Let’s be honest: Christmas shopping is a nightmare. Whether you’re shopping for a casual dance music fan or a full-on synth-loving production nerd, DJ Mag has got you covered with a range of top-notch gifts to suit all budgets. There’s also a tech-focused listicle you can read here — for those devoted music fans set to be working on their new EP over the holidays — but for now, here’s our wrap-up of the best gifts for dance music lovers from the web.
Price: Roughly £20
Who: Art fans and music buffs
Why: Because there’s everything from artistic sketches of legendary clubs like The Hacienda to artsy flow-charts detailing the history of dance music to choose from! Oh, and their new Chemical Brothers infographic is a graphic designer’s dream. DJ Mag readers also get free shipping on orders from the Dorothy site, just enter DJMAG17 at the checkout.
What: Music label garms
Price: £20 - £50
Who: Lads (and gals) who love their labels
Why: There’s a feel-good factor to supporting your favourite independent labels so why not give your loved ones some label-branded swag this Xmas. Ninja Tune’s new long sleeve (pictured) is ideal because it’s way too cold to be getting your arms out this winter, and they also have a great selection of classic tees for the warmer months. Online retailer Bleep also have a fine selection of brands to choose from including clothes by Night Slugs, Millionhands, Ghostly International and more...
What: Booze (and treats!)
Price: £30 +
Who: Your boozy uncle or your hard-partying siblings
Why: Because Christmas is a time of celebration! Dance music fans will love 808 Whisky thanks to its rave-inspired title (it’s named after the iconic Roland drum machine) plus BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong has shares in the company. If you’re looking for some straight-up spirits to get you feelin’ jolly than Russian Standard Gold vodka should do the trick, and don't forget to throw in some boozy, gin-soaked chocs from Smith & Sinclair for everyone post-Christmas dinner. NOM!
Price: £10 +
Who: Anyone who can read
Why: At one time or another, we’ve all been inspired by the stories behind our favourite musicians. 2017 has produced a wealth of meaty biographies and write-ups on some of dance music’s key figures with our pick of the bunch being Moby’s excellent biography, Porcelain. Other suggestions include Goldie’s All Things Remembered and a new (and rather definitive) book on Brian Eno titled Oblique Music. True dance music fans shouldn’t be without a copy of Simon Reynolds’ Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture and Nav Haq’s RAVE: Rave and Its Influence on Art and Culture is also an essential this Christmas. Finally Mr Pikes: The Story Behind The Ibiza Legend is also a strong gift for dance fans so get down to your nearest bookstore ASAP.
What: Prince everything
Price: Roughly £15 +
Who: The Prince fan in your life
Why: Because there’s not better gift than the essence of the Purple One. His estate have released a whole bunch of official merch including hats, shirts and keyrings — good luck trying to pick just one thing!
What: Beach accessories
Who: People chasing the sun during the holiday period
Why: Because everyone needs a cool beach towel to relax on while they snap pics for Insta. This one from Defected is our pick of the bunch!