17 cool gift ideas for the music lover in your life

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  • The music lover in your life can likely always be found listening to or playing music.
  • Here are 17 gift ideas to fuel their passion for songs, bands, instruments, and genres of all types.
  • The gift might elevate their listening experience, teach them something new about music, or allow them to experience their favorite music live.

Most of us listen to music in some capacity and can say we like it.

But there are the people who just listen casually to whatever happens to be on the radio, and then there are the people who spend hours carefully curating playlists, filling their calendars with concerts to attend, and even playing music themselves.

This gift guide is for the latter group, who argue that they don't just like music, they love it.

To fuel their passion, you can gift something that elevates the listening experience, teaches them something new about music, or puts them right in front of their favorite singer.

Check out these 17 gifts for music lovers below.

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A poster of famous guitars

A poster of famous guitars
A Visual Compendium of Guitars 18"x 24" Print, $30, available at Pop Chart

Can they identify all the guitars held by famous rockers in this eye-catching print? They'll find the musical companions of Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty, Kurt Cobain, and Joan Jett, among many other iconic musicians.

A limited-edition Taylor Swift instant camera

A limited-edition Taylor Swift instant camera
Fujifilm Taylor Swift Limited Edition Instax Film Camera with Square Instant Film Bundle, $179.99, available at Amazon

This camera design is inspired by Taylor Swift's "Reputation" album and has the singer written all over it (literally — it features her autograph on both the back of the camera and the borders of the prints). The die-hard fan in your life can bring the portable camera to all their concerts to immortalize the experience.

A vinyl record membership

A vinyl record membership
3-month Gift Membership, $99, available at Vinyl Me, Please

Vinyl record owners experience no greater joy than when they get to add to their collection and play a new record for the first time. Your recipient will choose from three different types of tracks each month and will also receive extra goodies in each package. The three-month membership includes one bonus record.

A cool music mixing game

A cool music mixing game
DropMix Music Gaming System, $49.99, available at Amazon

DropMix is a fast-paced game that challenges them to make new and unexpected mixes with popular tracks we already know and love. It'll be the hit of every party, especially if you gather a group of music lovers and experts to compete against each other.

A pair of stylish over-ear headphones

A pair of stylish over-ear headphones
Bowers & Wilkins PX Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones, $279.95, available at Amazon

A music lover wouldn't be caught dead without a pair of headphones, whether they're just running a quick errand across the street or settling into a long-haul flight. These Bowers & Wilkins ones not only bring out the best of each song and have three noise-cancelling modes, but also simply look great.

A cocktail recipe book that pairs good music with good drinks

A cocktail recipe book that pairs good music with good drinks
Booze & Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks, $22.50, available at Amazon

Combining two great pastimes, the fun guide features 70 albums from the '50s through the '00s and an A-side and B-side cocktail for each one. They're organized by mood, so your recipient will know just what pairing to use for their party.

A pair of wireless earbuds

A pair of wireless earbuds
AirPods, $159, available at the Apple Store

Apple AirPods are far from perfect, but we have to admit they're really convenient. They're the easiest earbuds to pop into their ears since they're light and pair automatically with their phone, and they'll stay in surprisingly well.

Tickets to see their favorite singer or band

Tickets to see their favorite singer or band
Gift Card, $25-$250, available at Ticketmaster

Singing along in the car or shower is fun, but singing along with the band live and in concert is another experience entirely. Hopefully they'll invite you to whichever concert they buy with this gift card.

An adorable handmade pin

An adorable handmade pin
Justinegilbuena Accordion Enamel Pin, $10, available at Etsy

Check out the maker's shop to find enamel pins of other instruments, including a ukulele, violin, and piano.

A high-end visual speaker

A high-end visual speaker
Cotodama Canvas Lyric Speaker, $1,900, available at Amazon

This sleek WiFi-enabled speaker, which integrates seamlessly into their living room or bedroom, recognizes and artistically displays the lyrics of the song as it plays (see how it works here). The sound quality is also top-notch, which isn't a surprise since the company behind it is part of an incubator run by the famous Abbey Road Studios.

An online class taught by a film-scoring legend

An online class taught by a film-scoring legend
Hans Zimmer Film Scoring Class, $90, available at MasterClass

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard the work of film score composer Hans Zimmer. Through lessons on tempo, character themes, sound palettes, and more, the composer of over 150 movies including "Inception" and "The Lion King" shows students how he makes movie score magic.

Pencils they won't be able to stop drumming on their desk

Pencils they won't be able to stop drumming on their desk
Suck UK Drumstick Pencils, $9.45, available at Amazon

These clever pencils are an easy stocking stuffer for budding and experienced drummers alike.

A waterproof portable speaker

A waterproof portable speaker
Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker, $104, available at Amazon

The loud and powerful UE Boom 2 delivers 360 degree sound and has a long battery life, perfect for outdoor hangouts and parties. They can even continue being DJ at the pool or beach because the speaker is waterproof.

A smart speaker

A smart speaker
Echo (2nd Generation), $69.99, available at Amazon

They'll be able to stream music from Amazon Music, Apple Music (coming soon), Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, and more, without even lifting a finger. The multi-talented device can still hear their other commands over the music since it has seven mics and noise cancellation.

A book about why humans love music

A book about why humans love music
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, $11.85, available at Amazon

This fascinating book delves into why music is so important to us and is written by someone with a firm grasp on both the artistic and scientific sides of it: a neuroscientist who previously worked as a session musician, sound engineer, and record producer.

A way to organize their concert ticket stubs

A way to organize their concert ticket stubs
Just the Ticket: Ticket Stub Organizer, $14.08, available at Amazon

Videos and photos aside, a way to remember their concerts, down to the exact seat in the venue, is this ticket stub diary. There's also space on each page to jot down notes and memories to look fondly back on later.

Cufflinks shaped like a sixteenth note and treble clef

Cufflinks shaped like a sixteenth note and treble clef
Cufflinks, Inc. Music Notes Cuff Links, $55, available at Nordstrom

These small accessories are the perfect finishing note on his ensemble, whether he's heading to work or the symphony.

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