The 2021 Holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s time to start thinking about stocking stuffers. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites, all of which cost under $30 and can be an invaluable piece of the puzzle for the Apple fan in your life.
- Anker Nano Charger – $20
- Uni USB-C to Lightning Cable – $16
- Elago AW3 Classic Monitor AirPods 3 Case – $14
- Elago Snapshot Cover for AirPods Pro – $15
- Moko Tablet Pillow Stand – $25
- PopSockets PopGrip – $30
- Spigen OneTap Ring Adapter for MagSafe – $20
- CharJenPro Memory Foam Ear Tips for AirPods Pro – $25
- Satechi USB-C Wireless Charging Dock – $30
- SYNERLOGIC MacOS Keyboard Shortcuts Sticker – $6
- Inateck 13-inch Case Sleeve with Accessory Bag – $20
- HIDEit Mac mini Mount – $19
- UGREEN USB-C Hub 6-in-1 – $22
- 8Bitdo Zero 2 Mini Bluetooth Gamepad – $20
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With the Anker Nano Charger, you don’t need to be worried about not reaching peak charging speeds on your iPhone. You also don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on Apple’s own charger since a charging brick is no longer included in the box. The Anker Nano reaches peak speeds of up to 20W thanks to the USB-C charging port, and it’s tiny design makes it the perfect size to throw in your bag.
Let’s face it. The included charging cable with the iPhone just isn’t that great. Chances are you’ll end up wanting to replace it within just a couple of months. But with the Uni USB-C to Lightning cable, the braided design is rated to last for years, and is MFi certified so it will work seamlessly with your Apple devices.
There’s something to be said about hitting the nostalgia bone, and that’s exactly what the Elago AW3 case does. This case is designed for the AirPods 3, and looks just like the Macs from the old days, complete with the iconic “Hello” across the front.
This is not as much of a problem anymore, but if you’re a big fan of AirTags and always lose your AirPods Pro, then the Elago Snapshot Cover is perfect. The case is designed for you to be able to “install” an AirTag, ensuring that you’ll never lose your AirPods Pro again. Elago even includes a carabiner on the side, and the case is still compatible with wireless chargers.
Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and catch up on your RSS feeds or to watch a movie or show. Instead of propping up the iPad on your lap, you can get the MoKo Tablet Pillow Stand, and let the pillow hold your iPad for you. There’s even a pocket on the side if you want to have your Apple Pencil handy, or just have it out of the way.
PopSockets remain one of the best ways to hold your phone with one hand. Until MagSafe’s arrival, you were forced to stick the adhesive directly onto a case, but thankfully you no longer have to do that. Instead, you can just grab the PopSockets PopGrip and take advantage of MagSafe while still being able to use your phone with one hand.
Speaking of sticking things to your cases, not all cases are created equal. Whether you’re still rocking an older iPhone, or picked up a new case that isn’t compatible with MagSafe, you’re in luck. With the Spigen OneTap Ring Adapter, you can transform any phone case into a MagSafe compatible one, and that goes for Android users too.
The standard earths included with the AirPods Pro are just fine for most people. But the silicone material has a tendency of getting all mucked up over time and will end up slipping out of your ear. The same problem arises with foam ear-tip replacements. With the CharJenPro Memory Foam Ear Tips, this combines silicone with memory foam to provide a more reliable and comfortable fit.
While the AirPods are pretty great, the battery life could be better. And you don’t want to be out at the coffee shop without a charger in the event that the battery is all used up. With the Satechi USB-C Wireless Charging Dock, you don’t have to. This plugs right into a USB-C port, like the one on your iPad or Mac, and provides a portable wireless charging pad.
Even as someone who uses macOS on a daily basis, I can’t remember all of the keyboard shortcuts available. With this SYNERLOGIC Shortcuts Sticker, you don’t have to worry about memorizing everything. This little cheat sheet provides you with all of the keyboard shortcuts that you’ll need to know and sticks right to the palm rest on your MacBook.
Now that people are beginning to travel more and more, you’ll want to keep your laptop and other accessories protected. This Inateck two-pack includes a 13-inch laptop sleeve and an accessory bag. There are also different sizes available, going all the way up to 16-inches.
The M1 Mac mini is a powerful little machine, but if desk space is at a premium, you can grab the HIDEit Mount. With this mount, you can put your Mac mini on the wall, under your desk, or even on the back of your VESA compatible monitor or TV.
While the new MacBook Pro models brought back all of the ports we were missing, you still might find yourself wanting even more. Thanks to this 6-in-1 USB Hub from UGREEn, you’ll get an HDMI port, three USB 3.0 ports, along with an SD card and microSD card reader. Best of all, it plugs right into the USB-C/Thunderbolt port on your Mac of choice.
When it’s time to sit back and relax, your Mac can be quite an impressive gaming console. From playing retro games to the vast library of options in Apple Arcade, there are games available for just about everyone. But instead of using the keyboard and mouse/trackpad, the 8Bitdo Zero 2 Mini Bluetooth Controller is a much better option.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.