The music lover can be a tricky one to shop for. Their passion for music is a double-edged sword, they love such an infinite art that there's surely something you can give them that they would love. But that same passion drives them to chase after the things they want with haste, often causing them to obtain what their heart desires quicker than you can keep track of. So to reduce the chances of doubling up on something your special music loving compatriot has, the following gift guide has been written in broad strokes. These are things they may not have yet but could end up something they truly love.
A Vinyl Player
You probably know already if your friend has a vinyl player or not. If you don't, make an excuse to go over there and look around for a cardboard box filled with what appears to be bigger music CDs. Don't see one? Then they don't have a vinyl player. A vinyl player is the gift every music lover doesn't know they want. They'll truly respect the old ways once they get their hands on their a vinyl version of one of their favorite records, as holding a full-sized version of a record you've listened to countless times is something to be experienced. Just be ready to blamed for enabling a very expensive hobby. For bonus points, get them their first vinyl such as one of 2016's great releases! Angel Olsen's My Woman
, Car Seat Headrest's Teens of Denial
, or Mitski's Puberty 2
Their First Guitar
As with the vinyl, you probably have an idea if your music friend has an instrument or not. Listen, take it from me personally, all people who are really into music but haven't made any of their own are just looking for an excuse. Yeah it's on the pricey side so you probably will only buy this if you're really close to this person (or you're flush with the $$$), but if that happens to be true, be the excuse. We're not guaranteeing they will take to it all, heck they might even hate the idea of doing more than listening. But if they end up liking it, it'll be the best gift they ever receive.
If you have someone you would describe as a music lover in your life, you've probably been lectured to about a band you've never heard of but is supposedly "the best thing ever". Take that band which has been burned into your mind for the rest of your life and google their name and the word "tour". Find a show near your special friend and find out how to get some tickets. Although there's a good chance if they really like this band that they'll have tickets already, so try slyly asking them if they are looking forward to any shows next year to see if that's the case.
It's safe to assume anyone who uses a computer more than an hour a day has a subscription to a streaming service such as Spotify, Apple Music, Google Music, etc. Your music friend has a subscription to at least one of these services. It may not be the most memorable gift, but helping them pay their stream bills will definitely be appreciated. Just make sure to get credit for the right service, a gift card for Tidal Music would be useless to anyone who makes wise decisions in their lives.
With all the recommendations you should be all set to find the perfect gift for your music loving friend. Hopefully they got you something just as good.