Much like others you shop for during the holiday season, the discerning music lover can be tricky. It takes more than a vintage record to appeal to them—they likely already have everything ever made by their favorite artist. And odds are if said artist is coming to town, they were the first to snap up tickets. Where to begin? Don’t minimize the value of a truly creative and thoughtful gift that speaks directly to their music-loving soul. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind this season.
Jays s-Go One Bluetooth Speaker
Convenience is absolutely everything in the modern world. If you can’t bring it with you, toss it in your desk drawer, or tuck it into a backpack, it’s very likely not something you’ll use very often. It makes sense that Jays Bluetooth Speakers capitalize on all of these needs with ease—it’s what every modern music lover desires, after all. The s-Go One is minimal in design. Despite its compact size, it don’t sacrifice quality in the least. You’ll enjoy rich, pure sounds driven by a DSP amplifier and a whopping 10 hours of playback time. Trust, they will love this.
Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
They don’t have to be frequent flyers to have a serious need for a pair of high-quality noise-cancelling headphones. A great pair is hard to come by these days—just look at all the options out there!—but one that makes the grade is Bowers & Wilkins PX7. These wireless headphones are everything a music junkie could possibly desire. They’re built with 43.6mm drivers—the most substantial in the brand’s vast collection—and efficiently block out every single outside world sound. Moreover, they offer 30 hours of run time—just enough for a flight anywhere on the planet and back.
Booze & Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks
For the music enthusiast who also happens to throw the best parties in town, there’s no gift more sensible than Booze & Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks, an incomparable guide composed by André and Tenaya Darlington that features dazzling photography. More than that, however, it’s packed with information that demystifies the music-and-drink connection by breaking down the best combinations. Which cocktail best complements a specific sound? What sets the tone for a special evening? It all comes together in this magnificent read.
Just the Ticket: Ticket Stub Organizer
Remember your first concert? Not everyone does, but you can bet that the music junkies in your life can basically remember every single emotion attached to theirs—the joy, the thrill, the excitement, the energy, and the desire to see more. In short, it set the stage for a lifetime of live performances. What better way to catalog those memories than Just the Ticket: Ticket Stub Organizer? This handy ring-bound book makes it easy to keep all those stubs in a single place and preserved for posterity in sleek, acid-free plastic sleeves.
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
Most people have a favorite song and an artist they especially like. But what is it that sets the truly musically inclined apart from the rest? How do composers make music that is just as relaxing to the mind as it is soothing to the soul and pleasant to the ear? What draws us to popular artists when we’re young? It’s all examined in great depth in This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, by Daniel J. Levitin. One more thing: It will finally explain what makes those earworms so darn obsessive.
Furturtle Show Prints Posters
Music is an art form, so it stands to reason that your gift recipient will appreciate something that marries magnificent artwork with their love of sound. The eye-catching posters from Furturtle Show Prints are irresistible—and so beautifully designed that they’re likely to spark quite a few conversations. You’ll find artists of all genres, from Mumford & Sons and Willie Nelson to Lucinda Williams and Sonic Youth. It’s an eclectic mix that’s pretty fun to browse, too.
Audio-Technica At-LP60X-GM Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable
Everything old is new again—just ask the vinyl collector in your life who can’t get enough. But there’s also room for the Audio-Technica At-LP60X-GM Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable. It plays the record and converts those sounds into convenient digital audio files. This is more than just a great addition to their music player collection. It’s also a sleek and sophisticated piece that adds a little old-school-meets-contemporary style to any space in their home.
Sonos Move Battery-Powered Speaker
Perfect for the music lover who is constantly on the move, the Sonos Move Battery-Powered Speaker is a genius and compact little device that’s easy to use inside and outside. Pair it with a Wi-Fi connection or stream via Bluetooth with ease. It even features built-in Amazon Alexa capabilities to handle all of those other details, like delivering news and weather. Did we mention it’s weather resistant?
Mosh Potatoes: Recipes, Anecdotes, and Mayhem from the Heavyweights of Heavy Metal
You just know this is something they don’t own yet .Mosh Potatoes: Recipes, Anecdotes, and Mayhem from the Heavyweights of Heavy Metal is a cool read for the curiosities alone. Steve Seabury’s book contains 147 recipes from some of rock music’s biggest and brightest—think shrimp recipes from Joey Belladonna of Anthrax, cookies from Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, and chili from Ron Thal of Guns N’ Roses.
Guitar Amp Wall-Mounted Key Holder
It’s tough to keep track of keys—ask anyone who has them! This striking Guitar Amp Wall-Mounted Key Holder is absolutely the coolest addition to any music lover’s home. It contains openings for four keychains and is designed to look just like an amp.
Personalized Favorite Song Lyrics Vinyl Record Print
Show them how much you pay attention by surprising them with this sleek and sophisticated Personalized Favorite Song Lyrics Vinyl Record Print. You know what it’s all about at a glance—just customize your order with your recipient’s top song and artist—but when you really take a good look, you’ll realize just how beautifully designed it is.
Jays q-Seven Wireless Headphones
From the school of even greater convenience comes Jays q-Seven Wireless Headphones, which pairs easily with any smartphone to provide top-tier sound quality and exceptional noise cancellation—which means they can block out everything as they settle in, relax, and enjoy that enormous playlist on their phone.
Kube Bluetooth Speaker & Cooler
Few devices actually look cooler than the Kube Bluetooth Speaker & Cooler. Talk about an accurate name, right? This handy device means everything when the music lover is throwing a pool party or headed to the beach for the weekend. It doubles as a cooler and offers enough space to hold 37 quarts’ worth of food and beverages.
Naim Mu-so Wireless Speaker
As with everything, advancements in the industry mean it’s easier than ever to add to home entertainment centers without sacrificing space or adding something bulky and cumbersome to the mix. That’s definitely the case with the Naim Mu-so Wireless Speaker. This attractive setup is absolutely a beauty, and it’s built with a hardcore driver that produces incomparable sound quality.
Bose Noise-Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 700
What does it take for a pair of headphones to stand out from the pack? It probably needs to be a pair of Bose Noise-Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 700 to even have a chance. Think of these as the end-all, be-all of the moment. They’re optimized for the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa can deliver all of the information needed at any moment of the day. The listener can even control the amount of sound that pumps through. Best of all, they feel light despite their heavy-duty performance.