When your parents turn on the holiday station during the drive to grandma's house, does anyone really want to hear "Wonderful Christmas Time" for the 1,000th time? Texas country singer Kacey Musgraves offers the perfect droll, irreverent alternative to stuffy holiday fare with this album of wicked covers, sly collaborations, and melancholy original compositions like "Christmas Makes Me Cry." It's the invigorating cup of spiked eggnog you'll need this holiday season.
As streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal fight for the rights to blockbuster exclusives, many music fans have carried on listening to music the old-fashioned way: by dragging a needle over a large, black, circular object called a record. If you're new to the world of records, Vinyl Me, Please will turn you on to new jams by sending you an exclusive LP every month, along with original art prints, cocktail recipes, and access to all sorts of member-exclusive products.
Unless you have a grand to spare, you probably won't be seeing Hamilton anytime soon. But you can make the founding fathers-related dreams of your friends and family come true by buying them this official mixtape, which features the show's cast alongside stars like Nas, Usher, Regina Spektor, and more.
With the passing of Prince, Leonard Cohen, and David Bowie, there were many reasons for pop obsessives to shed some tears this year. Help your friends through their grief by gifting them this Bowie boxed set, which covers three insanely productive years in his career and includes 1974's previously unreleased album The Gouster.
Records can be stored in crates, shelves, or piles in your garage. But if you really want to cultivate a home decor that says, "Please ask me about my exceptional taste in stoner-metal records from the late '90s," buy some of these record frames and lovingly hang them on your wall.
With a few notable exceptions, most podcasts are free and survive on a combination of donations, merchandise, and ads for Loot Crate. So if you have a friend who is always wearing earbuds, ask them what they're listening to and then buy them some podcast apparel, like this Marc Maron T-shirt or a Radiolab tote bag. It's like naming a star for someone, but not as corny.