Shopping for a music lover can be tough, especially if their tastes range from Beyoncé to Joni Mitchell to ACDC. If you have a music lover on your gift list this holiday season, Select is here to help streamline the process with a list of great gifts throughout the year. gifts including speakers, instruments and decor that should strike a chord.
Best gifts for music lovers
To help you find the best gifts for the music lover on your list this year, we’ve revisited our previous expert advice on listeners, speakers and other music-related gadgets that match the interest of the Select player. Plus, we consulted our in-house shopping experts on staff — many of whom are music lovers themselves — for their favorite speakers and more. We’ve also included some highly rated articles that we think Select readers (and their recipients) will love.
If you know the song that means the most to your music lover, you can give them a copy of those beloved lyrics in the form of a vinyl record. You can further personalize the recording by adding additional text like names and the date, making it a great gift for newly weds Where new parents celebrating their first holiday season together.
If your gift is a music history nerd, this game might make a great gift. The card-based trivia game, aimed at players ages 15 and up, requires two teams and can accommodate up to 12 players. The first round tests knowledge, while the second tests first round memory and players can take risks in each round to earn more points. Helvetiq says the game has an average playtime of 45 minutes.
This gadget allows the user to take any unwanted plastic – like credit cards or expired IDs – and punch it into a guitar pick, ready to be plucked. A favorite of our guide to Dad-approved gifts, this tool is recommended by former editor Morgan Greenwald’s father, who has used it for years.
Select the writer Mili Godio, owner of the Crosley Cruiser Deluxe record player, gave this affordable suitcase-style Victrola record player to his youngest sister as a beginner record player. It has a built-in three-speed belt and can also stream audio through the built-in Bluetooth speakers. The record player has an automatic stop switch that stops spinning records once the record is finished, depending on the brand.
This hand-cranked wooden music box plays “You Are My Sunshine” to your gift. At no extra cost, you can include one of six engravings with sweet phrases like “And suddenly all love songs are about you” or “You’re still in my heart”, plus a personalized line at the bottom of that this, like “I love you, Gabriella.”
This all-wood ukulele was designed for beginner players or budding musicians, according to Loog. The instrument comes with flashcards with ukulele chord diagrams or you can play with the Loog Guitar app, which has a “Magic Mirror feature” that shows you how to form chords using augmented reality.
The JBL Flip 5 is one of best portable bluetooth speakers, according to tech expert and former Select contributor Whitson Gordon. Gordon appreciated its “pretty strong bass and clear mids”, which produced crisp tones for lead vocals and guitar. The Flip 5 can be paired with other JBL products to create a multi-speaker setup, and is available in multiple colors like pink, green forest and more.
If you know your loved one’s favorite song, this LED light plaque, which sits in a wooden base, can remind them of their favorite song at their desk. This album cover light displays their favorite song as it would appear when listening to it on your phone through a streaming service, and you can add a personal message and photo to create a sentimental, personalized gift.
Technical expert and Select contributor Terri Williams recommended the Sony WH-1000XM4 as best over-ear headphones. The headphones have active noise cancellation, but also have an ambient sound mode, so you can hear background songs. The headphones are Bluetooth-enabled but come with a cable for wired listening, and depending on the brand, the music intuitively stops when you remove the headphones. They can also be paired with the Sony Headphones Connect app to control your phone settings and should last up to 30 hours on a single charge.
If you’re a Swiftie like me, this candle may be as popular as “Shake it Off”. Inspired by pop star Taylor Swift’s “RED” album, the soy blend candle has a strong cinnamon and earthy scent, and has a label on the front with some lyrics from the album. I received this specific candle as a gift and I love it, but The Holiday Candle Co. also sells other candles inspired by other Swift songs.
If you don’t know what to get the picky vinyl lover in your life, get them a record cleaning kit. This cleaning kit comes with a felt record cleaning brush and record cleaning solution (which is stored inside the brush’s wooden handle). Crosley recommends placing the solution on the edge of the brush and gently applying it while the record is spinning on your turntable. The brand also recommends letting the album dry completely before playing the record.
This set of musical themed measuring spoons, hanging from a pewter bar you can drill into the wall, comes with ¼ tsp, ½ tsp, teaspoon, and tbsp. They’re made from lead-free pewter, according to the brand, and are designed to look like eighth notes hanging from a musical staff.
This book presents a selection of rock album covers from the 60s to the 90s, curated by Michael Ochs, music archivist, disc jockey, journalist and former advertising executive. The hardcover book, which comes with an introduction by Ochs, can make a neat addition to any library or low table.
This LEGO Ideas set, designed for adults, gives you all the bricks you need to build a 14-inch display model of a 1970s Fender Stratocaster guitar and Fender 65 Princeton Reverb amplifier. It comes with enough bricks to build the guitar in red or black and includes a collapsible guitar display stand.
This loop pedal – designed for electric guitar and bass – features a 6.3mm jack input and output and can record up to 10 minutes of audio, so an artist of any skill level can record and loop audio as it plays. It has a volume adjuster and comes with a three year warranty.