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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
LittleBits Electronics Synth Kit
Why buy someone a synth when you can give them the gift of being able to build a synth?
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.
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 +
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?
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.
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.
Jack Rack Guitar Amp Key Holder
We bet you never knew hanging up your keys could be so cool.
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.
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.
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.