The most joyful season can sometimes be a little stressful, especially when it comes to finding the perfect gift. This year, we’ve put together a list of thoughtful surprises for music lovers, from experiences to be enjoyed together, to essentials that’ll take their everyday listening to new heights.
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There’s simply no denying the allure of listening to an album on vinyl; somehow, the levels of warmth, richness and depth just don’t translate. Surprise the vinyl collector in your life with a rare collector’s edition of their favourite album or band: the Rare and Collectable category of Vinylnet, one of the UK’s largest vinyl stores, has more than 200 choices, with Diamond Head’s first album (signed by Colin Kimberley) even commanding a price point of £1,300.
Time spent commuting or on the go can be some of the most important moments to enjoy your favourite songs. Help the music lover in your life make the most of those moments with high-fidelity headphones or earphones, custom tuned for the highest-resolution sound. KEF’s Mu7 Wireless Headphones or Mu3 Wireless Earphones are designed by visionary artist Ross Lovegrove, and come with a host of features like fast-charging and all-day listening for everyday ease.
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“Smell sound and hear fragrance” – Nicholas White, a music producer born to deaf parents, created candle company Seis White so people can experience music through the power of scent, even with the absence of sound. Each scented candle comes with its own playlist: its signature candle, Sign Language, is reminiscent of rainy days and unforgettable moments, accompanied by tunes from Drake, Ama Lou, Jorja Smith and more.
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Curious individuals never stop learning and exploring. The Music section of Masterclass alone is a treasure trove of knowledge, with the industry’s greats like Hans Zimmer and Metallica sharing their knowledge in a form that can be accessed anytime, anywhere. Gift classes on scoring a film with Danny Elfman, songwriting and producing with Alicia Keys, or even developing their own jazz style with Herbie Hancock.
A NIGHT OF LIVE JAZZ
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Plan a memorable night out for someone special by taking them jazz bar hopping. In London, Soho's the place to be, with Jazz After Dark, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Spicejazz, Crazy Coqs, The Piano Bar and Trisha’s all located within walking distance. Stay for a drink, then move on to the next venue to soak up the mood and music! End the night at the iconic Ronnie Scott’s on Frith Street – one of the most treasured in the city, having hosted the likes of Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis.
HIGH-FIDELITY SPEAKERS FOR THE HOME
Gifting doesn’t always have to be for someone else. Treat yourself to a well-deserved upgrade for your listening experience – KEF's LSX II Wireless HiFi Speakers are compact enough to live on your desk, while still delivering the pure, accurate sound that the British loudspeaker brand have won awards for. With colour options like Lava Red, Cobalt Blue and a uniquely designed Soundwave edition by Terence Conran, there's something for anyone.
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For many people, particular songs evoke fond memories – be it the flutters of first love, or the thrill of watching their favourite band perform live. So why not turn these moments into a soundwave art piece, forever theirs to treasure? Using specially designed software, Soundwave Art converts songs into visual form, which is then printed on canvas, aluminium, or wood. Choose from their extensive database, or even request your own song.
CONCERT TICKETS TO END THE YEAR WITH A BANG
What better way to end the year than with the people you love, surrounded by music? ABBA Voyage redefines the immersive musical experience with a virtual concert. The four holograms, constructed via motion capture, perform every night at the ABBA Arena in London, belting out a 22-song set. If you’re up for something less nostalgic, check out ticketing platforms like Festivaly or Eventworld to find a concert playing in your city.
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Writer | Michelle Tan
Having spent the past decade turning her passion into profession, Michelle is a freelance writer/translator based in Malaysia. Her lifelong dream is to become an urban hermit.