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As the holidays fast approach, here are some great gifts for Mac users that you can get for $20 or less.
The end of 2022 is rapidly approaching, and you have a few weeks left to buy gifts for loved ones, friends and family. With budgets shrinking, more people will be looking at the value end of the gift spectrum.
If the people you're buying for are Mac and MacBook users, you still have a lot of choice. Sure, you can spend a lot, but everything AppleInsider lists here can be bought for $20 or less.
Ugreen USB-C to USB Adapter
USB-C docking stations are a growing market, especially if you want to add a lot of ports to your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. But if you just want to add one or two USB-A ports to your MacBook Air without much extra weight, consider this adapter from Ugreen.
At 2 inches long, one inch wide, and a third inch thick, this adapter is very compact and fits easily in your pocket, and thanks to its aluminum alloy construction, it's also durable. It has a USB-C connector on the top and two USB-A 3.0 ports on the bottom, each of which operates at speeds up to 5Gbps.
If you need to connect some non-USB-C peripherals to your MacBook Air from time to time, this is fine.
The Ugreen USB-C/USB-A adapter can be purchased from Amazon for $13.99.
Netgear N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender
It's likely that some readers will spend their weekends with family rather than their own, and there's a good chance there won't be enough Wi-Fi in that location coating. If you know it's going to be bad, this Netgear Wi-Fi Range Extender can help keep your sanity under the guise of well-intentioned kindness.
With a compact power outlet connection and two adjustable antennas, the N300 can extend your Wi-Fi coverage up to 800 square feet. Although it connects using 802.11n, it still runs at up to 300Mbps, which is enough for power users to enjoy Netflix from their temporary home.
WEP and WPA/WPA2 support, as well as WPS support for quickly adding devices to the network. In addition to supporting up to ten devices over Wi-Fi, it also has a wired Ethernet port, so non-Wi-Fi equipment can benefit from extended network coverage.
The Netgear N300 Wi-Fi Extender is available from Amazon for $17.97.
Wired Noise Isolating Headphones House of Marley Smile Jamaica
If you are looking for a cool and not only custom gift for music lovers, try these House of Marley headphones. Balanced with 9mm dynamic drivers for maximum bass, they offer noise isolation thanks to their silicone ear canal design.
The more unusual element is that they are made from sustainable materials and the body is made from FSC certified wood and recyclable aluminum. This is a little different from the regular white Earpods that people usually see.
The House of Marley Smile Jamaica Wired Noise Isolating Headphones are available on Amazon for $19.99.
SanDisk 128GB Ultra Dual Drive Go USB-C Flash Drive
Freeing up space on the CDs of some Mac and MacBook Pro configurations means you need to offload some of them to the cloud or, more practical, externally. A decent and cheap option for this is the 128GB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Go USB-C Flash Drive.
Yes, it's a USB drive (or flash drive), but it offers the very convenient feature of enabling USB-C and USB-A connectors. If you're transferring data between devices like Mac and iPad Pro, this can be a useful middle ground.
While its connection speeds of up to 150MB/s aren't lightning fast, the fact that it has a 128GB capacity and a good price makes up for it.
The 128GB SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Go USB-C Flash Drive is available from Amazon for $14.89. Alternatively, B&H Photo offers it for $15.49.
Logitech M170 Wireless Mouse
The trackpad is handy, but many people prefer to use a mouse for their computing needs. With the Logitech M170 Wireless Mouse, you have a mouse that you can toss into your MacBook Pro bag.
This two-button wireless optical mouse with scroll wheel comes with a small USB-A adapter. Operating at 2.4GHz, it can be used up to 33 feet if you like, and the key can be stored inside the mouse for transport.
Powered by one AA battery, included in the package, provides up to 12 months of operation without replacement. It also doesn't need drivers, so it's an easy-to-set-up peripheral that can be used in seconds.
The Logitech M170 Wireless Mouse is available on Amazon for $12.99.
HideIt Mounts MiniU for Mac mini
If you know your potential gift recipient has a Mac mini but is short on desk space, HideIt Mounts Mini U Mount could be a space saver for someone. Instead of keeping the Mac mini on the table, they could move it out of sight.
This mount can be mounted on a wall or under a table to keep your Mac mini out of sight but still accessible. There's even the option to use the VESA mount points to attach it directly to the back of the monitor.
The HideIt Mounts MiniU Mount for Mac mini is available from Amazon for $19.95.
Uniwit Foldable Laptop Stand
While most people will use their MacBook Pro on a desk, some may prefer to have it stand at an angle on a stand. The Uniwit foldable laptop stand allows you to raise the angle of your laptop or tablet, supporting it in six levels from 2.36 to 6.3 inches.
The aluminum alloy stand is also extremely portable: it can be folded down to a very small body measuring 9.8″ by 1.77″ by 0.6″. It even has silicone pads on the top and bottom, as well as anti-scratch rubber pads to keep slips and scratches to a minimum.
The Uniwit Foldable Laptop Stand is available on Amazon for $11.99.
Anker SD Card Reader
While the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro have SD card slots, you can't read memory cards on your MacBook Air without a dongle of some sort. Enter the Anker SD Card Reader, which in this version consists of a compact flash drive-like device that connects via USB-C.
Measuring 1.97″ x 0.67″ x 0.39″ it's small enough to fit in your laptop bag. As for what it supports, it can work with SD, SDHC, SDXC, Micro SD, Micro SDXC, Micro SDHC, MMC and RS-MMC cards.
The Anker SD Card Reader is available from Amazon for $19.99.
Apple Polishing Cloth
Perhaps the best answer to the question “What do you give someone who has everything?” This is Apple's polishing cloth. An original Apple product, it is made from a soft, non-abrasive material and is designed to clean all Apple displays, including nano-textured displays.
An Apple polishing cloth that is compatible with all Apple hardware isn't necessarily at the top of many people's wish lists, but as a gift for friends, it's a good option.
Apple Polishing Cloth is available on Amazon for $19.