Music plays a huge part in all of our lives, from our morning commute to "me" time, but some of us like music a bit more than others. Finding the perfect gifts for your audiophile friends and family can be difficult sometimes, but there's a treasure trove of wonderful tech and gadgets out there for the musically-minded. Here are our picks of the bunch, and ones that are sure to keep those feel-good music vibes flowing.
Turntables are back in fashion, and not just because retro is cool again. They're a great way to listen to music as god intended, with crisp, clear and booming sound quality. As far as first turntables go, the Pro-Ject Primary E is a great option and while it's fairly simple, it won't break the bank. It also comes highly recommended, and in a field dominated by cheap, hollow-sounding knock-offs, that quality means the world.
It doesn't have to be Twin Peaks. Heck, it can be anything you want it to be, but if you're planning on forking out for a killer vinyl player, then you'd best include some killer vinyl with it, right? Or maybe your gift recipient already has a vinyl player, in which case, your gift can be a thoughtful addition to their vinyl collection. Think about what types of movies, TV or music that they like, and get something nice for them to fill their earholes with.
A Nintendo Switch on a list of music items? You betcha. It probably wouldn't be the first thing that you think of, but the Nintendo Switch is home to some killer music apps, including a cardboard Nintendo Labo piano, which you can use to create and control your own tunes. There's even a strange little KORG gadget for Nintendo Switch, which you can purchase separately online. Who knew the Switch was a secret music making machine?
A Spotify gift card is the gift that keeps on giving for the music lover. Nobody wants to deal with an influx of ads, and this simple (and stress free) gift is a win-win for you and your giftee. There's nothing worse than travelling in a mates car and having your jams interrupted every half hour by a chirpy sing-song advertising voice. A Spotify gift card will help you both jam on, and on (or at least until the 3 months is up).
When we reviewed these earbuds earlier in the year, we were very impressed with their sound quality, sturdiness and versatility. For the discerning audiophile, you can't go past a solid and well-made headset as the perfect gift, and the Sony WF-1000XM3s are a great option if you've got more of a budget for gifts.
Yes, we're suggesting you buy your music lover mate some socks. But not just any socks — silly music socks! Novelty socks make for a great and practical gift, and while a kid might look at you funny for gifting socks, adults will love you for it, trust us. The amount of socks adults wear through a year is phenomenal, band getting a funky sock boost at Christmas is sure to lift their spirits. Having the socks be music-themed is just an added bonus.
The RØDE NTUSB Condenser Microphone often tops the list of the best quality microphones on the market, and for good reason. It boasts studio-quality sound and crisp recording, making it perfect for streaming, podcasting and recording audio. If your gift recipient thinks they're in with a chance to be the next Björk, the gift of the microphone might be the first step in their superstar singing adventure.
Sometimes, just sounding good isn't enough. Your music lover mate might want earphones that are stylish too. Well, this Audio-Technica headset is both, with booming sound quality and a sleek maroon finish to boot. At £140, it won't break the budget, and with a slew of impressive reviews,these fashion-forward earphones are a great way to go, gift-wise.
The only thing better than listening to music with friends is listening to music with friends in the outdoors. The Wonderboom 2 portable speaker will help your musical mate's wildest dreams come true with killer sound in a handy little package. With this gift, you can spend the rest of your summer rockin' out by the beach and listening to some sweet tunes while you chill. Plus, this neat little package is reasonably packaged so you get a good deal of bang for your buck.
The IKEA Symfonisk range is a wild, furniture-themed experiment that combines everyday life with music in an attempt to join the two harmoniously. It succeeds pretty well, and of the range, the Symfonisk table lamp with Wi-Fi speaker is the coolest and most appealing item. Combining a lamp with a speaker is just an awesome idea, and not only does it make for a stylish bedroom accessory, it also brings your tunes right where you want them.
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