Apple Watch holiday gift guide — present ideas for every budget

Apple Watch Gift Guide
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Apple Watch Gift Guide

If you're looking for the best Apple Watch gifts, you have likely finally got your hands on Apple's excellent wearable line or know someone who has. I managed to get my first ever Apple Watch just a few years ago, yet it has quickly become one of my favorite devices Apple does. This is down to its excellent health tracking stats, great features, and ability to ping you with relevant notifications. When I compare it with my iPhone 15 Pro Max, it works excellently. 

Due to their price and usability, Apple Watches make for fantastic gifts and, even if you know someone who has one, they might benefit from an upgrade or a nice new accessory. Now that the holidays are upon us, there are plenty of reasons to make someone's day and an Apple Watch is the perfect way of doing so. 

As well as going over all the latest Watches and why they may be worth considering, iMore's Apple Watch gift guide goes over all the latest accessories, taking account of the price and scope of them all. If you're looking for a gift, this is the best way to pick one up.

Apple Watches for gifting

Apple Watch SE 2 | $249 at Best Buy

Apple Watch SE 2 | $249 at Best Buy

The Apple Watch SE has seen some upgrades over the previous model, including a new brighter screen and improved battery life. There's also a 'Low Power Mode feature which should help your battery last even longer. This was my Apple Watch choice for my partner, someone who benefits from its upgrade but doesn't need an always-on display or some extra features. 

Apple Watch Series 9 (45mm) |$429$399 at Amazon

Apple Watch Series 9 (45mm) | $429 $399 at Amazon

Currently on sale, despite only launching a few months ago, the Apple Watch Series 9 is the perfect middle ground between the great price of the SE and the excellent features of the Ultra 2. If you want a bit of a more extravagant gift, this is a fantastic choice. 


Apple Watch Ultra 2 | $799 $749 at Amazon

Apple Watch Ultra 2 | $799 $749 at Amazon

Perhaps a better gift for yourself than another person due to its huge price tag, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is by far the best watch Apple has ever done and will last any potential buyer a long time thanks to its durable design, great battery life, and all-new neural engine. 

Under $50

NEXT Leather Band |$39.99 at Best Buy

NEXT Leather Band | $39.99 at Best Buy

This beautiful leather band from NEXT is under $50 and will make the perfect gift for anyone looking for a leather band now that Apple has stopped selling the animal by-product.

EPULY stainless steel strap |$18.99 at Amazon

EPULY stainless steel strap | $18.99 at Amazon

Being one of the cheaper bands you can get on Amazon, the EPULY stainless steel strap comes in a range of colors and sizes, so there's something for every Apple Watch owner.

Apple Watch Band Stand | $19.99 at Amazon

Apple Watch Band Stand | $19.99 at Amazon

Over on Amazon, you can pick up a cheap and effective bandstand, that is made of a neutral-looking bamboo to show off all the pretty colors you can get bands in. 

Apple Watch Milanese Loop| $99 $36.99 at Woot

Apple Watch Milanese Loop| $99 $36.99 at Woot

The Apple Watch Milanese Loop is gorgeous, and for $36.99 you'll be hard-pressed to find a more classy watch strap. I grabbed this alongside my partner's SE and they look great together.

Misxi case with tempered glass screen protector (For Series 6 and before)  |$13.99 $9.96 at Amazon

Misxi case with tempered glass screen protector (For Series 6 and before)  | $13.99 $9.96 at Amazon

If the person you are buying for has a Series 6,5 or 4 Watch, this is a great little stocking stuffer that will compliment their wearable excellently. 

Misxi 2 Pack Hard PC Case with Tempered Glass Screen Protector (for Series 7 and after) — $9.96 at Amazon

Misxi 2 Pack Hard PC Case with Tempered Glass Screen Protector (for Series 7 and after) — $9.96 at Amazon

If you are buying for someone who has a Series 9, 8, 7, or Watch SE, this is the screen protector you want to buy. Being the #1 seller on Amazon and coming in a 2-pack for any mistakes in installation, it is sure to keep their fancy new watch safe. 

Airtag |$29$27 at Amazon

Airtag | $29 $27 at Amazon

Usually, the only AirTags deals are on the 4-pack, but at the moment you'll also save on the single which is the perfect companion to an Apple Watch, a device that is great at finding your iPhone. This deal might not seem like much, but it soon adds up if you want to buy several.

$50-$150

Apple MagSafe Duo | $129$98.50 at Amazon

Apple MagSafe Duo | $129 $98.50 at Amazon

The Apple MagSafe Duo is great because it will charge both your iPhone and Apple Watch with two different pads. It's currently on sale and the MagSafe fast charging means your iPhone and Watch will be topped up in no time. 

ESR 3-in-1 charger |$89.99 $69.99 at Amazon

ESR 3-in-1 charger | $89.99 $69.99 at Amazon

The ESR 3-in-1 charger is a convenient little stand capable of charging an Apple Watch, iPhone, and AirPods all at the same time and it even comes with an adjustable stand for displaying the phone. It isn't sold directly by Apple so doesn't have the looks and convenient size of the Duo but it's an excellent choice for someone with all three Apple devices. 

Over $150

AirPods Pro 2 | $197.02 at Amazon

AirPods Pro 2 | $197.02 at Amazon

Though it may not seem like an obvious choice initially, the ability to pair your AirPods Pro 2 with your Watch to play downloaded songs and podcasts is excellent, especially on the go. The new AirPods Pro 2 comes with a whole host of upgrades over the previous model, including better noise canceling, improved transparency modes, and a new case with a lanyard strap. 

Apple Watch Metal Link| $349 $179 at Woot

Apple Watch Metal Link| $349 $179 at Woot

This beautiful Metal Link for the Apple Watch is one of the most expensive Watch bands Apple offers, and with $170 off, it's a fantastic deal. It looks wonderful and the link system makes it easy to adjust and easier to clean. 

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James Bentley

James is a staff writer and general Jack of all trades at iMore. With news, features, reviews, and guides under his belt, he has always liked Apple for its unique branding and distinctive style. Originally buying a Macbook for music and video production, he has since gone on to join the Apple ecosystem with as many devices as he can fit on his person. 


With a degree in Law and Media and being a little too young to move onto the next step of his law career, James started writing from his bedroom about games, movies, tech, and anything else he could think of. Within months, this turned into a fully-fledged career as a freelance journalist. Before joining iMore, he was a staff writer at Gfinity and saw himself published at sites like TechRadar, NME, and Eurogamer. 


As his extensive portfolio implies, James was predominantly a games journalist before joining iMore and brings with him a unique perspective on Apple itself. When not working, he is trying to catch up with the movies and albums of the year, as well as finally finishing the Yakuza series. If you like Midwest emo music or pretentious indie games that will make you cry, he’ll talk your ear off.