What do you get the music lover that has everything? It’s a tough call because audiophiles are a finicky and fickle bunch. If they’re obsessed with the latest boxed set or the newest headphone they will just go out and buy it themselves.
2016 Music Gift Guide: 10 Presents for Music Lovers offers a variety of music-related items that will surprise them not just for your creativity, but your effort to go the extra mile. Whether that be in cost or careful thought, these are the kind of gifts they might not know they needed, but eventually will not be able to live without.
The 2016 Music Gift Guide: 10 Presents for Music Lovers
Daft Punk Limited Edition Robot Helmet Ornament Set
Price: $25 ( Buy It Now)
If you "Get Lucky" enough to score a pair of these limited edition Daft Punk Robot Helmet Christmas ornaments you can hang the metallic gold and white pair on your tree or rearview mirror year around.
Shinola Runwell Turntable
Price: $2500 ( Buy It Now)
Shinola is a luxury lifestyle brand that taps into the retro American male aesthetic. Often associated with watches, bikes, and leather goods, the Detroit company has just released their first turntable. The sleek Runwell Turntable blends aluminum, steel, and wood with the streamlined modernist flair that the American-made brand is known for.
Hip Hop Family Tree Vol 1-2: 1975-1983 Gift Box Set
Price: $37.31 (
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Ed Piskor’s fantastical Hip Hop Family Tree breaks down the history of the genre’s Golden Age with a Stan Lee-meets-Ken Burns approach. This gift box set of the New York Times Bestseller contains the first two volumes in a special edition slipcase, drawn and designed by the Eisner Award Winner ( read Crave's interview with Piskor here).
Kneeling Santa Christmas Sweater
Price: $45 (
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Nas is the latest rapper to get into the Christmas sweater game. The Kneeling Santa sweaters, which come in red, black and green, are an obvious nod to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. This gift is not just a gag as a portion of the proceeds will go to the Center for Court Innovation, a non-profit which seeks to reform the justice system.
Vinyl Me, Please
Price: Varies ( Buy It Here)
Vinyl Me, Please is basically Birchbox for music aficionados. The record of the month club is like that shaggy-haired, flannel shirt guy from your favorite used record store who would help you explore, experience and enjoy music on a deeper level, without the snark and musty body odor. You can select three levels of membership, all of which fall under $30 a month. Each month, subscribers receive an exclusive pressing of an album, an original art print, cocktail recipe for pairing, and exclusive piece of merchandise.
Price: $12 ( Buy It Here)
The Hamilton Mixtape is the perfect gift for the Mike Pence/Donald Trump voter in your life (whom you haven't unfriended on Facebook... yet). Produced by Roots’ Questlove, the compilation album features everyone from Nas and Sia to Chance the Rapper covering the greatest hits of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway phenomenon about our founding fathers.
Price: 23.99 ( Buy It Here)
There is no shame in wearing earplugs to a concert. Vibes are actually a badge of honor that show you not only go to a lot of shows, but will be able to for a long time because you won’t damage your hearing. The high-fidelity earplugs were designed for music, allowing you to hear true, natural, HD-sound clearer and more comfortably with multiple fit sizes.
Isaac Hayes Digitally Remastered Stax Catalogue
Price: Varies ( Buy It Here)
Long before Issac Hayes was Chef on South Park, he was a soul legend. Now, his most iconic albums have been digitally remastered and are available on iTunes. Spanning his legendary work with Stax Records from 1969 to 1976, the dozen albums were remastered entirely from the original analog tapes, including his landmark Hot Buttered Soul, its epic follow-up The Issac Hayes Movement and his legendary Shaft soundtrack.
UE Boom 2
You may already have portable Bluetooth speakers, but the UE Boom offers you something you don’t have — waterproofing. The Bluetooth device also has crisp 360 degree sound, an inline mic for phone calls, voice integration, a 15 hour rechargeable battery life, an impressive 50-foot wireless range, and can be immersed in water for up to 30 minutes, making it the perfect hip hop pool party starter.
JLab's Epic 2 Wireless Sports Earbuds
Price: $99 ( Buy It Here)
Bluetooth earbuds are a luxury worth spending on, especially for someone on-the-go. JLab’s Epic 2 wireless sport earbuds look good (sleek, unobtrusive design), sound great (skip-proof tech) and they’ve improved on their award-winning product by increasing their rechargeable battery life to 12 hours, made it waterproof and even washable.