12 perfect gifts for the music lover in your life
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We all have that friend. The music geek.
I know this person exists because I'm that person. My headphones are always on, I'm constantly recommending music to people (and soliciting recommendations), and I always have music on when I'm around.
I can personally attest to the value of every product on this list, and if you know someone who loves music, any of these gifts will be a home run.
From helping make music sound better, to helping someone show off and preserve his or her music collection, these 12 items are a music lover's best friend.
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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.
For my full thoughts, you can check out my review, but as far as I'm concerned, U-Turn's Orbit is the only budget turntable worth considering. 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.
U-Turn Orbit Turntable, $179
A Vinyl Me, Please subscription
Vinyl Me, Please
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.
Get more details here
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.
Ticket Shadow Box, $26.97