9to5Toys Gift Guide: Last Minute Ideas – Battery/Lightning Cable, USB-C Drives, Multi-Tools, Controllers and more


Well, we are just days away from the big holiday weekend and shipping times are starting to get close. If you still have some people on your list you haven’t taken care of yet, now is the time to do so. Amazon’s trusty 2-day shipping window is starting to draw nearer, and you certainly don’t want to get nailed with express shipping fees for missing the boat.

As usual, we have you covered. Down below you’ll find a host of last minute gift ideas that will arrive in time for the 25th. We have options ranging in price from stocking stuffer to “I might want to keep this one for myself”, and for just about anyone on your list:

Jackery’s Jewel MFi Battery/Lightning Cable

Perfect for jet setters and anyone with a lengthy work commute, Jackery’s Jewel MFi Lightning Cable with a built-in 450mAh battery pack can deliver an extra 20% of juice to an iPhone. It’s a much simpler solution than carrying around a separate Lightning cable and power bank, plus it doesn’t require a wall outlet like the stock Apple USB charger. Amazon reviewers rate it 4 out of 5 stars and we found it to be a life-saver in emergency situations during testing.

Jackery’s Jewel MFi Battery/Lightning Cable $17

PhotoFast 4-in-1 USB-C/Lightning Drive

We all know about the USB-C adapter situation many of us are dealing with. Lightning cables for the phone, USB for this, micro USB for that, and now USB-C for your new MacBook Pro. It’s a bit of a nightmare. That’s where the PhotoFast iTypeC 4-in-1 Lightning drive comes in, combining MFi approval with its Lightning, USB-C, USB 3.0  and micro USB compatibility. It is certainly going to keep any Mac enthusiast on your list connected.

For more details head over to our full review right here.

PhotoFast iTypeC 4-in-1 Lightning drive from $79

Gerber Stainless Steel 15-Tool Multi-Plier:

Whether it’s opening presents or putting together a new toy, this Gerber Suspension 15-Tool Multi-Plier is a must-have in any tool kit. The lightweight frame is made from stainless steel and includes pliers, a serrated knife, scissors, can opener and more. This is the #1 best selling multitool at Amazon with a 4.6/5 star rating from nearly 1,300 reviewers.

Gerber Suspension Stainless Steel 15-Tool Multi-Plier: $25

Coffee Table Books:

Coffee Table Books can make for beautiful pieces of art in anyone’s home or office. Even those who aren’t avid readers will appreciate the quality with which these packages are put together. While we have already covered some of coolest options for gamers, the conversation starters below are some of our favorite options still shipping in time for the big day:

  • Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places: $27
  • Overview: A New Perspective of Earth: $25 – Now listed as may arrive after Christmas
  • Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation: $52
  • Beautiful Lego Coffee Table Book: $19
  • National Geographic Rarely Seen Photographs of the Extraordinary: $27

Sprout Pencils:

Anyone on your list you would consider to be even mildly passionate about the environment is going to appreciate the Sprout Pencils. On the surface they are awesome-looking sustainably harvested cedar wood pencils, but you can also plant them to grow beautiful herbs and vegetables! The Sprout Pencil: Herb Pack is under $15 Prime shipped and comes with 8 pencils that can also be planted to grow various herb plants: basil, cilantro, dill, mint, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme.

These recycled newspaper pencils are pretty cool too!

Sprout Pencil: Herb Pack $15 Now listed as may arrive after Christmas

Vintage-style Gaming Controller:

So let’s say you were unable to score a certain sought after retro gaming console that quickly sold out this season, but still want to capture that 80’s nostalgia. Here’s the 8Bitdo Bluetooth Wireless Classic NES Controller for iOS, Android, PC or Mac. It lets you play your old favorites wirelessly on almost any platform and with a 20 hour battery you’re sure to get your retro gaming fix in no time.

If you’re specifically in the market for an MFi controller, we suggest the Steel Series options or even the Game Vice controllers for iPhone, iPad mini and iPad Pro (full review here). 

8Bitdo Bluetooth Wireless Classic NES Controller $35

Honorable Mentions

Some of our honorable mentions go to the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter which is great for MacBook and new MacBook Pro owners. Speaking of apple gear accessories, it doesn’t get much better than the Twelve South TimePorter travel case + bedside charging stand for Apple Watch owners.

Laptop bags can also be a great choice. This Samsonite Colombian Flap-Over option made of a natural leather cowhide will accomodate just about any notebook. Another great option in this category is Herschel. It makes excellent quality backpacks, wallets, card holders and more in a wide variety of colors and styles without breaking the bank.

And you can’t go wrong with a discounted gift card. We have a bunch of them right now including iTunes and many more.

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