The trick to gifting a music fanatic is giving them something that enhances their music experience because trying to buy the music they'll like is incredibly difficult. But there are some things, from speakers to bedspreads, that can make the life of your favorite music lover that much more musical.
We've got goodies from Bose, John Varvatos, and a special collection culled from Kurt Cobain's designs that your music-loving friend, relative, or partner will absolutely adore finding under the tree. Ahead, check out our suggestions to make listening to and loving music better for any and all music lovers in your life. They're notoriously hard to shop for, so let us help! At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
If you're looking for a speaker that is both truly portable and quality audio, this is the one. Bose's model is light, smalle, and stays charged for 12 hours while offering the voice control and bluetooth options one expects from a high-end speaker. Available in black or white, it's a good choice for the audiophile who truly takes music everywhere they go.
Bose Portable Home Speaker, $, available at
The Kurt Was Here collection features Kurt Cobain’s artwork on a range of tees, crewnecks, hoodies, and a collectors’ edition coffee table book. The designs come from Cobain’s original sketches, paintings, and drawings. Those who also want to embrace Cobain's spirit by giving back when they're buying a high-ticket item should know a portion of all online sales go to the Jed Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting emotional health and preventing suicide among young adults.
Kurt Was Here
Kurt Makes Contact Cotton T-Shirt, $, available at
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Even rockers get cold toes — cover them up with these cute guitar-covered socks.
Men's Electric Guitar Crew Socks, $, available at
Covering up that iPhone to protect the precious apps in it that stream your music? Might as well make it into a guitar effects pedal!
Guitar FX Pedal iPhone Case Cover, $, available at
A bed, but make it a mixtape. This cute set will let your favorite music lover dream of the next great mix they're going to create in blissful comfort.
East Urban Home
Happy Vibes Duvet Cover Set, $, available at
Anyone working in an open office (or living with a partner or roommate who has
taste in music) will appreciate these noise-canceling headphones. What's cool about them is that using the Skullcandy app. you can set them to fit your sound profile best — tweak them to properly bass on hip hop and pop tracks or to crisply focus in on the mono of original rock and jazz recordings. Oh, and they work with the Tile app so they will never be lost.
Skullcandy Crusher Noise Canceling Wireless Headphone, $, available at
An electric Jimi Hendrix t-shirt makes for a great stocking stuffer.
Men's Jimi Hendrix Short Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt, $, available at
If you're heading to an event that demands cuff links, why not make them guitars?
Black Guitar Cuff Links, $, available at
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Your wall can't be all concert posters and album covers — help your favorite music lover break it up with this neat periodic table of music genres.
Periodic Table of Music Framed Textual Art, $, available at
It's a turntable. It's a key ring. Stop, you're both right!
Kikkerland LED Turntable Keychain, $, available at
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John Varvatos is THE go-to designer for music lovers. This cool guitar pick chain will get a thumbs up from those in the know.
Artisan Metals Brass Guitar Pick Pendant Necklace, $, available at
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Drummers get a bad rap, but for the drummer who doesn't give an flying drum stick about that, this is the perfect longsleeve t-shirt.
LA Pop Art
Men's Word Art Long Sleeve T-Shirt - Drums, $, available at
What's the point of knowing a lot about music if you can't show off all your knowledge? For the music nerd who has everything and knows everything, this card game will either delight them or teach them how much they still have to learn. Either way, it's a rocking way to spend a night.
Music IQ Party Game, $, available at
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If the music lover in your life likes to wake up with music but thinks the audio and design of the classic alarm clock is horrid, get them this retro-style alarm that comes with a USB port built-in. Not only can they pick their own music, but they can also wake up to it.
Moonbeam Alarm Clock with USB Port, $, available at
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Everyone knows synths should not be purchased, but built with your own two hands. For the music lover who enjoys a mental puzzle, get them this cute little set that will allow them to build three different synths. All they need to make them work are batteries and wi-fi. When they finish, they'll have serious DIY cred. And some new synths!
DIY Synth Kit, $, available at
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Already got a turntable to play those vinyl LPs on? Then you need a vinyl stabilizer. It will help smooth out the creaks and wobbles in older vinyl to deliver an even more warm, perfect sound.
Vinyl Stabilizer , $, available at
Fashion, but make it sound good. Bose Frames, which come in Alto, the square frame shown here, and Rondo, a more rounded style, are a new way to take in music. They function like truly wireless headphones with a wafer-thin acoustic package set seamlessly in each arm’s interior — rather than an earbud — and they deliver that crystal-clear Bose quality sound.
Bose Frames, $, available at
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