Believe it or not, Black Friday has already come and gone. Pretty soon the Christmas season will begin, and weâ€™ll mark this midwinter festival by getting together with friends and family and continuing to drink and eat far too much.
Meanwhile, we also buy gifts for those same friends and family members, whether they want them or not. Luckily, weâ€™re here to help, and if you follow our festive advice, your gifts just might make it into the â€œwantedâ€ category.
From now until Christmas, Cult of Mac will be putting together holiday gift guys full of ideas for the special ones in your life, no matter what their interests or your budget. Today, weâ€™re looking at stuff with which to stuff stockings.
This widget works with any camera-equipped iOS device, triggering the shutter via the headphone jack by sending a volume-up signal to the camera app. Plus, it’s packed in a cute little container that looks like an old 35mm film canister.
Yes, you could chop up little Johnny’s EarPods and stuff them in his stocking, and they’d do the exact same thing. But you would look like a psychopath if you did.
Griffin Mini USB Cable Kit – $ 25
I have a set of these tiny USB charging cables from Griffin, and they have lasted me for ages. No, there’s no Lightning cable (use an adapter), but they’re still super convenient and can be kept always to hand.
And no, a set of USB charging cables isn’t the most glamorous of gifts, but then neither are socks or ties, and that’s what people usually end up stuffing into stockings.
These genuine Apple Lightning cables are cut up and customized by hand. You can specify length and finish, and then you can hand over your $ 85, safe in the knowledge that your giftee will lose this even faster than the easy-to-spot white cable that came with his iPhone.
A USB hub might seem like another dull gift, and that’s because it is. So if you’re planning on buying one for somebody you love, then at least have the decency to pony up the $ 28 Satechi is asking for this stylish, Apple-inspired hub. It won’t stop the recipient from hating you, but it will mean that they’ll hate you a little less.
Sweet! An embarrassing Christmas sweater – for your iPhone. 3-D printed from plastic, the stitches slide over each other like real wool stitches. This is not only great to play with, but makes the case flexible whilst still offering protection. Or you could just give a $ 75 iTunes gift card.
Memo Pad Organizer – $ 61
It’s a pad of paper. It costs $ 61, and it’s full of holes. And yet that description – while completely accurate – fails to do justice to this handsome desktop memo pad. Pro tip: If you do buy this for somebody, leave the price tag on it. Otherwise they’ll think you spent like two bucks on the thing.
$ 6. Six dollars. SIX DOLLARS. Six. Dollars. That’s all you’ll have to spend to turn a workaday modern-day iPhone into a classic piece of retro design. The re-usable decal sticks onto the back of the iPhone and also offers scratch protection.
Buy it now, while people still know what a Polaroid camera is.
This is a gift not only to the giftee, but also to you, which justifies the $ 99 price-tag. The Jam connects a guitar to an iPad, iPhone or Mac via USB, and it does it digitally for maximum quality.
What does this mean? That the owner of that electric guitar will spend the Christmas holiday jamming into a pair of headphones and not into a noisy, overdriven amp. You’re welcome.
In my testing so far, this Solar charges fills up fast and charges an iPhone even faster. It’s also portable (it folds up into a neat package with its own mesh storage pocket) and (so far at least) rugged.
Want your kids to spend more time out of doors? Then buy them this.
The best iPad stand out there, and it folds up small enough to fit into a real stocking. Desktop, tabletop, floor-top or thigh-top, it’s stable just about anywhere, and features an embarrassment of iPad (and iPhone) propping features. In fact, you should buy two and keep one for yourself.
This pressure-sensitive stylus will work with any crappy old iPad or iPhone, as long as it has a microphone. The JaJa Hex uses high-frequency sound instead of fancy Bluetooth, which not only lets it work with old devices but also extends the battery life.
Compatible apps are required, but as it works with Noteshelf, PDF Pen, Procreat and Photoshop already, there’s plenty to choose from.