By Sia Papadopoulos
For those people in your life who have music running through their veins; who don’t tire out talking about the latest hits or music industry trends - you may want to consider making their Christmas extra special by gifting them something they’d cherish. Whether it is a family member, significant other, friend, or co-worker, personalizing a gift makes the experience extra special.
Here are six thoughtful and affordably priced gifts (under C$50) you can add to your holiday shopping list.
Music Subscription Gift Card
Monthly music subscription charges can become a nuisance at times, especially when you’re no longer paying the student discount prices. This is a perfect opportunity to take a couple months out of the hands of a music-lover by buying a subscription gift card. The first step is knowing which music streaming service they use, and then purchasing a gift card to help pay for their subscription charges.
Gift cards through companies like, Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal offer a range of gift cards with different amounts, and are sold at many retail outlets. Check your local Walmart, Best Buy, or Shoppers Drug Mart.
Do you know someone who is either constantly losing their headphones, or forgetting them in some corner of their home? If yes, you might want to consider purchasing them a pair of headphones. Wireless headphones have become the new fad but can become pricey when purchasing from certain brands. According to an article recently published by TechRadar, Skullcandy Ink’d are a good option for inexpensive and quality wireless headphones. They are available in seven different colours. Although they can be purchased at Best Buy, you may want to check out Amazon to get a Skullcandy Ink’d deal starting at just $39.99!
If you have a friend that frequents concerts and loves to capture every moment, consider buying them a portable charger for a quick recharge during shows. According to multiple tech review websites like, PCmag.com and TechRadar, the Anker PowerCore 10000 has topped the ratings. Anker PowerCore offers an affordable, durable and long-lasting portable battery. Anker has a Canadian website that displays all their products. This portable charger is being sold for $36.99.
Wireless Shower Speaker
What better way to encourage shower singers than turning their simple shower routine into a real-life concert experience with a mere wireless shower speaker. Available in three different colours, the SoundBot SB510 HD Water Resistant Bluetooth 3.0 shower speaker is rated 4/5 stars on Amazon, with over 4700 customer reviews. The best part about this speaker is the price. Being sold at $14.98, this speaker is a perfect gift for any music-lover.
Each season, Toronto is abuzz with plentiful concerts organized throughout the year. Although it is possible to purchase a Ticketmaster gift card, you can make the gift extra special by purchasing a pair of concert tickets for you and a music-lover, especially for the winter months. It would definitely be a cool experience to go check out an artist you’ve never heard before, live. Toronto is the perfect place to explore new or upcoming artists, and there are hundreds of venues across the city to explore. Stub Hub displays all the concert venues in Toronto including concerts happening over the next couple months. If you do some research, and choose an artist that caters to your taste, you can really surprise a music-lover by attending the concert together.
And before we wind up, last but not the least in the list is a music accessory from Sonic Boom. Located at 215 Spadina Avenue, this independent record store is hard not to fall in love with. You can definitely find personable gifts that don’t make an appearance in other retail stores, making your gift-choice extra thoughtful. Not only does this store sell vinyl records, but accessories that any music lover would appreciate. With items like socks, lamps, t-shirts, key chains, and pins, buying a gift from Sonic Boom will not only wow the recipient, but you will also help support local designers. Check out the store during holidays to find the perfect music-themed gift!
The holiday season can become a stress-full time, especially when trying to find gifts for multiple friends and family members. Drop the worry and use these tips to buy the perfect music-themed gift this Christmas.