Music Gifts 2023: Last-minute music presents for hi-fi fans and music lovers

From headphones to books, a DAB radio and more, keep a lover of music happy this holiday season.

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It feels like everyone’s already thought about and completed their yearly rounds of Christmas shopping. But not everyone! We can’t all be so quick off the mark to prep for the big day, and that’s nothing to be ashamed about. There’s still just enough time to grab a thoughtful present for a loved one this year that could blow them away, allowing you to be rightly crowned as the king or queen of your family’s Chrimbo.

If you’re buying for a real music fan, you’d struggle to disappoint with a music-related gift. We’ve compiled some of the best affordable options, from Bluetooth speakers to headphones, books, accessories and more, to help get the ball rolling – and hopefully de-stress – your last-minute 2023 holiday season shop.

Gift vouchers – Amazon, Thomann, zZounds

Xmas presents
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At this time of year, what a music fan might simply desire are the funds for that much-needed music tech sitting at the top of their mental wishlist. If unsure of which product that might be exactly, gifting a voucher from their preferred music store allows them the freedom to purchase anything, avoiding any potential disappointment if you get it wrong. Amazon, zZounds and Thomann each offer gift vouchers, often ranging from $25 to $1,000.

Streaming service voucher

Why not give the gift of infinitely-accessible music this holiday season? A subscription to a streaming service is an easy way to save them money throughout the year and keep them listening to their favourite tunes, all year round. One recommendation from us is Qobuz, which prioritises high-quality audio streaming and music discovery. Qobuz vouchers start from £15, but you can also find vouchers for Tidal, Apple Music, Spotify and more.

  • Buy a gift card from Qobuz

JBL Flip 6 Bluetooth speaker – $111/£97

There was once a time when home listening required a big hi-fi setup, records or CDs and a power connection – portability was barely a question. But today, all you need is a phone or laptop with Bluetooth connectivity and a trusty wireless Bluetooth speaker.

JBL’s Flip 6 is robust portable speaker that delivers booming sound from anywhere, even if it does meet the unassuming size and shape of a Pringles can. Yes, other portable speakers such as the Bose Soundlink and Anker Soundcore can deliver excellent sound, but for durability on those endless summer nights in the parks with friends, the Flip 6 is a no-brainer.

Buy it at Amazon.

Sennheiser SoundProtex Plus protective earbuds – $70/£56

Regardless if you’re a musician or not, protecting your hearing is crucial. If you’ve got a friend or loved one who’s an excessive gig-goer, a high-quality pair of earbuds is essential. The last thing you want is for their hearing to be worse than granny’s next Christmas, so act now and grab Sennheiser’s SoundProtex Plus. These protective earbuds are a safe bet for the price, making for a safe pair of lugs.

Buy them at Thomann.

Millennium vinyl record holder – $7

A person's hand flicking through a large collection of vinyl records.
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You’ve already bought your loved one the year’s biggest album on vinyl. What’s next? Something to help them show it off to their mates, of course! This vinyl record holder, although an absolute pain to wrap, has a super simple setup – just hang it to nails or hooks on your wall and slot your favoured record inside. It’s a brilliant way to show everyone what’s playing when you’re on DJ duties at a house party, too.

Buy it at Thomann.

AKG K-182 hi-fi headphones – $94/£75

Don’t settle for crappy headphones that fall apart this Christmas. The AKG K-182 hi-fi headphones offer reliable sound quality, delivering clear audio across the frequency spectrum. With comfortable over-ear design and excellent noise isolation, they provide an immersive listening experience. Durable build, foldable design, and affordability make them an ideal choice for those seeking relatively quality sound without the hefty price tag that can come with it.

Buy it at Thomann.

AZATOM Desire X Oak DAB digital radio – $41

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AZATOM’s Desire X Oak DAB digital radio is stylish and functional without breaking your bank, coming in at a cool $41 on Amazon. It offers DAB and DAB+ digital radio reception, providing a wide range of stations with a surprisingly high sound quality. The oak finish gives it an elegant look, and it includes features like alarm functions, preset stations, and an easy-to-use interface.

Buy it at Amazon.

Nanoleaf 4D from $72/£72

Nanoleaf 4D is a kit of light strips and a camera that, when attached to your TV, turns your living room into a raving room. The lights react to whatever’s on the screen, so the light extends out into the wall behind and makes for a more immersive experience. These are, of course, perfect for music fans. Just bring up your favourite music video or a recording of a live gig on the screen and you can have your very own light show in seconds.

Buy it at Amazon.

Sony WF-C500 true wireless earbuds – $55

Sony’s WF-C500 wireless earbuds are an all-round package for music lovers. They have a snug, lightweight fit for comfortable extended wear, enhanced sound quality via DSEE, and customisable EQ settings. Stable Bluetooth connectivity ensures uninterrupted music, while the IPX4 water resistance technology handles splashes. With a 20-hour battery life and rapid charging, these earbuds promise all-day listening with minimal downtime – perfect for when the Christmas board game tantrums are taking their toll.

Buy them at Amazon.

Revolution: The History of Turntable Design – $75

Is your friend or loved one a turntable fanatic? If they have any interest in vinyl records, they’d most likely love //Revolution: The History of Turntable Design//. A perfect coffee table book to go with a living room’s sonic setup, it includes 300 illustrations from the world of turntables, from affordable to high-end, and everything in between. We love the retro throwbacks and strange designs – there are even luxury turntables featured that can fetch upwards of $50,000. Fascinating!

Buy it at Amazon.

Dance Your Way Home: A Journey Through the Dancefloor – from $13

Dance Your Way Home: A Journey Through The Dancefloor was instantly loved by fans of dance music in 2023. MusicTech contributor Emma Warren delves into why we dance, revealing personal and collective insights through various dance settings, from home to vibrant club scenes, unveiling how dancing shapes our identities and cultures. This book goes beyond music, highlighting the overlooked yet profound aspects of dancing’s impact on our lives, serving as a memoir and cultural reflection that celebrates the universal language of movement and rhythm.

Buy it at Amazon.

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