Looking for a computing-centric gift?
Laptop users might find the OWC Laptop Upgrade Center really handy.
I’m listing this first, because in my experience, there are way too many people out there just waiting for the day when they’ll lose ALL their stuff.
Some people don’t backup, and some have a single drive attached (thus subject to the same perils as the computer itself).
At a minimum, you should have two (preferably three) external backup drives of all your Stuff stored safely away from your computer. See my backup articles.
There are many ways to backup, but the 'Quad Interface' OWC Mercury Elite Pro drives are my favorite choice for their 4-way interface, solid aluminum case, and portability.
Memory prices have plummeted for MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, iMac. The MacMini uses the same memory as the MBP and iMac. I recommend at least 8GB for all Mac users— keeps things humming along and eliminates any memory related slowdowns.
Installation is fast and easy on all Macs. OWC also has do-it-yourself installation videos.
Solid state drives
One of the very best upgrades for any Mac is a solid state drive. Once you use a quality SSD, you’ll never want to run off a hard drive again.
I prefer the newest OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G models (I have 4 of them in my Mac Pro, and several in laptops). However, all of the OWC SSDs offer superior performance and longevity. Installation in an iMac is best done by a qualified professional, but the MBP and Mac Pro are super-easy to do yourself.
The NewerTech Power2U Wall Outlet with Dual USB Charging Ports eliminates two awkward power bricks, can run a USB LED light, etc. I have one now, and it’s a very nicely made unit, attractive from bezel, and UL-listed in USA and Canada.
Stocking stuffer ideas from OWC
Running late? OWC can get it there.
The OWC team is shipping till after 11PM Monday-Thursday and 8PM on Friday to see that no package gets left behind. We're also here 24/7 until 10PM Saturday (Christmas Eve) and available for 'last minute' tech support, customer service, or delivery status assistance requests. We will be closed Christmas and also on Monday which is a national holiday with no standard delivery services operating nation wide. Our normal 24/7 hours back on Tuesday 12/27 at 12:01AM.
Regardless of the who from - or who to, if expecting delivery by this Friday, my recommendation is to use an Air service. Ground can still get there too... But then best to have some buffer days beyond 'normal' transit time. The high seasonal volume of packages the carriers are now handling, and the weather too, can both add a little extra time right now. If it's got to be there, sooner is better - with air service, better yet.
FWIW - from OWC's location, about 80% of the USA receives delivery within 1-3 days via FedEx and/or UPS Ground (non-postal) options we offer. The site also gives good delivery time estimates for these tracked services that can further help in selecting. Free Ground remains available, but discounted 2nd Day and even Next Day options are best for getting it there if needed quick.