Holiday Gift Ideas 2014: Mel’s Top Picks for Everyone

Holiday Gift Ideas 2014: Mel's Top Picks for Everyone

As the holiday season approaches, I’ve been tasked with recommending gifts that are both practical and delightful, not just for others but perhaps for yourself too. Here are some of my personal favorites and wishlist items, spanning both gadgets and apps that have caught my eye this year.

Prop ‘n Go iPad Stand

Holiday Gift Ideas 2014: Mel's Top Picks for Everyone

Having upgraded to an iPad Air 2, I quickly realized the default Apple case was less than ideal for use on softer surfaces. The solution? The Prop ‘n Go.

This stand has been a game-changer, ensuring the iPad stays secure and upright no matter where I use it.

Pixelmator for Mac and iPad

For those who dabble in digital art or photo editing, Pixelmator offers a robust, cost-effective alternative to Photoshop. Available for both Mac and iPad, this app provides professional-grade tools at a fraction of the cost. The iPad version, which I have reviewed, is particularly impressive.

Pixelmator

Adobe iOS Apps

Adobe continues to expand its mobile offerings, integrating them smoothly with their Creative Cloud subscription.

Apps like Photoshop Touch and Lightroom allow for seamless creative work across devices.

Adobe Photoshop Touch

Pages for iOS

Despite Microsoft’s release of Office for iPad, I find myself gravitating towards Pages for its user-friendly interface and beautiful templates. It’s free for recent Apple device purchasers, making it an even more attractive option.

Pages for iOS

FiiO X1

For audiophiles mourning the discontinuation of the iPod Classic, the FiiO X1 is a worthy successor. This digital audio player supports a wide range of high-resolution music formats and offers excellent sound quality for its price.

FiiO X1

These selections might be slightly unconventional, but each offers unique value and could be the perfect addition to your or a loved one’s collection of useful and enjoyable gadgets.

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John Devis

John is a passionate tech enthusiast with a deep love for all things Apple. With a keen eye for detail and a knack for uncovering the latest trends and innovations, John brings a fresh perspective to the world of Apple products.