Struggling to figure out what last minute gift you should buy for your music-loving mate? We’ve got you covered, with 25 great gift ideas for any music-lover in your life. First up is PJ Harvey’s Mercury Prize-winning album ‘Let England Shake’ (which came high in NME‘s album of the year list). Click here to order it now from Amazon.
If you’re feeling really generous, you can get someone this stunning jeweled leather chest of goodies from Florence And The Machine, designed by Faye Sawyer. It features a special edition two-disc copy of ‘Lungs’, plus unique hand-drawn artwork from Florence, as well as a signed letter from the lady herself.
The famed Abbey Road Studios recently launched an 80th Anniversary merchandise range, featuring laptop cases, tote bags, mugs, notebooks, hoodies and loads more. Check out the full stock at shop.abbeyroad.com.
NME editor Krissi Murison has curated a limited edition collection of 25 iconic photographs for Sonic Editions, featuring snaps of bands including The Strokes, The White Stripes, Amy Winehouse and Arctic Monkeys. Get a framed print of the photo of your choice for £99 by visiting soniceditions.com.
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Sex, drugs and rock’n’roll – that’s pretty much what Keith Richards’ book ‘Life’ boils down to. An autobiography from the man who’s said to have snorted his own father’s ashes, it’s bound to be an enthralling, if not disturbing read. Click here to order it on Amazon.
Got a DJ friend who always loves to crank out some tunes at parties? This will make it easy for them to spin some vinyl, without the hassle of lugging around a massive contraption of a player. Just plug this Portable Turntable from Crosley Revolution into a USB, and you’re good to go. Get one here for £99.99.
You can’t really go wrong with Noel Fielding – from the cover alone, you can tell ‘The Scribblings Of Madcap Shambleton’ is gonna be a good read. So this one isn’t really about music – in fact its inspired by artists like Henri Rousseau, Roy Lichtenstein and Salvador Dali – but we couldn’t really put together an Xmas gift guide without it. Order it here.
While everyone’s huddling together to keep warm while opening presents, thinking about how cold it is outside, it’ll be a nice surprise to receive some tickets for a summertime festival. So why not get a friend some passes for Reading of Leeds Festival? (Or another fest of your choice). Click here to order some now.
For £79.99, you can get a set of three flip frame vinyl display cases – perfect for an avid record collector who likes to leave them on display. it’s easy to install and easy to swap. Get it here.
It was essentially made for the sole purpose of Christmas gift giving, so if you’re stuck, pick up a copy of She & Him’s ‘A Very She & Him Christmas’ album. They cover all the holiday classics – from ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ to ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’, they’re all there. Click here to purchase it.
Fred Perry’s Amy Winehouse clothing collection has just been released (with the late singer’s family’s approval) with proceeds going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. So for a good cause, and in remembrance of her legacy, you can pick up an item of clothing that’s just her style. Take a look at the line’s items at fredperry.com.
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Here’s a gift for the rock fans out there. AC/DC have just unveiled their own version of Monopoly. The game features some of the band’s biggest albums and locations like Black Ice, Stiff Upper Lip, AC/DC Lane, with players aiming to build their own AC/DC empire. Click here to order one.
For just a tenner, you can get a 3D puzzle featuring artwork from Muse’s The Resistance’ album. A limited edition 14-sided, hexagonal puzzle that’s fun for the whole family (except maybe mental uncle Frank) Get it here.
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Our buddies over at Uncut have developed an iPad app dedicated to the Starman, David Bowie. With over 600 interactive pages that trace all five decades of his career, this is perfect for anyone you know who’s got an iPad and an appreciation for the glam rock legend. Click here to purchase ‘David Bowie: The Ultimate Music Guide’ on iTunes for just £2.99.
The X-mini II Capsule Speaker actually collapses to an even tinier size than this, making it the ultimate pocket-sized speaker. It can hook up into your phone, your iPod or you laptop – or it can even plug into other capsule speakers for maximum sound. Plus it comes in loads of pretty colors. You can find some on Amazon for less than a tenner.
If you were at Bestival 2011, then you might want a copy of the 2-disc ‘The Cure: Bestival Live 2011’ to remember the good times – or you might want one to hear what you missed out on. All proceeds go to the Isle Of Wight Youth Trust. Get it here.
If you swung by one of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ recent gigs with a mate, you might want to relive the moment by getting them an Official 2011 Tour Book for a mere tenner. Click here to order one.
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Everyone can always use a new pair of quality headphones, and Beats By Dre not only sound great, but they look awesome, too. They’ve just released some new limited edition colours, so here” – order some now to get the first pick.
For £39.99, you can get a Kasabian fan a canvas print of the band. They all come mounted onto a wooden frame, and will look ace on a fan’s wall. Get it for them here, and they’ll love you forever.
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If you’re stick trying to find a gift for a foodie, why not get them a slab of cheese made by Blur bassist Alex James? Word is he’ll be releasing some special Xmas time cheeses, but don’t forget about his delicious looking ‘Blue Monday’ blue cheese, or this lovely looking ‘Alex James Experience’ cheese gift set.
You know what every music obsessive wants? A six-inch figurine of Jon Bon Jovi. Get it here. NB, they might not thank you until you point out its benefits as a voodoo doll.
NME recently voted this one of the best books of 2011, so pick up a copy of Jarvis Cocker’s ‘Mother, Brother, Lover’ for the Pulp fan in your life. This book contains a selection of 66 lyrics with commentary an introduction from Jarvis himself. Click here to order a copy.
‘Tis the season of ugly Christmas jumpers (although this one’s actually quite nice). Get yourself in the festive spirit with some special Miike Snow merch. This item’s currently sold out on their official webstore, but a second batch is set to be released soon.