CompareCellular's Fantabulous 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

December 5, 2018 by

Holidays are coming up, and with the heaps of gifts also comes the infinite stress. What are the latest and greatest "hip" and cool gifts nowadays to get your friends and family? Here are some ideas that can get your brain juices flowing in the midst of the frosty air.

Apple Watch Series 4

The newest generation of Apple Watch brings a lot more to the table than ever. This smartwatch comes with a lighter shell and some tempting features, ranging from enhanced battery life to a crisp screen that shows health benefits, a GPS map, and all of your notifications on the go. Perfect if your loved one frequently ventures to the endless depths of the outdoors, or if they like to stay up-to-date on things with a dazzling robotic ornament.

Get the details of the Apple Watch here.

iPhone XR

The iPhone XR is a cheaper alternative to the XS and XS Max, allowing for a full experience of Apple's fantastic A12 Bionic Chip and a plethora of other functions. It comes in a range of vibrant colors and a smooth, aluminum case as opposed to the XS' steel one, but this doesn't stop the phone from overperforming. It also has the same rear-camera as the XS, yet lacks its dual-camera functionality. Nevertheless, this jolly-colored phone is much trendier for your wallet and still provides the full iOS experience.

Learn more about the iPhone XR's specifications here.


If you're a frequent commuter, no doubt you've seen these little earbuds tucked away in the ears of strangers and even elderly grandmas on the subway. Its lightweight and convenient design allows for all of your music, Bluetooth, and calling needs to be met. Yup, their built-in microphone lets you make calls too. Just be sure to slip them into their snoozy box after you're done, or you'll risk losing these tiny guys for the foreseeable future.

The AirPods are the perfect stocking stuffer. Get yours here.

iPad Pro

The iPad continues to refine itself in more ways than one; in this iteration, its sleek and thin design squeezes its slimtastic proportions, this time nearly 25% thinner than its predecessor. Got a long road trip ahead of you? The iPad Pro makes the perfect frisbee to toss with your friends and family, allowing everyone to cash in on the fun—but really, its thinner design allows for better portability, sound, and a convenient experience. Also, the Pro's redesigned 12 MP camera will create all of those picture-perfect moments for the holidays.

Click here to learn more about the new iPad Pro.

Portable Speakers

Mini portable speakers are the perfect way to share your delicious taste in music with the rest of your family. These tiny little things really boom and create a dance floor anywhere, from your living room to the subway during your daily commute. Got something to say? Play it loud and clear for everyone to hear! There are tons of different brands and designs, but keep an eye out on Amazon. These little gadgets frequently go on sale, so expect to spend under $100.

Scope out some of the portable Bluetooth speakers that might tickle your fancy here.

USB to USB-C Adapter

If you're an Apple fan, you probably know that the newest MacBooks only have USB-C slots—tiny little slots that have replaced the old USB, meaning you'll need a "dongle" adapter for your older USB devices. If that isn't the worst of it, Apple's factory dongle will cost you a whopping $25.00 for just one, running a giant hole in your wallet faster than you can blink. Its lackluster, string-blocky design also leaves more to be desired. Luckily, there are some other options thanks to our friends overseas, who prove time and time again that they're somehow impervious to copyright laws. These third party adapters typically run much cheaper on Amazon (not to mention they ship much faster with Amazon Prime) and their tiny size makes for easy storage or for you to carry on the go.

Check out the variety of adapters for yourself here.

USB Adapter Dock

Need something for the home studio? There are also thicker adapters that come with multiple converters, ranging from USB to HDMI and even SD card. Amazon has lots of options at affordable prices. Keep an eye out for their Lightning Sales and holiday bargains, as these products and other electronics are frequently on sale for the low-low.

There's tons of different docks you can buy on Amazon. Click here to find out more.

Burt's Bees Lipbalm

With the advent of winter creeping up your toes, keeping your lips refreshed and moisturized is extra important (you never know who you'll encounter beneath the mistletoe!). Burt's Bees offers some of the highest quality lip balm, albeit frequently at exuberant prices. Luckily, Amazon offers a 4-pack for $12.49, meaning that anyone can enjoy its cool, wax texture on their lips in time for the New Year. We recommend the original flavor, since it contains wax and provides a cool, refreshing hint of peppermint that will leave you feeling fresh throughout the day.

Grab a bundle off of Amazon or check them out at your local convenience store.

Charger Cables

What about some charger cables? You can get never get enough of them. These things always seem to find a way to disappear or break, so buying a pack of them might be a good idea as a stocking stuffer. They come in packs of 4 or more on Amazon, and the best part is that you can get chargers of different lengths! How 'bout a 6 foot long charger for your living room, so you can laze around the couch while charging? Or a tiny 3 footer for your bedside table or the office? The possibilities are endless, and it's always good to have extras whenever you might need them.

Get a pack of charger cables now so you don't forget later.

Kent Comb

Winter got your hair follicles in a knot? Kent Combs are some of the finest combs, sliding comfortably through your hair and offering a gentle styling experience. These combs are surprisingly all crafted by hand and made with polished wood, meaning there aren't any bumps or knicks in the teeth like plastic combs that might tear and damage your hairs. They're also light and easy to clean, but a little on the heftier side when it comes to price. Expect to pay around $20 CAD for one, but trust us... you get what you pay for.

Get that perfect shine in your hairline with these fantastic combs.

The fun never stops when it comes to holiday shopping. There are endless gadgets out there for you to choose from, but be sure to choose wisely—keep those eyes peeled!

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