iPhone Accessory Gifts for the Holidays

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The recent release of the iPhone 6 Plus has put that phablet on many shoppers’ Holiday wish list this season. To get the most bang for your buck with the iPhone 6 or even an earlier model there is a variety of iPhone accessory gifts that make great stocking stuffers for the Apple fans on your shopping list or even yourself. Let’s take a look at some cool iPhone accessories worth checking out while you are making your shopping list this Holiday season.

Consider the iRig for the Guitar Player with an iPhone

One of the biggest advantages of the iOS platform over Android is the robust amount of music instrument interfaces and music apps available for iPhones and iPads. The inherent latency of Android devices simply make them unusable for most musical applications. If you know a guitar player with an iPhone, consider getting them an iRig interface from IK Multimedia.

The iRig allows guitarists — or synth players for that matter — to plug the quarter-inch cable from their guitar into the iRig, which then connects right into the headphone jack on an iPhone or iPad. Simply connect your headphones or amp into the eighth-inch jack on the iRig and you are ready to jam! The entire world of iOS music apps, including multi-effects and multi-track recorders are now available at your fingertips.

iRig comes with the free version of IK Multimedia’s highly regarded AmpliTube guitar effects app, allowing you to set up and control your own virtual effects pedal board with a great tone. The app comes with a basic recording studio and additional effects and amp models are available through in-app purchase. Expect to pay around $40 for the iRig, which is small enough to fit perfectly into a Christmas stocking!

A Leather Case for Your iPhone 6 Lets You Style this Holiday Season

Guitar players like their leather and what better accessory for any iPhone owner looking to add a measure of style to their smartphone than a leather case. There are cases for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with your choice of five different colors, including the very attractive black. Apple prices these leather case accessories at $49 for the iPhone 6 Plus, and $45 for the smaller iPhone 6.

If you aren’t into leather, your iPhone 6 doesn’t have to go through life naked, as Apple also sells silicone cases available in six different colors including a neon green option. The silicone case for the iPhone 6 retails for $35, while the larger iPhone 6 model costs $39.

Staying Healthy and Fit with Your iPhone 6

One of the new iOS 8 features getting a lot of buzz is HealthKit, Apple’s system for tracking your health and fitness using your iPhone and some time next year, the Apple Watch. Apple also sells a collection of iPhone accessories to help keep you healthy, including the Nike+ FuelBand SE wearable bracelet that tracks your daily activity, including everything from full exercising to simply walking.

The FuelBand SE works in concert with a free iOS app to help you keep track of your historical fitness data and your current activity. The bracelet stays connected to your iPhone — or iPod Touch for that matter — using Bluetooth 4.0. The app lets you set a variety of fitness goals, while allowing you to track your progress week by week or even year by year.

Retailing for $99.95, the FuelBand SE comes in three different sizes — from small to extra large — and you have two color options. The FuelBand app is highly rated on the App Store with a 4.5 star rating after nearly 26,000 reviews.

The wide array of iPhone accessory gifts make your Holiday shopping a breeze, especially when you have a lot of Apple fans on your gift list. There is something for everyone from guitar players to fitness nuts, so take advantage of any early deals you can find, so you can kick back and enjoy some egg nog.

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