The Music Fan’s Holiday Gift Guide

The ultimate holiday gift guide for every type of music fan

“You are what you eat” – everyone’s mother at some point in their lives.

If our moms were right, could this also apply to our taste in music? We think you are what you listen to too. So here goes our music personality gift guide! And because ‘tis the season, we’ve provided gift ideas for each personality. And of course, you could find something nice for yourself too.
 

The Ultimate Canadian Music Fan

Favourite Bands: Feist, Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Joel Plaskett, Metric, Stars, Sam Roberts Band.

Characteristics: Never complains about the winter, wears Sorels to the bar in February, perfect vacation is in Algonquin Park.

Gift Guide: You could get your Canadiana friend something with The Bay stripes on it but we’ve got some other ideas.

Grizzly-Bear
Big Sleeping Grizzly Bear Woven Bean Bag, $222.23 Etsy

Graphic Novel
Louis Riel: A Comic Strip Biography by Chester Brown, $17.95 Drawn & Quarterly

Trees
Brian Farrell Fresh Green Trees, $15-$84 each Drake General Store

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Smells Like Canada Candles, $28 each Kid Icarus

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Cashmere Mountie Sweater (unisex) $175, Drake General Store
 

The Synth Pop/Indietronica Fan

Favourite Bands: Austra, Purity Ring, Young Galaxy, Diamond Rings, Cut Copy.

Characteristics: Likes to dance and cuddle, a peacekeeper, known to show up to concerts every once in a while with candy-coloured hair.

Gift Guide: Go for anything with fringes or jewel tones. Think techno-romance.

Peace Treaty Necklace
A Peace Treaty Opaline Necklace, $400 Bluebird

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COLORSMASH Hair Shadow, $15 Sephora

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Amethyst Mountain Archival Print, $200 Magic Pony
 

The Shoegaze Band Fan

Favourite Bands: M83, My Bloody Valentine, The Verve, Deerhunter, Beach House.

Characteristics: Not great at small talk, a deep thinker, surrounded by a small but close group of friends.

Gift Guide: Extroverts are so overrated. Get this introspective soul something that shows them you think they’re awesome too.

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain. We’re pretty sure you know where to buy books, so click here instead and watch to her TED Talk, which currently has over 5 million views.

Journal
Cavallini leather-bound journal, $59.95-79.95 The Paper Place
 

The Psychedelic Fan

Favourite Bands: Tame Impala, Animal Collective, Phish, Nick Drake, MGMT.

Characteristics: Happy-go-lucky, possibly in need of a haircut, penchant for bright colours, the last one to go to sleep – if they even do – at the festival.

Gift Guide: The weirder, the better.

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Carousel Magazine: Hybrid Literature For Mutant Readers, 8 issues for $45 subscribe here

Carnival
Jamiyla Lowe Carnival Archival Print, $150 Magic Pony

Phish
Art Framing Gift Certificate (for that special edition Phish or Bonnaroo poster), price on request Off The Wall Art & Framing Gallery

glowsticks
Tube of glowsticks (don’t worry if you don’t know what they’re for, they do), $9.99 Glowstick Wars
 

The Folk Fan

Favourite Bands: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Of Monsters and Men, Grizzly Bear, Sufjan Stevens, Regina Spektor, Band of Horses, Iron & Wine.

Characteristics: Easygoing idealist, dreamer, romantic, penchant for florals and unkempt hair.

Gift Guide: Stick to local goods if you can. You’ll get extra points for anything that makes summer eternal.

Mullein
Mullein & Sparrow Herbal Apothecary Skincare, Healing Salve, $16 Likely General

Terranium
Terrarium Orb Kit $30, Crown Flora

sontag
Susan Sontag: The Complete Rolling Stone Interview, $26 TYPE Books

Ritual-Candles
Magic Hour Ritual Candles, $22-$35 Likely General
 

The Indie Rock Fan

Favourite Bands: July Talk, The New Pornographers, Arctic Monkeys, Tokyo Police Club, Japandroids.

Characteristics: Outspoken, only listens to music loud, frequent concert-goer and beer drinker.

Gift Guide: Anything that makes a statement. Bonus points for local companies.

Polaris
Polaris Prize Nominee Posters, $38 Polaris Prize

Wes-Anderson
The Wes Anderson Collection Coffee Table Book, $45 TYPE Books

Makework
Bracelet, $65 Makework Toronto

Muttonhead
Toque, $30 Muttonhead Collective
 

The Underground Hip Hop Fan

Favourite Bands: Zaki Ibrahim, Shad, Childish Gambino, Blackalicious.

Characteristics: Ironic, socially conscious, fashion-forward.

Gift Guide: You’ll want to find something really cool for this person on your list, but keep in mind that anything with a sense of humour is really the coolest.

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Leroy’s Place Biggie and Tupac cufflinks, $38 Drake General Store

Rap
RAP beanie, $30 Community 54

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Jessa necklace, $160 Michelle Ross

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Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton, $34.50 TYPE Books