This gift guide features cool and handy accessories for smartphones, smartwatches, and laptops.
With people turning to mobile devices now more than ever, accessories for smartphones, smartwatches, and laptops make great gifts for your loved ones or coworkers. This gift guide offers options for power banks and chargers, smartwatch bands, phone cases, earbuds, and more to help you narrow down which mobile accessories to gift this holiday season. Be sure to check out all of TechRepublic’s holiday gift guides.
The Bluetooth VR headset from Sharper Image allows users to enjoy a virtual reality 3D experience. Featuring built-in speakers, a touchscreen button, and Bluetooth technology, users only need to insert their smartphone to start immersing themselves in games, apps, and videos, according to the manufacturer. The headset is compatible with all iPhones and Android smartphones up to 6.2-inches.
Want to give the gift of fast charging? The RAVPower Fast Wireless charger is one option to consider. This charger works for iOS and Android devices, including the new iPhone 12. As long as the smartphone is Qi-compatible, this charger can get the job done, and the user doesn’t even have to remove their phone case.
Anyone who’s had the battery on their smartphone or laptop die while they’re away from their charger can tell you that it’s very inconvenient. A power bank can prevent the problem and would be a great gift for any mobile device user, especially if they’re always on the go. One viable option to consider is the AUKEY USB-C power bank. The sleek 18W power bank can charge any USB-C and USB-powered device, charges up to four times faster than conventional charging, and has built-in safety features to prevent overheating and overcharging, according to the manufacturer.
Being able to charge your phone or other portable device on the go is always helpful. One charging option to consider is the AUKEY USB-C car charger. This car charger is optimized to deliver 21W to most USB-powered devices including iPhones, iPads, AirPods, Nintendo Switches, and more and is designed to fit almost any vehicle’s 2V/24V socket.
Smartphones are expensive so it’s important that the phone’s owner has the proper protection for it. OtterBox cases are known for their durability, but the Defender Series Pro also features a silver-based antimicrobial additive to help inhibit microbial growth and defend against many common bacteria on the exterior of the case. This case makes the perfect gift for new iPhone 12 owners, though it’s available for other models as well.
Bose speakers meet stylish sunglasses in this mobile accessory that makes the perfect gift for any audiophile. These sunglasses allow users to listen to music, make and receive phone calls, and interact with their phone’s assistant using the integrated motion sensor, all while shielding their eyes. According to the company, the Soprano frames feature exclusive Open Ear Audio technology, are lightweight, the rechargeable battery plays up to 5.5 hours of music, and feature an advanced beam-forming microphone array. Bose offers several frame style options and you can even swap out the lenses for a look sure to match anyone’s style. Pricing for Bose audio sunglasses starts at $199.95 and goes up to $249.95.
If you’re shopping for a runner and/or a music fan, check out the Bose Sport earbuds. These wireless earbuds are sweat and weather resistant, feature intuitive touch controls and a microphone for touch-free calling, and have a battery life of up to five hours. They come in three colors: Black, Baltic Blue, and Glacier White, so you’re sure to find a style that works for anyone on your gift list.
Bands for Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy smartwatches
EverAct Compatible bands for Samsung Galaxy watches Image: Amazon
EverAct Compatible bands for Samsung Galaxy watches
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who’s not rocking a smartwatch of some kind these days, so a new band might be just the thing to get them. Apple offers an array of different bands to fit anyone’s style, including its Sport Loop bands. The bands are made of a double-layer nylon weave and are soft, breathable, lightweight, durable, and easily adjustable. Sport Loop bands come in a variety of colors and can be purchased on Apple’s website for $49.
If you’re looking for bands for a Samsung Galaxy smartwatch, consider EverAct Compatible Bands. This 12-pack of durable silicone bands come in a variety of colors with the option for gold or silver buckles and are compatible with most Galaxy smartwatches, including the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active and Active2, Samsung Gear, and Galaxy Watch 3. The bands are available on Amazon for $20.99.
Smartphones are held constantly, put down on dirty surfaces, touched by others, etc., so they’re bound to pick up a lot of germs and bacteria. Cleaning a smartphone can be tricky as certain cleansers can actually do more harm than good, but PhoneSoap has taken the guesswork out of properly cleaning smartphones. Using two UV-C bulbs, PhoneSoap 3 kills 99.99% of germs and features a USB and USB-C port so users can charge their phone while cleaning it.
Lamicall cell phone stand works with all smartphones from four to eight inches, even with a case on, according to the manufacturer. This smartphone stand can be used for making phone calls, watching movies, reading, or video calls. Made of a high-quality aluminum alloy, the stand features an adjustable design, low gravity center to help stabilize the phone, and rubber cushions to protect phones from sliding and scratches. The Lamicall phone stand is available in Rose Gold or Silver for $11.99 or in Red or Gray for $13.99
Another OtterBox product to consider is their line of screen protectors. Having a protected screen is crucial for any smartphone owner. Without a screen protector on your smartphone, one drop can mean a shattered screen and lots of money for repairs or replacement. OtterBox offers several types of screen protectors, including antimicrobial, anti-glare, edge-to-edge protection, and blue light blocking, which are available for just about any smartphone or tablet.
For those on your list who are in school or always on the go for work, consider getting them a bag to carry their laptop and other important items in. The Incase ICON laptop backpack is a great option that features durable 840D nylon construction, multiple compartments for organization, a dedicated side-access iPad pocket, adjustable padded shoulder straps and a sternum strap for comfort, and a cable port for on-the-go access to portable power or audio.
PopSockets make a great gift for any smartphone user. The peel-and-stick accessory offers a secure place to hold onto so users can text with one hand, snap better photos, and watch dog (or cat) videos hands-free, according to the manufacturer. PopSockets are adjustable so they can also function as a phone stand and are wireless charging compatible. There are a variety of colors, styles, and themes to choose from, so it’s easy to find the right look to match just about any phone. The brand also offers wallets, mounts, phone cases, wireless chargers, and more. Pricing varies, based on the accessory.