Holiday Gift Ideas For The Music Fan In Your Life

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Around this time of year everyone’s been thinking about what to get for holiday gifts. Short of giving tickets to see the Rolling Stones or Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, there’s certainly plenty of other things you can pick up for a music fanatic.

The Courant arts staff likes to put together a little holiday gift guide each year with a few suggestions. We arrange them according to ‘novice,’ ‘fan,’ and ‘expert.’ Now especially for something like music, take those labels for what you will (An expert audiophile? A novice at guitar? A fan of what?).

But bottom line is, these are some cool ideas that could get your creative juices flowing. Click here to see the full photo gallery of gift ideas, and leave your own suggestions (or personal wish list) in the comments!

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Novice
Led Zeppelin fans everywhere freaked out in 2007 when Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham (son of the late John Bonham) got together for a tribute concert to Ahmet Ertegun. They freaked out again this past October when a film of that concert played in movie theaters nationwide. Watch them freak out again after unwrapping their very own copy of Celebration Day, the live DVD or audio recording of the concert. Take your pick of five different box set combinations, from CD to Blu-Ray to 3 LP Vinyl. Never again will it be a long time since your favorite gift recipient has rock and rolled.

Fan
Why would someone swap out their hip, tiny earbuds with a set of big headphones? Aside from those seeking superior sound quality, it’s a fashion statement.
Beats By Dre, the headphone line spearheaded by the doctor straight outta Compton, has been able to deliver both. Even Dre’s earbuds can lend street cred along with a crushing range of tones. With the line’s lowest price tag being $99, the urBeats earbuds may be the way to go. For those feeling more generous, the much-hyped “Executive” model ($300 MSRP) fold flat for easy packing, boast active noise cancellation, and come in a sleek silver.

Expert
Someone across the pond decided it was finally time for a new generation to hear the Fab Four’s albums as they were originally intended. Last month saw the release of every Beatles album on 180 gram vinyl, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Pick up one or two for a listening party with the ‘expert’ on your list, or invest in the full remastered box set. It comes packed with all 12 studio albums, Magical Mystery Tour, an album of b-sides, and a 252 page book. Move fast on that one- only 50,000 copies were reportedly being released worldwide.

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2 thoughts on “Holiday Gift Ideas For The Music Fan In Your Life

  1. Bret

    I’d be one happy camper if I got ANY of these this Christmas. And because I wholeheartedly believe in the experience of sitting down to just listen to albums in their full, uninterrupted glory, I’d like to add another idea to this list: a video game chair. I know it doesn’t seem like it should fit on this list, given that it’s all about music, but a lot of video rockers are set up to receive signals from any audio input, so they’d be perfect for basking in the wonder of Page & Plant with your Beats By Dre headphones. Here’s a nice selection: http://www.hayneedle.com/kids/video-game-chairs_177683. I work for Hayneedle, so I’m a bit biased, but whether you get them there or from someplace else, I really do think they make a great gift idea.

    P.S. Thanks for the heads-up on Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” release!

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