The trick to gifting a music fanatic is giving them something that enhances their music experience, because trying to get them music they’ll like is incredibly difficult. Luckily, it takes a lot of stuff to have an amazing experience listening to music. Ahead we have suggestions to make listening to and loving music better for any and all music lovers in your life. But especially the hard to shop for ones!
A true music completest likes to have everything, so the deep music nerd in your life should love this box set of every recording released by Stax, the iconic Memphis label, in the pivotal year of 1968. That’s 120 songs and a 56-page accompanying book that includes some of the most seminal songs in the history of music, from Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” to The Staple Singers’ “The Ghetto” to Isaac Hayes’ “Precious Precious.”
Amazon Stax ’68: A Memphis Story, $49.01, available at Amazon
What’s the point of knowing a lot about music if you can’t show off all your knowledge? For the music nerd who has everything and knows everything, this card game will either delight them or teach them how much they still have to learn. Either way, it’s a rocking way to spend a night.
Uncommon Goods Music IQ Party Game, $20, available at Uncommon Goods
Some people need to take their music with them everywhere. For those music fans, get the Wonderboom. It’s waterproof and it floats, so it can go in the shower, a muddy field at a music festival, or around the pool with ease.
Ultimate Ears Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Speaker, $360, available at Ultimate Ears
Everything old is new again, including the classic Victrola record player. For the love of all things retro, this gorgeous design is a great centerpiece (and player) for their record collection. The coolest part? These Victrola brand players are made by Innovative Technologies, one of the cutting edge tech companies in record players. So this bad boy comes with all the bells and whistles you want in 2018 with a hardcore 1918 look.
Victrola Victrola 6-in-1 Wood Bluetooth Record Player, $149.99, available at Victrola
Own your very own glimpse into the history of music with a print from the Rock Archives. All the prints are authentic, and their gift shop offers framed selections of all sorts of photos from their collections.
Rock Archive Framed Print: Bob Dylan by Don Hunstein, $150, available at Rock Archive
If the music lover in your life likes to wake up with music but thinks the the audio and design of the classic alarm clock is horrid, get them this retro-style alarm that comes with a USB port built in. Not only can they pick their own music, they can wake up to it, too.
L.L. Bean Moonbeam Alarm Clock with USB Port, $44.95, available at L.L. Bean
For the music lover who already has enough: make a donation in their name to MusiCares, the charity run by the Recording Academy (er, the Grammys). The fund covers a wide range of financial, medical, and personal emergencies for musicians as needed and runs public service campaigns to improve the health and welfare of the music community.
MuisCares Donate, $50, available at The Recording Academy
Everyone knows synths should not be purchased, but built with your own two hands. For the music lover who enjoys a mental puzzle, get them this cute little set that will allow them to build three different synths. All they need to make them work are batteries and wi-fi. When they finish, they’ll have serious DIY cred. And some new synths!
Uncommon Goods DIY Synth Kit, $40, available at Uncommon Goods
For a music lover, the $10 headphones at the drug store will not do. Heck, even the earbuds that come with your iPhone aren’t the best quality. No, a music fanatic will want to upgrade, and Bose has made a gorgeous pair of earbuds so they can take crystal-clear music with them on a walk, on the subway, or wherever they go.
Bose Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear Headphones , $94.95, available at Amazon
Already got a turntable to play those vinyl LPs on? Then you need a vinyl stabilizer. It will help smooth out the creaks and wobbles in older vinyl to deliver an even more warm, perfect sound.
Sou’Laes Audio Vinyl Stabilizer , $74.95, available at Amazon
Wrensilva’s stunning limited edition Black Tiger stereo console is something for the music lover who wants what everyone else hasn’t got. It’s a pricey splurge, but there are also only 100 of them being made. This ebony colored cabinet made from American Oak is so not something everyone will have.
Wrensilva Black Tiger LTD Edition Stereo Console, $3599, available at Wrensilva
The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, collaborated with the Hard Rock Cafe to create a limited edition line with proceeds going to the charity WhyHunger’s work to invest in grassroots solutions to hunger and poverty worldwide. Do something good and give this tee. Or, if that’s not his style, Springsteen created a hat and a pin as well.
Hard Rock Cafe Mens Bruce Springsteen Sig Series 36 Tee, $29.5, available at Hard Rock Cafe
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