Christmas is the season of giving -- you give presents, you spread love, you share joy, and you reward the nice (sometimes even the naughty). But all of this giving can be exhausting, time-consuming, and stressful. You have so many people to please, so many gifts to buy; it’s no wonder your bank account seems to be at an all time low! It’s all too easy to put off that annual Holiday trip to the mall, where just finding a parking spot feels like a small victory. But the time has come my friends, procrastinating has gotten you to this point and now it’s time to bite the bullet, take a deep breath and tackle that extensive gift list. Not sure where to start? We have a few suggestions to get you inspired and into the spirit! Here’s a perfect blend of the top 6 gift ideas for that audio lover in your life.
1. Music Streaming Subscription
This first one is a grand slam: you don’t have to make your way into the stampede that is Macy’s, you can match your budget exactly, there are no worries of being sucked into getting additional matching accessories, and you are sure to make your friend happy because who doesn’t love music, right? With so many options out there, a music streaming subscription is not only a load off of your shoulders, but satisfaction is guaranteed by the recipient as well! They will get a couple month’s worth of free music, and they will in turn save some money -- it’s a double whammy! Depending on your budget, you can get them a 6-month subscription or surprise them with a full year's worth of unlimited Spotify playlists. There are so many platforms out there: Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal… the list goes on and on. So, do your research, pick the perfect music streaming source, and make your Secret Santa the happiest of all!
2. Bluetooth Speakers
Today’s fad is most definitely Bluetooth. No one has the time or patience to carry around wires and manually connect cables. If it’s not Bluetooth, it’s not worth it. Now, these range in size from as small as a baseball to as big as an old 90’s computer -- not the monitor, the actual computer that took up way too much space, a feature that can actually be extremely beneficial for speakers. The smaller ones might be good for the beach or for getting some work done. But, the big ones are definitely a necessity for a house party or for syncing instruments for a concert. When you’re looking into buying Bluetooth speakers, there are also some other features to keep in mind: the style, the range, the sound, and the battery life. You want to make sure that they have their own sort of personality; a blue trim or a pink silicone exterior, anything to assure that it suits the audio lover’s specific tastes and character. The range is also extremely important -- for the true music lover, being able to go anywhere with your tunes is key (even the shower). We all want to be able to walk away from our speakers, and not have the audio fading in and out. Clear, crisp, and quality sound is essential. Don’t settle for anything less. And if you’re not going to be able to live without the premium sound, you’ll definitely want it to last all day long. Find a Bluetooth speaker that you can rely on, that won’t die out on you, and that will provide the same audio quality from 7:00am to 7:00pm.
Here’s our pick:
The Beats Pill+: Not only is it a BT speaker, but it can also act as a phone charger and has a 12-hour rechargeable battery. With its sleek design and quality sound, the Pill+ is a definite top choice!
3. A Turntable
In case you didn’t know, Vinyls are back. You can stop asking your kids if they know what a record is, because the music generations are officially merging! Millennials are now getting some of their own records and vinyl turntables. Stores like Urban Outfitters sell today’s artists’ records, and believe it or not, they fly off the shelf! If you are thinking about buying a millennial a CD, think again. They will want something vintage and retro -- a vinyl turntable is just that. It is both the perfect gift for a trendy, music-addicted teen, as well as an excellent nostalgic present for those 70’s rock & roll dads!
Here’s our pick:
The Crosley X UO Cruiser Briefcase Portable Vinyl Record Player: Exclusively found at Urban Outfitters, this portable vintage turntable is housed in a faux leather mint green briefcase. It has three different speeds, built-in stereo speakers, and adds a little retro spin to your room!
4. Music Festival Tickets
Coachella, Electric Zoo, Osheaga… the list is neverending. Music festivals are the entertainment industry’s gift to us. Essentially, it’s seeing over 20 music artists in one full day, or even a full weekend -- sometimes for the same price as a single concert! For audio lovers, nothing can be greater than spending an entire day, usually outside, with several of their favorite musicians, jumping up and down and swaying back and forth to their favorite songs of the season. You can’t go wrong with this gift! Get a jump start on finding out which festivals are hitting your town this year and give the gift of music, literally.
5. Shadow Box Frame
A shadow box is an enclosed glass-front case that can contain anything you want. It’s usually centered around a theme -- in this case, music. This can be a fun DIY project that’s more personal for the music lover in your life. Perhaps they have a favorite genre so you want to include different album covers and different concert memorabilia. The best part about this one is that it’s unique and custom, it cannot be replicated or replaced, making it all the more special. To get all of your supplies, check out your local crafts stores -- Michael’s, for example, has hundreds of art supply options to bring out the craftsmanship in you that you never knew you had!
6. Bluetooth Earphones/Headphones
Once again, forget wires and cables that come with traditional earphones. Just like speakers, Bluetooth is the way to go. The easy pairing process from one device to another via Bluetooth is the industry’s newest and most innovative technology. All tech companies are on board and are inevitably competing for the number one spot! Bose, Beats, Jaybird and many more all have different options for wireless headphones, so now the trick is figuring out exactly which ones you and the audio lover in your life prefer! Apple took things one step further by removing the audio jack on the new iPhone 7, naturally creating even more incentive for customers to #GoWireless. Another factor to take into consideration when shopping for earbuds, is the fit and comfort level. These factors come down to one primary decision: to go with the standard, universal-fit or to try out a pair of custom-fits. Most options are universal -- ones that follow a one-size-fits-all platform. Others however, offer 3D print tips or even custom molded gel-filled tips to perfectly fit each unique ear. Take all of these aspects into consideration and make the choice that best suits the audio lover in your life (and their ears)!
Surrounded by all of the crazed shoppers and packed parking lots, we feel the anxiety that may come with the grueling process of “gifting”. So before you begin, we hope that we were able to make it a little bit easier on you! On this crisp winter morning, we challenge you to dive head first into the chaos!