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10 Best Gifts for Music Lovers – Vote for Your Favorite

Doing last-minute shopping and have a music lover on your list? Vote for your favorite gift for the music lover, add your own to the list, and come back to see which one wins the vote!

#1 A turntable

Vinyl is back. If you'd like to ride the wave, you're going to need a turntable.
Until recently there weren't any terrific budget turntable options out there. Cheaper tables would destroy your records, while nicer ones were out of most people's price range. Thankfully, that's no longer a problem thanks to U-Turn.
It's well constructed, plays records well, and should last you or whoever you're buying it for a lifetime. If records don't sound good on this table, it's another component of your stereo system.
https://uturnaudio.com/?source=pepperjam&publisherId=133628&clickId=1816389279

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#2 A Vinyl Me, Please subscription

Ok, you have the turntable. What about some records?
Vinyl Me, Please is a monthly subscription service just for record lovers. Here's how it works: Each month, subscribers receive an exclusive pressing of an album, an original art print, cocktail recipe for pairing, and exclusive piece of merch.
An annual subscription costs $23/month (you're charged $284 annually), a three-month subscription costs $25/month (you're charged $75 quarterly), or you can pay $27 each month if you'd prefer to pay month-to-month.
A subscription to Vinyl Me, Please will pepper your collection with exclusive gems, which are sometimes the best part of a record collection.
http://www.vinylmeplease.com/gift/?clickid=3VaUohVWWxcHxE22Xa3L42sUUkkVG4yFryHRWg0&irgwc=1

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#3 A ticket holder

What if the person on your list already has the vinyls they like, but they don't have a place to hold their ticket stubs?
Sticking them on your wall is one option, but they can get easily damaged by whatever you stick them on with. I used to slip mine into record sleeves, but that's also kind of a lame, inelegant solution. You want people to know you were there.
This shadow box is a cool way to highlight all the shows a person has been to without risking masking tape-related damage. After the show, the ticket goes in with the rest of them, where it can be easily plucked for reminiscence or bragging rights.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DOF8DZG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=biip_11_2016-music-gift-guide-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01DOF8DZG&linkId=c840df1cc906bed420fb184337333a8b

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#4 A record frame

If the person you're buying for has enough ticket stubs that they need the ticket holder I recommended, they probably have a signed record or two.
Some of my most prized possessions are records I had signed after shows, and the first thing I did was frame them. Nobody wants their signed copy of "1989" ruined by a can of soda or a crease.
Framed records are excellent conversation pieces and can add an extra aesthetic touch to any room.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UNSPUDQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=biip_11_2016-music-gift-guide-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00UNSPUDQ&linkId=3f3d62db9009bae7e24baece7acdfcac

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#5 Bluetooth headphones

This list has been all analog so far, and while that's one way to enjoy music, it's far from the only way.
Even huge vinyl fans listen to digital music, be it at work, while exercising, doing chores, or running errands. A good pair of Bluetooth headphones can help turn a cumbersome commute into a more manageable one.
For their price, it's hard to beat 1More's over-ear option. They're pretty comfortable, sound very nice — there's a little extra emphasis on treble — and look pretty cool.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019266I44/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=biip_11_2016-music-gift-guide-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B019266I44&linkId=3463c5df2270534d178ef6e3397f776e

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#6 Earbuds

If you know the person you're buying for prefers earbuds and doesn't mind a wire, get them this pair by Master & Dynamic.
They're a little pricey, but worth it. I haven't heard an earbud yet that matches their clarity, and with four different-sized earbud tips, they'll fit almost any ear.
My favorite part about these headphones (besides their sound) is the fact that they ship with a clip. That might seem like a small thing, but when you walk with earbuds on, gravity is working against you. As you walk, your headphone cable moves and puts pressure on the earbud, which can then pop out. The clip stops this from happening, and it makes a big difference.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LXAC37I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=biip_11_2016-music-gift-guide-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01LXAC37I&linkId=bbfba13cbfd4e603dd8f5a3aa7a8cb30

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#7 A nice DAC

This is something only music lovers would appreciate, and most don't know they're missing.
DAC stands for Digital-to-Analog Converter. Every digital device has one, and it's what turns files into actual sound.
The problem is that they're usually part of a bigger system, like a computer or phone, which isn't as good as a standalone DAC. I've been using a DAC from Audioquest called the Dragonfly, and I'm never going back.
Music that I've heard for years sounds better and clearer than ever. Don't be disappointed if the person you give this to can't hear a difference at first; neither did I. Once I got used to listening to music through Dragonfly, I went back to plugging it into a standard headphone jack and was shocked by how crummy the same music files sounded.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DP5JHHI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=biip_11_2016-music-gift-guide-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01DP5JHHI&linkId=f196cf8339ddeed199d855c3c774f477

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#8 A Bluetooth speaker

If the music lover in your life doesn't have a Bluetooth speaker yet, they're in luck.
I've recommended Anker's little speaker a lot since I started using it early last summer. It's small, durable, and produces excellent sound.
It's the speaker I use every day when I'm cooking or cleaning up my apartment, and I couldn't be happier with its performance.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DZ56MX0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=biip_11_2016-music-gift-guide-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01DZ56MX0&linkId=e1c980a98fdaedeb8711a7f6fc8baf22

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#9 Record sleeves

Back to the analog realm again.
If you know someone with a growing record collection, be the person who helps make sure that collection stays in pristine shape.
Record sleeves might seem like a kind of lackluster gift, but believe me they're an essential part of any record collector's arsenal.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003NG2WIG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=biip_11_2016-music-gift-guide-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B003NG2WIG&linkId=4a2fb786b4680d0f41ceb36731aadbab

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#10 A record brush

Another overlooked record-collecting accessory is the anti-static record brush.
Static and dust build up on records over time and can cause pops and other distortion that take away from the record-listening experience. There's a whole lot of record cleaning products out there, but this is the brush that I recommend people use.
I've used it before and it does a good job, is simple to use, and it will help records last a lifetime.

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