'A Seat at the Table' vinyl plus more great holiday gifts for the music lover in your life

'A Seat at the Table' vinyl plus more great holiday gifts for the music lover in your life
Source: The Barnacle, Solange, The Roots-mones
Source: The Barnacle, Solange, The Roots-mones

For music lovers, 2016 was a fantastic year.

Every quarter there was an album release from talented acts such as James Blake, Chance the Rapper, Beyoncé, Drake, Metallica, Frank Ocean and more. Along with the music came inspirational visuals and written content to tell the larger story of their project.

Now that the year is over and you're shopping for your musically inclined friend, fret not: There are a lot of gift options that will excite them as much as all the new music did. Some gifts for the music lover are more conventional, like waterproof wireless speakers, while others are unconventional, like a workout class with amazing playlists.

Since we know you enjoyed our gift guide for the feminist in your life, check out what we have for the music lover below.

Editor's note: Prices and product availability are subject to change throughout the holidays.

The Barnacle, $39.99

The Barnacle
Source: Speaqua

This speaker is 100% waterproof and lasts as long as five hours, making it a good item to bring on your next beach vacation. Its coolest function is having a built-in microphone for hands-free calls.

Box and Flow five-class pack, $160

Box and Flow five-class pack
Source: Box and Flow

Boxing combined with power yoga? It may seem unconventional, but the popular New York City class is a fun workout for those in the city, or even for someone just visiting who wants to get a session in. The best part is the uptempo playlists that go in tandem with the 50-minute classes.

Limited edition Ariana Grande wireless Bluetooth cat ear headphones, $149.99

Limited edition Ariana Grande wireless Bluetooth cat ear headphones
Source: Brookstone

While you can't gift the powerhouse vocals of Ariana Grande to the person receiving these headphones, these insulated headphones, with wireless Bluetooth capabilities, will make it seem like the pop star is in the room when played.

Solange 'A Seat at the Table' LP, $27.98

Solange 'A Seat at the Table' LP
Source: Urban Outfitters

They say vinyl is the best way to listen to music. Solange's A Seat at the Table, with all its layered vocals and soothing instrumentation, is sure to sound like pure gold.

The Roots-mones T-Shirt, $29

The Roots-mones T-Shirt
Source: Okayplayer Shop

Forget a ratty vintage rock t-shirt and get something fresh and clean. This band logo shirt from Philadelphia's own The Roots crew, is a great way to show your solidarity with one of hip-hop's greatest groups with a nod to the iconic Ramones logo.

Terry O'Neill's 'Rock 'n' Roll Album' deluxe edition book, $499.99

Terry O'Neill's 'Rock 'N' Roll Album' deluxe edition book
Source: T.J. Maxx

Something about heavy coffee table books scream, "I'm an adult!" But this one, with 300 photos taken by photographer Terry O'Neill over a 50-year period, is legitimately cool regardless of who owns it.

TRNTBL by Vnyl record player, $429

TRNTBL by Vnyl record player
Source: TRNTBL

You can only pre-order this highly coveted record player for now, but being the first wireless player of its kind, it is sure to excite whoever will eventually get it. Not only does it play vinyl records, it can hook up to your phone to play music via Bluetooth.

Metallica logo cap, $25

Metallica logo cap
Source: Hypebeast

We couldn't resist a good roadie piece of paraphernalia like this Metallica baseball hat. In black with the band's logo in white, it literally can be worn with any and everything.

Women's Adidas by Stella McCartney Pure Boost X shoes, $170

Women's adidas by Stella McCartney Pure Boost X Shoes
Source: adidas

They ain't Yeezys, but music fans will still appreciate these kicks. Why? Stella McCartney partnered with Adidas to make these fashionable sneakers that have the same technological edge as Yeezy Boosts (but are easier to get your hands on). Crafted with Stretchweb, it has a lightweight rubber sole for walking around and listening to music comfortably all day.

GPX - CD+G karaoke system, $50

GPX - CD+G Karaoke System
Source: Best Buy

Help your music-loving friend avoid the nightclub sign-up list filled with half-drunk wannabe singers by getting them this karaoke machine. This way, they can sing when people are around, or alone for their own special way of winding down. 


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