Are you stumped on what to get your music-loving friend or family member this holiday season? Check out these eight great gifts (plus a bonus ninth!) for music lovers this Christmas. Gift ideas ranging from gadgets and accessories to music players and festival fashion. These gifts will enhance the music listening whether it’s in the comfort of your own home or out on the dancefloor.
Trends come and go, and once again vinyl is getting some play. Vinyl records are on track to outsell compact discs for the first time in 33 years and prices have risen 490% percent. Vinyl sales have also increased by 55.8 percent from 2010 to 2011. Record players are great gifts for music lovers everywhere. Urban Outfitters has a neat budget-friendly selection starting at $69. What’s great is that it’s portable and has built-in speakers.
Hearing damage is no joke in the electronic dance music community. Loud noise exposure over an extensive period of time can cause hearing loss or lead to a permanent ringing in your ears known as tinnitus. Make the music lovers in your life protect their hearing with ear protection like Downbeats Earplugs, so they can hear sweet sounds until they’ve joined the ranks of Grandma Techno. Save 10 percent with promo code “holidays”
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When in doubt share the gift of music because it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Go with an Apple iTunes gift card since it’s always a solid bet. Any music lover is always happy to add to their personal music library.
You don’t have to break the bank to score some good-quality noise-canceling headphones. While some topline brands can cost $400 and higher, this holiday season $100 can get the Sony’s WH-CH700N Wireless Noise Canceling Over-the-Ear Headphones. Overall reviews from several consumer tech website give the headphones a 4.5 of 5 stars. Get the most bang for your buck with this purchase.
Ever get the post-festival blues? The connection between music and your brain has been studied by many and research shows that listening to music can have a positive effect on your overall well-being. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin explains the connection between music and the brain in his 2015 Chicago Ideas Week talk. His book, This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, takes a deeper diver in the subject.
What’s a party without music? At an affordable price, the Ion Explorer Extreme speaker carries 175 watts and 10-inch woofer. Lightweight yet powerful? That’s a combo you can’t beat, and it makes for the perfect addition to any tailgate too!
Dr.Martens are any festival-goers best friend. They’ll outlast any other shoe and weather any storm. Outdoor festivals are rain or shine, so make sure your favorite person is fitted in the best. Available in both men’s and women’s sizes.
Dance without worry and hands-free. After grabbing some Anti Techno Techno Club gear for yourself and your loved ones, you should consider the return to fashion of a must-have festival accessory that was up to recently considered out of fashion: the fanny pack! Yes, fanny packs have become fashionable again because of their versatility (different pouch sizes and designs) and safe-keeping (wear it in front of you across your shoulder or around your waist). Check out Herschel’s collection.