Gifts for Pop Music Lovers – Beyond Albums, CDs, and Books

What gift do you buy a pop music lover who has everything? Not more albums, CDs, or books! These gift ideas range from funky headphones to sound blasters (a good gift if you don’t actually live with your music lover).

Here’s a quip for your music lover’s birthday (or other) card:

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” ~ Bob Marley.

If you live with someone who loves listening to pop music on full blast, you might want to get them a set of gold or copper in-ear speakers. You’ll also give yourself the gift of silence!

These pop music gift ideas are perfect for people who:

  • Are fanatical about pop music.
  • Own too many albums and records.
  • Buy their own pop music related books before you know who’s “it” for them.
  • Jump from one favorite musician to another as often as they change their knickers (providing they put on fresh new undies often!).

If you think that sounds like the person you need to buy a gift for, take a look at these ideas…

Designer Headphones

What better accessory for the pop music lover than funky gorgeous headphones that sound great as good as they look? Your music lover can listen to music on the bus, on-the-go or plugged into the computer so the neighbors can’t hear their jam sesh at 2 am!  Revolve Clothing has a cool set of headphones in great designs. Or, you could check out the in ear buds like these metallic gold or copper speakers on Amazon. Or, check out the larger headphones like the bright canary yellow headphones – for music lovers who want to make a statement.

Music Lessons – Guitar, Drums, Singing

How about a set of five or ten music lessons for your pop music lover? Give him or her the inside scoop on what it’s really like to play music — and maybe a glimpse into being a singer songwriter. If the idea of guitar lessons piqued your interest, read Guitar Gifts for Musicians Who Love to Strum for more tips and ideas.

Sound Blaster

Your gift recipient will love to hear their favourite tunes at the best quality, and this means surround sound. A Sound Blaster greatly improves the audio sound quality and surround that totally immerses the listener in the music. You can get a portable USB external sound card that can be transferred between computers. For something a bit more flashy, a Creative Labs X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound Card turns your “downloaded music into your own personal concert.” This gift is good for when the neighbors aren’t home!

Concert Tickets

Surprise your gift recipient with two tickets to an upcoming pop music concert. Get two tickets so they can take a friend to a musician or band they love — or create an adventure by buying tickets to someone new and exciting! Tryshowtimetickets.com; they have thousands of concerts to choose from under the Rock/Pop section. And, search last.fm for the concerts in specific locations.

Portable Speakers

This gift would accompany the Sound Blaster well, depending on the recipient you could buy portable speakers to accompany their MP3 player whilst travelling or when on vacation or some larger ones that can be moved between devices in the home. For some smaller ones try the Sony Portable Speakers for iPod and MP3 Players, which has two audio inputs to connect PC and compatible music players and Sony MegaBass sound for powerful low frequencies. For something a bit more substantial, try the Coby High Performance MP3 Speaker System. It has two full range satellite speakers and a subwoofer which gives the user more bass sound control.

Live Music DVDs

Second best to live performances are DVDs showcasing live shows that your gift recipient can watch again and again. On cduniverse.com, you can choose from 1000 pop music videos, such as Cher’s Farewell Tour DVD, The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Live at Slane, or David Bowie’s A Reality Tour. Or, go to Amazon’s live music dvds — you’ll find some gift that will suit your pop music lover’s taste!

Pop Music Posters

Musical posters are a great gift, they work for undergrads trying to brighten up their student digs, or can be framed and hung pride of place by the more sophisticated music lover. allposters.com has a good range of original posters and with over 2000 posters allocated under ‘Pop Music’, you have a lot to choose from. Whether it’s a poster of “The King of Pop” Michael Jackson, the recent sensation Lady Gaga and her eccentric outfits, or Nick from the Jonas Brothers that your music lover goes crazy for you will probably find one very reasonably priced online.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever given a pop music lover — or ever received? Comments welcome below…

Written by Heather Welsh, an English writer and blogger currently based in Vancouver. Visit her blog at Central Reservation or follow her on Twitter @Heather_Welsh.