Music lovers are hard to buy for. Chances are the audiophile in your life already has the latest tech, gear, and boxed set out there.
So you have to dig deep and do your homework to find some less than obvious gifts that they might think they don’t need… until you give it to them.
Luckily, I’ve done the heavy lifting for you with 2017 Holiday Music Gift Guide
Price: starting at $99 for 3 month gift membership with bonus record (Buy It Now)
“The Best Damn Record Club” just got better. Vinyl Me, Please is launching a rap and hip-hop membership, providing subscribers with a hand-selected album in the rap/hip hop genre, pressed on unique colored vinyl and paired with special perks, including a custom stencil. Currently, the membership is open to current members only, but will be opened up as a gift option for non-members soon in time for holiday gifting. Uh, hell yeah.
Price: $149.99 (Buy It Now)
The Epic Air’s are JLab Audio’s answer to the Apple AirPods and if the question is if they’re better, I would say “yes”, especially if you’re using them to work out. The ear hook design provides a secure fit, while the touch-and-tap controls let you skip forward or back as needed and answer and hang up phone calls with their built-in microphones. The best feature is the battery life (6 hours) and a portable charging case, which will keep your Epic Air going for 30 hours!
Price: $22.55 (Buy It Now)
A Charlie Brown Christmas has been a yearly tradition for generations, like ugly Christmas sweaters and drunk uncles talking politics at the dinner table. Unlike the former two, this classic holiday album never gets old thanks to Vince Guaraldi's engaging and timeless jazz score, which was made to listen to on vinyl.
Price: $89.95 (Buy It Now)
If you’re really serious about maximizing the sound on your turntable than the P10 Preamp is the perfect companion piece to your Crosley C Series turntable. The high-end metal case and gold plated RCA sockets give crisp sound with optimum balance, but without interference.
Price: Starting at $7 (Buy It Now)
Guns N’ Roses are back on tour, but why see the past their prime version when you can relive their glory days through the eyes of Mick Wall, the “world’s most famous rock and heavy metal writer.” Wall was embedded with the iconic hair metal band during their Sunset Strip heyday before being renounced by frontman Axl Rose in the famous song “Get in the Ring”.
Price: $79.99 (Buy It Now)
Wired wireless headphones are evolving by the day so why invest your rent money on a pair of headphones that you will want to upgrade next season? The Plantronics 500 series is a great gift for those looking to transition to wireless headphones. Not only are they affordable, but they also feature 18 hours of battery life and the best audio quality for anything under $100.
You won't want to let the 25th Anniversary Edition release of Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde pass you by (see what I did there?) The deluxe edition via Craft Recordings of the seminal crossover hip hop album comes in vinyl (original album on 2LPs + 3 12” singles) or 2CD (original album, plus a full disc of bonus material) with audio remastered by Dave Cooley and non-album tracks, remixes, and rarities.