Six Gifts That Will Take a Music Fan to Their Happy Place

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Is there a hardcore music fan you need to unload some holiday cheer at? Don’t buy them music! Mistake! Buy them gear to help them enjoy the music they already have.


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Sonos Play:1

If you want to know true happiness, get yourself set up with a wireless music system in your house. Our favorite right now is Sonos because it’s so simple to set up and sounds totally fantastic. The Play:1 is the starter package—don’t be surprised if the single speaker leads you to purchase one for every room in your house.


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Sol Republic Relays Headphones

There are buds of all kinds in the world, but I love the Relays for the simple reason that they’ve got a little rib that keeps ‘um firmly in your ear when you’re running around—or actually running for exercise.

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Parrot Zik 2.0 Headphones

Parrot’s smart Bluetooth headphones look cool and come with a clever app that allow you to tune the sound exactly to your liking. Did I mention they look cool?

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Bose QC-25 Headphones

Bose’s omnipresent noise-canceling headphones are used by constant travelers mostly because they’re totally awesome and fold up into a tiny package while still delivering big sound. Don’t fly without ‘em!

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Aiaiai TMA-2 Modular

Fashion-forward headphone brand Aiaiai came out with a pioneering new concept this year: Modular headphones. You can choose the sound of the drivers, type of earpads, the style of headband, and even the type of cable you want. (Amazon only has one configuration, so head to Aiaiai to see what else they offer.)

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Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators

Teenage Engineering makes some of the coolest instruments around. Its latest effort is a line of tiny little beat machines that are surprisingly powerful, considering they’re about the size of a cheap-o calculator (and way more fun). Choose between a bass line, drum, and lead versions, depending on what you’re looking for.

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The Teenage Engineering website is a great example of how sites designed primarily for cellphones can look like shiiiite in a full-sized browser window. Like I really want to scroll down through 8 screens of large print on every page to see if I am on the right page. Took me over 5 minutes just to find the product specs. Horrible design. “Pretty” in that generic shiny web 2.0 mobile sort of way, but unintuitive and disfunctional. I swear if you kids make another website like this on my lawn you’ll be sorry.