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10 amazing and affordable accessories for your new Apple Watch

If you were gifted a shiny new Apple Watch this holiday, you’ll want some sweet accessories to go with it. Here are 10 terrific options that won’t break the bank.

You’ll find bands, charging stands, and bumper cases in our roundup. And they’re all available for under $30 each.

Amazing Apple Watch accessories under $30

Luxury leather doesn’t have to be expensive.
Photo: Mifa

Mifa classic leather band

Everyone loves a great leather band, and they don’t have to be expensive. Mifa’s classic option uses genuine hide that’s 3mm thick for great durability, and combines it with stainless steel buckles and adapters.

Perforated dots along the strap allow it to be more breathable, which means it’s perfect for all-day wear. And it looks good whether you’re dressing up for work or dressing down for the weekend.

Mifa’s classic band is so versatile, everyone should have one in their collection. Order one from the Cult of Mac Store today to save 15%.

Buy from: Cult of Mac Store — $21.25

Rilee & Lo spices up your Apple Watch with sexy, sleek stainless steel watch bands.
A stretch-link band for just $24?!
Photo: Rilee & Lo

Rilee & Lo stretch-link band

Available in a range of gorgeous color options and made from premium stainless steel, Rilee & Lo’s wonderful stretch-link bands help make your Apple Watch look better than ever.

They’re inspired by high-end jewelry and designed to deliver a premium look and feel, and they’re considerably easier to get on and off than traditional stainless steel bracelets.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find an alternative stainless steel option that looks this good for under $40. And right now you can get yours on sale in the Cult of Mac Store for just $24!

Buy from: Cult of Mac Store — $24

The W4 stand looks just like an iMac G3.
Photo: Elago

Elago retro charging stands

Elago’s spectacular Apple Watch charging stands are my favorite products on this list. And if you’re buying for a fan of anything Apple (or retro gaming), I know they’ll love them, too.

The stands come in a number of outstanding designs inspired by the original Macintosh, the iconic iMac G3, early iPods, and the very first Game Boy. And they come in a number of eye-catching colors.

They’re also surprisingly affordable, with prices starting at just $13. The only problem you’ll have is choosing between them because they’re all so wonderful.

Buy from: Cult of Mac Store — from $13

Get yours for just $10.99.
Photo: Elkson

Elkson bumper case

It seems a shame to hide Apple Watch’s gorgeous design. But it’s also a bad idea to leave it exposed. So if you know someone who wears theirs in harsh environments, pick up the Elkson Quattro Bumper.

It ensures your Apple Watch doesn’t have to fend for itself by protecting it from scuffs and scratches. It covers the sides of the device that are prone to getting knocked, and has a lip that protects its screen.

The Quattro Bumper is made from military-grade thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), so you know it’s up to the task. And it’s available in black or white.

Buy from: Cult of Mac Store — $10.99

It has one big advantage over Apple’s Sport band.
Photo: Elkson

Elkson silicone sports band

Whether you’re jogging dusty planes, surfing crazy waves, or lifting heavy weights, the Elkson sport band is perfectly suited. And it’s more than durable enough to handle it all.

Made from sturdy silicone, the band is lightweight and flexible, so it won’t feel uncomfortable while you’re on the move, and completely water-resistant so you can wash it off when it gets dirty.

It has a traditional buckle — not the fiddly “pin-and-tuck” closure you’ll find on Apple’s official Sport band — and it’s a bargain at $14.99.

Buy from: Cult of Mac Store — $14.99

Carterjett’s Nylon NATO Apple Watch band in Black.
Photo: Benjamin McKay/Cult of Mac

Carterjett nylon NATO bands

You can also get nylon bands in a NATO-style strap, thanks to Carterjett. They’re soft and flexible, waterproof, and extremely comfortable — ideal for long days and an active lifestyle.

Carterjett uses unique adapters that don’t use screws, which means you don’t have to worry about them falling apart after a few months. It also offers XXL size options, so its NATO straps will fit almost any wrist.

Buy from: Cult of Mac Store — from $24.99

A high-end nato option.
Photo: Carterjett

Carterjett leather NATO bands

How about a NATO strap made from leather instead? This one offers all the advantages of the NATO fit, but with premium leather — soft and supple right out of the box — that provides a more professional look.

The band sports burnished edges and minimal stitching, and it’s combined with polished black hardware. It’s ideal for Apple Watch owners with more sophisticated taste, and nowhere near as pricey as it looks.

Buy from: Cult of Mac Store — $29.99

Get yours in black, white, blue, or gray.
Photo: Elago

Elago 3-in-1 charging hub

For the Apple Watch owner who also has AirPods, how about Elago’s excellent 3-in-1 charging hub? It tops-up iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously — and looks good while it’s doing it.

The hub is made entirely out of silicone, so it’s virtually unbreakable. You don’t have to worry about it getting knocked over, and you can take it anywhere without fear of it getting crushed in your bag.

Buy from: Cult of Mac Store — $30

Sturdy, sleek, and sexy.
Photo: HEDock

HEDock charging stand

The HEDock is made entirely out of high-grade aluminum, and it costs just $15. It looks good no matter where you put it, and it’s crafted to securely hold onto your Watch without falling over.

Its compact, minimalist design means the HEDock will fit anywhere, whether you plan to stick it by your bed or on your desk. And its brushed finish complements other Apple products beautifully.

Buy from: Cult of Mac Store — $15

The HoverDock for Apple Watch is perfect for Nightstand mode.
The prettiest Apple Watch dock money can buy?
Photo: Just Mobile

Just Mobile HoverDock

The HoverDock is one of the prettiest Apple Watch charging stands money can buy. Made out of cool aluminum, it looks like it could cost a pretty penny, but you can order one today for under $20!

The HoverDock holds Apple Watch in Nightstand mode so you can see the time with a tap. Pull it apart and you’ll find space inside for your charging cable, so any excess isn’t left out to make a mess.

The stand has a soft-touch base that prevents it from sliding about on your nightstand. And it looks terrific no matter where you put it.

Buy from: Cult of Mac Store — $19.95

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