Christmas gift ideas 2014: 10 gifts for music-lovers
We all have friends who are music-obsessed (hey, it might even be you!) Sure, you can offer to get them a song or a full album on iTunes, but if you want to make their Christmas extra special, here’s a gift list you might consider.
1. Marley Jammin' Collection Headphones
There are a lot of ear and headphones out there, and most will probably satisfy any casual music fans’ requirements. What sets Marley headphones apart, besides the j-j-jammin’ name, is that they are made from recyclable, earth-friendly materials, including fabric, cotton and canvas textiles, recycled plastics and metals, and even bamboo.
Plus, the brand also supports 1Love, the Marley family’s charitable organization, which funds projects for “youth, planet and peace.”
Price: Headphones: P2790, earphones: P1899
Get It: Odyssey Music Stores
2. Travelon Anti-Theft Signature Slim Pouch
This will come in handy at the next outdoor music festival, (like Laneway), so you don’t have to worry about snatchers and pickpockets. Outfitted with revolutionary safety systems, including RFID blocking card slots, it’s big enough to store the essentials, including your phone, wallet, keys, maybe a pair of headphones, tablet and digital camera, yet small enough not to be cumbersome while you’re jumping and dancing along to your favorite band.
Get It: R.O.X Bonifacio Global City
3. Guitar straps
For that guy (or gal) in your life who wants to add more personality into his or her axe. They have other designs and bands, but if your Slash-wannabe friend prefers to keep things simple and neat, JB Music has straps with basic, monochrome designs, too.
Get It: JB Music Stores
4. Four Eyes glasses and shades
Complete the music festival-ready look with a pair of eyeglasses or shades. What’s cool about Four Eyes is that it’s completely online, so placing an order is hassle-free. And the glasses are affordable. Choose from a vast selection of frames for optical and shades. Also, the company donates a pair of prescription eyewear to the less fortunate for every one pair of glasses they sell.
Price: Shades start at P995, Optical wear at P1995
Get it: Visit foureyes.com.ph
5. Cord wrap and stand
Sometimes, prevention is key. Who doesn’t hate tangled up and ruined earphones? Keep them safe with a cord wrap like this one from Quirks, which sticks to the back of your phone and doubles as a stand for your phone.
Get It: Visit quirksph.com
6. Spotify Subscription
Think Spotify is pretty cool but it would be even cooler if you can share it with everyone at home? The Christmas elves at the music streaming app have heard your wishes. Spotify Family is a new service that lets users invite up to four family members to share one billing account but keep each person’s listening history, recommendations and playlist separate. Everyone gets the full Spotify premium experience (listen offline, play any song any time on any device, no ads). That’ll definitely guarantee a music-filled household this Christmas.
Price: The standard monthly charge for a Spotify premium account is P129. Each additional Spotify user will get 50% off the Premium service, which means a family of five will pay only P387 per month
Get It: Through the Spotify website spotify.com/family
7. Portable Bluetooth speakers
What’s an out-of-town trip without music? Getting your friend portable Bluetooth speakers this Christmas will ensure that everyone enjoys that kick-ass playlist you worked so hard on building while you sip cold brews by the beach or are huddled around a campfire munching on marshmallows in the mountains of Sagada. These speakers from SM are cool, functional, and, most of all, affordable.
Get It: SM Department Stores
For the John Lennon completist, this book is a gold mine. It features letters Lennon wrote to family, friends and lovers, offering a more intimate look at the revered music icon.
Get It: Available at all Fully Booked stores
9. Earphone splitters
Music sounds best when shared. Next time you say, “Listen to this!” to your friend, you don’t have to take your headphones off. Use a splitter so your friend can connect with his own pair of head or earphones.
Get It: Visit quirksph.com
10. The ultimate gift: concert tickets
Lots of shows are happening in the next few weeks and months. Some of the bigger ones include The Lemonheads (December 4), Bastille (January 5), Michael Buble (January 31), The 1975 (January 24), Christina Perri (March 5) and Ed Sheeran (March 12). If you love your brother, sister or friend that much, why not buy them tickets to one of these shows? I would suggest The Script, who always put on a good show. They're coming back to perform for the third time in Manila on April 17 at the SM MOA Arena.
Price: VIP: P8000; Patron P7000; Lower Box A P5500; Lower Box B P4000; Upper Box P2500; GA: P1000
Get It: SM Tickets
Anything catch your eye? Let us know in the comments below. – Rappler.com
Guitar with bokeh background image from Shutterstock