Things We Like: Last-Minute Gift Ideas You Can Pick Up From Best Buy
It’s Christmas Eve Eve, have you gotten something for everyone on your list? Chances are you’ve got some last-minute shopping to do, and if you’re reading iPA, you probably know someone with an iPhone. So to help out with that last little rush, we’ve gathered a list of some of our favorite iPhone accessories you can grab from your local Best Buy. Most Best Buys are open until 11PM on the 23rd and until 5PM on the 24th, so there’s still time!
The first item on our list is a no-brainer: the ubiquitous iTunes Gift Card. They can be used for buying anything on the iTunes Store, including iPhone apps, music, movies, and TV Shows. They come in a variety of values, including $10, $15, $25, $50, and $100 amounts. Honestly, you’ll make any iPhone or iPod touch owner happy with an iTunes Gift Card.
If you’re looking for cases, most cases from Best Buy suck (at least in our opinion), but there are a few exceptions. The Incase Slider [Best Buy, $34.99] is our favorite hard-shell case and it comes in a variety of colors. It offers a good level of protection against most drops and it looks great!
If you’re buying for someone who likes the look of a naked phone, the InvisibleSHIELD [Best Buy, $29.99] is a great choice. It’s basically a super-strong adhesive film that’ll protect your iPhone from 99% of all scratches. It’s good for protecting against junk in your pocket and short drops on pavement, although you might run into trouble with more significant impacts.
For those people who really abuse their iPhones, a good choice would be the OtterBox Commuter Case [Best Buy, $34.99]. OtterBox is known for their insanely rugged cases, although this isn’t one of those “space suit” cases you might have seen. The Commuter is reasonably sized to fit in your pocket while offering 3 layers of protection against drops and other accidents. It’s also got a built-in screen protector.
If you’re looking for headphones, Best Buy has tons of options, but most of them are pretty bad. I don’t recommend buying headphones for someone if you don’t know their preferences, so it’s best to ask. We typically like in-ear headphones because they offer sound-isolation, fantastic quality, and they don’t easily fall out. That said, our choice for a good pair of headphones would be the Shure SE102 MPA [Best Buy, $99.99]. They’re the bottom-teir of Shure’s headphone offerings, but they sound amazing compared to the earbuds included with an iPhone. They also include Shure’s Music Phone Adapter which adds a microphone and a button for answering calls.
Speaker docks are a great choice for someone who listens to lots of music on their iPhone. There are quite a few at Best Buy, but one we can really recommend is the iHome iP99 [Best Buy, $129.99]. It sounds great in a bedroom setting and it includes an AM/FM radio, alarm clock, and a remote control for selecting music from afar.
Bluetooth headsets are still pretty popular, but the one that flies off the shelves more than any other is the Jawbone [Best Buy, $109.99]. The Jawbone is known for its ability to knock out more ambient noise than any other headset out there. It’s also pretty iconic, so you’ll get big kudos if you buy this for someone.
Workout accessories are always a good choice if you want to stay motivated. If you know someone with an iPhone 3GS or a recent iPod touch, the Nike+ iPod Sensor [Best Buy, $19.99] will track running stats and give them motivational feedback as they go. If they don’t have a special Nike+ shoe, you’ll also need to get them a DLO Action Pocket [Best Buy, $9.99] to hold the sensor.
Batteries and power adapters:
- Kensington Mini Battery Pack $29.99 – Great for a quick boost of juice when your iPhone is running low.
- Mophie Juice Pack Air $79.99 – Battery pack that doubles as a case. Adds just under one full charge to your iPhone.
- Callpod Fueltank Uno $39.99 – Portable battery that’ll charge an iPhone, iPod, or anything that charges with USB.
- Powermat $99.99 – Really cool wireless charging system, although it requires the receiver case to wirelessly charge an iPhone.
- Powermat Receiver Case for iPhone 3G $39.99 – Let’s you wirelessly charge an iPhone 3G or 3GS with the Powermat
- Griffin iTrip AutoPilot $79.99 – Charges your iPhone in the car and transmits music over FM to your car’s radio.
- Dynex Cassette Adapter $24.99 – Arguably the best way (as in better than an FM transmitter) to play iPhone music in your car if you still have a cassette deck.
- Griffin WindowSeat Windshield Mount $19.99 – An great way to mount an iPhone or iPod touch in your car
Now get out there and make an iPhone owner’s Christmas wishes come true!