10 Incredible Gift Ideas For Music Lovers

Nov 29, 2017

With our neighbours to the south celebrating their Thanksgiving last week, and Black Friday truly kicking off the holiday shopping season, it’s time to revisit one of our favourite topics: holiday gifts! But this year we’re going to do things a little different. In the past we’ve taken a special focus on gift ideas for the musicians in your life. But this year we’re going to broaden our scope a bit.
We’ve all got that one friend or family member that absolutely loves music, even if they can’t actually play anything. That person who always has their headphones on, who’s constantly recommending music to other people (even when they didn’t ask), and always have their own music close at hand.

Yes, that’s right, this year we’re going to give you some gift ideas for music lovers off all kinds, regardless of whether they can play an instrument or if they’re just an enthusiastic audiophile!

U-Turn Orbit Turntable

Vinyl is back, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! And any vinyl enthusiast will need a turntable to enjoy the ride.

Decent budget turntables used to be about as easy to find as a unicorn. Cheaper tables might destroy records, while the better ones were out of most people’s price range. Luckily, the people at U-Turn have turned that around.

The U-Turn Orbit is undoubtedly one of the best low-cost turntables around. It’s built well, plays records without incident, and ought to last a lifetime. If their records don’t sound great on this turntable, there’s a problem somewhere else in their audio system.

Vinyl Me, Please – Subscription

Okay, you’ve got the turntable, but what about stuff to play on it? Vinyl Me, Please has the solution! A monthly subscription for vinyl lovers, this service delivers an exclusive pressing of an album, an original art print, cocktail recipe for pairing with their music, and an exclusive piece of swag!

Annual subscriptions cost $23/month, three-month subscriptions are $25/month, or you can simply go with a $27/month month-to-month subscription.

Major Scale Wine Glasses

The perfect pairing for someone who loves good music and good wine! Lines on the side of each glass correspond with a musical note. If you get them enough glasses they could perform with a whole glass orchestra! Even with only two, the fun is so tempting, everyone will want their turn playing the glasses.

Bluetooth Ottoman Speaker

This stealthy speaker is perfect for the audiophile with limited space. Built right into an ottoman, it doesn’t take up any extra room, and is a great place to put your feet up! Rechargeable and stylish, this speaker pairs with any iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, or any other android device to play all your favourite tunes. It even sports an auxiliary line in for devices that aren’t equipped with Bluetooth. Featuring twin 8W speakers, a rotary volume knob, a separate bass knob, and an easy to move, lightweight design, you won’t want to pass up this speaker!

Bobino Cord Wrap

A great stocking-stuffer idea, the Bobino cord wrap is the perfect gift for those always struggling with their headphone cords. Until we all switch permanently to cordless or Bluetooth headphones, the problem of tangled cords isn’t going away any time soon. This simple little, colourful, rubbery shape is the answer. And its even a gift that keeps on giving, in the form of saved time between headphone retrieval and musical enjoyment.

Concert Ticket Shadow Box

A great idea for the constant concert goer, a shadow box is the perfect way to display their concert tickets. A display box completely removes the risk of damaging their tickets with masking tape, thumbtacks, or putty, while showing off all the incredible experiences they’ve had in a fun and elegant way.

After every show, the ticket just goes in with the rest of them, where it can easily be retrieved for nostalgic reasons, or just to simply show off!

Vibes High-Fidelity Earplugs

Don’t ask me how they work, but these earplugs have been specifically designed to filter out acoustics to prevent ear damage, without stifling the sound, leaving the user completely able to enjoy their concert in comfort.

Perfect for concerts, sporting events, clubs, and basically anywhere that hearing damage might occur. They even come with a handy carrying case so they won’t be lost when not in use.

Cassette USB Flash Drive

Do you have anyone in your family that misses the days when they would wait patiently to record their favourite songs off the radio for their ultimate mix tape? Then have I got the perfect gift idea for you! This adorable USB drive is designed to look just like those mix tapes of yesteryear, without the hassle of recording off the radio or finding a cassette player.

And at 8 GB, it’s got more than enough room for that modern ultimate mix tape playlist!

Kala Learn to Play Ukulele Starter Kit

Kala is one of the most recognized and sought after ukulele brands in the world, known for their high-quality instruments. And this starter kit is ideal for either the beginner musician, or one that just wants to try something new! Complete with a mahogany instrument, a tote bag for the uke’, a tuning app to make sure they’re hitting the right notes, and free online lessons, this kit has everything anyone needs to get started.

The Artiphon

This last one is a little pricier than the rest of the list, but if you’re feeling especially generous and have the funds, the Artiphon is a pretty amazing piece of musical technology. Great for both the accomplished musicians and those just getting started, it can be played like a guitar, slide guitar, violin, or even a keyboard. It can loop beats for layering, and is much easier to use and play than most standard instruments, regardless of whether they’re acoustic or digital. In fact, you can even play two notes on the same string; a feat unmatched by any acoustic (or even electric) instrument. Just plug it into any iOS device or computer, and you’re ready to start making music.