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Best gifts for music fans 2022: Great gift ideas with a rock'n'roll twist

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Whether you're looking for a killer Valentine's Day gift, a sweet birthday present, something musical to put under the Christmas tree, or a treat to show someone you care, we've selected a number of the best gifts for music fans that they will love (and that we'd be more than happy to receive ourselves).

Our list includes a brilliant Fender Play offer which will inspire those looking to learn how to play guitar, bass or ukulele, an amazing rock'n'roll themed jigsaw, Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book Of Bass, Slipknot American whiskey, the versatile Positive Grid Spark amp, a pair of Marshall Major IV Wireless Bluetooth headphones and loads more. If they love music, they'll love the gifts on this list.

We've listed this Valentine's Day gifts bonanza in price order to help you find the right one for your budget. So, whether you're looking for last minute musical treat to fit your budget, or you're still hunting down a showstopper gift for the head banger in your life, this round-up could be your saviour.

Best gifts for music fans: Product guide

Man holding a guitar watching a Fender Play lesson on a laptop

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1. Fender Play subscription

Guitar, bass or ukulele lessons - perfect for beginners

Specifications

Price: $9.99/£9.99 a month, first 7 days are free
Company: Fender
Apps available from: Apple Music and Google Play

Reasons to buy

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A great way to learn
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Bite-sized lessons
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Apps and video are excellent

Reasons to avoid

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More advanced options please

If there's a budding musician in your family or one of your friends has been mulling over the idea of picking up an instrument, then a subscription to Fender Play would make a brilliant gift.

Fender Play has been made specifically for those looking to learn guitar, bass or ukulele and is the perfect way to get started, as the musical maestros at Fender have created bite-sized video lessons so you can play and learn at your own pace. And rather than being a chore, the lessons concentrate on popular songs to make learning engaging and, most of all, fun.

A Fender Play subscription costs $9.99/£9.99 per month or $89.99/£89.99 a year direct from the official website, with the first seven days free to new subscribers – and no credit card is required during the week trial period. Once registered, you can then download the Fender Play app on either Apple Music or Google Play.

Even better, use this exclusive code louder50 at checkout to receive 50% off an annual subscription!

Best gifts for music fans: Iron Maiden Trooper jigsaw puzzle

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2. Iron Maiden Trooper jigsaw puzzle

Put the pieces in place for a great gift

Specifications

Price: $22/£20
Company: Zee Productions
Pieces: 1000

Reasons to buy

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Recreate classic artwork
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Will take some time to complete
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Perfect gift

Reasons to avoid

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We want more pieces

OK, we’ll admit that settling down to vanquish a jigsaw puzzle isn’t the most rock’n’roll way to spend a Wednesday night, but the Zee Productions RockSaws range are too good not to dive head first into.

Their officially licensed jigsaw puzzles come in 500 or 1000 piece variations, with each one depicting a classic album cover from some of the biggest names in rock and metal, including Metallica, Slayer, Kiss, Rush, Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Queen, Guns N’ Roses, Status Quo, Motorhead and Judas Priest.

One of our favourites is this 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle featuring the cover of Iron Maiden's The Trooper, with Eddie sweeping through a battlefield.

The whole range are also great to frame once complete and are pretty much guaranteed to be a hit.

Best gifts for music fans: Slipknot No.9 whiskey

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3. Slipknot No.9 Whisky

Corey, Clown and co put their name to a delicious drop of American whiskey

Specifications

Price: $40/£65
Distillery: Cedar Ridge
Officially licensed: Yes
Alcohol: 45% ABV

Reasons to buy

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Tasty, well made whiskey
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Nice to see it at 45% ABV

Reasons to avoid

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No age statement

We already have Motorhead and Scorpions single malt whisky and Metallica’s Blackened American whiskey – but there's always room for more and Slipknot are now keeping their spirits up with their No.9 Iowa whiskey. It’s a collaboration with the Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery and, like the bottles mentioned above, it’s thoroughly enjoyable stuff.

The mash bill is made from 56% corn, 36% rye and 9% malted barley and special credit goes to Cedar Ridge for bottling it at 90 Proof (45% ABV) rather than watering it down to the bog standard 40% ABV (take note some Scotch whisky producers). Why is that important? Basically, more alcohol means more flavour and the No.9 Iowa whiskey has a lot of flavour. 

Expect to encounter notes of honey, orchard fruits, lemon and chocolate while you sip – and then there’s a lovely spicy kick from the rye to round everything off. Brilliant stuff from the Iowa favourites.

Best gifts for music fans: Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book Of Bass

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4. Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass

A wonderful celebration of the bass by one of its best players

Specifications

Price: $50/£40
Author: Geddy Lee
Publisher: Harper
Formats: Hardback

Reasons to buy

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One of the best books on basses
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Beautiful photography
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Great writing from rock legends

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks a protective cover

Rush legend Geddy Lee released his Big Beautiful Book of Bass in in 2018 and backed it with a series of in-store book signings across North America and Europe. However, if your music-loving friend missed out on meeting Geddy on the road, then the next best thing is to pick up this lavish coffee table publication for them to pore over.

Spread across 400 pages, Geddy highlights a selection of the basses he owns, which have all been meticulously captured by photographer Richard Sibbald. It's not even essential to be a Rush fan to appreciate what's in Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book Of Bass, with the book also featuring interviews with artists including Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Metallica's Robert Trujillo, Primus' Les Claypool, and former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman.

Best gifts for music fans: BrewDog beers

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5. BrewDog beers

From beers to non-alcoholic varieties, BrewDog has plenty of choice

Specifications

Price: Various
Company: BrewDog
Type: IPA, lager, stout, sour, non-alcoholic

Reasons to buy

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Loads of choice
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Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beers

Reasons to avoid

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12 packs would be great

BrewDog have been quenching our thirst since 2007 and have poured out a fine reputation since then thanks to their wide range of beers, limited edition concoctions, collaborative projects and cool bars all over the world. But with so many brews to choose, where do you start if you're looking for a gift? 

Over on BrewDog’s official website you’ll find a range of their best-sellers such as Punk IPA, Dead Pony Club, Elvis Juice, Hazy Jane and more. If that’s still too many to choose between, BrewDog have created bundle packs of 24 or 48 cans which will go down a treat over the festive period, or any time of year to be honest!

Gifts for music fans: AC/DC Hells Bells bed linen

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6. AC/DC Hells Bells bedlinen

These sheets will shake you all night long

Specifications

Price: $50/£36
Material: 100% cotton
Sizes available: Single

Reasons to buy

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Your room has never looked cooler
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100% cotton

Reasons to avoid

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Only single bed size available

Back in 2020 AC/DC released their comeback album Power Up a record that was voted Classic Rock's album of the year.

So to celebrate the band's very existence on this mortal coil return, why not go all in and grab some of the Aussie rockers' very own bedlinen – complete with a massive Hells Bell just for good measure? The second design is adorned with the famous AC/DC logo, so even when you're sleeping, the warm embrace of the band will keep you toasty.

Best gifts for music fans: Gorilla LP Vinyl Record Storage Box

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7. Gorilla LP Vinyl Record Storage Box

No more excuses for piles of vinyl lying scattered across the floor

Specifications

Price: $55/£45
Company: Gorilla
Holds: 100, 12-inch records
Build quality: Lightweight but robust

Reasons to buy

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Robust design
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Lightweight
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Holds up to 100 albums
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Secure interior

Reasons to avoid

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More storage would be welcome

Do you have friends or family members who love collecting vinyl but have that really annoying habit of leaving their vinyl collection spread all over the floor? Perhaps they don't even have the common decency to organise their vinyl in alphabetical order which is, frankly, unforgivable. If these issues ring a bell, then perhaps a vinyl storage solution would help mend their messy ways – or at least encourage them to take more care of their records.

Thankfully, Gorilla are on hand to offer some solid vinyl storage, with this robust box able to safely store 100 12-inch records. And, despite its chunky appearance, the record storage box is surprisingly lightweight and can be easy moved around.

Best gifts for music fans: Lenco L-85

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8. Lenco L-85 record player

An ideal turntable for someone starting out on their vinyl journey

Specifications

Price: $120/£115
Operation: semi-automatic
Drive: belt
Cartridge: moving magnet
Speeds: 33 ⅓, 45
Built-in phono stage: Yes
USB recording: Yes
Bluetooth: No
Dimensions (hwd): 15x42x36cm

Reasons to buy

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Very simple to operate
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A choice of colours

Reasons to avoid

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Spending more gets better sound

When it comes to choosing something from the best turntables online, it can be a bit of a minefield. Prices vary dramatically and you'll have to weight up whether you'll need a phono pre-amp, a USB connection and figure out if the record player has digital capabilities.

Thankfully, Lenco have come up with a cracker in the shape of the Lenco L-85 which has just about everything you need under the shiny red hood thanks to being a semi-automatic, belt-driven turntable with a built-in phono stage and the ability to record via USB.

OK, it can look a little plasticky, but with a choice of colours and its ease of use, this would make a great present for someone just getting into collecting vinyl. You really can't go wrong with this option.

And if you're on the hunt for vinyl to gift someone, here are the 20 best classic rock albums and we've also got loads of new vinyl releases and cheap vinyl records deals.

Best gifts for music fans: Marshall Major IV Wireless Bluetooth headphones

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9. Marshall Major IV Wireless Bluetooth headphones

Cracking cans from the audio giants at Marshall

Specifications

Price: $149/£129
Features: Bluetooth
Battery Life: 80 hours

Reasons to buy

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Classic Marshall branding
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Balanced sound

Reasons to avoid

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Vocals can be on the high side

Marshall have been at the centre of the rock universe for decades, with their cabs adorning stages of some of the world's biggest acts. And when it comes to their home audio equipment, Marshall also delivers – and as a result, it's no surprise that they feature in our loudest Bluetooth speakers guide and our list of the best over-ear headphones on the market right now.

If you're looking for a great pair of Bluetooth headphones for a cracking gift for music fans, then we recommend the Marshall Major IV, which not only look the part, but also sound fantastic thanks to their aggressive take on rock and metal and beautiful balance.

Battery life is also awesome, with a fully charged up pair giving you 80 hours of riffs, solos and drum beats – and let's not forget that a quick 15-minute charge will reward you with 15-hours of music. 

Best gifts for music fans: Amazon Echo Studio

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10. Amazon Echo Studio

Take control of your tunes

Specifications

Price: $199/£189
Loudness: 90 dB
Frequency Response: 30Hz to 24kHz
Audio Output: 330W
Dimensions: 206 mm tall x 175 mm diameter (8.1 inches tall x 6.9 inches diameter)
Weight: 3.5 kg (7.7 lb)
Audio: 1" tweeter, three 2" mid-range speakers, and 5.25" woofer
Features: Zigbee smart home connectivity, Alexa app, Fire TV compatibility, supported audio format to include FLAC, MP3, AAC, Opus, Vorbis, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos, Sony 360 Reality Audio/MPEG-H

Reasons to buy

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Looks killer
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Packing plenty of power
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Smart control makes life easier

Reasons to avoid

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There are cheaper speakers out there

If you want one of the Loudest Bluetooth speakers currently on the market, then look no further than the bone-shaking Amazon Echo Studio – a real behemoth in the audio world. It has superior sound quality – which is reflected in the higher price – it comes with the super-intelligent Amazon Alexa on board, and it represents the smart speaker world finding a new level of sophistication and power.

Best gifts for music fans: Positive Grid Spark Amplifier

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11. Positive Grid Spark Amp

More than just an amp, the Positive Grid Spark is a one-stop shop for musical mayhem

Specifications

Price: $299/£269
Output: 40 watts
Dimensions: 350mm x 180mm x 190mm
Weight: 11.5 lbs/5.2 kg

Reasons to buy

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More versatile than a regular amp
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Lightweight
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Top app integration

Reasons to avoid

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Some may not want the extra functions

If you’ve got a guitar-playing family member of a good friend who loves to shred from the comfort of their living room, then it's time to dive into the natty Positive Grid Spark amp.

This bit of kit has taken the world by storm since it launched in 2020 and racked up an impressive 25,000 pre-orders before it was unleashed on to the general public, who have continued to snap them up since then.

This neat desktop amp is ideal for those who like to noodle at home and for those who like to play along to their favourite sounds, then this will fit the bill perfectly. It can import tracks from YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music with the Spark’s app instantly displaying the chords in real time so you can play along. The app is also used to control pedal effects and has access to 10,000 tones, making it an extremely versatile amp.

As if that wasn’t cool enough, the Positive Grid Spark generates drum and bass to accompany you while you fret away if you so choose. And it also looks pretty stylish thanks to its neat finish. We’re pretty confident that any budding guitarist or bassist would be delighted to receive this.

Gifts for music lovers: Marshall Kilburn II

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12. Marshall Kilburn II speaker

Portable powerhouse from the amp giants

Specifications

Price: $299/£220
Features: Bluetooth, IPX2 rated
Battery life: 20+ hours
Weight: 5.5lb/2.5kg
Smart connectivity: No

Reasons to buy

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The Marshall stamp of quality
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We love the vintage amp styling
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IPX2 water resistant

Reasons to avoid

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You're looking for something smaller (then you'll want the Eemberton)

Marshall's iconic amps have been adorning stages of some of the world's biggest rock artists down through the years – and the audio giant have brought their expertise to the home thanks to their awesome range of speakers. You really can't go wrong with any of the best Marshall speakers, but we particularly like the Kilburn II. It's a robust slice of audio magic which delivers fab sound no matter what you throw at it.