to turn those memories into stunning books, calendars, cards, and more!
from $10 Buy Now
The 32 GB Apple TV is the perfect living room accessory. Not only can you access iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, and AirPlay from your iPhone or iPad, but you can download apps and games and play them right on Apple TV!
$150 Buy Now
Nimbus Steel Series
Apple TV fully supports MFi game controllers and the best one is the Nimbus Steel Series. Pick it up and Apple TV becomes Apple Gaming Console. So. Great.
$50 Buy Now
Sonos Home Theater
Sonos has a great connected speaker system, but they also make a fantastic home theater setup. You can start with just the Soundbar and a couple of Play:1 speakers, or you can go for full 5.1 with the Sub.
$699 Buy Now
ecobee3 is the best Wi-Fi thermostat you can buy today. It not only works with additional sensors, but it supports Apple's HomeKit home automation system. *
$248 Buy Now
The Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Bulb Starter Kit (3rd Generation) is the best smart lights for your home. They allow for a wide range of options and work seamlessly with Apple's Siri and Amazon's Echo.
$200 Buy Now
With the iDevices Switch, any old accessory can become smart. Simply plug in your light, fan, or anything else, and iDevices will turn it on or off with a tap or Siri command.
$50 Buy Now
Apple Watch Series 2
The aluminum Apple Watch Series 2 is Apple's best smartwatch: It's not only a great fitness tracker and portable communicator, but improved battery life, a faster processor, and GPS may appeal to upgraders.
from $369 Buy Now
Apple Watch Series 1
Don't need GPS or swim-proofing? Then you can save yourself some cash and still get all the great fitness features, notifications, and controls Apple TV has to offer with the Series 1.
from $269 Buy Now
Vector Luna Smartwatch
Looking for a smartwatch that looks more like its mechanical bretheren? Vector's Luna smartwatch has all the class of a traditional mechanical watch while offering complications for notifications, weather, and more. Its 30-day battery life isn't too shabby, either.
$299 Buy Now
LG UltraFine 4K display
If you've got a MacBook or MacBook Pro 2016, the LG UltraFine 4K display will turn it into a mini-iMac. And if 4K isn't enough, ask for an IOU for the 5K version, coming this December!
$524 Buy Now
Fermata Headphone Charging Stand
A great pair of wireless headphones deserves an equally great stand to display and charge them upon. Twelve South's Fermata offers a sleek leather and aluminum holder for your audio cans of choice along with an integrated reversible micro-USB cord for easy charging, and best of all — the base of the stand provides you with an extra USB port so that you don't have to sacrifice valuable port space when charging via your Mac.
$80 Buy Now
Porsche Design USB-C Mobile Hard Drive
Backing up your music, photography, and assorted files is a no-brainer; this holiday season, a USB-C external hard drive for the new MacBook user in your life is a pretty big no-brainer, too. Hard drive manufacturer Lacie partnered with Porsche Design for this exquisitely-crafted USB-C drive: Its various options match Apple's MacBook line in color while providing a whopping 2TB of storage in a slim package.
$100 Buy Now
Twelve South Forté
Twelve South's Forté offers a sleek design and top-notch quality for displaying and charging your Apple Watch: The metal and leather coiled stand lets you display your watch and band while charging it, and even offers a pad for resting your iPhone upon, too.
$60 Buy Now
Woven Nylon Band
Apple's woven nylon band for Apple Watch is inexpensive and high performance. It looks great but can survive the hardest workout — even in the pool or ocean. In other words, it's the perfect multi-purpose band for everyone!
$49 Buy Now
Luxury Travel Pouch for Apple Watch Series 1 & Series 2
Make holiday travel a bit simpler for your Apple Watch-toting loved ones with Pad and Quill's impeccably-designed Luxury Travel Kit: Included is the company's gorgeous Luxury Apple Watch wooden travel stand along with a handy leather case for storing the stand when not in use along with a band or two.
$120 Buy Now
Anker PowerCore 13000
iPhones aren't just for email and internet surfing any more. Now Facebook, Snapchat, Pokémon Go and the like demand more power than ever. And Anker is there to supply it!
$30 Buy Now
Apple iPhone Dock
Not only will Apple's iPhone Dock keep you charged and ready, it's 3.5 mm headphone jack — remember those? — will let you listen to music, podcasts, audio books, or use Voice Over while you're topping up.
$39 Buy Now
Sena Duroflex Cases
Class up a loved one's iPhone 7 this holiday with Sena's line of leather Duroflex cases: Whether the person in your life prefers a slim protective case or a well-designed wallet, Sena has an option for all.
$50 Buy Now
Apple Pencil is simply the finest digital tool ever crafted. Pick it up, touch it to an iPad Pro screen, and it's like you're drawing right onto the glass with zero lag, zero parallax, and limitless potential.
$99 Buy Now
Logitech Create 9.7-inch
It's not only the best way to get work done on an iPad Pro, Logitech's Create for the 9.7-inch iPad also offers a protective carrying option for the Apple Pencil and an angled drawing surface for pros on the go. Combine that with a backlit full-sized keyboard, and the Create packs enough of an artistic punch for any would-be pro iPad user.
$130 Buy Now
Pad & Quill Small Leather Briefcase for iPad Pro
Keep your loved one's iPad Pro safe, secure, and looking great while they travel this holiday with Pad and Quill's Small Leather Briefcase: The company offers a stylish way to carry an iPad Pro and accessories, all while keeping it protected from the nastier elements of the world.
$219 Buy Now
Anki Cozmo Robot with Power Cubes
Cozmo learns from you as you play with it, developing a unique personality that can start a series of games with you. Connect your phone to Cozmo for new games and new AI experiences, or just to drive it around.
$180 Buy Now
Kids not quite ready yet for Apple's Swift Playgrounds for iPad? Then Bitsbox is just what the future coder ordered. It's got fun projects in fun packaging, and makes for.a terrific introduction to programming.
$25/month Buy Now
BB-8 by Sphero is the droid every iPhone and iPad owner has been looking for. Charge it up, launch the app, and you're in control of the cutest robot this side of R2!
$130 Buy Now
Fitbit Charge 2
The Fitbit Charge 2 is the best Fitbit for more people (and the best fitness tracker in general) because it does almost everything well, and is comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
$150 Buy Now
Apple Watch Nike+
If you're all-in on Nike+, then Apple Watch has a special model just for you. With deep integration on the watch face and through Siri, it's the ultimate running companion on your wrist!
from $369 Buy Now
Wahoo TICKR X Heart Rate Monitor
The Apple Watch's heart rate monitor is a good baseline, but the athelete in your life may want a little bit more this holiday: Give them the gift of expert heart rate monitoring or Apple Watch battery life savings with Wahoo's TICKR X chest strap monitor. When combined with Wahoo's app, the TICKR tracks not only your heart rate, but offers detailed information during workouts on your fitness level, too.
$80 Buy Now
It looks retro-future, like something from a World's Fair, but it sounds sensation. Blue's new Raspberry is compact enough for travel but good enough for broadcast. Get it for your gear bag!
$199 Buy Now
The Swiss Army Knife of portable audio recorders, Xoom is what every podcaster we know uses when they have to record multiple guests on the road.
From $100 Buy Now
Recording on the go? Sennheiser's ClipMic lets you sound like a pro — and hide the mic like one too! Simply plug it into your iPhone or iPad, clip it to your collar, and start talking!
$199 Buy Now