People love their iPads. Some even treat them like children, making sure they’re safe, protected, and given attention every day.

No, seriously. iPad users spend a lot of money on the device, and once you have it, you’re looking for ways to maintain it and keep it working smoothly, whether it’s downloading the most recent updates, or making sure it’s out of the reach of a baby who’s learning to crawl and pick up bright, shiny things.

If someone you know has an iPad and you’re looking for a great gift ideas for the iPad, there are many to choose from. Too many, it seems. And we aren’t talking apps. We’re talking physical, tangible gifts that will enhance any iPad.

Covers for an iPad are probably at the top of the list for an iPad user. But the word “cover” can mean many things to an iPad user, because a cover can mean anything from a waterproof cover, to a portfolio case, to one that’s personalized with initials or favorite sports team, celebrity, or quote.

Choosing the right cover can be serious business. Why?

First off, they aren’t always inexpensive. If you’re going to invest in one for a friend or relative, make sure you compare and contrast, because there are so many on the market, you don’t want to overlook that sweet gem that would make your loved one’s day, and you don’t want to spend more than you have to.

Make sure you know the size and model of the iPad you’re buying for. You wouldn’t want to buy a shock absorbent case for an iPad mini, when your buddy has a full size iPad. No one likes to return or exchange a product if they don’t have to. Sites like iThingum take the guesswork out of comparison shopping. Sites like this have product descriptions, reviews, and articles that explain the features. This really helps you choose the best one. And this can come in so handy for people who just aren’t that familiar with iPads and the accessories that are offered.

Another accessory for an iPad that may be interesting is a stand, sometimes called a kickstand, which is you can affix to the back of the iPad, or simply prop the iPad up against it. There are many styles, colors, and materials to choose from. If you have a gold and white iPad, the natural wood stands look especially nice.

Yet another accessory for your iPad friend is a set of headphones or earbuds. This is great for someone who needs to listen to music or videos in an area that isn’t noise-friendly, like on a bus, in the same room with 5 other devices, or…well, you get the idea.

Before you spend your hard-earned money on iPad gifts, do a little browsing online. You’ll be surprised at what you may find.