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Holiday Gift Guide 2014: 45 Perfect Presents for Music Lovers

The hottest box sets, speakers, shirts and books for the coldest months of the year

Gift Guide

Meghan Benson

With a dizzying number of  weird gadgets, deluxe edition LPs and fancy headphones on the market, it can be hard to nail down a killer gift for the music fan in your life. So we did the heavy lifting, narrowing down the 45 best items you'll want to surprise a loved one – or add to a wish list of your own.

bluetooth speakers

Meghan Benson

Bluetooth Speakers

Marshall Stanmore Wireless Speaker (left)
Massive sound from a Bluetooth speaker that looks like a vintage Marshall amp. For those about to rock, the Stanmore salutes you. $400

Bowers & Wilkins T7 Bluetooth Speaker (middle)
Audio leader B&W's first portable Bluetooth speaker features a battery that can last up to 18 hours on a single charge and clean, rich low-end to pump up your next picnic. $350

Fresh eTech All-Terrain Sound (right)
Finally, a compact Bluetooth speaker you don't have to baby. Despite its small size (you'll barely notice it carabiner-clipped to a backpack) the All-Terrain boasts weather, water and dust resistant seals and a rubberized bumper that withstands drops. Its play-time is an impressive twelve hours, too. $85

Nikon D810

Nikon D810 Camera

OK, it's more than $3000. But the Nikon D810 DSLR (an upgrade of the company's D800E) sports image quality that you previously would have needed a $10,000 medium-format camera to achieve. If you are a serious amateur looking to take a pro-level step up, this is the move. Pair it with the killer AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm lens and you won't need another setup for years to come. $3,299

pop charts lab rock connections poster

Prints from Pop Chart Labs

Pop Chart Lab specializes in funny, complex posters you can stare at for hours. They range from "A Diagrammatical Dissertation on Opening Lines of Notable Novels" to "The Charted Connections of Rock!," a remarkably detailed summary of the connections between more than 700 artists and 500 bands. From $10

stuart tolley collectors edition

Meghan Benson

Stuart Tolley, ‘Collector’s Edition’

Collector's Edition showcases nearly 200 strikingly designed records, novels and secret religious documents. The book is as handsome as the objects it celebrates, and Björk, Radiohead and the Vatican Archives all make appearances. $50

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