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The Wishlist: Media Junkie’s Holiday Gift Guide

Photo: Roli Seaboard Block

Technology is a wonderful thing. It allows us to listen to our favorite music wherever we go, keep up with news, organize our lives, and so much more. And if you know anyone that appreciates consuming any kind of media – be it via gaming, phone apps, or even television – then this is the perfect time of year to pick up some media-based gifts for them.

So if you find yourself struggling with your holiday shopping, never fear – you’ve come to the right place. From vinyl junkies to film buffs, gym rats to binge watching couch potatoes, you can find the perfect thing to get for them on the following media junkie gift guide.

Anker 20100mAh Portable Charger

With enough power to juice up an iPhone 7 nearly seven times, this portable charger is one of the best things to keep on hand if you’re a juice hog. And it’s a good deal better than scrambling to find a power outlet whether you’re at school, work, or the airport.

Purchase: $40

Amazon Fire TV Stick

While Amazon’s Fire TV Stick already had the ability to stream all of your favorite shows and movies from pretty much every existing streaming service, this updated one also has compatibility with Alexa – meaning you can verbally tell it what you want to watch and it will provide exactly that.

Purchase: $40

Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Arguably the most epic movie saga of all time, Star Wars is a surefire hit for just about any sci-fi movie fan. And this box set includes Episodes 1-6, as well as a whole bunch of special features to keep you satiated in the time between Star Wars movies at the theaters.

Purchase: $53+

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB External Hard Drive

With more and more media going strictly digital, it’s a good idea to keep a place to store your virtual collections – like this very portable external hard drive. And while its definitely small enough to stash in your backpack daily, it also has a massive 2 terabytes of onboard storage.

Purchase: $65

Amazon Echo

Personal assistant technology has taken off in a major way – and Amazon’s Alexa is at the top of the food chain. Get access to her yourself via the Echo portable speaker. Not only can it stream all your favorite music, but it can also help you organize your life, keep up with current events, and so much more.

Purchase: $100

Braven Flye Sport Reflect Wireless Earbuds

Studies have shown that working out with energetic music makes for more effective exercise. But you can’t just bring a boombox to the gym. These sweat-proof earbuds from Braven are the next best thing. They’re wireless, durable, offer up some excellent musical clarity, and fit comfortably in your ears no matter how hard you exercise.

Purchase: $100

Polaroid One Step 2 i-Type Camera

Instant film, to this day, is one of the most satisfying ways to take photos. And Polaroid has always been the king of it. After all, the company name is synonymous with the instant-print photos. If you know someone who likes capturing moments, get them this camera – even as a novelty, it will be appreciated greatly.

Purchase: $100

Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker

Headphones are a great way to listen to music privately, but what if you’re out and about and want to share your tunes? Well, you could get this miniature portable speaker from the masters at Bose and blast your music for all to hear with superb fidelity. Trust us, this one’s a tiny titan.

Purchase: $110

Apple TV 4K

If you want to get the most out of your streaming device, it’s damn near impossible to do better than the Apple TV 4K. Not only will it let you watch just about anything, but it will stream it in unbelievably crisp high definition.

Purchase: $179

Audio-Technica USB Direct-Drive Turntable

Vinyl has seen a major resurgence. In fact, most major albums that come out nowadays can be found on vinyl. But if you’re going to start a vinyl collection, you’ll need a turntable. For a fairly low price, this Audio-Technica record player is probably the best bang-for-your-buck.

Purchase: $230

Amazon Kindle Oasis Waterproof E-Reader

Since they’re made of paper, books are inherently not waterproof. And for a long time, neither were e-readers. Now, however, Amazon has released a kindle that can take a dunk and survive. Whether you know someone who reads in the bath, by the pool, or at the beach – this is the perfect gift.

Purchase: $250

Playstation VR

Though the road is slow-going, it’s becoming more and more apparent that virtual reality is here to stay. And Playstation has been at the forefront of that movement. We’re firm believers that all serious gamers should probably get used to it sooner, rather than later – and what better way than via Playstation VR?

Purchase: $277

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Wireless Earbuds

Bang & Olufsen is one of the best names in high-end audio equipment. And now they have their own wireless earbuds. Called the Beoplay E8, these killer music players are as impressive in their performance as they are in their appearance.

Purchase: $299

Roli Seaboard Block Keyboard

Making music can often be much more rewarding that listening to it, as it is both cathartic and expressive. But you’re going to find it all the more unique with something like the Roli Seaboard Block Keyboard. This small-scale set of keys doubles as a midi controller and has a whole host of haptic functionality, making it much more versatile than your average Casio.

Purchase: $300

Shinola Canfield Headphones

Offered in both on-ear and over-ear formats, these gorgeous headphones from the masters at American brand, Shinola, might actually be the best we’ve seen all year. And if your gift-recipient values sound design and quality construction as much as they like music, you can’t possibly go wrong with these.

Purchase: $495+

GoPro Fusion 360-Degree Action Camera

The kings of action cameras, GoPro has finally released a 360-degree version of their tiny footage-capturers. And it was definitely worth the wait. For anyone who’s wanted to capture their adventures in VR, this device is the best way to do it.

Purchase: $700

Razer Gaming Smartphone

A massive number of gamers play exclusively on their phones. So its surprising that nobody had come out with a gaming-focused smartphone. Well, Razer – the lauded gaming accessory brand – finally did. And it’s nothing shy of amazing. From the display to the processor, this is a powerhouse perfect for playing any and all games.

Purchase: $700

Samsung The Frame 4K UHD TV

Let’s be honest: televisions are ugly. They’re just big black rectangles you set on a counter or hang on a wall. This one from Samsung, however, looks less like a TV and more like a picture frame. And while you can set it to cycle through photos when not in use, it can also produce sparklingly clear 4K video imagery.

Purchase: $1,300

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Laptop

An impressive computing machine through and through, this is less just a computer and more a comprehensive multi-faceted dream machine perfect for designers and creatives alike. It also has a gorgeous display, a battery life of up to 17 hours, and touchscreen capabilities.

Purchase: $1,499+

Sony Xperia Touch Video Projector

With televisions you are limited by the size of the screen. This projector, by contrast, can turn any wall into a screen up to a whopping 80 inches across. And it will do it in gorgeous high-definition, as well. It even has a built-in 13 megapixel camera, speakers, and microphone for video calls. And that’s not half bad.

Purchase: $1,700

45 Best Gadgets For Men

The stuff on this list is only the beginning. For a more comprehensive guide to all things media, check out our list of the 45 best gadgets for men.