Best Valentine's Day gift ideas for Apple lovers
Valentine's Day 2020 is fast approaching, but there's still time to find the perfect gift for the Apple fan in your life. In this gift guide, we've rounded up our favorite picks with options for nearly every budget.
With only one week left before the Feb. 14 holiday, now is the time to find the perfect gift just in time for Valentine's Day. Whether your special someone owns a number of Apple devices or is easing into the ecosystem, the choices below offer fantastic options at a variety of price points. And for deals on Apple hardware, such as MacBooks and iPads, be sure to check out the AppleInsider Apple Price Guide for hundreds more markdowns on powerful devices.
NU Marquetry Case
AirPods are Apple's latest "it" product, in both the standard form, as well as the Pro. If your significant other already has their own set of AirPods, why not up the style (and add some protection) with a unique case.
There are more cases on the market than we'd ever hope to count, but one of our favorites has to be the Marquetry case from Native Union. These cases are crafted from natural leather with chic patterns in both rose as well as black. Instead of just being covered in a single-colored piece of leather, these have different shades of color for a cool modern feel. The case retails for $39.99 and is available through Native Union on Amazon with free shipping.
Not digging the style? Check out Native Union's full leather cases for a simplified look, or the Curve case for a leather-free option.
Apple Watch Series 5
The Apple Watch may seem like a decent and practically-minded gift to offer someone, but not necessarily one geared towards Valentine's Day. The key here is that it is one of the few Apple products that deals with one of the most important parts of a relationship, and life in general: the heart.
On one hand, you have a device that can keep your heart healthy, measuring the pulse of the wearer and including a built-in ECG as well. This is also on top of gently pushing the user into having a more active lifestyle, and hopefully a longer and more comfortable life.
It is also a great tool for maintaining a relationship, as it allows you to communicate with each other and see messages very quickly, from traditional cellular calls to Walkie Talkie conversations. More romantically-minded, by using the Digital Touch feature of Messages on the Apple Watch, you can even send a reading of your pulse at any time.
The Apple Watch can let you send them your heart and monitor its health all in one stylish package.
The Apple Watch Series 5 starts at $399 (MSRP), but models are currently on sale at up to $70 off.
Casetify Dual-color Leather Apple Watch Band
If you've got a fashion-forward Apple fan in your life, maybe it's time you upgrade their Apple Watch with a new watch band. Casetify's duo-color leather Watch band comes in nine different colors, and buyers are allowed to mix and match two colors for the perfect statement piece look.
Made of genuine Italian leather, the Watch bands are available in black, gray, brown, red, baby pink, orange coral, yellow, mint green, and royal blue. They offer a wonderfully retro-mod look, perfect for men and women alike.
If you have a stylish Valentine, you can head to Casetify and pick out a duo-color watch band for $65, with the option to customize for an additional $7.
Looking for a more affordable option? Adorama has this Apple Watch band on sale for $29 with coupon code APINSIDER. Amazon is also knocking up to 18% off select band styles.
USB-C Magnetic Charging Dock for Apple Watch
If your Valentine owns an Apple Watch, perhaps they already have enough bands, so get them a portable charging solution that will make traveling with Apple Watch much easier. Most Apple Watch charging solutions are attached to a larger phone dock or battery pack that can make fitting it into a bag cumbersome, so something pocketable would make a big difference.
The USB-C Magnetic Charging Dock by Satechi is a minimalistic charger perfect for life on the go. The housing is just big enough to hold an Apple Watch charging puck and a USB-C fitting. Use the fitting or the included cable to attach the puck to any USB-C power delivery device, like a MacBook, iPad Pro, or any USB-C power brick. And with a retail price of $39.99, the Satechi USB-C Magnetic Charging Dock won't break the bank.
Pick up a Sonos Move to bring some music into your relationship. There is no more well-rounded speaker than the Sonos Move. It works great in your home as a Wi-Fi connected speaker. Use it as a speaker for the TV, play from the Sonos app, or control via Siri.
What makes Sonos Move more impressive though, is the ability for it to be picked up right off the shelf to move freely around your home. Take around the house as you work or take it to the outdoor patio for a night around the fire pit. All while connected to Wi-Fi for use with the Sonos app or Apple's AirPlay 2 and Siri.
To round it out, take it away from your home and and stream anywhere over Bluetooth.
The perfect gift for staying home or heading gout on an adventure. The Sonos Move sells for $399 with free expedited shipping within the contiguous U.S. at Adorama and B&H. It's also available at Amazon with free shipping.
Philips Hue Go
Nothing sets the mood like lighting. There are many smart lights out there, but we are fond of the Philip Hue Go. It is a great accent light for around the home that can be picked up and moved about. It has a battery on the inside and can take on millions of colors.
Like the rest of Hue line, it also works with Apple HomeKit which means it can be scheduled, controlled via Siri, and more.
The latest version of the Go can also work over Bluetooth which means it is a great little light to take camping or out to the beach.
Here at AppleInsider, we've used the Go excessively for ambiance lighting while watching movies or having a romantic dinner. The Philips Hue Go retails for $79.99 and can be found at Best Buy with free in-store pickup or 2-day shipping just in time for Valentine's Day.
Twelve South BookBook iPhone Case
A perfect gift for the book-lover in your life, the BookBook cases disguise your iPhone as a vintage leather book with distressing and small details to help sell the effect. The wallet portion of the case can hold bank, credit, and ID cards, with a separate space for cash and receipts.
The second iteration — called BookBook vol. 2 — has made some improvement over older versions. The phone snaps into a shell case that is magnetically held into the wallet portion of the case. This means you can ditch the wallet portion if you want something temporarily slimmer.
BookBook vol. 2 is available in brown and black and can be purchased directly from TwelveSouth or from Amazon for $65.85 to $69.99.
Anker PowerWave 10 Dual wireless charger
If you're buying a present for someone who doesn't already have a wireless charging pad, you must get them one. And if they have already found out how useful it is to be able to just rest your iPhone on one and get it charged, they must want a second. It's just so convenient to be able to rest your iPhone on a pad and then pick it up on your way out, knowing that your phone is charged.
Anker makes particularly good battery chargers of all descriptions, and AppleInsider uses many of them. This particular model is especially suited as a gift because it comes with the highest-possible charging rate — and two pads. Both of you can rest your iPhones on the PowerWave 10 Dual Pad and know that your phones are being charged as quickly as possible.
The Anker PowerWave 10 Dual wireless charger costs around $70 from Amazon.
StayGo by Twelve South
When your significant other is an Apple fan, likely they own a device with increasingly fewer USB ports. A USB-C dock can bring back many of their needed peripheral ports with a single cable connection.
The StayGO by Twelve South is a USB-C hub featuring two included cables for desktop or on the go use, a 4K HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet, three USB-A 3.0 ports, SD and Micro-SD card slots, and 85W USB-C pass-thru power.
Connecting the StayGO via a single cable will attach all connected accessories with ease, while tidying up your cable mess on your desk. The StayGo will work with any USB-C MacBook or iPad Pro.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
These over-the-ear headphones are a comfortable fit, they sound excellent — and then you switch on the noise cancelling. When you give someone the Bose QuietComfort 35, the first thing they will do is keep putting them on and taking them off just to marvel at the noise cancelling.
You're giving them the gift of great music, but also the gift of some peace, too. If they need to concentrate, if they're just weary from working in a noisy environment, these headphones are a rest for the ears.
Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) headphones come in black, silver or rose gold, and are typically $350 at Amazon, although the rose gold option is currently on sale for $247.99.
Nixplay Smart Digital Photo Frame 10.1 Inch
Photographs are a great way to remind people of those they love, as well as special events and occasions that take place throughout a relationship. Rather than a static photo frame, a digital version can allow for more images to be shown and to be more easily updated with newer or different images, depending on the user's mood.
The Nixplay Smart Digital Photo Frame is a smart-looking version that has a textured rear so it looks good on a desk, while also being wall-mountable. The 10.1-inch 1280 by 800 IPS display can be used in portrait and landscape orientations, and includes a motion sensor to turn the frame on or off when required to save power.
The frame is managed by a smartphone app, with support for Google Photos, Dropbox, Facebook, and Instagram also available, with users able to change images at will. Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant support also allows users to change the playlist by vocal commands.
The Nixplay Smart Digital Photo Frame 10.1 Inch costs $179.97 at Amazon.