Apple launches personalized holiday gift cards and 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday shopping season is already kicking off for some folks, and some companies. Apple, for instance, has officially launched its holiday efforts for 2021, which includes a nice new addition to the offerings for customers who are looking to buy some new Apple-branded gear this holiday season.

On November 9, Apple officially launched not only the 2021 Holiday Gift Guide, but also some brand new personalized holiday gift cards to go along with it. Those cards are from Today at Apple, and are produced in partnership with some top-tier artists from all over the globe. You can see what some of them look like in the image just above.

Some of the artists tapping into their creative powers for these new personalized gift cards are Jocelyn Tsai based out of California, United States and Antti Kalevi, based out of Helsinki, Finland.

Holiday shopping

Here’s how Apple breaks down some of the key elements for holiday shopping this year:

  • For customers looking to shop early and guarantee orders will arrive on time, Apple provides order by dates for free home delivery across all products so customers can get their gifts when they need them.
  • Engraving adds that extra special touch and is offered for free only at apple.com, where customers can personalize iPad, AirTag, AirPods, and Apple Pencil with a mix of emoji, text, and numbers. Customers in New York can receive free, onsite engraving of new AirPods purchased or picked up at Apple Fifth Avenue.
  • Complementing a gift with an Apple accessory? Customers can check the Apple Store app for personalized recommendations, availability of an item, and self-checkout when shopping on store avenues where customers can explore Appleā€™s latest products and services.
  • Apple offers convenient same-day two-hour delivery and next-day delivery in a number of markets, as well as pickup at local Apple Store locations.

What’s more, Apple has officially launched this holiday season’s Holiday Gift Guide. It’s not necessarily the best way to find great deals on Apple’s products (those usually come from third-party retailers), but it does have some inspiration for finding the perfect gift for the loved ones in a person’s life.

Of course, Apple is hyping up its latest products including the brand new iPhone 13 lineup, the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro and M1 Max processors under the hoods, and the Apple Watch Series 7. The HomePod mini gets a shoutout in today’s official announcement as well.

Are you planning to buy a new Apple product for yourself and/or someone in your life this holiday season? If so, what are you looking at?