It’s that time of year again.
The end of 2022 is fast approaching and New Year’s Eve plans are already being decided in the group chat, which means that Christmas is just around the corner. As everything starts to wind down for the end of the year – hopefully, anyway – you may still be looking for gift ideas for your friends and family. Well then, look no further; if you’re still after that seasonal something to impress the discerning music aficionados in your life, then we’ve got you.
A festive-themed gift courtesy of the Icelandic queen herself. The Björk bauble – a hand-blown glass ornament which comes in crystalline clear or multi-coloured versions – will give anyone you present this with an edge when it comes to their Christmas decor, regardless of their chosen theme or colour scheme. It would also make an excellent talking point (an ice-breaker, if you will) at any seasonal gatherings they might be hosting.
Fontaines D.C.'s beanie£20
Now the first frost has fallen and we’re fully into the winter months, it’s most definitely hat season. And what better way to show your music-loving friend that you care about them and their precious head than this beanie from Dublin’s Fontaines D.C?
Shygirl's crop top£22
This year, Shygirl released her long-awaited debut album Nymph – further cementing her status as an icon-in-the-making. Featuring the cute bunny-like creature from the Coochie (a bedtime story) lyric video on the front and back, this chic crop captures the balance of sultry coyness and frank sexuality that Shygirl embodies – which is a whole vibe in itself. It also comes with an MP3 download of Nymph. As if we needed an excuse to listen to it again…
Charli XCX's douche£18
Remember when Charli yelled gay rights with a bottle of poppers? Or when a fan asked her to sign their douche? Well, you can’t say Charli doesn’t know her fans; for her latest merch roll-out the pop star declared “new XCX merch is so hot ur all gonna die” and she wasn’t wrong. So if you missed out on the Charli XCX paddle in her UK store, then the logo douche is a must for the Charli stan in your life. It’s currently on sale, too, what a treat!
Black Midi, New Road's sports jersey£65
A team made up of black midi and Black Country, New Road is one you can get behind whether you’re an avid football fan or not. Both bands released stellar new albums this past year and their limited edition jersey is a fun and timely (if your home country is still in the World Cup at the time you’re reading this, anyway) gift for those black midi and BC,NR fans in your life.
For a present that is not only essential reading for anyone even remotely interested in the music industry (and how it could do so much better) but also supports Saffron’s vital work in redressing the gender imbalance in music tech, look no further than the first edition of the Saffron ‘Zine. The 24-page publication is filled with insights, experiences and perspectives from six Black industry professionals. A bonus mention, if you’re looking for a good stocking filler gift: the HANAH coaster, which also comes with a download of her latest EP on the Saffron label.
Megan Thee Stallion's bikini$44.99
Back in September, Megan Thee Stallion launched the website Bad Bitches Have Bad Days Too featuring an extensive list of mental health resources – and capturing a defining mood of this year. As one fan stated, that’s “real hot girl shit.” Her Bad Anxiety bikini set is for any anxious hotties in your life, as well as anyone already dreaming of all things warm and sunshine-filled already (aren’t we all?).
Jerks Store vintage merch
From vintage band tees to stickers, posters and other fun memorabilia – such as a Warp Records bottle opener – Jerks Store has your Christmas shopping covered on a lot of fronts. Looking for something for punk fans? Or someone who’d suit a 90s De La Soul tee? Then you’ll need to keep an eye on their latest stock drops for a selection of vintage music related objects and t-shirts that beat the fast-fashion high street knock-offs.
Tim & Barry's Woosh book£20
Woosh is a book released to accompany renowned cinematographers Tim & Barry’s first solo exhibition and features imagery capturing the UK drill community over the past six years. Charting everyone from Headie One to the 67 collective and other emerging artists, this book is essential reading and an insightful gift for anyone interested in the genre and its stars, as well as its ongoing impact across the music scene at large.
FKA twigs' Magdalene perfume£117 – £300
It was only a matter of time before FKA twigs dabbled in the world of fragrance, considering the pop auteur is known for her explorations across so many mediums. Developed over five years with natural perfumer Christi Meshell, the artist’s Magdalene scent is made from a finely balanced blend of holistic ingredients including rose, incense, balsam and smoky wood undertones, which sounds like a sensuously dreamy combination. Is there anything twigs can’t do?
The Collections, Volume IV£15
The latest issue of our limited edition annual, The Collections, just dropped. An excellent coffee table read and great gift for any music lovers in your life – and one that supports independent journalism – The Collections, Volume IV has exclusive behind-the-scenes features from our magazine shoots this past year. You can also get an annual subscription to our monthly print magazine, delivered straight to the lucky recipient’s door, for a gift that keeps on giving. The best kind, if you ask us.