Last Minute Gift Ideas for iPhone and iPad Users

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Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for the Apple fan in your life this holiday season? With so many iPhone and iPad accessories available on the market today, choosing the perfect something is not so easy. Rest assured, we can help. The best accessories and gift ideas on this list are sure to bring a smile to any iPhone or iPad user.

1. Apple Pencil

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Definitely one of the most popular iPad accessories around, the Apple Pencil is a must-own for millions of iPad users. Whether it is the original Apple Pencil (see compatibility options listed here) or Apple Pencil 2 for the iPad Pro, this is no ordinary stylus. Manufactured with Appleā€™s pinpoint responsiveness in mind, the Apple Pencil is the best tool for drawing on the iPad. No matter if the gift recipient is just learning to draw or the next Van Gogh, this is the most important accessory they will need. Staring at around $90 for the original Apple Pencil and around $130 for the second generation, the Apple Pencils are not inexpensive stocking stuffers.

2. AirPods

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The AirPods are a sure thing to show up on any list of ideas for iPhone or iPad owners and for good reason. All three generations of AirPods are must-own items and arguably the best wireless headphones available today. The built-in W1 chip enables AirPod to pair quickly with any iPhone or iPad. Battery life starts at around four to five hours of talk time. That number increases to around 24 hours when factoring in the extra juice with the charging case. Then consider their highly recognizable design, and AirPods are as much a fashion accessory as they are headphones. Prices begin at around $129 for the first generation and around $249 for the most recent AirPods Pro.

3. SteelSeries Nimbus Gaming Controller

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Is there an iOS gamer in your life? The SteelSeries Nimbus gaming controller is another fantastic stocking stuffer idea. Connecting over Bluetooth 4.1 technology, the $47 controller enables you to transform your iPad or iPhone into a portable gaming console. Play Fortnite on the go or right on your desk with this hugely popular gaming accessory. The Nimbus is compatible with nearly every iPhone or iPad produced over the last four years and works for both right- and left-handed gamers. With almost forty hours of rechargeable battery life, you can feel comfortable leaving the charger at home for an entire weekend. It can recharge with the same lightning cable as any recent iOS device, which is a terrific bonus.

4. Ultimate Ears Boom 3

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Keep the holiday music going well into the new year with the Ultimate Ears Boom 3. Already one of the most popular Bluetooth speakers on the market, this waterproof speaker is an outstanding gift. Delivering 360 degrees of sound, the $119 speaker can keep the party going for more than fifteen hours. If a house party quickly becomes a pool party, the Boom 3 is waterproof up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. The cylindrical shape is sharp and eye-catching while feeling well-built and durable enough to withstand years of use.

5. Anker PowerCore 10,000 Redux

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Potentially the most important gift you can give any iPhone or iPad user is that of battery life. Few companies are better equipped to deliver both power and value more than Anker and its PowerCore 10,000 Redux. For around $25, it recharges the iPhone 11 almost three complete times before needing to be recharged. The iPhone 11 Pro Max will also see at least two charges from empty to full. iPad devices and their bigger battery sizes will still see the benefit of the Redux but for a more complete charge, look to the $40 Anker PowerCore 20,000 for just under two complete charges.

6. Polaroid ZIP Wireless Mobile Printer

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One of the least considered but most necessary products for any iPhone owner is a portable printer. While most photos taken on smartphones end up as memories on social media, many of them deserve to be printed. Enter the $79 Polaroid ZIP wireless mobile photo printer capable of turning out individual photos in under sixty seconds. The 2×3 inch photos are not poster-sized by any stretch of the imagination. However, they can make a great photo collage to hang on a wall. All prints are water- and tear-resistant, making them durable for years of smiles every time you look at each print. The best part? The printer is small enough to be carried in a backpack or small bag.


This is far from a complete list. There are almost too many last-minute gift ideas for iPhone and iPad owners. Everything from cases to watch bands makes for excellent last-minute ideas and perfect stocking stuffers. If you are hastily searching for a last-minute gift for the iOS lover in your family, you cannot go wrong with this list.

David Joz
David Joz

David is a freelance tech writer with over 15 years of experience in the tech industry. He loves all things Nintendo.

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