NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Apple (AAPL) only has a few core products and devices, and while not all of them are suitable Christmas gifts this list will help you find the best Apple products to give as presents this holiday season.
Some of the items aren't exactly cheap, but there is something here for just about everyone. Well, everyone except those with an irrational hatred of all things Apple.
The 9.7-inch iPad Air is easy to recommend because it's such a big step up from its predecessor. Starting at $500 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, the iPad Air is the most expensive iPad available, but it's a big enough improvement from the iPad 2 to justify the extra $100. With its large screen, the iPad Air is great for information-dense apps, and when paired with a keyboard and the right apps it could replace a laptop for many people.
iPad mini with Retina Display
The smaller of the two iPads, the iPad mini with Retina Display has the same specs as the iPad Air put into a smaller shell. With a starting price point of $400 it's the better option for those on a somewhat tighter budget. The smaller screen makes the iPad mini with Retina Display better suited for one-handed reading or for those who want a tablet they can carry around in a smaller purse or bag.
The iPad mini with Retina Display is just as capable of replacing a laptop for many people as the iPad Air, if they can deal with the smaller display. It might be easier to carry around, but it's slightly more difficult to type on because of its size.
For those who have the money to spend, the MacBook Air is one of the best laptops available at the moment. It may not be the most powerful, but it's fast enough for everyday use, and the battery lasts for almost a full day. It's a great laptop for anyone who travels a lot, or who just wants a computer that won't weigh them down too much.
The MacBook Air starts at $999 for the base 11-inch model.
The iPod touch is an obvious choice for kids who aren't old enough for a smartphone but love to play games on their parents' phones. All but the least expensive model of the iPod touch has an iSight camera that is great for apps like Instagram. It's all the best features of the iPhone without the extra phone added to the data plan.
The iPod touch is also a good gift for those who refuse to give up their BlackBerry (BBRY) phone for one reason or another but who still want to try the latest apps and games. The iPod touch starts at $229; models that have the rear-facing camera start at $299.
iTunes gift card
The iTunes gift card is an easy go-to gift for just about anyone. It's good for app addicts, music fans, iBooks readers, and just about anyone else. With Spotify, Rdio, and other music streaming services out there, the iTunes gift card may not be as universal as it once was. But there are still plenty of people out there who like to buy their music. If nothing else, the gift card is good for buying the new Beyonce album.
Of course, the iTunes gift card can also buy apps, movies, TV shows, and iBooks from Apple.
As Apple showed in a recent ad, the Apple TV is one of the best accessories for any iOS device. With it, iPhone and iPad users can use AirPlay to stream any music or movie to their TV, making it a great way to share home videos. The device makes it easy to buy or rent movies and TV shows from iTunes and watch them on the TV as well.
The Apple TV also a number of apps built in including Netflix (NFLX), Hulu Plus, and HBO GO. It doesn't have as many features as other set-top boxes like the Roku 3, but at $99 it's a great gift for anyone who lives inside Apple's content ecosystem.
The iPhone 5s is the best choice for anyone looking to give an iPhone as a gift this year. As the top-of-the-line iPhone at the moment, the iPhone 5s is one of the fastest smartphones on the market, and it has one of the best cameras. It may be hard to find in time for Christmas, especially the gold version, but it's a great gift if you can find it.
The iPhone 5s starts at $199 on a two-year contract; unlocked it starts at $649.