10 Exciting Last Minute Gifts from the Apple Store
Do you need a last minute gift for an iPhone or iPad owner? There are many great last minute Apple Store gifts that you can buy to make the day of a kid, parent or teen who already owns an Apple device. Apple sells a lot more than just iPhones, iPads and Macs, there are a collection of awesome accessories, toys and cool devices or gadgets that make great gifts.
You can find some of these in your local Apple Store, and many others online at the Apple Store website. You can use the links to see which of these are available in stock at a local Apple Store.
If you need to order online, you have until 10 AM Pacific, 7 AM Eastern, on December 23rd to get free next day shipping on all-in stock items in the Apple Online Store. Apple promises they will deliver in one-business day from leaving the warehouse, so if you need this to happen, you should probably order today, unless you plan to go to a local store.
You can reserve an item for pickup at a local Apple Store if it is in stock at that location. This is especially handy if you need to drive more than 15 minutes to get to the closest Apple Store. Most Apple Stores are open 8 AM – 10 PM on December 23rd and 8 AM – 6 PM on Christmas Eve. Apple Stores are closed on Christmas Day, but re-open on December 26th at 9 AM before the Apple Store holiday hours end and stores start opening at 10 AM or 11 Am again.
Here are 10 exciting last minute gifts from the Apple Store that you can buy online or in a local store.
Parrot Mini Drone
The Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider is a small and fun toy that lets users control a small drone that rolls and flies through the house and there are clip on wheels that keep it from smashing into the wall or ceiling and doing real damage to either the fixtures or the small drone. You control this with the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using a free app.
$99.99 at Apple
Philips Hue Connected Bulb Starter Pack
The Philips Hue Connected Bulb Starter Pack includes three Hue bulbs that the user can control with their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and the Hue app. This pack includes a Hue Bridge that connects to a router and allows you to control the bulbs with your iPhone or iPad. Each bulb uses 80% less power and should last 15 years, with a two-year warranty. Users can create a personalized lighting scheme, choose colors, dim the bulbs and set timers.
$199.95 at Apple
Belkin WeMo Connected Home
With the Belkin WeMo Switch and Belkin WeMo Switch items, you can connect your existing lamps and other items to the Internet so you can turn them on and off with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. There is a Belkin WeMo Switch and Motion sensor that combines the control with a motion sensor that can turn an item on. There is also a Belkin WeMo Light Switch.
$49.95 to $79.95 at Apple
Anki Drive is a cool smart car accessory that uses AI to keep the car on the track and racing around. The cars can drive their own, but users can also use an iPhone or iPad to take control of a car to race against a friend or against the AI cars. The Anki Drive Starter Kit includes two cars and a roll up Anki Drive race mat that rolls out to 3.5 x 8.5 feet. This is a fun gift for kids young and old. You can add other cars to Anki Drive.
$149.95 at Apple
Beats By Dre
Apple sells Beats By Dre which are incredibly popular with younger iPhone and iPad users who use these headphones as much as a tool to listen to music as a status symbol like branded clothes or shoes. The Beats by Dr. Solo HD headphones are just over $150 and there are a variety of models including wireless Beats by Dre for $341.
$150 to $341 at Apple
August Smart Lock
Install the August Smart Lock in your door and use your iPhone to unlock your house. With this installed on your door, your iPhone will unlock your doors and you can even issue keys to people you want to gain access to your home. This will allow users to unlock their existing deadbolt with the a key, but you won’t need to thanks to the connectivity. This is powered by four AA batteries and you’ll get an alert when you need to replace them. The lock senses you approaching it can unlock the door for you.
$249.95 at Apple
Withings Smart Body Scale
The Withings Smart Body Scale connects to Bluetooth and allows you to measure your heart rate as well as things you would expect like weight and body fat. The scale can even monitor your air quality to monitor for CO2 levels. The whole family can use this and it will detect who is on the scale based on their weight.
$149.95 at Apple
Activision Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack for iPad
The Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack for iPad connects real world toys and object to a digital world on the iPad. This is a hot toy for young kids who want to explore the Skylanders universe and have fun using the Wireless Traptanium Portal to bring characters into the universe. You’ll need to download the Skylanders Trap team app, which is free, to use this.
$74.95 at Apple
Bluetooth Soccer Ball
Apple Sells a Bluetooth soccer ball called the Adidas miCoach SMART BALL. This is not an ordinary soccer ball, it include a sensor in the middle of the ball that measures force, speed, spin, foot strike point and more. The soccer ball sends this to the miCoach app that lets users improve their game with tons of cool data — even if you are just kicking the ball against a wall.
$199.95 at Apple
Apple Store Gift Cards
You can send a Apple Store gift card online by mail or email or buy one in an Apple Store. These are different from the iTunes gift cards that are good for iTunes and apps. With an Apple Store gift card the recipient can buy any of these and other accessories as well as an iPhone, iPad or any of various Mac computers.
$25 to $2,000 at Apple