Best Gifts for the Apple Fan in Your Life

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.

Retro Edition iPhone case

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Sometimes the best thing you can do for an Apple lover is give them a bit of a throwback — and what says retro more than these #throwback cases from Red Bubble?

You can sport your iPhone with a cracked back, the classic Macintosh blue see-through design that captivated every 90s movie, or that all-too-familiar beige and rainbow logo that took the world by storm when Apple first launched!

The best part? These cases are pretty protective and will only cost you around $23.

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Mac decals

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.

You can pick up this particular decal for around $10.

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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.

This particular Apple-scented treat will cost you $24.

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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.

You can pick up the Classic Mac Apple Watch Stand for around $10.

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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!

This stylin', handmade, Apple-lovin' earrings will cost you around $30.

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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.

(Plus, they're so modern and minimalist that almost anyone could enjoy them in one way or another, whether you've been an Apple fanatic for years or you're an ironic hipster who just likes all things retro and vintaaaage).

Prices range from between $100 to $500.

See at Kare Prints

"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.

Plus, how cool is this design? The answer: super cool.

You can pick this shirt up for around $19.

See at 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.

You can pick up your own copy of Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation for around $55.

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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 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!

Updated December 2017: This article has been updated with the best of the best Apple-specific items available!

Serenity was formerly the Managing Editor at iMore, and now works for Apple. She's been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.

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