The 8 Best Gifts to Buy for iPad Owners in 2018

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Having trouble finding the perfect gift for your friend or loved one who already has an iPad? Thankfully, there are hundreds of accessories to complement Apple’s smart tablet that not only enhance its usage but can provide a whole new way to play with it. Below you’ll find the best gifts for iPad owners. Even if you don’t know what to buy, we got you covered with App Store & iTunes Gift Cards that give them the power to choose from thousands of digital goodies, including books, movies, and music. Other useful gift ideas include a keyboard, screen protector, case, and stylus. Read on to see which products made the cut.

Our Top Picks

Best for Movies and TV Shows: Netflix

Netflix

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There’s nothing cozier than snuggling in your bed with your new iPad and watching Netflix shows such as Black Mirror or Orange Is The New Black. Netflix is a perfect gift for an iPad owner whether they want to watch original TV shows or browse a category of over 14,000 titles from documentaries to old classics.

A standard subscription to Netflix will allow viewers to be able to stream up to two devices simultaneously (premium allows for up to four) at the same time, making it perfect for families who want to watch outside from their iPad viewing. Netflix on the iPad has a user-friendly navigational system and allows you to make up to five individual user profiles, and saves where you left off from viewing, create watch lists, and curate recommended TV shows and movies based off what you watched.

If you have an iPad Pro, Netflix has HDR support so you can watch select titles in crisp 4K HD resolutions. Netflix supports 23 language options, making it suitable for just about anyone.

Best for Variety: App Store & iTunes Gift Cards

App Store & iTunes Gift Cards

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Sometimes the best gift is the one that allows endless amounts of choices and variety, like an App Store & iTunes Gift Card to use on your iPad. The App Store, iTunes, Apple Music, and iBooks allow for a wide selection of digital products, giving iPad owners a whole range of games, applications, music, movies, and books to purchase.

If you’re buying an App Store & iTunes Gift Card, you’ll be delighted to know you can get them in amounts from $25 to $200 in either digital (via e-mail) or physical form with a customized message attached to them. They’re especially handy if you have to give gifts to a lot of people; the multipack option has four gift cards valued at $10 each. Digital content like movies or applications can sometimes cost more than $1, but with an App Store & iTunes Gift Card, iPad users can shop away with a little cash left over to buy more virtual goodies.

Best for Keyboard Users: New Trent iPad Keyboard Case

Like magic, the New Trent iPad Keyboard Case transforms your iPad by giving it a similar look and functionality as a laptop. This handy gift provides both a protective detachable swivel case and a wireless ergonomic keyboard perfect for iPad owners who want to travel light and get to work.

The New Trent iPad Keyboard gives off a sleek design and protects your iPad with its hard clamshell back case and spacious keyboard. On its back, it has a small kickstand that keeps your iPad upright when you put it on a flat surface and a metal hinge that holds it all together and allows for a 360-degree rotatable swivel for multiple viewing options.

The New Trent iPad Keyboard Case is compatible with Apple 6th iPad (2018), 5th Gen iPad (2017), iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2 models.

Best for Protection: Anker New iPad 9.7 Screen Protector

Replacing an iPad’s screen can cost a ton, so a good way to ensure its protection is with the Anker New iPad 9.7 Screen Protector. This iPad gift won't cost a lot but can wind up saving you a fortune. It’s compatible with the iPad 9.7 (2017/2018), the iPad Air 1 and 2, and iPad Pro.

The Anker New iPad 9.7 Screen Protector is a precision laser-cut tempered glass film with a 96 percent transparency that allows you to enjoy your iPad’s HD display and won't interfere with its touchscreen response. It’s 9H rated hardness means that it’s highly resistant to scratches and can protect against most knocks and bumps.

On its surface is an oleophobic oil and fingerprint resistant coating that resists any oil and smudges from moist fingers. If you have any problems, Anker’s customer service will do all it can to ensure you enjoy its product to the fullest.

Best for Music Lovers: AOMAIS Sport II+

The AOMAIS won't II+ speaker makes a great addition to your iPad whether you want to add a little music to your life at a beach party or take an important call.

The powerful Bluetooth speaker connects to your iPad up to 99 feet away, is IPX7 waterproof, and will give you 20 hours of playback time at mid-volume.

The tough and rugged AOMAIS Sport II+ is built to bear the elements with its non-slip rubber base, protecting against the rain, dust, snow, shock, and even being able to be submerged in water up to 3.3 feet for 30 minutes.

It features dual full range drivers that deliver 20 watts of loud stereo sound with raised operation buttons on its top. The built-in high definition noise-canceling mic makes it easy to take hands-free calls on the fly and will continue to play your music as soon as you hang up. It comes in green, blue and orange colors and includes a one-year warranty.

Best Stylus: Apple Pencil

The Apple Pencil is no ordinary iPad stylus but is the obvious best option to work on your iPad using engineered pinpoint precision and accuracy. Apple has gone a long way to ensure that its stylus offers the most realistic feel for a digital pencil to anyone drawing, writing, reworking photos, or doing graphic arts.

Made with highly responsive precision sensors, the Apple Pencil is sensitive to the pressure and the tilt you give it, allowing for variations in shading and other details like pressing hard or soft for line thickness. Notetakers can quickly write down eligible writings in the Notes app while artists will love compatible programs such as PhotoShop or Affinity Designer, and can take advantage of all the tools and capabilities that fully support the Apple Pencil’s capabilities.

Battery life can run you about 12 hours, but if you need to use the stylus immediately, a quick user-friendly charge will give you 30 minutes of power. The Apple Pencil is compatible with iPad Pros and 6th generation iPads.

Best for Gamers: SteelSeries Nimbus Gaming Controller

For the iPad gamer in your life, the SteelSeries Nimbus Gaming Controller is the perfect gift, transforming the tablet into a little portable gaming console. The gaming controller connects to the iPad wirelessly through Bluetooth 4.1 technology and features a familiar control scheme suitable for any gamer.

The SteelSeries Nimbus Gaming Controller is designed with left and right analog triggers, four color coordinated pressure sensitive buttons, a D-pad, two thumb joysticks, a menu button, and even an LED display to show your player number in multiplayer games.

Its rechargeable battery provides 40 plus hours of gaming and charges quickly in under four hours using a lightning connector. Included is a free Nimbus Companion App that gives you instant access to charts listing all the top free and paid controller compatible games.

Best Case: ESR iPad 9.7 2018/2017 Case

The ESR iPad 9.7 2018/2017 Case is the ideal case for iPad 9.7 inch 2017 and 2018 models. The number one best seller in tablet cases on Amazon has a versatile, 360-degree durable design, premium material, a stand, as well as an auto sleep and wake feature.

The ESR iPad 9.7 2018/2017 Case is designed to protect your iPad from scratches using its powerful inside magnets that keep the front and back sealed when closed. Its slim and lightweight (9.9 ounces) design allow your iPad to snap into place without easily, and the secure PU leather exterior and soft microfiber lining are smooth to the touch. It comes in 16 different colors, including black, red, gold, pink, purple, and mint.

Our Process

Our writers spent 7 hours researching the most popular gifts for iPad owners on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 25 different products overall, screened options from 23 different brands and manufacturers, read over 27 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 2 of the gifts themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.