Last minute stocking stuffers for the iPhone lover on your list

iPhone-StockingChristmas is just a week away. I can’t believe it, I literally thought we had another week just this morning. Based on the statistics, there is a good chance there is an iPhone lover on your list. While a new iPhone would look great sticking out of the stocking, I am guessing the chances of that happening are about the same as a new Acura appearing in our driveway like the commercials suggest.

 

pill-case

There are plenty of ridiculous gifts out there too, I decided to do this list after seeing someone talking about this crazy accessory online. Why any one would want to keep their pill hanging off their phone I could not imagine. There’s also this iPhone case with skateboard griptape on the back, oh the chafing. Let’s look at some more practical options this holiday season.

 

Here are a few smaller items that any iPhone owner would love to see in their stocking:

Apple Lightning Cable

Apple Lightning Cables – $6.95

If you have a newer iPhone, you probably are short on the new lightning cables. These are authentic cables are only $6.95 at the time of this post (The price fluctuates but you wont find a better one). They don’t come in the fancy Apple box, but that price includes free shipping. It’s time to invest in a few more of these.


NomadKeyNomad Keychain $29 (15% w/ this link)

I bought a few of these back when they were on Kickstarter. I cannot tell you how many times the one I keep on my keychain has bailed me out when I needed a charge.


 

Anker ChargerAnker Lipstick Charger $19.99

Great small charger when your on the go, again, a life saver.

Here is a higher capacity unit for longer trips away from an outlet.


Gifts Under $20
ThinkGeek has all kinds of tech goodies!

300x300 iB85 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
Speakers or headphones from iHome

Gift Guide
iPhone Protection

PC Case with Soft Sand Finish for iPhone 5/5s -  Brick Red
Monoprice.com for all kinds of iPhone accessories!

iTunes Gift Card

 

 

iTunes Gift Cards always work!

Disclaimer: You buying some of these items via the provided links might result in my receiving a few pennies in referral fees.

What should I buy at my carrier store?

Source: Cult of Mac

I was reminded today to remind you all why you shouldn’t buy anything at your cell phone carrier’s store besides a cell phone.

A coworker with an Android phone said that the AT&T store was all out of 32 gig SD cards for his phone. I immediately asked how much they wanted for it… $50. While he was answering I pulled up Amazon.com and let him in on a little secret.

The search for micro SD cards proved my point quite nicely, there were several great options under $20. Now I am quite aware that there is not an iPhone that will take any kind of memory card but it proves a point. You wouldn’t/shouldn’t buy your groceries at 7-11, and you shouldn’t buy anything besides a phone at your carrier store.

They overprice things because they know you will be tempted to utilize the convenience and buy there. Take iPhone cases for instance, you could buy one at the AT&T store when you pick up your phone or you could head over to Amazon where a quick search comes up with over 300,000 results, I am guessing all of which are cheaper than at the store. You can find just about anything you ever wanted too, my wife somehow found a “Coach” iPhone case for $15 (no longer available). Amazon isn’t the only solution, let me know if you need help finding what you want.

So just a reminder, and a little bit of a rant, to not impulse shop. Shop around, find what you want and pay a reasonable price.