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.
This can be a great gift for just about any iPad owner. The biggest drawback of tablets is the lack of a real keyboard. Even fast typists who are used to the onscreen keyboard may find it hard to type more than 30 words a minute. The lack of tactile sensation means going fast leads to the inevitable mistake. Luckily, hooking up a Bluetooth keyboard is relatively painless. Apple's wireless keyboard is definitely one of the best on the market, but it comes with a high price tag. Those looking for a deal can opt for Anker's Ultra Slim Wireless Keyboard for a fraction of the cost. Shop for wireless keyboards.
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. Compare Prices for Apple TV.
Music lovers may enjoy their iPad, but they probably don't enjoy their iPad's internal speakers. Good for 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 a speaker dock. Not only will it create great audio, it will act as a stand, which makes watching streaming movies all the better.
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.
Before the iPhone and the iPad, the stylus was a popular accessory to touch screens. Basically a pen for your display, the stylus lost a bit of its style with the rise of the iPhone, which was created with the goal of allowing fingers to be the best form of interaction with the device. But that doesn't mean the stylus became useless. Anyone who likes to paint or draw will love what a stylus can bring to the table, especially when combined with a quality drawing app. Choosing the Best Stylus
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. Compare Prices on the iCade.
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. Shop for Vulkano products.
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.
Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? An iTunes gift card is cool for two reasons: (1) it lets you give the gift of apps, music, movies and books and (2) it does away with any worry that the person already has the gift since they can pick out what to buy for themselves. It's especially cool for iPad owners. While most paid apps range from $.99 to a couple of bucks, it can still be hard to press that buy button. But with a little bit of iTunes cash, the person can go on a App Store spending spree. Buy an iTunes Gift Card.
Have you run across a specific app or game that you think would make the perfect gift? You don't need to give an iTunes gift card to gift an app. Apple makes it rather easy to gift an app to someone, although you will need to use iTunes on your PC or Mac if you have a new iPad or have upgraded to iOS 6.0. (Users still on iOS 5.x can gift an app from their iPad.) To gift an app, simply launch iTunes, click on the iTunes Store, choose the App Store and search for the app you want to give as a gift. Once on the app's detail page, click the down arrow next to the price and choose "Gift This App". Learn more about how to gift an iPad app.