In this section of our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, you will find a carefully curated list of some our favorite products for the Mac users on your list.
Kinesis Freestyle2 Blue Wireless Keyboard
There are obviously thousands of wireless keyboards out there to choose from, but I like the Freestyle2 Blue from Kinesis for a few reasons. It has Mac-specific shortcuts, the keys feel great to type on and offer a nice clickety-clack sound, and it’s ergonomic, so you can customize the setup into whatever is most comfortable for you. I’ve been using one for a while now, and I believe there are tangible benefits in regards to reduced wrist and finger strain.
Logitech MX Master 3 Wireless Mouse
Having a good mouse is arguably even more important than having a good keyboard, and I think the Logitech MX Master 3 is the best you can get. It has a comfortable shape for long work/gaming sessions, a crazy-good sensor that even works on glass, customizable buttons and hyper-fast scrolling, and it connects to up to 3 devices via Bluetooth, which you can switch between in real-time at the touch of a button.
Twelve South HiRise Pro Display Stand
If you want to go with something a little less ‘techie,’ check out the Twelve South HiRise Pro. It’s a desktop stand that elevates your iMac or other display to eye-level. It has a reversible walnut/aluminum front to match your decor, a leather top so it doesn’t scratch your display stand, and a hidden compartment for storing smaller devices and knickknacks to help keep your desk clutter-free.
Western Digital My Passport SSD 256GB
This one probably doesn’t need much of an explanation. External storage is handy to any Mac user—they can be used to backup files, photos or entire computers, to transfer files between machines, or to store sensitive data for safe keeping. I really like this My Passport from WD because it’s an SSD, so data transfers are super fast, and it uses the newer USB-C connection. Plus it’s available in sizes up to 2TB.
Audioengine A2+ Wireless Powered Speakers
I believe that every good Mac setup should feature a good set of speakers. After all, games, music, movies and other media only sound as good as the speakers you’re using, right? There are a ton of options out there, but our can’t-miss pick are the Audioengine A2+. They are compact so they won’t take up your whole desk, feature Bluetooth and a variety of input methods, and offer premium sound. Bonus: they’re protected by a 3-year warranty.
V-MODA Crossfade Wireless Over-the-Ear Headphones
If their Mac is of the more portable variety, then you need portable speakers—ie headphones. Now honestly, feel free to go with any late-model Beats or AirPods here. They really are the best in terms of Mac and overall Apple product compatibility. But if you’re looking for something different, I like the V-Moda Crossfades. They have this very sharp, industrial design and sound as good, if not better, than models twice the price.
BLUE Yeti USB Microphone
Want to help nurture their creative side? Get them a proper USB microphone. They can start a podcast, stream on Twitch, start a YouTube channel, get into VoiceOver work, or even record a song and upload it to SoundCloud. Now there are cheaper microphones, and far more expensive microphones, but the best bang for your buck is still the Yeti Blue. It comes with its own stand, connects easily via USB, and recordings sound fantastic.
The Zendure SuperTank Portable Power Bank
For the mobile MacBook user on your list, consider the SuperTank from Zendure. This massive 27,000mAh portable battery pack offers 100W PD (power delivery), meaning it can charge a 15-inch MacBook Pro from 0% to 100% in less than two hours. Obviously it can charge other things too, such as phones, tablets, cameras and much more. This thing looks like a tank, works like a tank, so yeah…it’s a tank.
AmazonBasics Standby UPS Surge Protector
Speaking of power, for the more home/office Mac users we like this AmazonBasics UPS Surge Protector. Now this isn’t your average power strip you can get at the local hardware store for $10. It has 12 outlets, a 5 foot cord, and enough power to keep up to 6 crucial electronic devices up and running for more than an hour during a blackout. Plus Amazon covers it with a $75K equipment warranty.