The holiday season is upon us once again, and you know what that means: It’s time for the new Paperliker’s Holiday Gift Guide!
Here at Paperlike, we love using our iPads and Apple Pencils to draw, write, and take notes. With that in mind, we’ve gathered some of the best tech accessories made for creators and doers.
Check out what we found for this holiday season!
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01. Paperlike Pro Bundle
- Product link: Paperlike Pro Bundle.
- Price: $89.99 USD.
- What is it? An all-in-one bundle that contains all essential Paperlike products, including a screen protector, pencil grips, and cleaning kit.
- Who should get it? Digital artists, notetakers, or anyone else who uses their iPad and Apple Pencil to write and draw.
Why you’ll love it
We’re probably a little biased, but we believe that Paperlike products are one of the best gifts out there for anyone using an iPad and Apple Pencil on a regular basis!
Writing and drawing on a glass display comes with a lot of drawbacks due to the slippery surface of the screen. The lack of control makes for imprecise lines, sloppy handwriting, and plenty of hand cramping along the way.
Paperlike makes writing and drawing in a digital environment feel just like it does in a real notebook.
The screen protector adds stroke resistance and friction so that lines are smooth and precise, and you can maintain better control of your Apple Pencil while working.
On top of that, the all-new Swiss Paperlike also adds a notable boost in picture clarity for an even better viewing experience.
With the bundle, you’ll also pick up two awesome accessories.
Our Pencil Grips come in a set of two, but each one is slightly different to offer precision and comfort while you work.
The Maximum Comfort Grip is designed to offer the ultimate comfort, reducing hand cramping and fatigue for those long writing or drawing sessions. The Maximum Precision Grip offers better stroke precision for improved control and accuracy.
And let’s not forget the Cleaning Kit. This all-in-one solution comes with a spray bottle, cleaning solution, and microfiber hardshell and is portable and easy to use. Not only will it keep your iPad screen crystal clear, but it can also be used on all other electronic devices as well.
Pretty cool, huh?
Grab your Paperlike Pro Bundle now and give the digital notetakers and artists in your life a gift they’ll use every single day.
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02. StayGo USB-C Hub
- Product link: StayGo USB-C Hub.
- Price: $99.99 USD.
- What is it? A compact and portable USB-C hub for MacBooks, iMacs, and iPads.
- Who should get it? Anyone who needs to make peripheral connections to their device and wants to keep their workspace tidy.
Why you’ll love it
Apple makes great computers, but the number of ports on most machines leaves something to be desired. A USB hub helps with that by adding additional ports for you to connect all of your devices together.
The problem is that the wrong USB hub is both a hassle and an eyesore. If the cable isn’t long enough, the hub dangles in midair from your device. Some hubs don’t provide power to your devices. The cheapest hubs might even suffer from (much) slower transfer speeds due to reduced throughput and bottlenecks due to outmoded tech.
In other words, if you end up with the wrong hub, you’re going to have a bad time.
That’s why we’re recommending the StayGo USB-C hub this year. It’s a bit pricey, as far as USB hubs go, but it solves all of the common problems with hubs and connectors in a fast, easy, and simple way.
The StayGo hub offers all of the following connectors:
- 4K HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet.
- USB-A 3.0 (x3).
- Independent SD + Micro-SD card slots.
- 85W USB-C pass-thru power.
Plus, the StayGo comes with two cables. The first is a meter-long cable that sits on your desk and is long enough to give you a little working room. The other is a shorter, mobile cable that is stored inside the device, which you can deploy when you’re traveling.
Whether you’re trying to pair an HDMI monitor as a second screen, offload photos to an SD card, add USB backups, or connect to your office network via Ethernet, the StayGo hub allows you to do it all — in the office or on the go.
#alt#Image of an iPad with a cartoon pig painting on the screen, inserted into a propped-up Sketchboard Pro.
03. Sketchboard Pro for iPad
- Product link: Sketchboard Pro for iPad.
- Price: $129 USD.
- What is it? An iPad stand that creates a smooth and expanded drawing surface.
- Who should get it? iPad artists who need a portable drawing stand.
Why you’ll love it
Drawing and creating art on the iPad has come a long way, and you’ll find plenty of apps and tools that make it even easier.
But drawing with an iPad isn’t always the most comfortable or productive experience.
When your iPad is lying flat on your desk or a table, it’s at a higher elevation than your arm or elbow, putting strain on your wrist. Plus, the iPad won’t sit flat on the table because of the back-mounted multi-lens camera.
So, that’s annoying.
But that’s why we love the Sketchboard Pro. This device perfectly cradles your iPad and adds additional space around it, giving you a flat, smooth, and expanded drawing surface.
And, if you think you may get a new iPad of a different size in the future, the magnetic cradle center is also upgradable, so you won’t have to buy a whole new Sketchboard Pro when the time comes.
The Sketchboard Pro also features popout legs to help you get the perfect drawing angle, the ability to rotate it to either portrait or landscape mode, and you can even charge it at the same time!
The best part?
While you’ll need to remove your case to use the Sketchboard Pro, screen protectors like the Paperlike are still supported, so you won’t lose that wonderful, papery feel you’ve come to love on your screen.
#alt#Image of an iPad floating over a case with arrows pointing into it and an iPad stand behind the case with lights indicating that the case attaches magnetically.
04. Longsea Magfit iPad Magnetic Foldable Float Stand
- Product link: Longsea Magfit iPad Magnetic Foldable Float Stand.
- Price: $114.99 USD.
- What is it? A portable, magnetic iPad stand that allows you to rotate and position your iPad the way that works for you.
- Who should get it? Digital artists, notetakers, or anyone who needs a versatile iPad stand.
Why you’ll love it
Laying your iPad on a flat surface or holding it in your lap may be convenient, but always having to look down at the screen can be a bit of a pain in the neck - literally!
Neck, upper back, and shoulder pain are prevalent in tech users for just this reason, especially because poor posture often goes hand in hand with looking down at a screen, whether it’s your iPad or smartphone.
The Longsea Magfit iPad Magnetic Stand is the perfect solution. It comes with a stand and a magnetic silicone case that protects your iPad and magnetically connects to the stand. Once the case is equipped, you can just snap the iPad to the stand, and you’re done. It’s that simple.
Compatible with most iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro models, the stand itself offers plenty of positioning versatility, including:
- 360-degree screen rotation for portrait, landscape, or even diagonal viewing.
- 360-degree screen tilt rotation for better visibility.
- 180-degree rotation of the arm, allowing you to find the perfect height and position that works best for you.
And it even folds down completely flat for storage and portability, so you can take it with you for the ultimate viewing experience no matter where you are. What more could you want?
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05. tomtoc PadFolio Eva Case for iPad Air/Pro
- Product link: tomtoc PadFolio Eva Case for iPad Air/Pro.
- Price: $33.99 USD.
- What is it? An all-in-one carrying case for your iPad and all your related accessories.
- Who should get it? Digital artists, notetakers, and business professionals who need to take their iPad and associated accessories with them wherever they go.
Why you’ll love it
While you’ll find hundreds of iPad cases and storage solutions for your accessories, it’s not often that you'll find one that doubles as both.
If you’re carrying around your iPad in its case and a separate organizer for your accessories, you’ll find that your bag (or your hands!) gets full pretty fast.
With the tomtoc PadFolio Eva Case, you’ll find the perfect all-in-one storage and protection solution.
The case is compact enough to easily fit in your backpack, briefcase, or bag, but it also has a handle that allows you to carry it on its own.
Inside, you’ll find:
- A pocket for your iPad (with room for the Magic Keyboard if you have one).
- Mesh pockets for your power bank, cords, and more.
- Elasticized segments to hold your Apple Pencil and other smaller accessories.
For even more storage space, you can upgrade to the Plus model to accommodate additional Bluetooth keyboards, chargers, and anything else you may need to carry.
Keep in mind that this is a carrying case, not an iPad case. You can still keep most slim cases attached to your iPad and store them inside the Eva Case.
Your iPad will be perfectly protected in the hardshell case (since it passed the drop test), and it has a water-repellent surface.
At Paperlike, you know we love being able to express ourselves, so the variety of colors and patterns available for this case is also a big plus!
#alt#Image of the top half of a Mac laptop with the Belkin iPhone mount and an iPhone attached to the top.
06. Belkin iPhone Mount with MagSafe
- Product link: Belkin iPhone Mount with MagSafe.
- Price: $29.95 USD.
- What is it? A mount that connects your iPhone to your Mac Notebook for use as a camera.
- Who should get it? Anyone who loves using the new Continuity Camera features of the latest version of macOS.
Why you’ll love it
Okay, we know that most of our recommendations are for the iPad, but we had to throw this one in there because it’s just so cool.
You’ve probably already heard about the new Continuity Camera features for your Mac Notebook, but how do you make use of this feature without some way to attach your iPhone to your laptop?
With this Belkin iPhone mount, obviously!
Regular mounts increase the risk of scratching or damaging your laptop, but the Belkin iPhone Mount uses a magnetic attachment that’s both safe and secure.
The magnetic feature allows you to rotate your iPhone to a portrait or landscape orientation as needed, offering added flexibility in the way you set up your device.
As an added bonus, the mount is useful even when it’s not connected to your Mac. It’s much thinner than other types of grips that you can add to your iPhone, like a PopSocket, but offers many of the same benefits, including:
- Doubles as a kickstand to prop up your iPhone for hands-free viewing.
- Has a ring grip that makes it easier to hold your phone with one hand.
With white or black mounts available, you can color coordinate your devices or pick the opposite for a fun contrast of color.
Pick up your Belkin iPhone Mount with MagSafe right here.
#alt#Image of the Luna Display USB-C hardware device nestled in an open box and the box top next to it with the Astropad logo on it.
07. Astropad Luna Display
- Product link: Astropad Luna Display.
- Price: $119.99 USD.
- What is it? A device that allows you to use your iPad as a secondary display for your Mac or PC.
- Who should get it? Anyone who would like a second screen for their desktop.
Why you’ll love it
Whether you’re using an iMac, Macbook, or iPad, there are times when none of them seem to offer enough screen space, especially if you’re working on a large project.
That’s where the Astropad Luna Display comes in. Similar to Sidecar, it turns your iPad into a secondary screen for your desktop.
The difference is that the Luna Display is much more versatile, offering the computer-to-iPad setup, as explained, but it also gives you other options.
Have a Mac Mini or Mac Pro? Use your Luna Display in the headless mode setup to connect your iPad for use as a display screen. You can even have a Mac-to-Mac setup if you’d like to connect your desktop and laptop. It’s also compatible with older Mac models that won’t support Sidecar.
Plus, Astropad’s LIQUID technology guarantees crystal-clear image quality and reliable, lag-free performance, so your workflow stays seamless.
If you’re looking to add more versatility to your digital workspace, Luna Display is a great starting point.
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Last-minute gift: App Store gift card
There are hundreds of digital apps to help notetakers and digital artists with their projects.
Gifting an app is possible, but we all know it’s way more fun to wrap something up!
A gift card to the Apple App Store is just the thing. You can usually pick these cards up at your local supermarket or convenience store. Package it with a list of app ideas, and you’re all set!
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It’s never easy shopping for the digital creatives in your life.
Plus, scrolling through Amazon for inspiration can be time-consuming — and possibly expensive if you start shopping for yourself. (Don’t worry; we’ve all been there.)
We hope this list has given you a few options or, at the very least, a strong starting point for your gift-giving needs this holiday season.
From everyone at the Paperlike team, have a wonderful holiday!