As a busy parent, we love our accessories for our devices. Below we have highlighted a few of our favorites for our Dad’s, Grads and anyone else special in your life. All of the accessories work with a variety of tablets and smartphones including Apple, Android and more.
BlueBuds X from JayBird As a busy Mom, I like knowing that I can get my workout in – without having to worry about being tethered to my iPhone while listening to my favorite music on Pandora. BlueBuds X from Jaybird are Bluetooth enabled earbuds that allow you to stash your iPhone or device safely in a pocket while listening to your music and doing your workout at the same time. I love the long battery life (8 hours so you can go all week without needing a charge!), secure fit (plus the ability to take an occasional call during my walks) as well as the fact that I don’t have to worry about tangling my headphones during exercise. They have a great case to store in as well when you are not using them. We tested these with a wide variety of music and loved them! Available from JayBird, Amazon and other retailers. RRP: $169
Seagate Wireless Plus from Seagate Great device for storing movies, documents, videos on the go and a fantastic alternative to bringing a portable DVD player on trips. This device will work for many including families, travellers or anyone with an overflowing smartphone or tablet. Portable easy to use wireless solution for storing movies, videos, pictures all without having to take up space on your device. Also loved it streamed to three devices at once and the ability to only have to connect once Available from Seagate, Amazon and many retailers. RRP: US$199.99. Read our full review here
Room Rocker from ION Audio As a family we love music. I was really excited to try out the Room Rocker from iON over the past month and our family is in love with it! This speaker, which now resides in our living room has essentially replaced our music system downstairs. We have our music collection on CD as well as iTunes and listening to it with our devices was great, but it didn’t really carry throughout the house. The Room Rocker allows you to stream music from your bluetooth enabled device such as an iPhone, iPad, Android, laptop or there is a port where you can plug in a separate device like an MP3 player or cellphone and play it through the speaker. We used it to play music from our iTunes collection as well as streaming Pandora and it sounded fantastic! The sound in the speaker is much better than we had originally anticipated and it fills the room with great sound! Available from ION Audio, Amazon and many other retailers RRP $149.99. Read our full review here
Kensington Contour™ Overnight Backpack It is a very well designed overnight laptop bag, comfortable to carry, ruggedly made, with lots of cargo space. It is very well organized and well designed for simplifying airport security. The rear compartment contains the laptop compartment, which fits a laptop up to 15.6″; and the liquids pouch. It has a double zipper that allows the bag to lie flat with the laptop compartment and liquids pouch separate making it easy to put through the x-ray machine at airport security. The middle compartment has room for clothes and all his overnight essentials. The front two pockets organize his smart phone, keys, pens, credit cards, charging cables, backup batteries and other essentials. I love this backpack and highly recommend it. Perfect for the business traveller on an overnight trip. Available from many retailers including Amazon.com Kensington Contour Backpack and Laptop Case for Laptops up to 15.6 Inches (K62594AM) RRP: $89. Read our full review here
FrameShift Pro The FrameShift Pro by Insanely Great Products is designed for business use, using the iPad in the home office, using at a trade show, cooking in the kitchen and more. The FrameShift Pro allows you to mount the iPad 2/3/4 in the stand to a table or countertop (with no tools!) and even allows you to route a charging cable in through the back of the frame, allowing your iPad to be topped with energy all day to stream video, watch video’s, mirror your iPad onto a monitor for a demonstration and more. Available from: Insanely Great Products RRP $150.00 Read our full review here
Timbuk2 Slide Backpack for MacBook Pro and iPad The Timbuk2 Slide Backpack by Timbuk2 is a stylish, easy to carry backpack for busy parents and families on the go. It easily carries your idevices and accessories all in a compact lightweight bag that is waterproof and ready for all of the elements. 15″ Slide Backpack for Macbook Pro and iPad is a perfect fit for busy moms and dad’s on the go! The slim backpack has two pockets inside one for a laptop up to 15 inches and a second padded pocket which will hold an iPad. Timbuk2 based in San Francisco, California was started in 1989 by a bike messenger named Rob Honeycutt after he had trouble finding a bag to suit his needs as a messenger. Bags from Timbuk2 offer a lifetime warranty on the backpack and many are able to be customized, other products include luggage, messenger bags and laptop bags.RRP: US$79.95 Read our full review here
Breffo Spiderpodium If you are looking for a smart phone holder you can take anywhere, the British-made Spiderpodium by Breffo is a great choice. It is very lightweight and portable, made of soft-touch rubber coated steel but what makes it unique is its eight really flexible legs. They easily bend to any shape you need, and fold flat for storage. They can snugly hold your device, be straight, curved or curled around.The legs allow you to use it as a desk stand, connect it to a bike handlebar, a windsurfer, the air vents on your car dashboard or where ever you want to attach your phone. As well as holding just about any smart phone you can also use it with a GPS device and with the optional camera mount kit you can even use it as a tripod or mount for your camera too. There is also a bigger version available for iPads and other tablets- the Spiderpodium Tablet. It is available in a variety of colors and is a great solution for the active man on the go to take his smart phone, GPS or camera anywhere. Available from Breffo.com RRP: US $19.99, $30 with the camera mount .(Tablet version is $34.99). Read our full review here
Cygnett Workmate iPhone case The Cygnett WorkMate case for combines a heavy duty shell and impact resistant inner to defend your iPhone at work or play. Made tough for harsh environments, the WorkMate offers excellent protection from inevitable drops and knocks. The slim fit, dual material case is pocket-friendly and sure to be a favourite of the tradies. There’s access to all buttons and functions and a screen protector included. Available from Cygnett, Amazon and other retailersRRP: US$25.00 Read our full review here
Stone 3 Universal 7800mAh Extended Battery
The Stone 3 is one of a range of back up batteries available from Powerocks. The Stone 3 capable of recharging two devices at a time and is compatible with both Apple and Android devices. It measures approximately 3″ x 3″ x 1″ and weighs approximately 250gm (about 1/2lb), making it lightweight and portable enough to easily slip in a briefcase or bag. It comes with a charging cable for charging from a USB port, and a drawstring carrying bag that has a separate section for cables. We love that it is compatible with a range of devices, can charge an iPad and iPhone at the same time, is capable of charging an iPad to 80% charge and comes with carrying bag. A great solution for charging on the go. Available from Powerocksusa.com , Amazon: Powerocks Stone 3 Universal 7800mAh Extended Battery or other retailers Cost $47-99. Read our full review here.
ApoTop DW09 Wi-Reader The DW09 Wi-Reader is an incredibly useful gadget in a very portable package, it weights only 2 ounces and fits in the palm of your hand. It allows easy wireless transfer of photos, videos, music and documents to and from tablets and smart phones. You can easily share these files with friends using the free Wi-reader app. It is compatible with SD cards and USB drives. You can store your photos, videos and music on a USB drive, freeing up space on your iPad or iPhone then wirelessly stream it from the DW09 to up to 3 devices at once. It also makes it easy to download or upload photos from a SD card to and from your iPad or iPhone and converts wired internet into wireless. Available online from New Egg for US$79.99. Read our full review here
For additional gift ideas check out our other gift articles for men: Great Gifts for Dads – accessories for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch that he’ll love and 10 Cool Phone and iPad Accessories for Men you just might be tempted to keep for yourself. Product pricing was correct at the time of publishing this article but is subject to change so check before purchasing. Please check the suppliers website to see if these products are available to your country.
Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.