For the remainder of the week, we’ll be running a series of “stocking stuffers,” under-US $100 holiday ideas for Mac users. And for even more gift ideas, check out MacCentral’s holiday gift guide on Apple’s Web site.
If you’re looking for a gift for an iBook owner, check out the new Always-on iBook carry case from DiSistoTech. It stays on the iBook so you can just open the case and use the iBook inside it. The US$59 Always-on is a nice solution for protection, and gives the iBook a handle and space to carry gadgets, pens, chargers or even an iPod. You can get more info at the DiSistoTech Web site.
Of course, iBooks and iMacs come with Apple’s AppleWorks software suite. There are lots of books to help you get up to speed using AppleWorks, but one that you may not be familiar with is “AppleWorks 6:Try it to Learn it!” by Floyd Calderwood.
Priced at $29.95, plus $4 for shipping and handling, it comes with a CD containing dozens of prepared documents so people may try out a concept in the manual without having to create a defining document. The CD also has lots of templates, Skill Sheets and other extras. Each section shows keystrokes and defines all buttons, default or not. Details can be found online.
If you’re buying for someone more into more high-end applications, three of the instructional CD-ROM’s from DVcreators.net make great stocking stuffers. Final Cut Pro PowerStart 2, and Secrets of Final Cut Pro, Vol. 1, are both $79.95 and Making Awesome iMovies is $29.95. You can order them at the company’s Web site.