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Aftershokz headphones, Cat scratching deck, SubPac M2, and Roli Lightpad | © Amazon/Roli
Aftershokz headphones, Cat scratching deck, SubPac M2, and Roli Lightpad | © Amazon/Roli
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15 Perfect Gifts For Music Lovers In 2016

Picture of Ryan Kristobak
Music Editor
Updated: 30 November 2016
With the holidays — as well as Black Friday and Cyber Monday — approaching at mach speed, it’s time again to start thinking about what presents to buy for your loved ones. For those out there who have an artist or audiophile on their list, here are 15 fantastic gifts you should consider purchasing to bring a little more music to their lives.

Aftershokz Bluez 2S Wireless Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headphones

What is bone conduction, you ask? Well, as Aftershokz explains on their website, “transducers guide mini vibrations through the cheekbones to the inner ears, delivering sound without plugging or covering them.” These headphones provide a totally different listening experience than your typical in-ear, on-ear, or over-the-ear headphones, and their positioning in front of your ears allows ambient noise to mix in, helping you remain aware of what’s happening around you at all times.

Price: $69.99

Aftershokz Bluez 2S Wireless Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headphones | © Amazon
Aftershokz Bluez 2S Wireless Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headphones | © Amazon

Glow In-Ear Headphones

Crediting themselves as the “world’s first and only laser headphones,” there’s no denying these headphones aren’t fun. The lights pulse to the music you are listening to, although its intensity and pattern can be adjusted on the matching app to accommodate any environment and mood. While the buds sit nicer than many other earbuds on the market, there is a definite loss in sound quality.

Price: $129.99

Glow In-Ear Headphones | © Glow
Glow In-Ear Headphones | © Glow

Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs

For the avid fan of live music, there is a constant dilemma surrounding the welfare of one’s ears. Wearing earplugs is extremely important, but it so often comes at the cost of quality of sound. Thankfully, Vibes have solved the problem, their product designed to “lower decibel levels of your environment without sacrificing sound clarity.”

Price: $23.99

Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs | © Amazon
Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs | © Amazon

SubPac M2 Wearable Physical Sound System

Physical audio no longer requires a sick subwoofer or your presence at a live performance. Whether you are listening to music, watching a movie, playing video games, or dipping into virtual reality, the SubPac M2 takes things to a new level. This could be a game-changer.

Price: $349.00

SubPac M2 Wearable Physical Sound System | © Amazon
SubPac M2 Wearable Physical Sound System | © Amazon

Roli Lightpad Block

The thought of purchasing modular synth controllers is enough to set your wallet on fire, but Roli’s Blocks series is here to bring you the quality you’re looking for on a budget. Working in sync with their Noise app — which currently boasts 128 different software instruments, and will continue to add more — the Lightpad Block is less than four inches to a side, its silicon-covered surface allows users to tap and slide along it to bend pitch, and the whole thing is pressure-sensitive, so the harder you push, the louder the tone. These Roli products are currently only available for iOS devices, but they will be coming to Android soon.

Price: $179.95

Roli Lightpad Block | © Roli
Roli Lightpad Block | © Roli

LittleBits Electronics Synth Kit

Why buy someone a synth when you can give them the gift of being able to build a synth?

Price: $159.00

LittleBits Electronics Synth Kit | © littleBits
LittleBits Electronics Synth Kit | © littleBits

Amazon Echo/Dot

Amazon Echo and Dot allow you to play and control all of your favorite music on Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more through voice. Plus, you can ask Alexa Voice Service for fun facts and jokes at anytime and you won’t be disappointed. We aren’t big fans of the Amazon Tap, so we say go big or go Dot.

Price: $179.99 (Echo); $50.00 (Dot)

Amazon Echo and Dot | © Amazon
Amazon Echo and Dot | © Amazon

Custom Vinyl “Mixtape”

At some point in time, most of us have made a mixtape for that special person in our lives. Now, thanks to the medium’s resurgence over the past few years, it’s time to take things to the next level and transfer that mixtape to the premium audio quality of vinyl.

Price: $139.00 +

Record player | © Pixabay
Record player | © Pixabay

Cat Scratching Deck

While you are spinning the vinyl mixtape you’ve just purchased, your cat can join you on the decks for a re-meow-x. Terrible puns aside, if you have a friend who loves music and loves cats, you are about to make them 100-times happier by fulfilling their “DJ Kitty” dreams. Keyboard Cat who?

Price: $32.94

Cat Scratching Deck | © Suck UK
Cat Scratching Deck | © Suck UK

Personalized Song Soundwave Print

Whether its your partner, your best friend, or your closest family member, no great relationship is complete without “our song.” While nothing beats a no-holding-back, dance-routine-perfected sing-along, a classy immortalization of those moments serves as a fantastic gift.

Price: $84.99

Personalized Song Soundwave Print | © Cumberland Coast
Personalized Song Soundwave Print | © Cumberland Coast

Mistaken Lyrics Coasters

We all get the lyrics to songs wrong at one point or another, and more often than not, what we think those lyrics are hilariously nonsensical. Bright Beam Goods’ mistaken lyrics coasters provide a variety of series — including greatest hits, classic rock, ’80s, ’90s, and hip hop — and never fall short on the laughter. Hold me closer, Tony Danza.

Price: $25.00

Mistaken Lyrics Coasters | © Amazon
Mistaken Lyrics Coasters | © Amazon

Jack Rack Guitar Amp Key Holder

We bet you never knew hanging up your keys could be so cool.

Price: $34.99

Jack Rack Guitar Amp Key Holder | © Amazon
Jack Rack Guitar Amp Key Holder | © Amazon

Oblique Strategies

Even the most brilliant minds occasionally run into mental blocks. Who better to help you through these moments than the legendary Brian Eno, who, along with Peter Schmidt, developed a series of printed cards that offer a challenging dilemma intended to help artists through these moments, encouraging creative and indirect reasoning. The first box was created in 1975, and today those interested can purchase the fifth edition.

Price: $37.26

Oblique Strategies | © Improvisation-Sound-Drawing
Oblique Strategies | © Improvisation-Sound-Drawing

Books

There were a lot of great music-related books released this year, and at least one of them is guaranteed to fit the interest of fans of any genre. “Born to Run” details the life and takeaways of Bruce Springsteen, DJ Khaled lays down knowledge in “The Keys,” Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step” is a New York Times Bestseller, “Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me” digs into pop rivalries and their effects outside of music, and because the tickets for Hamilton are sold out until forever, you might as well read the book. While not published this year, it’s also worth your time to finally pick up (or revisit) books detailing the lives of David Bowie and The Purple One.

Price: Varied

"Born to Run," "The Keys," "Every Little Step," and "Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me" | © Amazon
“Born to Run,” “The Keys,” “Every Little Step,” and “Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me” | © Amazon

MasterClass

Through MasterClass, you will be taught singing by Christina Aguilera, the art of performance by Usher, electronic music production by Deadmou5, and country music by Reba McEntire. This as good as a gift gets for that aspiring artist in your life.

Price: $90.00

MasterClass tutors Usher, Christina Aguilera, and Deadmau5 | © MasterClass
MasterClass tutors Usher, Christina Aguilera, and Deadmau5 | © MasterClass