Holiday Gift Guide — Music Edition

Merry Blogmas!!! The holiday season is finally upon us, which means two things — stress and more stress. Although the holidays evoke immense feelings of excitement, anticipation and joy, the thoughts of  holiday cooking, festive parties and buying the perfect presents, are enough to make someone wish it was January.

Since I’m a teenager, and happen to know what teenagers want as presents this holiday season, I thought I would conjure up a list of gifts that will fit any budget to help ease the pain of the gift giving process this year. But there’s one catch to this gift guide… All gifts are based on music, since that’s where my passion and expertise falls.


  1. Record Player ($50 – $110)

Yes, a record player. I know what you’re thinking, why on earth would I buy someone a record player? It’s 2017! Well, you know what they say, everything comes back in style. Record players made a comeback around 2014 and they’re here to stay. Hipsters will claim “everything sounds better on vinyl”, and I can’t disagree with that statement. Common places to purchase record players include Urban Outfitters, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, or any local music shop.

2. Vinyl’s ($10 – $50)

You can’t have a record player without vinyl’s. Surprisingly, vinyl’s can be found almost anywhere, but you need to watch out for stores like Urban Outfitters and Barnes and Noble who tend to be on the pricier side of the spectrum (I’ve seen them sell vinyl’s for $45 a pop). A cheaper alternative is Amazon. I have ordered many vinyl’s from Amazon, they have a diverse selection and the lowest prices I have found so far.

3. Wireless Headphones ($10 – $200)

With the new iPhone’s gearing up to be one of the most popular gifts this year, wireless headphones are essential. Ever since the release of the iPhone 7, there has been one key feature that is missing from the device, a headphone jack. Now, Apple does sell headphones that you can insert through the charging port of the device, but this makes it impossible to charge your phone and listen to music at the same time. Wireless headphones have also proved themselves to be more efficient and less of a hassle than regular headphones, which are bound to end up in a knot by the end of the day. If you’re looking to buy Apple’s wireless earbuds (AirPods), you are looking at $159.00 in expenses, not including tax. If you don’t care for Apple headphones, or feel like buying a cheaper alternative, Office Depot, Amazon and Best Buy sell wireless headphones for as little as $10. But with any type of electronics, you get what you pay for. If you are looking for long lasting, high quality headphones, I would recommend the AirPods or Beats wireless headphones which come in a range of colors and styles.

4. Rolling Stone Subscription (Holiday Special, $29.95)

Rolling Stone is a magazine that majority of people, especially people fond of music, are aware of. Each edition has music content and many include features on musical artists. This is a great gift for someone because it’s a 1 year subscription. Which means the person you are gifting this too will receive a present once a month for a whole year! You will truly hold the title of “the gift that keeps on giving”.

5. iTunes Gift Card ($10 & up)

Although most people have strayed away from buying individual songs from iTunes and now use Spotify or Apple Music, iTunes gift cards can act as payment methods for the monthly subscription rate for many streaming services!

6. Concert Tickets

Concert tickets will range in price depending on the popularity of the artist you’re seeing, and the venue you’re attending. Giving someone an experience as a gift instead of a physical item is a memory that will last a lifetime!

7. Books on Music

If the person you’re buying a gift for likes to read, this is a unique gift they will love! Barnes and Noble has a large selection of music books, ranging from music history, to books on specific musicians and even books on what to listen to! Gifting someone a book on music puts a personal twist on a gift you know they will love!

That’s all I have for now, but I will be sure to post an updated list of any more thoughts that come to mind! Happy Holidays!

– Carly

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