Holiday Gift Guide 2022: luxury gifts Mac users will love
If you're looking for a special present for the Mac user in your family, here are some of the best luxury gift ideas this holiday season.
The holidays are a time for giving, but while you could get gifts for under $100 or even stocking stuffers less than $20, sometimes you want to break the bank. For that special someone in your life, there are a lot of premium options out there for you to pick from.
If money is no object, or you have a hefty-enough budget at least, here's what AppleInsider proposes you get as a high-value Mac-related gift this holiday.
A new Mac
One of the most obvious high-priced gifts you could get for a Mac user is another Mac. Be it an upgraded model compared to what they already use, or a MacBook Pro to go alongside their desk-bound Mac mini, giving them a second computer is always a good option.
If you do want the best deal on a new Mac, you should check out the AppleInsider Mac Price Guide, which covers everything from the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, to the Mac mini and Mac Studio.
Top deals include this high-end M1 Max MacBook Pro 14-inch with 64GB of RAM for $3,499 and this M1 Ultra Mac Studio, also with 64GB of memory, that's $400 off through Dec. 8 only.
Of course, while your attention should be on the Apple Silicon devices, a Mac Pro would certainly be impressive to gift someone.
LG 32-inch UltraFine Display Ergo
The 32-inch LG UltraFine Ergo is a 4K-resolutioln IPS monitor, offering 178-degree viewing angles, 350 nits of brightness, and 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut. While it's a great monitor in terms of specifications, its appearance is even more impressive.
For a start, it uses a stand that sits to one side, not the middle, saving you desk space. It is also a virtually borderless display on three of its four edges, and can connect usng USB-Type C with 60W power delivery too.
The LG 32-inch UltraFine Display Ergo is available from Amazon for $599.
Wacom One HD Creative Pen Display
If your intended gift recipient is a digital artist, improve their workflow with the Wacom One HD Creative Pen Display. At this price level, it's not just a graphics tablet, but also one with a built-in 13.3-inch HD screen you can directly draw on.
Offering 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, it has adjustable legs to improve the viewing angle, and a stylus that doesn't need a battery. At 14.1 inches by 8.9 inches and 0.6 inches thick, it is also highly portable, making it great to draw on the move with a MacBook Pro.
The Wacom One HD Creative Pen Display is available from Amazon or B&H for $299.95.
Synology 4-Bay NAS DiskStation DS920+
AppleInsider always preaches to make backups wherever possible, just in case something happens to the data on your primary workspace. With a NAS like the Synology DiskStation DS920+, that neatly solves those problems.
Able to take up to four 16TB hard drives, giving it a maximum capacity of 64TB, the unit also has space for two M.2 NVMe drives, which can provide fast cacheing of most-used files to speed up access. It's also fast, with a quad-core 2GHz processor and 4GB of memory, so you could use it as a Plex server as well as a file server and backup location if you want.
The Synology 4-Bay NAS DiskStation DS920+ is available from Amazon for $599, without drives.
Keychron Q6 Mechanical Keyboard, Knob Version
If you know of a typist or budding writer, you could give their fingers a premium experience, by giving them a mechanical keyboard. The Keychron Q6 is a wired custom mechanical keyboard with full-size 108-key layout, complete with a double gasket design, and high levels of customizability, though you could easily leave it stock.
The experience with the hot-swappable Gateron G Pro Red switches as well as the double-shot PBT keycaps can be very satisfying to work on for keyboard warriors, though there are other options including variations of color and switches. There's even a knob, which you can use for volume control and other scale-based interactions.
The Keychron Q6 Mechanical Keyboard, Knob Version with Red switches and a grey color scheme is available from Amazon for $225.99.
Elgato Stream Deck XL
Keyboard macros are handy, but you shouldn't need to remember all of them. Instead, the Elgato Stream Deck XL provides an easy way to trigger functions on a Mac in a very visual way that Twitch streamers love.
The XL model has 32 keys, each consisting of a small display that you can personalize to show anything, and to perform many scripted actions from a single press. With hooks into Spotify, Philips Hue, and other software tools, you can get it to do highly complex actions all at once, on and beyond your Mac.
The Elgato Stream Deck XL is available from B&H for $249, as well as at Amazon.
Flexispot UD4 Comhar Electric Standing Desk with Drawers
Sitting all day isn't good for anyone, so give the gift of a healthier life (or at least encourage it) with a standing desk. The Flexispot UD4 Comhar Electric Standing Desk can move between 29.5 inches and 49.2 inches in height, raising and lowering at a touch of a button and with options to preset four heights too.
As a unit, it can take just three steps and five minutes to assemble, making it less of a chore than some other desks to assemble. There are also three built-in USB charging ports for your devices, and a pair of storage drawers at the front, a rarity for standing desks.
The Flexispot UD4 Comhar Electric Standing Desk with Drawers is available on Amazon, with the desk on sale at press time for $369.99.