Apple Mac holiday gift guide 2023 — epic gifts at every price point

Mac Gift Guide
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The best Mac gift is one that adds to the device in meaningful ways but may not always be the most obvious choice for someone to buy themselves. With the holiday season on the way, it's time to start looking around for that nice present you've been wanting to buy all year. If someone has really been good this year, you could go all the way up to a nice new Mac but you may want to shop around before settling on the right spec configuration. 

In our roundup of the best Mac gifts, we go over all different types of gifts you can find around the internet, from the best accessories to protective measures and more. There's so much out there to choose from so use your budget wisely and pick the section that most suits you. 

If you're looking to get someone a nice Mac gift but don't necessarily know where to start, iMore's Mac gift guide will help you out. 

$50 or less

ODISTAR Desktop Vacuum Cleaner | $25$13 at Amazon

ODISTAR Desktop Vacuum Cleaner | $25 $13 at Amazon

Crumbs are the mortal enemy of the desk, the Mac, and life itself. For just over ten bucks you can grab a loved one this epic desktop vacuum cleaner with rechargeable battery. It's a smash hit on Amazon with more than 15,000 reviews and a 4.3-star rating!

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard | $39.99 at Amazon

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard | $39.99 at Amazon

The Logitech K380 is a super affordable wireless keyboard that's also slim and lightweight. It can pair with up to three devices through Bluetooth, and the keys are circular with a slight curvature for ergonomic comfort. It's one of the best keyboards for Mac. 

8Bitdo Sn30 Pro Bluetooth Controller | $39 at Amazon

8Bitdo Sn30 Pro Bluetooth Controller | $39 at Amazon

This Bluetooth controller is a very cool retro option for gamers on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. With all the connectivity and features you could possibly need, perfect for anyone who uses a Mac and could use a little light relief!

NZXT Function MiniTKL | $100$49 at Amazon

NZXT Function MiniTKL | $100 $49 at Amazon

This epic little keyboard is great for gaming. It's compact, made from premium materials, and has some delicious lighting, the perfect Mac companion for any budding gamer. Even better, it's currently half price!

$50-$100

Logitech POP |$99 at Amazon

Logitech POP | $99 at Amazon

This colorful Logitech mechanical keyboard with a typewriter vibe is a great Mac companion. It looks funky and comes in lots of different colors. Being mechanical, it'll be fantastic to type on too. 

Keychron V1 wired mechanical keyboard|$75 at Amazon

Keychron V1 wired mechanical keyboard| $75 at Amazon

This customizable option is the perfect entry-level option so you can start replacing keycaps, switches, gaskets, plates, foam, and more to your heart's content. 

SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO | $279$129 at Amazon

SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO | $279 $129 at Amazon

This cylinder of USB stick dreams gives you super-fast USB storage the size of a tiny flash drive. You'll need a USB-C adapter to use with newer Macs, but it's perfect if you've already got a hub or USB connectivity. 

SATECHI Type-C Stand & Hub with SSD Enclosure |$99 at Amazon

SATECHI Type-C Stand & Hub with SSD Enclosure | $99 at Amazon

This sleek Satechi dock will raise up your Mac mini and provide USB-C, USB-A, headphone, and SD card connectivity for just $99. It's a cheap and stylish accessory that should be near the top of any Mac mini user's list.

Logitech Blue Yeti Microphone | $129.99$89.99 at Amazon

Logitech Blue Yeti Microphone | $129.99 $89.99 at Amazon

This Blue Yeti is a great microphone for Mac, perfect for anyone who wants to start a podcast, stream, or just tune in to calls with excellent audio quality. 

Anker USB-C 11-in-1 dock | $69.99 at Amazon

Anker USB-C 11-in-1 dock | $69.99 at Amazon

This dock is perfect for extending my iPhone’s USB-C port to the extreme. From plugging in my external hard drives to connecting my iPhone to the dock’s Ethernet cable for wired internet, it could be perfect for those just-in-case scenarios. Think of it as a Swiss Army knife for your new phone.

Xbox Core Controller|$59 at Amazon

Xbox Core Controller | $59 at Amazon

Though this is highly based on your tastes, I find the Xbox controller to be one of the best out there due to its excellent feel, fantastic triggers, and the lack of a touch button in the middle. It’s a classic design for a reason, and it’s currently on sale. 

$100 or more

AirPods Pro 2 | $205.33 at Amazon

AirPods Pro 2 | $205.33 at Amazon

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. 

Edifier MR4 Powered Studio Monitor Speakers| $129 at Amazon

Edifier MR4 Powered Studio Monitor Speakers| $129 at Amazon

These powered Edifier MR4 studio monitors don't need an amp to work and deliver 4 inches of lovely sound through either aux, TRS, or RCA. 

Mac mini M2 |$599$499 at B&H Photo

Mac mini M2 | $599 $499 at B&H Photo

Under $500 for one of iMore's favorite Macs, what a deal! This Mac mini M2 deal also extends across the range if you want to upgrade your Mac as well – there are significant savings if you want to add more storage or RAM. A great starter desktop Mac for a student or professional. 

SanDisk 2TB Extreme Portable SSD| $299$149 at Amazon

SanDisk 2TB Extreme Portable SSD| $299 $149 at Amazon

Almost any Mac you buy will come with a fixed amount of SSD storage, so a portable SSD is the perfect way to expand that. 2TB for $149 is an absolute steal compared to the price storage used to be a few years ago, and that's down from its usual price of $219, a whopping 33% off! This would make a great gift for anyone working with lots of photos, videos, or data!

M1 MacBook Air  | $999$749 at Amazon

M1 MacBook Air  | $999 $749 at Amazon

If you want to gift someone a MacBook, this is the perfect model. It sports Apple's M1 Apple silicon chip and is incredibly thin and light. A popular favorite amongst students! Use the coupon at checkout to get it for just $749!

MacBook Air M2 | $1099$949 at B&H Photo

MacBook Air M2 | $1099 $949 at B&H Photo

Apple's best small laptop ever is now considerably under a grand, making it an ideal purchase for a student, your home office, or just about anyone else. With a 1080p webcam, it's great for video calls, too.

SAMSUNG 32" M80C UHD HDR Smart Computer Monitor|$699$499 at Amazon

SAMSUNG 32" M80C UHD HDR Smart Computer Monitor| $699 $499 at Amazon

Get 32 inches of 4K display with AirPlay and streaming built-in as well as Samsung's Gaming hub. This is a fantastic companion to any desktop Mac and a great second screen for a laptop. Can also be used for gaming and watching on-demand content from Netflix and beyond!

M3 iMac |$1249 at Amazon 

M3 iMac | $1249 at Amazon 

The brand new M3 iMac retails at $1,299 at Amazon for the 8-core GPU version or $1,499 for the 10-core GPU version with plenty of colors to choose from! It's an amazing all-in-one Mac for school or college, or as a family computer. 

Stephen Warwick
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9