The Wishlist: Media Junkie’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Media. It’s all around us. Almost to a fault. For over the past two decades the modest grasp that media initially held has since become firmer with every passing update, iteration, or development purported to further enhance our lives. And for the most part, it has. We certainly can’t complain — as we’re part of the media-industrial complex ourselves. What we can do though is guide you in the right direction toward the mindset and wants of that special person in your life who just can’t get enough music, video sharing, phone updating, or Netflix binge-watching. We all know one, that’s for sure.

So, whats yielded below is a compilation — pun intended — of media gift ideas ranging from purely functional to designer-friendly and home-enhancing. Whether it’s a hi-fi music subscription service, analog turntable, or digital art frame, if there’s a message to be received we’ve got it in the latest and greatest conduits around today.

This is Ground Music Dopp Kit

Your organizational boombox, this Music Dopp kit from This Is Ground hosts all the same modular characteristics we’ve come to know and love from their tech Dopp kit but now catered to audiophiles. Each leather-bound kit hosts dedicated spots for large over-ear headphones, speakers, wires, plugs, and various other gear while strong Italian crafted zippers keep everything secure while in transit. It’s a music fiend’s dream without a doubt.

Purchase: $599

Tidal Subscription

A music streaming services for audiophiles, Tidal offers up Hi-Fi music from artists both major and underground. It’s studio-like quality enjoyed through your headphones, car, and/or home surround sound system. Tidal is the gift that keeps on giving.

Purchase: $10+/month

Amazon Echo Auto

From the powerhouse that brought us the groundbreaking Echo for the home comes the ultimate passenger — Alexa’s now riding shotgun thanks to the Echo Auto. This handy device connects directly to your phone and is ready in seconds to play your favorite music, check the news, open the garage door, provide directions, or any other number of skills you might find useful with this truly hands-free experience.

Purchase: $25

Amazon Smart Plug

Working with Alexa to control any wall outlet in the home, here’s your opportunity to set the mood with a simple voice command. Automatically control lighting, fans, or appliances here without the need for a smart home hub. Plus, with a compact design, your second outlet will remain free.

Purchase: $25

Anker Portable Charger

As much as we’d love our tech to last forever, the truth of the matter is that it doesn’t. Thankfully, there’s the Anker Portable Charger. With over 10 million already sold worldwide, you can bet this 12.5 oz charger will keep you juiced up (it can charge an iPhone 7 up to seven times) and ready for whatever’s on the docket.

Purchase: $50

Twelve South PowerPic

Turn the mundane activity of charging your iOS device into an aesthetically-pleasing nightstand addition. It’s all thanks to Twelve South’s new wireless charger that fits any standard 5×7” photo but charges your phone when needed. Works with any Qi-enabled smartphone.

Purchase: $80

Logitech Vertical Mouse

An ergonomic blessing for those desk dwellers, Logitech managed to develop a computer mouse that conforms to the hand like you’re greeting a new friend. Thus, this handshake position actually works to reduce muscular strain by up to 10 percent while a 4000-DPI high-precision sensor reduces the need for movement by 4 times. Welcome to the future.

Purchase: $95

Apple TV 4K

Watch your favorite shows and movies in incredible 4K HDR. Stream and enjoy killer content from renowned services like HBO NOW, Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video. Also, thanks to Siri, searching for preferred content is only a verbal request away. Available in both 32GB and 64GB packages.

Purchase: $179+

Grado Labs GW100 Wireless Headphones

If over-ear headphones are a more preferred option, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to the best of the best. And that’s Grado Labs. These are the first and only open-back Bluetooth headphones on the market — featuring the brand’s legendary driver technology, a padded headboard, 15-hour battery life, and lightweight design for portable compatibility.

Purchase: $249

Shinola Bluetooth In-Ear Monitors

Standard earbuds are all fine and dandy but what you really want to get that media junkie this year is a pair of wireless earbuds. Trust us, it makes all the difference. This pair, in particular, was developed in conjunction with the fine folk over at Campfire Audio and features a wide-range 8.5mm Berryllium dynamic driver and an in-line microphone to take calls wherever the trip may lead.

Purchase: $250

FiiO X5 Hi-Fi Music Player

With Hi-Fi music comes a Hi-Fi music player to get the most out such studio-quality tunes. And in the world of such requirements, FiiO reigns as one of the most reliable brands out there — the X5 notwithstanding. Here, enjoy all the high fidelity pleasures you deserve via a user-friendly device that’s about as straightforward to use as an iPod.

Purchase: $317

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC Turntable

Quality speakers aren’t the only devices needed for high-end studio sound in the home. No, you need a reliable source. And for those audiophiles out there, the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon is just what the holidays ordered. Here, each turntable hosts a weightier platter, a carbon tonearm, precision belt drive, a Sorbothane motor suspension, and Ortofon 2M Red cartridge that’s interchangeable for upgrades if needed.

Purchase: $399

Apple Watch Series 4

No secrets here. The fourth release of the Apple Watch is by far the brand’s most successful to date. Each device comes equipped with a slew of handy features for tracking your day-to-day habits and events, looks sleek as hell, and will without a doubt impress that tech-savvy media know-it-all in the friend or family group.

Purchase: $399

GoPro Hero 7

Now with hyper-smooth video stabilization — almost gimbal-like — the HERO7 from GoPro is the most advanced action camera on the market today. In addition to such smooth video capturing, now enjoy the likes of time warp video, automatic HDR photography, voice control, and the same rugged and waterproof build we’ve all come to know and love.

Purchase: $399

Bose Home Speaker 500

Earlier this year, Bose threw their hat into the smart speaker ring with great success. Here, with the Speaker 500, not only does this device host crisp wall-to-wall sound in line with the brand’s formidable reputation, it also comes equipped with Amazon Alexa built in, Bluetooth connectivity, superior voice pickup, and simplified control.

Purchase: $400

HTC Vive VR Headset

Welcome to the world of virtual reality. The fully immersive HTV Vive offers up true-to-life moments with realistic graphics, directional audio, and HD haptic feedback to help plant you within a new world altogether. Quite the upgrade from those old retro gaming consoles of decades past.

Purchase: $499

Gnarbox 2.0 SSD

Content creators rejoice, the Gnarbox 2.0 SSD backup device is the ideal piece for those who prefer to travel without an expensive laptop. It’s a single-step backup device, offering a dedicated workspace for those who need it most — here’s to you photographers and videographers — along with integrated access to professional editing software.

Purchase: $500

Depict Frame

What’s better than mounting professional art across the home? Housing a library of art to choose from within a digital frame of course. Depict offers just that, a display conduit in the form of a 49-inch 4K UHD frame that not only allows you to pick from their extensive library but also from your own photos and images from a compatible iOS device.

Purchase: $899

MacBook Air

What better way to gift the media junkie in your life with the ultimate editing and designer software than with the latest MacBook Air. Each updated iteration runs off a 1.6Ghz dual-core 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, features 8GB of memory, retina display, 128GB SSD storage, and a touch ID among a handful of other upgrades.

Purchase: $1,200

Optima UHD60 4K Home Theater Projector

Who needs an overpriced movie theater when you can host a similar experience right from your home? Fortunately, with the Optima UHD60 projector, that reality is more attainable than you may think. Each 4K UDH device is HDR-compatible and offers up some of the crispest, deepest, and most engaging color available. Get ready for some serious binging.

Purchase: $1,749

Sony a7R III Mirrorless Camera

As one of the only mirrorless cameras with video shooting capacity for this price range, the content creator, artist, and/or photographer in your family will certainly cherish everything the Sony a7R III has to offer. Each device hosts a 42.4MP full-frame high-res interchangeable lens, 4K HDR video capability, and a 3-inch LCD screen among many other notable features.

Purchase: $3,200

The 45 Best Gadgets for Men

Need some more options to choose from this holiday season? Look no further than this comprehensive roundup of the 45 best gadgets for men. We’re sure this will point you in the right direction.