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8 Great Etsy Finds For Your iPad

Every now and then we like to pass the time by doing a search on Etsy for iPad accessories. Try this yourself and you'll find a plethora of handmade creative solutions both for sitting your iPad on your desk and for cosseting it when you're more mobile.

So if you are looking for a special and unique gift for the iPad addict in your life (yes, you can include yourself, we do), then here are a few of the many handcrafted accessories that caught our attention recently. 

1 - Jabba the Hut Oak iPad Dock

This was our favourite to be honest, a one of a kind Star Wars figurine welded to a piece of solid wood to enhance any geek's desk. We love it, so be quick and grab it now!

Jabba iPad Dock

Jabba iPad dock back

 

2 - iPad Acoustic Dock in Maple

We liked this dock because as well as being clean and simple, it acts as a naturally amplified speaker for your iPad's audio - no plug-in, power sapping, accessories needed. There's also a smaller version available for your iPhone. Very nice.

IPad acoustic dock

 

3 - Retro TV iPad Dock

We happen to know that we are not the only Etsy browsing iPad lovers to spot this one recently, but we didn't want you to miss this one. It doesn't look terribly sturdy if we're honest, but the wooden retro design wins our hearts and this is often the duty our iPad performs when it is sat on our desks while we work.

TV iPad dock

 

4 - Leather Messenger Bag

We could have picked any of the Copper River bags and cases to recommend. They all feature the thickest leather and chunkiest stitching we have ever seen, backed up by a 100 year warranty. These things are built to last and be loved by generations.

We chose this one as it is specifically for iPad sized devices., but would be more than happy with any of the range, if anyone is reading this and fancies buying us something nice. Please...

Leather messenger bag

 

5 - Vindicated Vinyl iPad Case - Sgt. Pepper's

With cases made out of recovered vinyl records and album covers, brindakaydesign makes some of the most unique cases we have seen. It will cost you, but if you want something really special for the music lover in your life or just someone who loves the nostalgia, you can't do much better than one of these cases (she does bags, trays and belt buckles too).

A fleece lined internal leather pocket holds your iPad when mobile and there is also a stand arrangement built in (see the page for more photos):

SgtPepper iPad case

 

6 - iPad Messenger Satchel - Made by Grandad

We chose this one because it is actually something we would seriously consider ordering (as with the next pick). We have been on an endless search for a camera bag that doesn't look like a camera bag, and something that can keep our iPad safe too when out and about or on holiday as carry-on bag.

IPad messenger bag

IPad Messenger bag open

This bag from UK based Etsy seller MadeByGrandad may be just the solution we have been looking for. With its inside padded and zippered iPad pocket, a number of iPhone and other accessory pockets, and central space big enough for a small DSLR in a padded wrap, this seems to fit the bill perfectly. If only it came in black, oh wait...

 

7 - iPad 2 Padded Case

These 100% wool made iPad cases from France look top notch quality, with three layers of protection, offering good internal padding too. We liked the range of colours available, the material used and attention to detail plus the external zippered pocket for cables, iPhone, etc.

IPad 2 cases

 

8 - Wolf iPad Felt Sleeve

This sleeve caught our eye because we thought it was weird, as well as fairly unique. There is an owl design too which also has scary eyes, plus a not so scary penguin or elephant for the more playful gift.

Designed to fit an iPad with a Smart Cover attached, these 100% wool felt sleeves also include a strap if required so you can use it as a messenger bag.

Wolf iPad sleevel

 

What have you found?

There are so many different bags, cases and docks available on Etsy, hand made by people all around the world, that it was quite difficult for us to select just these few to show you and we wish we had time and space to show all of them.

But what about you? Have you got any creative accessory finds for your iPad, or do you fancy one of ours? Let us know in the comments.

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Reader Comments (6)

This is my favorite ipad carrying bag. It's pricey, but it's super slim and holds the ipad (1 or 2) beautifully:

http://tinyurl.com/3mxtoc4

This is a cheaper one, and slightly more casual. It's much thinner than it looks. If you keep an eye on her stuff, you'll see she uses different fabrics. I had two made from different types of herringbone cloth, gorgeous.

http://tinyurl.com/6d62l77

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

I found the Pad and Quill case on Etsy (also have their own website at www.padandquill.com). The Octavo appealed to me because of its form (Moleskin notebook style), added security (why steal a journal?), and the fact the company is local (I'm also in Minnesota).

The original case I purchased didn't fit quite fit right, so the company sent another after I e-mailed, without my having to send an address or anything.

There are several other products like the Pad and Quill case, but I'd buy another--and if I ever get the capability to buy a mess of iPads for my choirs, I'd want them to have these cases, too.

My wife bought her iPad case on Etsy, too...and bought one from this store:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/KatiesModernNest

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

@John - Wow that *is* pricey, nice clean design though. Like the other one too, lots of room, although not a lot of padding.

Thanks for commenting and your recommendations we appreciate it!

June 16, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

@Chris - Ah yes, the Octavo, we have lusted after one of these before, glad to hear you like it and would buy a lot more if you could.

We had a look at the iPad cases from KatiesModernNest, they are very beautiful designs, thanks for recommending them, we appreciate your comments.

June 16, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

iPad Messenger Satchel - Made by Grandad
Good to see the mention here and yes, available in wide variety of colours and combinations to order. Just ask.

Originally conceived to carry my own iPad and camera with a few other bits and pieces - used every day. Latest version has full length zip under the flap for total security.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMadeByGrandad

@MadeByGrandad - Thanks for commenting, looking forward to getting our hands on one. ^_^

July 11, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

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