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If you want to get a gift for an Apple Watch owner without breaking the bank, try these ideas for $20 or less.
The Apple Watch is a highly personal device, one that you keep on your wrist almost all of the time. It’s also one that has a vast accessories market that offers many ways to recharge or wear the wearable hardware.
If you know someone who owns an Apple Watch, or will be getting one as a present over the holidays, here’s AppleInsider’s best ideas for low-cost gifts you can get them. All without sweating your bank account.
Mixfly Ultra-Compact Apple Watch Charger Dock
We reviewed the Mixfly charger in November, giving it a well-earned 4 out of 5 stars for being an extremely small and pocketable charger for the Apple Watch, that’s also astoundingly good value. At barely bigger than Apple’s own charging puck, all you have to do is plug in a Lightning cable, and you’re off to the races.
It’s also compatible with all of the Apple Watch models, magnetically sticking to the back for charging. As it is, it’s a great little filler present that will definitely be used by whomever receives it from you.
The Mixfly Ultra-Compact Apple Watch Charger Dock is available from Amazon for $9.99.
Omoton 2-in-1 Universal Desktop Stand
If you’re recharging an Apple Watch, you’re also probably putting your iPhone to one side for a period of time as well, such as when you’re sleeping. This Omoton 2-in-1 stand gives you a place to put both on your bedside cabinet.
While it doesn’t include charging capabilities on its own, it does include spaces for placing the Apple Watch charging puck, as well as gaps to allow a Lightning cable to slide into the base of the iPhone. It’s also covered with anti-scratch and anti-slip silicone pads to keep the devices still, and as pristine as possible.
Elago W2 Charger Stand
A more compact form of stand for the Apple Watch, the Elago W2 Charger Stand is a small lump that stands on a shelf or desk and positions your Apple Watch ideally for use in Nightstand Mode. Made of silicone, it won’t scratch your Apple Watch, and it’ll neatly stay where it is with its non-slip properties.
All you need to do is squeeze in the Apple Watch charging puck into the stand and it will be angled at the front, perfect for a clear view of the display. It’s also extremely compact, so if you want to travel with a stand, it’s a viable option.
The Elago W2 Charger Stand is available from Amazon for $9.99 in a range of colors.
Elago W4 Apple Watch Stand
Sure, the W2 is handy, but if you’re providing a gift to an Apple fan, the Elago W4 could be a better (and more fun) choice. Molded to be reminiscent of an iMac G3, the Apple Watch screen effectively becomes the display of this mini Mac model, bringing the pint-sized illusion to life.
Like the W2, the W4 is made of silicone, and has spaces to accept the Apple Watch charging puck. It’s even available in aqua blue and aqua pink colors.
Ymgkyza Ocean Band 8-Pack
If the gift-receiver is someone who frequently changes their Apple Watch band, or complains about having just one available, this eight-pack of bands will help inject more color into their lives.
All eight of the bands in this pack are made of silicone and have a design reminiscent of the Apple Watch Ultra’s own Ocean Band. However, since it’s available in two different size variants, you can also use them with other non-Ultra models.
As there are eight bands, you could sneakily divide the package up between multiple people. And for considerably less than the real Apple band’s retail price.
Made for 45mm, 44mm, and 42mm Apple Watch sizes, the Ultimal Band offers something for those who have a more outdoors-focused lifestyle. Rather than just being a watch band, it’s one that uses a sporty woven trilobite weave paracord strap, making it look even more rugged than the usual bands you can buy.
That 550 paracord can also be disassembled for emergency usage, so you’ll always have a length of cord available on your wrist wherever you go. Equipped with a stainless steel buckle, the band is also available in black, military green, and orange colorways.
The Ultimal Band is available from Amazon for $19.99. At press time, a 30% on-page coupon is available, knocking the price down to $14.
Apple Polishing Cloth
Made from a soft non-abrasive material, the Apple Polishing Cloth is designed to clean any Apple display or hardware. It’s equally at home cleaning a MacBook Pro display as it is handling the finger oils from the Apple Watch screen.
Sure, it’s an extravagance and probably not something anyone would particularly ask for as a gift, but it’s one of the few Apple products you can buy as a gag for a close friend. Perhaps one who cherishes the Apple Watch Ultra a little too much.