Cue the official song of Christmas, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”. Amazing song, that we know isn’t exactly true or else December wouldn’t be the biggest shopping time of the year. Uninterrupted time with family and friends truly is the greatest gift of the holiday season. Gifts with bows under the tree are the whipped cream on top of grandma’s sweet potato pie. My Christmas list is pretty short this year as I’ve asked my family to invest in my passion and invest in experiences (2018 travel list coming soon). Although I have a short list, there are still a few things I wouldn’t mind getting under the tree.
If you are a music lover like me or have a music lover in your life, below are gifts that will sure make them sing and dance. The guide is divided into most expensive “for under the tree”, midtier “for the home” and least expensive “stocking stuffers”.
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I have the JBL Charge 2 and JBL Xtreme. I recommend both. The JBL Charge series is a smaller, cheaper more portable option. It’s very powerful and perfect for trips to the beach, festivals or just listening in the house. One of the best features of all of most of their newer speakers is they are all waterproof. It takes the worry out of where you take it and what might spill on it. I use my JBL Xtreme when I’m hosting a party. To say it’s powerfully loud is an understatement. It comes with a strap to make it easier to carry (that’s how big it is). Any JBL option is great and it’s basically the gift that keeps on giving every time you power it on. If you’re looking for more affordable options they have the Flip and the Clip that are also great. Order on the site by December 21st and you’re guaranteed to get it by Christmas Eve.
Victrola Vinyl Player
Vinyl is making a comeback. There is just something about putting your favorite record on and relaxing with candles lit and a nice drink. I purchased the Victrola Bluetooth Turntable earlier this year and love it. It’s not only a great piece for my bookshelf, but it’s compact with good sound quality. I only use it for my records, but I could use it for a speaker as it’s Bluetooth and has audio input as well. It kills two birds with one gift for someone in need of a new speaker. You can pick this turntable up in a few stores, but Amazon has the widest selection and if you’re a Prime™ member like me, you can get it shipped at no cost.
iPod™ Tabletop Jukebox
I don’t own this, but wish I did. It’s a cute concept and a fun centerpiece for any room. This one comes from ShaperImage. It even has a CD deck if you want to really get nostalgic and feel like you’re back in the early 90s. The site pubs it as a nice addition to a “man cave” but I think any music lover would enjoy this throwback idea. This gift will come with free shipping and 20% cashback if you buy from the site.
Personalized Mixtape Doormat
Who wants to buy this for me? We will be best friends if you do! This is definitely unique and fun gift that any music lover would love to have on their doorstep. You really can’t go wrong with a customized gift. This gem is from UnCommon Goods. If you’re not familiar with them, you can find lots of unique, interesting items on their site. They also have a personalized amp doormat. Both are under $40 and if you order by December 13th, you can get it by Christmas Day in the US.
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My close friends know that I collect shot glasses. It’s cause I’m from Tennessee. I like to collect shot glasses from places I visit and places my friends and family visit. I also just like fun ones. These would be a perfect addition for me and any music lover you know. Fun and useful. Can’t go wrong with that combo. Find these at Uncommon Goods. If your friend is like me, they probably won’t let you drink out of these. Display only for the shot glasses I truly love.
No one likes rings on the table. If you’re like me, you use your coasters as a chance to showcase your style. Record Coasters will add a pop of color and fun to your table when you’re hosting. I think of them as essential party accessories. These coasters from Uncommon Goods come in different colors to mix it up, but stay within the same theme.
Music Wall Art
Target curates great wall art from small and well-known artists. Whether is a wall decal or a large canvas, you can surely find something.
One bill I’m happy to pay every month is my $9 for Spotify Premium. That $9 gives me commercial-free listening, unlimited skips, access to save and download playlists. I listen on my phone, TV, computer, Google Home and in my car. Basically, my Spotify Premium goes everywhere I do. You can purchase a Spotify giftcard at most major grocery stores like Kroger, Target or Wal-Mart. The gift of unlimited listening and new artists is one they’ll surely love.
Experiences are the gift I recommend. See if one of your music lover’s favorite artist is coming to a city near you and them tickets to the show. Tickets depending on who they love can range from $5-$500. A good app to help you find who is coming into town is Bands in Town. If you want to splurge you can get VIP passes to their favorite festival. If you’re going to spend that kind of money, I recommend you tag along for the ride. There are many cute ways to give out concert tickets other than stockings. Check out these fun surprise videos from Vevo.
Music Phone Cases
Most music lovers like to showcase that they are just that. These cute phone cases are the perfect way for them to do that. It’s a simple, but nice and useful gift. Check out more custom ideas on Café Press.
Do you have any gifts to add to this list? Let me know in the comment section below. Also, be sure to check back this month for my Ultimate Holiday Playlist and Gift Guide for the Travel Bug