Christmas is very nearly upon us, so it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your favourite people.
Whether you’re looking for a nifty stocking filler or a show-stopper gift for that someone special, we’ve got you covered for every budget.
Here’s Gizmodo’s roundup of the best tech gifts to buy this Christmas for the music lover in your life.
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Audio Technica brings the legendary studio sound of the M50x to wireless headphones for the first time with the ATH-M50xBT, breathing new life into this cult classic monitoring headphone. These Bluetooth headphones maintain their rich studio sound, while offering up to 40 hours of continuous playback and touch control for voice assist.
Give the gift of music, quite literally, with a gift card for a Spotify Premium subscription. The perfect present for anyone who’s difficult to buy for, they come in 1-month ($12), 3-month ($36) and 6-month ($72) options, available at stores including Woolworths, Target and Australia Post.
Google’s smart assistant can perform heaps of useful musical tricks. Link it to your preferred music service and use your voice to control the tunes, set up multi-room audio and identify songs – even if you can only recite a couple of lyrics. Another cool feature is setting an alarm to wake you up with your favourite artist. For example, “Hey Google, wake me up at 9am to Backstreet Boys”. Just an example.
For the athlete in your life, these ATH-SPORT7TW in-ear true wireless headphones will keep you motivated and moving during your workouts – without the wires. Their comfortable and secure fit means you don’t have to worry about them falling out and they even have a touch sensor, allowing you to answer calls, control music and adjust volume without touching your phone.
Philips Hue smart lighting can transform your home with incredible colours and scenes, especially when you’re listening to music. Sync the LED bulbs to the beat and they’ll turn your living room into a disco by matching the music with a bunch of awesome effects. The Hue White and Colour Ambiance Go portable light is a great option to get the party started if the recipient already has a Hue Bridge. If not, consider a Philips Hue Starter Kit.
This sturdy little Bluetooth speaker packs impressive, 360-degree sound and offers 10 hours of playback from a single charge. It’s stylish yet tough, with a waterproof exterior that’s able to survive a few knocks and drops, making it perfect for a music lover who spends a lot of time being active outdoors.
Photography and music have long had a deep connection. The Instax SQUARE SQ6 is a fun way to instantly capture gigs and other moments that might inspire your inner songwriter. The analog camera brings back the iconic square print so you can collect music memories the old-school way. It also has features such as a mirror on the front to line up the perfect selfie, and automatic exposure control for those darkly-lit concerts.
One musician who captures memories for musical material is Florence Welch.
The Florence + the Machine vocalist has published never-before-seen scrapbooks of poems, sketches and notes that inspire her chart-topping work. The perfect gift for any budding musician who wants a glimpse into the creative process of an acclaimed musician.
Once you choose Sonos, you don’t go back. For those with bigger budgets, the latest addition to the Sonos range is a chic yet affordable soundbar that pairs with your TV for immersive sound. Some of our favourite features are Alexa integration, premium sound quality you’d expect from Sonos and the ability to link it with existing Sonos speakers for true 5.1 surround sound.
The AT-LP60 is a fully automatic turntable that’s perfect for beginners, plus, if you’re on a strict budget it won’t break the bank. Listen to your vinyl directly or use the USB output to connect to your computer and digitise your music. A great gift for the budding audiophile in your life.
This handheld smartphone gimbal is ideal for smoothly filming musical memories, with 15 hours of battery life for live-streaming your gig or filming your own music video. It’s lightweight and has features that will seriously upgrade your shoot when using a smartphone, such as cinematic zoom control, timelapse and panorama modes.