It's that time of the year again. If you're still struggling for gift ideas, we're here to help. These are some hand-picked gift options for all your music-loving friends. From hoodies and hats to transparent speakers and weird electronic instruments, check out our list of holiday gifts for music enthusiasts. And if you want to buy us presents, anything on this list will do. DM for address.
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Frank Ocean's 'Endless' record
Nothing says "I love you" like finally getting that elusive, somber album by Frank Ocean on vinyl (or VHS if you're into that) for that special someone in your life. Endless was released last year along with Ocean's stand-out sophomore album Blonde, which topped our 2016 list of best albums. Since Endless was only released as lo-fi background music to a continuous video, this record's official release on vinyl is going to allow many fans to really dive into this album properly for the first time.
This next-generation keyboard
Know a musician who still plays a basic ass keyboard? Get them this. The Seaboard calls itself "the keyboard of the future," and it "reimagines the piano keyboard as a smooth, continuous, touch-responsive surface where any kind of sound is possible." It sounds amazing, and makes regular old keyboards look like trash.
This FKA Twigs bomber jacket
The FKA twigs merch site features pins, robes, eye masks, and more. You can get tees for $40, but if you want to get a gift that will stand out, check out this bomber jacket with FKA twigs' crying face on the back.
3 months of exclusive records
For $27 a month, you can get the music lover in your life a subscription to the Vinyl, Me Please record club. Each month, they'll get three special edition records, three original art prints, three custom cocktail recipes, and unlimited swaps so they can trade in any records they don't want. See some of the special edition releases here, and check out the different subscription plans here.
Gucci Mane's autobiography
For fans of the enigmatic rapper and even for those unfamiliar, this tell-all autobiography casts a spotlight on Gucci Mane, one of the most interesting rappers of his time. The book covers his rise, his incarceration, and his evolution as artist. It's a fascinating look at one of the most interesting and storied rappers alive. Check out other books for music lovers here.
High quality headphones
Every music fan should have a good pair of headphones, but you'd be surprised how many of us end up listening through generic ear buds. Headphones break and get lost, so having an extra pair around is always nice. There are tons of great high quality headphones out, but Master & Dynamic, JBL, and AIAIAI are all brands we can personally recommend.
This fabric Trippie Redd poster
Got a friend who's a Trippie Redd fan? He's got some merch out, including a line of messenger bags and desk mats, but we particularly like this fabric wall scroll poster featuring Trippie giving the finger to anyone who visits your home or office. 1400/800.
This Jaden Smith 'SYRE' hoodie
Jaden Smith and his MSFTSrep crew have some next-level merch for sale right now, and you can tell they put a lot of thought and effort into the designs. If you know any fans of his new SYRE album, this hoodie is a great gift and reasonably priced at $60. And if you still haven't listened to SYRE, check it out here.
This might be out of some shoppers' price range, but if you want to get someone something unforgettable, it may be worth it. There's gotta be someone in your life deserving of such a luxury. No? Alright, Jaden Smith hoodies for everyone, then.
Guitar Pick Made from a Quarter
Price: $20.00 Buy Here
Whether you're just learning, or mastering the guitar, a great way to personalize your music experience is a guitar pick fashioned from a quarter coin from any year of your choosing.
Smithsonian Rock and Roll Book
Price: $17.00 Buy Here
Take the chance to go behind the scenes of some of the most iconic moments in rock history through a compilation of fan pictures.
F*ck That’s Delicious
Price: $15.00 Buy Here
Action Bronson probably cooks as much as he raps. Tagged as a "modern-day Odyssey, replete with orgiastic recipes, world travel, siren songs, and weed," his cook-book is a great gift for anyone who cares about the concept of deliciousness.
This book that tells the stories behind the best cover songs
Covers allow songs to transcend generational gaps and sometimes genres. Check out this book about some of the most influential iterations of the musical art of covering.
This ugly Ghostface Killah Christmas sweater
An ugly Ghostface Killah Christmas sweater, so you can celebrate Jesus' birthday and the Wu-Tang Clan simultaneously! Get one for everyone in the family and send us your holiday pictures! (Don't.)
Price: $800 Buy Here
This flashy wallet from Yung Lean's Sad Boys Gear clothing line
It's always awesome when artists get a little creative with their merch, and Yung and the Sad Boys have been killing it with their inventive collections. It does run a little on the pricey side, but the quality of their products is very high indeed. For those emotional (or just plain cool) friends and family members looking for a fancy new wallet, look no further than the SBG grey and red wallet. Maybe don't buy this for any "real hip-hop heads" you might know, though.
This awesome high-tech instrument
This is one of those things that most casual musicians don't need, but anyone who enjoys making music can never have enough instruments, and this one looks sick. According to the description, the Touché allows you to "express a variety of complex musical gestures merely by sliding and pressing your hand on a simple wooden surface that hides an elaborate mechanism and is designed to react to the smallest vibration." Watch this short video to see it in action.
Smino's Zero Fatigue Merch
Smino's one of the best young rappers doing it right now, and if you follow him closely you know he's always looking clean. For those two reasons alone, supporting Smino and copping some Zero Fatigue merch for your friends is a strong holiday move. Get at least two items, because as all Smino fans know, outfit coordination is important.
If you still aren't familiar, watch our Who Is Smino? video below:
Tyler, the Creator's very stylish Golf fanny pack
Fanny packs, or "bum bags" as they're known elsewhere in the world, are set for a comeback. Yeah, they'll probably never be properly cool in the way dad hats or even bucket hats made a return, but just think about the practicality! Tyler, the Creator is definitely aware of how useful these bags can be, and saw fit to design one as part of the latest drop from his Golf clothing line. Just think about all the marbles and trading cards you can keep in this bad boy.
This shirt featuring Young Thug's engineer Alex Tumay's dog Gordie
This is a left-field selection for that weird friend of yours who also likes Young Thug. Young Thug merch is too obvious, so get them one of these shirts featuring the internet-famous dog Gordie, whose owner is Thug's engineer Alex Tumay. See more on Alex and Gordie below.
This book of 1001 albums you must hear before you die
Most young music fans know what they like, but in today's age of mass music consumption, a lot of the classics go underappreciated. This book can fix that, because music discovery doesn't only have to involve new music.
A personalized print of Lil Pump's "Gucci Gang" waveform
Lil Pump had a great year, and "Gucci Gang" is a certified hit–currently the No. 4 song in the country. What better way to commemorate its success than with a custom print of its very important waveform? Alright, so maybe you don't have to choose "Gucci Gang," but this personalized waveform print could make for a unique gift. If "Gucci Gang" isn't for you, may we suggest "Hi Bich"?
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