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Musically Inspired Gifts

We've all got that family member or friend — or more than one — who can't stop talking about Pearl Jam on Facebook or posting daily about their commute jams on Instagram. We've got the friends who bring their guitars to every party and campfire sesh. The ones who make a playlist for every holiday and road trip. These gift ideas are for those music lovers who bring harmony and melody into our lives. 

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Ticket Stub Diary
Uncommon Goods

Ticket Stub Diary

Perfect for: Live-Music Diehards
$14 from Uncommon Goods 
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If you have a friend or family member who's rabidly committed to live shows, they'll love this book that acts like a photo album for their favorite musical experiences. The sleeves will fit a variety of ticket sizes, and there's space in the margin for notes on setlists, opening acts, and more.

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'Country Music' Soundtrack
Amazon

'Country Music' Soundtrack

Perfect for: Country Music Fans
$52 from Amazon 
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This soundtrack — from Ken Burns' documentary covering the country music genre — features five full discs. Artists range from The Carter Family and Waylon, Willie, and Whitley to female country powerhouses such as Reba, Emmylou, and, of course, Dolly.

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Dark Side of the Spoon: The Rock Cookbook
Amazon

Dark Side of the Spoon: The Rock Cookbook

Perfect for: Foodie-Focused Musicians
$13 on Amazon 
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A meal of ZZ Chop and Fleetwood Mac and Cheese, anyone? Perhaps followed by a slice of Smashing Pumpkin Pie? This fun cookbook is filled with 30 recipes inspired by some of history's greatest musical acts, as well as super-fun illustrations to accompany each one.

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Vinyl Moon Subscription
Cratejoy

Vinyl Moon Subscription

Perfect For: The Musically Adventurous
$23/month and up from Cratejoy 
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If the music lover in your life has a turntable that he or she likes to spin old-school style, they'll love this subscription. Billed as a gift for the "musically curious and artistically adventurous," subscribers get a new vinyl album each month pressed with tunes from 10 up-and-coming artists, plus a custom-designed record jacket.

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Loog Kids' Guitar
Amazon

Loog Kids' Guitar

Perfect for: Pint-Sized Budding Musicians
$79 and up from Loog Guitars
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If the music lover in your life is pint-sized, a Loog Guitar is going to make a pretty rockin' gift. Each instrument is designed for smaller hands and younger brains — three strings as opposed to six — and each purchase of a guitar comes bundled with flashcards, an app, and free live lessons via Zoom.

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'The Periodic Table of Hip-Hop' Poster
Etsy

'The Periodic Table of Hip-Hop' Poster

Perfect for: Hip-Hop Devotees
$30 from Etsy 
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Etsy seller PopChart has the perfect gift for the hip-hop enthusiast in your life. This 24-by-18-inch print cleverly celebrates the work of more than 200 artists, from Dr. Dre to A$AP Rocky to Snoop. "Such a great poster!" writes one buyer. "There is so much detail I can review the content for hours!"

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Fender Play Guitar Lessons
Fender Play

Fender Play Guitar Lessons

Perfect for: That Person Who's Been Wanting to Learn Guitar Forever
$10/month or $90/year from Fender Play 
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If your music lover has been dying to turn into a music maker, they'll appreciate a Fender Play subscription, an online lesson service that'll help them master guitar, bass, or ukulele.

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Classic Rock Vinyl Records Wall Clock
Society6

Classic Rock Vinyl Records Wall Clock

Perfect For: The Vinyl Enthusiast
$19 from Society6 
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The background of this clock shows the spines of classic album covers, including those from musicians such as Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and the Kinks. The clock itself comes in two different frame material and clock hand color options.

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'Music is Life' Tee
Etsy

'Music Is Life' Tee

Perfect for: Anyone Who Loves Music
$20 from Etsy 
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We don't know a music lover alive who doesn't feel this way. Available in rock 'n' roll black (or gray or white) and five sizes, ranging from small to 2XL.

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Etsy Jazz Coasters
Etsy

Jazz Vinyl Record Coasters

Perfect for: Fans of David Sanborn, Chuck Mangione, and Other Lovers of Jazz 
$24 from Etsy 
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These 4-piece coaster sets from Kansas-based Etsy shop 2VinylCats are jazz-inspired, but the shop offers other genres, too, including country, pop, oldies, and more. 

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Como Audio Duetto Wireless Music System
Amazon

Como Audio Duetto Wireless Music System

Perfect for: The Music Lover Who Values Hi-Fi and Wi-Fi Equally
$399 and up from Amazon 
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This vintage-inspired but app-controlled speaker can be customized to play music via FM or internet radio, Bluetooth, a streaming service such as Spotify, and more. It comes in four styles: hickory, walnut, piano black, and piano white.

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Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro Headphones
Amazon
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 Earbuds
Amazon

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 Earbuds

Perfect for: Slightly Less Picky Audio Snobs
$250 and up from Amazon 
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If your music enthusiast is more of an earbuds person, CNET says this pair of Bluetooth 5.1-enabled earbuds provides "rich, detailed audio" that make them "arguably the best true wireless earbuds on the market today." They also have noise-canceling functionality and are available in white or black.

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Birth Month Guitar Pick
Uncommon Goods

Birth Month Guitar Pick

Perfect for: Pickers Born In Any Month
$25 from Uncommon Goods 
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Got a picker in the family or friend circle? These gemstone-crafted picks are a small but lovely gift that any guitar player — be they veterans or just learning — will surely appreciate. Made in Tennessee.

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Encore Song Game
Amazon
The Mixtape of My Life: A Do-It-Yourself Music Memoir
Amazon
Simply Silver Guitar String Bracelet
Wear Your Music

Simply Silver Guitar String Bracelet

Perfect for: Seriously Committed Guitar Players
$12 and up from Wear Your Music 
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These minimalist, chic, and unisex bracelets, which come in a bunch of colors, are made from guitar strings. You can add a musically themed charm for around $5 to $7 to give this gift a little something extra.

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Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Synthesizer
Amazon

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Synthesizer

Perfect for: Inventive Music Makers On the Go
$59 and up from Amazon 
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These themed, pocket-sized synthesizers will help any aspiring music maker create and lock-in beats, effects, and more. Themes include rhythm, factory, arcade, robot, and a few others. Buyers seem to enjoy them, with one noting: "I've seen in a lot of the tutorials and demos that many consider this to be high-end amateur enthusiast to low-end professional-level equipment. I just know in the end I have a lot of fun playing with this."

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'Vinyl Age: A Guide to Record Collecting Now'
Amazon

'Vinyl Age: A Guide to Record Collecting Now'

Perfect for: Aspiring Vinyl Collectors
$30 from Amazon
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This brand-new book comes straight from the marketing director at Carolina Soul, the Durham, North Carolina-based high-end record retailer. It "combines an engaging narrative and incisive analysis to reveal the joys and explain the complexities of the contemporary vinyl scene." 

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Mix Me Up Travel Mug
Society6

Mix Me Up Travel Mug

Perfect for: Caffeinated Music Fans
$17 from Society6
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This 20-ounce, black-and-white travel mug has musically themed wraparound artwork, but with stainless steel construction and double-walled insulation, it'll also keep their coffee nice and hot.

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Music-Sync Strip Lights
Amazon
Guitar-Pick Pint
Amazon

Guitar-Pick Embedded Pint Glass

Perfect for: Beer-Drinking Music Lovers 
$30 and up from Amazon 
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Who doesn't love to sip a little something while listening to a favorite playlist? This unique gift will no doubt make your recipient smile and give you a reputation as a stellar gift-giver.

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Mixtape Doormat
Uncommon Goods
'The Beatles Lyrics'
Amazon
Ceramic Phone Amplifier
Uncommon Goods

Ceramic Phone Amplifier

Perfect for: Musical Luddites
$48 from Uncommon Goods
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This speaker is for those people who are tired of futzing about with Bluetooth connectivity all the time. Just place a phone into the top slot and music will be amplified. Buyers say it's surprisingly loud and has good sound quality. 

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Loop Scarf
Amazon
Guitar Pick Punch
Amazon
'The Greatest Music Stories Never Told'
Amazon

'The Greatest Music Stories Never Told'

Perfect for: Rock Journalist Wannabes
$20 from Amazon
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This books includes 100 musical history tales that will "astonish, bewilder, and stupefy" readers. Find out, for instance, about "the rock star who became an astrophysicist" or "the ballet that sparked a riot."

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Booze & Vinyl
Amazon

'Booze & Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks'

Perfect for: People Who Like Their Tunes With a Side of Booze
$23 from Amazon
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Paste Magazine called this the "Best Damn Drink/Music Book on the Planet" and reviewers give it 4.8 stars. If someone you know likes to sip a cocktail while listening to tunes, this gift is for them. 

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Vinyl Records Bookends
Etsy

Vinyl Records Bookends

Perfect for: Music Lovers Who Also Read
$15 and up from Etsy 
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These bookends from Etsy seller DIYMike come in four sizes and will help any music lover keep their books or albums on display in a cool and creative fashion.

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Singing Machine
Singing Machine

Carpool Karaoke Mic

Perfect for: People That Treat Life As Their Karaoke Stage
$50 from Singing Machine
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This wireless microphone pairs with an FM station on your car's radio so that you can jam out and regale your fellow passengers with your stellar musical skills.

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