Apple launches 2021 holiday gift guide with bonus personalized holiday cards
It’s that time of year again: Apple just launched its annual holiday gift guide to give you an easy way to find something for the Apple fan in your life.
However, this year Apple is bringing a new holiday twist, with Keynote templates and Today at Apple sessions for you to create stunning, personalized holiday cards.
The gift guide page, which features the tagline “May the Holidays Be For Everyone,” doesn’t hold any big surprises, as it’s mostly a look at the Apple products we already know and love. The products are divided into categories such as Photo and video, Creativity, health and fitness, and Entertainment.
The selections in each category are also fairly obvious, with Photo and video with iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, while Creativity applies to the latest M1 Pro / Max powered MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, 24-inch iMac, and iPad mini, as well as accessories such as the Apple Pencil.
health and fitness naturally focuses on the Apple Watch and third-generation AirPods, and Entertainment focuses on the HomePod mini and the entire AirPods lineup, with the Apple TV 4K hidden further down the page.
This year, Apple is offering a Special Edition Holiday-themed Apple Gift Card. As usual, gift cards can be sent by email, but if you choose to send one physically, you will also receive a red Apple logo sticker with a gift wrap design.
Apple Gift Cards can be purchased in any specific amount up to $ 2,000, so they are a great way to use an exact amount to effectively gift someone specific Apple product, especially items. like an Apple Watch, iPhone, or iPad, where you might not be sure what color or style to choose.
Create your own unique greeting cards
This year, Apple’s Gift Guide includes a free downloadable Keynote template for you to create and personalize your own personal holiday card.
The Keynote file provides getting started tips for new users of Apple’s Keynote app, including how to share your card digitally through Messages or Mail. It also gives tips on how to print it by searching Maps for local print shops or finding a printing service on the App Store.
Apple also linked this to Today at Apple, making the card a home session. The Keynote template offers tips and tricks on how to personalize the card throughout the slides, as well as artistic inspirations from the artists who designed them, including Jocelyn Tsaih, Antti Kalevi, and Hvass & Hannibal.
Important “ranking” dates
As we noted last week, it will be more important than ever this year to receive your orders early if you expect to have something under the tree on December 25th.
This year, Apple has helpfully provided a list of “before-order” deadlines for each of its products, and while some of them are surprisingly late December, we recommend that you don’t take any chances.
If you find yourself buying a last-minute giveaway, Apple notes that you may be able to find in-stock items to pick up at a local Apple Store or even get two-hour courier delivery in major urban centers. But again, that’s not something we recommend relying on, as it will depend entirely on what each Apple Store has in stock at any given time.
Right now, it looks like you can order a new iPhone until December 22, but if you’re looking for an iPad mini 6, the deadline is November 16.
Apple’s extended vacation return policies are also in effect, meaning you will have until January 8, 2022 to initiate a return for anything received between November 1 and December 25.