The Ultimate Music-Lovers’ Gift Guide

By Rebecca M. Williams

Do you have a music lover in your life? Are you stumped over what to put under the tree for them? With the holidays quickly approaching, get ahead on your shopping with Demo’s comprehensive gift guide for music-lovers. You’ll find tons of ideas for gifts for your audiophile friend, significant other or sibling (or you can even treat yourself to something; go ahead, you deserve it). Splurge for someone you love, or pick up a great gift that fits into your budget; read on to see what we’re wrapping up this holiday season.

Bose Mini SoundLink: Bose has cracked the code – these portable, Bluetooth speakers pack some serious volume and clarity into a tiny, easy-to-charge package. Great for anyone who’s a stickler for sound. Personalize it with one of Bose’s soft speaker covers, available in a wide array of colours. ($220, bose.ca)

Bose Mini Soundlink

Bose Mini Soundlink

Crosley Revolution Turntable: An ultra-portable, folding turntable that comes in a rainbow of cool colours. Record player purists will argue that one compromises sound with portability, but this battery-powered, collapsible, USB-capable turntable is so innovative, it’s tough to scoff at. ($80, crosleyradio.com)

Crosley Revolution turntable

Crosley Revolution turntable

Blue Icicle: Take condenser mics outside the studio with the Blue Icicle. It’s a cheap, battery-powered way to give high quality condenser microphones the phantom power they need to operate. At only $40, you can afford to make quality recordings on the go. ($40, bluemic.com)

Blue Icicle microphone

Blue Icicle microphone

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Turntable: The perfect turntable for any millennial looking to explore the world of vinyl records. You won’t have to dip into your savings account to get your hands on this turntable, plus, it’s USB capable so you can digitize all those dusty old records in your parents’ attic. Happy scratching! ($230, audio-technica.com)

Audio-Technica LP120-USB turntable

Audio-Technica LP120-USB turntable

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, by Robert Dimery: Talk about a comprehensive list! Robert Dimery has compiled 1,001 must-hear albums that are essential to anyone’s musical bucket list. If you’ve got a friend who’s music library resembles an encyclopedia, help them expand it even further with this thoughtful gift. (about $30, amazon.ca)

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

Noted DIY Ukulele Kit: While being a luthier would be pretty goddamn cool, not all of us have the finesse or resources required to craft a guitar or violin. However, you can give the gift of DIY with this ukulele kit. Even non-musicians can learn a few simple songs on this classic island instrument. (about $40, amazon.ca)

Noted DIY ukulele kit

Noted DIY ukulele kit

Headphone Cufflinks: Help your music-loving man-friend keep it classy at formal affairs with these polished stainless steel cufflinks. ($70, uncommongoods.com)

Headphone cufflinks

Headphone cufflinks

Gourd Ampifier: This gift is really beautiful, really functional, and really really really cool. This handmade speaker is crafted out of a hollow gourd, making it a naturally beautiful, far from typical addition to any music-lover’s décor. ($135, uncommongoods.com)

Gourd amplifier

Gourd amplifier

earHero Pro Earphones: Is someone in your life notorious for wearing headphones on their bike, or on a crowded subway platform? Keep your loved one safe with “the world’s safest headphones” – they let the listener hear their surroundings while still enjoying their tunes. ($150, thegrommet.com)

earHero Pro earphones

earHero Pro earphones

Conception Studios Print: Conception Studios makes minimalist, artsy prints inspired by monumental musicians like Johnny Cash, David Bowie and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Help the music lover in your life spice up a bare wall with these unique prints. ($30-$70, http://www.etsy.com)

Conception Studio prints

Conception Studio prints

KOHLER Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker: This bathroom fixture allows your shower singing to have a little accompaniment. It links to your device via Bluetooth so you can sing while you scrub. Take it to the next level with a “Shower Playlist” mix CD. Demo is not responsible for loss of hot water. ($200, kohler.ca)

KOHLER Moxie showerhead and wireless speaker

KOHLER Moxie showerhead and wireless speaker

Shopping on a budget? Don’t worry, so are we. Here are our wallet-friendly $25-and-under gift picks:

Headphone Splitters: Cheap, fun and oh so handy, a headphone splitter is the perfect little gift for a significant other, sibling or best friend. Let them introduce you to some great new music on long drives, train rides, or at the cottage when wifi is limited. Pick up the Splitterbot ($8, amazon.ca) as a cute little music companion, or get the whole gang listening with a five-way splitter like the Belkin RockStar Multi-Headphone Splitter ($20).

Splitterbot headphone splitter

Splitterbot headphone splitter

Pick Punch: Do you have a guitar player in your life who’s always losing their picks? The Pick Punch is a no-brainer – turn old credit cards, scraps of plastic, or pretty much anything into a DIY guitar pick. To take this gift to the next level, pick up some plastic sheets from a craft store and make guitar pick confetti. ($25, pickpunch.com)

Pick Punch

Pick Punch

33 1/3 Books: 33 1/3 is a collection of books about influential albums, written by musicians, music journalists, recording engineers and other people in the music industry. Check to see if your loved one’s favourite record is on the list – or, if you can’t decide on just one, pick up a few. They’re cheap and quick to read, making them a perfectly thoughtful present. ($15, 333sound.com)

33 1/3 book

33 1/3 book

Ticket Stub Scrapbook: If you’re looking for a sentimental gift for your concert-going partner, look no further. Pick up the Ticket Stub Diary ($17, uncommongoods.com) (or take the cheaper route and make your own) and fill it with ticket stubs, photos and memories from all of your musical travels.

Ticket stub scrapbook

Ticket stub scrapbook

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One Response to “The Ultimate Music-Lovers’ Gift Guide”
  1. Wow… amazing stuffs for a music lover. This article really solved my problem. The last couple of days, I really spent on thinking what I should buy for my sweetest husband for our anniversary. Nothing could come up from my head. Then, I read this article and now I exactly know what should I do. Really thank you.

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