When Dr. Dre introduced Beats headphones, they were a must-have. Since then, countless brands have produced everything from speakers to earbuds to blow your mind. It’s hard to go anywhere without seeing at least one person with a pair of AirPods in.
There are thousands of options out there, but if one thing is universal, it’s that someone on your shopping list likely wants something audio-related. So, do you splurge on Apple or skimp with the cheaper models?
If you’re struggling to pick out the right audio gift, let us help. Here are 12 presents from everyone on your list, from soundbars to wireless earbuds.
1. When you need music 24/7
Promising review: "This is my second pair of Raycons. Also, have the e50. I brought these to use at work. Great for listening to music indiscreetly at work. People think I am on a conference call. Compared to the e50 the e25 has better audio and pairing is easier. I think these are definitely worth the money and would buy again."
2. You want to spice up your shower
Promising review: "Let me start by saying I love this speaker. I work at Walmart and we have these for $59, and only in black, camo, and silver. I’ve been wanting one for a while so I decided to go on here and check for cheaper prices first. Boy, am I glad I did! Not only was I able to get these for a good $20 cheaper, but in my favorite color, pink!"
3. For the gamer on your list
Promising review: "I'm a former semi-pro Overwatch player, and these headphones are almost better than the studio-grade sound-canceling ones we used for tournaments. 4 stars for sound quality since the ANC isn't as good, but it still allows me to focus on the game and tune out everything else. The Surround is amazing on these, allowing for distinct and accurate noises even in a chaotic battlefield."
4. For Apple lovers on a budget
Promising review: "These little things pack one hell of a punch! Apple’s new noise cancellation and transparency modes lay the groundwork for a new generation of wireless headphones. Yes, others may have used similar technology before, but Apple’s simplistic UI made for the AirPods Pro make the experience so much better than what other companies offer."
5. Music indoors and out
Promising review: "I don’t write a lot of reviews. Normally, a product meets my expectations. And if it doesn’t, I send it back without complaining. But this speaker vastly exceeded my expectations and thought I should share. This tiny thing can boom sound like no other speaker of its size. I blasted the speaker full volume in a room downstairs. A few rooms and a flight of stairs away, I could still hear every lyric to the song I was playing."
6. For the multitasker
Promising review: "If you are looking for noise cancelation at its best, don't look elsewhere and buy this immediately."
7. For the Cyndi Lauper in all of us
Promising review: "I and the family enjoy this speaker!! Good sound, plays really loud. I’ve had it for over 4 months and still bumps as if it was brand new. I honestly bought it because of the outline it looks like an owl to me and I LOVE owls."
8. When you want to kick it old school
Promising review: "Amazon basics has done it again!! These are amazing speakers and have good sound. I bought them for my work computer so I didn’t want anything huge but still wanted good quality. These are the perfect compact speakers."
9. Earbuds on a budget
Promising review: "These headphones are literally fantastic. I am a professional musician by trade and these have incredibly clear sound quality, really high-end parts put into this product. The connection is fast and easy, it charges while in the case which is a great feature but better than all these features I love the ability to wear them in the shower and jam to tunes while they get soaked and survive it like a champ."
10. The ultimate speaker
Promising review: "Immersive sound, excellent frequency response. Carefully packed and delivered. Delivers surprising performance compared to its size. Even with the high volume you don't get the slightest deterioration in sound quality."
11. The splurge
Promising review: "When the AirPods Max were introduced in December I waited a few weeks to order them feeling that at $550 they could not be worth the price. I was wrong. I have several sets of headphones and the AirPods Max are quite clearly the best in every way -- the quality of sound, comfort, ease of use, and overall convenience. I have enjoyed listening to my music more since receiving these headphones than I have in a very long time."
12. If you love Alexa that much
Promising review: "Personally, I find these to be a significant improvement over the previous version of Echo Buds. The new size and shape fits my ear MUCH better. With the previous model, the buds were so large and clunky that they always felt like they were about to fall out. These new ones don't stick out as much and have not fallen out of my ears like the old ones. The setup was much easier than the old buds too, as this time I didn't have to go to my phone settings and manually pair the buds; instead I just opened the case and they were detected in the Alexa app."