The best Christmas gift ideas for music lovers who are not just another vinyl
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Music is one of those things that anyone can enjoy. Whether it’s heavy metal, classical or the latest hits, there is something for everyone when it comes to music. But thinking about music-themed Christmas gifts can be a challenge, especially if you don’t know the tastes of your gift. The last thing you want to do is buy them an album they already have, or worse yet, an album they absolutely hate.
With these freebies, you can keep your toes tapping and flapping all summer long. Here are some of our best gifts for music fans this Christmas, so bring the good vibes.
Here are some Christmas gift ideas for the music lovers in your life.
I have a friend who thinks he knows all there is to know about the music? Well it’s time for them to put their money where they say it is. These Games Room pop music trivia games are designed to test your musical knowledge with a series of multiple choice questions.
There are also several versions of this trivia game available – 1980s, 1990s music, and 2000s – so you can really focus on your friend’s musical obsessions.
Check out THE ICONIC’s 80s Pop Music Quiz, 90s Pop Music Quiz, and 2000s Pop Music Quiz from THE ICONIC here.
It might sound silly at first, but what could be cooler than having sunglasses that double as speakers? Bose audio frames are good for the eyes and the ears. They offer tinted lenses to block those UV rays along with rich, immersive sound that you can hear but not those around you. You can even take calls on them. Pretty wild technology when you think about it.
Pick up a pair of Bose frames here.
For cute musical household items, coasters always do the trick. Plus, these vinyl-themed designs are suitably retro and practical. We love a stylish gift that also has utility. Senhai has a 6 pack that works for both hot and cold drinks and won’t slip around your table. They also have pretty patterns.
A six pack vinyl coasters are available here.
If you have a music player in the house, be it a guitar, bass, or other electric instruments, a wireless transmitter is a neat gift. The Lekato Wireless Digital Transmitter is ideal for those who listen to music but hate cables.
The two small transmitters plug into your amp and instrument, then stream sound wirelessly between them. They are rechargeable with a battery life of up to five hours and have virtually no lag. Game changer.
Pick up a pair of Lekato wireless digital transmitters here.
Sony’s next-level noise-canceling wireless headphones are unmatched. We at Gizmodo Australia have had the chance to try them out and highly recommend them. If you want comfortable, portable, and truly noise-canceling headphones, these are the buddies for you. They also offer 360-degree sound for truly immersive tracks. The price can be steep but well worth it.
Get a pair of Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones here.
Vinyl is back, and whether you’re digging up old vinyl in the garage or buying a new track, you’ll want to keep these guys clean. As any vinyl owner knows, even the slightest scratch or speck of dust can ruin your sound. Dirty vinyl can also damage the needle of your record player.
This kit comes with a soft velor brush and two smaller brushes, which are stored in the larger brush. A vinyl care kit is a great gift for turntable owners, especially if you can’t decide which album to give them. Give a gift that will serve all their albums.
You can pick up the vinyl record cleaning kit here.
The only thing better than listening to music with friends is listening to music with friends outside. The Wonderboom 2 portable speaker will help your musical companion’s wildest dreams come true with killer sound in a handy little package. With this gift, you can spend the rest of your summer relaxing by the beach and listening to soft music while you relax. Plus, this neat little speaker is reasonably packaged, so you get what you pay for.
You can get an UE Wonderboom 2 speaker here.
If you’re buying for someone who loves reading music as much as they listen to it, Lesley Chow’s You are the story: the twelve strangest women in music will not disappoint.
This collection of essays does exactly what it says on the cover. Chow delves deep into the careers of some of music’s most iconic women – from Chaka Khan to Rihanna, Neneh Cherry and Taylor Swift – and explains how and why their music is so important. The amount of musical and critical knowledge gathered in this slim book is both vast and succinct, where no detail is too minor for Chow’s analysis.
You can retrieve a copy of You are the story here.
Are you still stuck for Christmas gift ideas? You can check out the rest of Gizmodo Australia’s Christmas gift ideas here.