10th Day of Construction Gifts: A protective phone case and screen protector

Updated Dec 21, 2017
Presidio Grip for Samsung Galaxy S8Presidio Grip for Samsung Galaxy S8

Few things show someone how much you care than concern for their precious and increasingly fragile smartphone. So, the combo gift of a great case and screen protector are are an easy way to bring a smile to someone’s face this holiday season.

We recently published the 2018 version of our annual smartphone case guide, so be sure to take a look at that full list of picks as you’re making your decision. For the purpose of this gift guide, however, our quick pick for the case that gives you the best bang for your buck is the Speck Presidio Grip.

The case runs between $20 and $30 on Amazon (it’s also widely available at carriers and stores like Best Buy, Target and Walmart) and is available for a few Android devices and the iPhones 7/7+/8/8+/X. The Presidio Grip features two layers of protection: a polycarbonate outer shell and a shock-absorbing inner barrier. On top of great drop protection, the Presidio Grip also has rubber treads on the outer shell that make the case extremely grippy so you’re less likely to drop it in the first place.

Amfilm I Phone X Screen Protector

When picking out a screen protector, we recommend you go with tempered glass. You can get these glass screen protectors just about anywhere these days, but if you have the time (or Amazon Prime), I recommend ordering an amFilm protector.

These can be found on Amazon for a wide variety of phones and devices and usually include two screen protectors for under $10. (Best Buy and most carriers charge upwards of $30 for similar screen protectors.)  In fact, amFilm’s iPhone X screen protector pack comes with three of these shields for just $8 and they come with a nice plastic frame that serves as a guide for easy drop-in installation. And all of these amFilm packs include plenty of stickers so you can use the hinge method of applying your screen protector.