What do you get for the person who already has one of the coolest gadgets on the planet? How about an accessory for their gadget? There are a number of great gifts for iPad owners ranging from gifts that will help them be more productive to gifts that will help maximize their fun with the iPad. Whether it is for Christmas, Hanukkah, a birthday, an anniversary, a graduation or any other gift-giving reason, you should find something for anyone on this list.
Apple TV may very well be the best overall accessory for the iPad. With AirPlay, the iPad's screen can be sent to Apple TV, which makes it the best way to connect the iPad to an HDTV. At $99, it might be more expensive than Apple's Digital AV Adapter, which runs between $39 and $49 and lets you connect an HDMI cable to your iPad. But the extra cost is well worth the benefits of a wireless connection, which allows you to freely use the iPad while connected to your TV, and the added benefits of Apple TV, which can stream movie purchases and rentals as well as third-party sources like Netflix and Hulu Plus.
Music lovers may enjoy their iPad, but they may not enjoy their iPad's internal speakers. Good for a tablet, they aren't going to match up to a good home stereo system. Luckily, there are any number of good solutions to produce quality sound from your iPad.
One great gift is the Diboom Bluetune Solo. Not only does it pack a big sound in a small package, the sub-$50 price tag puts it well within the gift range.
The iPad has created an entire niche of musical equipment accessories that allow various instruments to be plugged into the iPad. Guitar players might be interested in iRig, which will turn the iPad into a multi-effects package, while singers can jump into the fun with iRig Mic. Want to open up a whole new world of fun? iRig Midi allows the iPad to be connected to any midi instrument from keyboards to drum machines to pedal boards.
And for the serious musician (and serious gift-giver), there's the iRig Pro. This device allows you to hook up almost any instrument to the iPad, which is great for those who want to record both guitar and vocals and get the most out of Garage Band.
Did I mention that the iPad's popularity has created entirely new categories of accessories? The iCade is to the arcade game lover as the iRig line of accessories is to the music enthusiast. iCade essentially turns your iPad into an old-fashioned coin-operated arcade, which breathes new life into playing games like Centipede and Asteroids. The accessory works alongside Atari's Greatest Hits, which comes with a free version of Missile Command and in-app purchases for more Atari games.
One of the best moments at the 2013 World Wide Developer's Conference (WWDC) was the announcement of Anki Drive, a racing game completely controlled by your iPhone or iPad. No, I'm not talking about a game on your iPad. I'm talking about racing cars on a real track you can put down in your house, but instead of some clumsy mechanical control for the cars, they are completely controlled by your iPad . The nifty AI program can weave in and out of cars, and you can even do things such as mount a rail gun on a car and blast the competition . At around $200, it's a serious cash investment for some serious fun.
Want an easy way to turn your iPad into a portable television? There are a lot of great streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus, but sometimes there is no substitute for what is being broadcast on television at that very moment. That's where accessories like the Vulkano Flow come into play. The Vulkano Flow works by attaching a device in between your cable box and your television set, essentially intercepting the signal from your cable provider. This is then sent to your home wireless network, allowing you to watch the broadcast from any room in your house, change channels and even hook in via 3G/4G to watch TV while not at home.
Sound difficult? While Vulkano is a great way to sling your cable TV to your iPad, it does require a bit of time to get up and running. EyeTV is a good alternative to those who want an easier setup process. It's an antenna you connect to your iPad that allows you to tune into broadcast channels via a special cable network.
Are you targeting a budding bartender for a gift? Or perhaps they just love a really good cocktail? The Perfect Drink accessory is a great home bartender system that opens the door to thousands of drinks. This neat accessory hooks up to your iPad and measures as you pour, even alerting you if you overpour and telling you how to fix it. Perfect Drink can even search for recipes that fit what's available in your liquor cabinet.
Yes, it's possible to attach an external lens to the iPad, and a Photojojo lens pack is great for budding photographers who want to take their photos to the next level. This gift won't make any drastic improvement to the iPad camera, but it does open up a new range of possibilities with better zoom, a wide angle lens, a fisheye lens and more.
Mattel has come out with a whole line of apptivity products, including an iPad case made specifically for toddlers. The case is tough and, most importantly, drool-proof. It also covers up the home button, so you can launch an app before you place the iPad in the case and know your child won't be able to close out of it. Mattel even puts out a few free apps to help stimulate your toddler. This makes the case a great gift for your young child, who can now safely have a little screen time, or any parent of a toddler.
Ordinarily, I wouldn't recommend an iPad case as a gift. A case is very much a personal item, with each owner having a different idea of what they want from a case. But the Apptivity case is one that can easily go alongside a normal case.
And beyond cases, the Apptivity line has a lot of cool toys that interact with the iPad, such as cars that can be driven on a digital road displayed on your iPad. Shop for Apptivity accessories.