2016 Gift Guide for Music Lovers

Music Lists 2016 Gift Guide
2016 Gift Guide for Music Lovers

It’s Black Friday, which means that it’s officially time to start thinking about holiday gift shopping…that is, if you haven’t already been stock piling presents for everyone naughty or nice in your life. Music lovers can be a hard bunch to shop for, but here at Paste, we’ve compiling our own wish-list of gifts that should surprise and delight everyone from the most casual listeners to the most devout worshipping at the alter of rock.

Nocturnal Paper Holiday Cards
Every present needs a gift card and this Hong Kong-based artist crafts the most hilarious pop cultural designs. Wish your friends a happy holiday with Queen Bey commanding Santa’s reindeer into formation or through Kanye and Justin Beiber puns. Each card is $4, but you can also stock up with a three for $10 deal. Check out all designs on Nocturnal Paper’s Etsy.


Beatles Moleskine Notebooks
This is the perfect gift for the Beatles fan in your life who still swears by pen and paper. Beloved notebook company Moleskine released a special set of Beatles-themed notebooks highlighting the artwork from the Yellow Submarine film. The limited-edition box set, which costs about $35, includes four distinct hardback books; individual notebooks retail for $19.95 and $24.95, depending on size. Get them from Molskine here.


Vegan Rock Cookbooks
Vegan chef Joshua Ploeg and Brooklyn-based illustrator Automne Zingg collaborated on not one, but two vegan cookbooks inspired by rock ‘n’ roll. Defensive Eating With Morrissey: Vegan Recipes From The One You Left Behind and Comfort Eating With Nick Cave: Vegan Recipes To Get Deep Inside of You, released by Portland’s indie Microcosm Publishing will make you feel good—at least on the inside—even while you listen to these bummer jams. Eachbook is available through Microcosm for $14.95.


9:30 The Book
For music fans in Washington D.C. and the Mid-Atlantic, the 9:30 Club is the club to patronize for live music. The mid-size venue has served the nation’s capital for 35 years and this oral and pictorial history—wrapped up neatly in stylish coffee table book—features previously unreleased images and memories from D.C.’s most beloved hometown heroes. The first-edition printing, complete with a hologram cover, is available for $39.95.


The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ Years of Music / Friendly / Dancing
For Chicagoans, however, The Empty Bottle is the place to go. For more than two decades, this dingy, graffiti-laden club has been considered one of the best clubs in the country. This history, edited by John E. Dugan (and featuring a forward from The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle, features photos, interviews, and stories by audience members, venue staffers, industry folks, and musicians who all consider The Empty Bottle sacred space. The book is available for $34.95.


Office Space-style flair is coming back in a big way these days. Adorn your jackets and shirt collars with enamel pins showing off everything from your favorite artists to obscure musical references. Some of our favorites include Laser Kitten Amy Winehouse riding a unicorn, Hella Cool Kids; not-so-subtle Beyoncé reference, and Doo Stuff homages to the late Purple One and Starman.


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