A Gift Guide for the Music Fan

Give the gift of music this holiday season

Looking for a gift for that person who lives and breathes music? We’ve put together 10 unique gifts ideas that are sure to impress even the most avid music fan.

Qleek, $299


Qleek is the fusion of the digital music world and the lost tactile connection of the vinyl age. Each wooden hexagon, called a Tapp, holds everything from a personal digital playlist to a Dropbox file. You can personalize each Tapp with a photo image or engraved word – essentially designing your own album cover. Throw your Tapp onto the Qleek player and your designated screen or speaker system immediately plays the audio/visual files. This is the perfect gift for those who love to be ahead of the curve. The first Qleek shipment will be shipped in January. Visit qleek.me to pre-order your package which includes the player and six Tapps.

Sonic Editions, Starting from $79


Sonic Editions boasts a massive collection of musical portraits that range from Charlie Parker to Kurt Cobain, from Frank Sinatra to Bob Dylan. Explore their archives and the perfect print for your music fan.

The Toronto Institute for the Enjoyment of Music, Starting at $15


The Toronto Institute for the Enjoyment of Music is the perfect gift for the music lover who wants to learn a new instrument, perfect an existing musical skill, or drop in and jam with fellow musicians. Located on Queen West, TIFEM offers individual and group lessons in 19 instruments including the ukelele, banjo, cello, and harmonica as well as music theory, composition, and digital music lessons. Nurture their passion for musicality with an experience with TIFEM.

Petty: The Biography, $30.70


Warren Zanes’s new biography of longtime friend and tourmate Tom Petty is the most intimate and revealing Petty biography to date. Zanes exposes for the first time the truths Petty has kept quiet for decades – most notably his heroin use in the ’90s. Petty: The Biography has gained rave reviews and is the perfect gift for the classic rock/music history fan.

FriendsFirst Membership for Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall, $250


For the avid concert-goer, the FriendsFirst platinum membership at Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall is the ideal gift. The membership includes perks such as advance ticket-ordering privileges and the best seats in the house. Enhance their live music experience with this exclusive membership.

Downbeats, $12.99


Downbeats should be in every music lover’s stocking. After using them once at a concert, you’ll never want to go to a show without them. They protect your hearing without messing with the sound you came to hear. Downbeats are essential.

Rock Covers, $80.97


Rock Covers is a collection of the most iconic album covers in music history. Discover their significance and revisit some of your favourite classic albums with this collection of pop culture art.

Analogue Gallery, $ Amount of Your Choosing


Analogue Gallery is Canada’s premier Rock & Roll gallery located on Queen West. Give the gift of a limited edition print by some of the world’s most respected music photographers. Or, for the picky music fan, give the versatile gift of an Analogue Gallery gift certificate that can also be used towards professional framing or a must-have music photography book.

Pokket Mixer, $123.95

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The Pokket Mixer is the first portable DJ platform that requires no power supply. It is compatible with any device that has a headset output such as a smartphone or laptop making it easily adaptable. It’s perfect for someone curious about DJing who isn’t ready to commit to an expensive setup.

Skullcandy Air Raid Bluetooth Speakers, $159.99


Rugged, loud, long battery life and strong bluetooth connectivity makes the Air Raid Bluetooth Speakers from Skullcandy a solid gift for the outdoorsy music fan. These beauties can handle the elements, so head outside and keep the party going.

Stephanie Horak is a contributing writer to Indie88.com and is also the founder and editor of Stories Behind The Songs.