The holiday season has once again appeared, and on the heels of the Black Friday sales event, it is almost time to start filling up stockings and wrapping gifts.
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Most of us own a mobile device these days, and if the person you are buying a gift, for now, owns an iPhone 11 -- Apple's latest flagship and slim smartphone -- you can purchase a range of accessories including covers, keyboards, and holders that will make great gifts while keeping Christmas affordable. A new iPhone means a new IOS and the need for a slimmer and thin case to keep it safe.
There are so many different varieties of iPhone cases, from silicone cases to cases with cutouts and raised bezels to cases with microfiber linings, it can seem almost impossible to choose. Below, we have rounded up some of the best iPhone cases, gifts, and accessories for iPhone 11 users over this holiday season. Many of these slim cases and iPhone accessories will work with an iPhone XR or iPhone 12 mini as well, making them perfect gifts for the whole family!
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A useful stocking filler for Apple iPhone 11, or any form of the device such as the iPhone 11 pro max or iPhone XS, users is the ESR kickstand, a combined clear case with a 2-way kickstand for portrait and landscape positioning with a slim design. A transparent case is the perfect way to show off the iPhone 11's unique assortment of color options.
Over at Zagg, there is a wide variety of sleek/minimalist and ultra-thin portable keyboards that are compatible with the iPhone 11. The Bluetooth-compatible range includes universal keyboards and stands, as well as wired models.
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The Black Eye universal phone lens kit is an affordable setup for improving mobile photography. You can pick up a wide-angle, fisheye, or portrait lens separately, or the full kit for $249. Each lens is made from glass and aluminum and comes with a protective case when used on the move.
While slightly over budget, now that wireless charging has entered the mainstream, a charging stand suitable for both iPhones and Apple Watches could become a valued gift over the holiday season, especially for someone who doesn't yet have Magsafe charging on their iPhone. Ubio Labs' offering is a 7.5W stand with two USB outputs that, while also affordable, is a small and sleek product that can be housed on a desk or coffee table. A wireless charger makes for a great gift because it creates the ultra hybrid for dual charging methods.
Our mobile devices go through a lot daily, with drops, spills, and accidents only a breath away from causing a screen to crack or scratches embedding themselves. If you are looking for a smartphone pro case as a gift, the Spigen Tough Armor product is a polycarbonate option to cushion buttons or screens, and also includes a handy kickstand. It offers great drop protection compared to an Otterbox Defender or Speck and can give your new iPhone extra protection from drops.
For a more rugged series case, the UAG military grade phone case can be snapped up on Amazon. Compatible with wireless charging and meeting military drop-test standards, this case could be a great gift for an iPhone user this Christmas and is one of the best cases for its scratch-resistant and shock-absorbing characteristics. It is rugged case that would make anyone that enjoys a grippy feeling. Although it is not the thinnest it does allow great protection as an iPhone 11 Pro case for the adventurous nomads in your life.
Another interesting gift this holiday season is the KiiPix. Available at Firebox, the portable printer can be used with your smartphone to print images with a retro filter. To use, you place the smartphone on the top with the photo you want to print on display, press the shutter button, and spin the dial.
Mobile photography enthusiasts, especially those taking advantage of the new-and-improved cameras offered by devices including the iPhone 11, can give their images a boost by owning a tripod. This year, consider gifting the GropTight GorillaPod, a flexible plastic-and-steel tripod equipped with a mount to make sure devices remain secure.
If iPhone 11 cases are not your thing, it is always wise to invest in some form of screen protector -- and the same can be said for the iPhone 11. A gift worth considering is the Whitestone Dome glass screen protector, which uses a combination of adhesive and UV light to 'bond' to a screen. This layer of protection can also be applied to screens that have been damaged.
Another budget-friendly option is Olixar's handy dashboard mat. The sticky mat fits snugly on your dashboard and is separated into different compartments for items, alongside a phone holder -- especially useful for those on the road who frequently use a GPS navigation system.
Available in a variety of color options, the PopSockets PopGrip could be a fun stocking filler. The stickable grip gives users a more comfortable way to handle their phones and can also act as a stand. They can stick to any phone or case, matte, patina, or glossy. They are even great for ipads or other devices such as Samsung Galaxy, iphone 12 pro or any other device.
iPhone 11 leather case: Walmart, $30
OtterSpot wireless charging system: Otter Box, $130
Apple Airpods: Apple, $159+
Apple Watch Series 5, Apple, $399+
SanDisk iXpand Base 64GB iPhone charger and backup: Best Buy, $100
Snap-On Wallet Case for iPhone 11 (adds card slots for credit cards), Sena Cases, $50