If music be the food of love, then this is a veritable banquet. We've got vinyl subscription services, turntables, portable music players, prints, DVDs and more for the audiophile in your life.
Note: If all they've been listening to is Last Christmas by Wham!, this lot will be wasted on them.
Wax & Stamp
£26 per month
This vinyl subscription service sends you two records every month. You've no idea what they are until they arrive, but one is chosen by the vinyl junkies at Wax & Stamp, and the other by a guest curator who changes each month. Previous guests have included legendary DJ Bill Brewster, journalist Lauren Martin, and even snooker maestro-turned-DJ Steve Davis. We're guessing he didn't choose the theme tune to Big Break.
This turntable is made for the modern world - as well as spinning vinyl, it can rip tracks direct from a record and convert them into hi-res audio files. So you can digitise your record collection as a back-up without sacrificing on quality. You'll need to hook it up to your PC in order to do so, but then the process is relatively straightforward.
How better to experience hi-res audio than with David Bowie's first official live album? Recorded in 1974, it sees Bowie at the height of his powers, as he transitions from his glam rock incarnation to the plastic soul of Young Americans. The album has been remastered, and is available at the 24-bit/96kHz sample rate as AIFF, ALAC, FLAC or WAV files.
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Beyerdynamic T1 Generation 2
Tested at £800 / Best price £747.35 on Amazon
These are the perfect headphones for kicking back and enjoying some tunes at home. They're comfortable, have a detachable cable, and the new design combines the spaciousness of open-backed cans with the kind of substance you usually get only from a closed design. When you're wearing these, every day is Christmas Day.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years - Special Edition
Ron Howard's documentary focuses on the foursome's decision to stop touring at the height of their fame. This two-disc collectors' set includes more than 100 minutes of extras, including interviews with John, Paul, George and Ringo on their songwriting process and the influence of music from their parents' generation, a special feature about The Beatles as a collective, interviews with people who worked with them during the early years, and five rarely seen full-length performances in concert. Plus the film, of course.
Personalised Favourite Song Lyric Soundwave Print
If a song has a special meaning for you, this is a great way to celebrate it. It's a bespoke service - tell them the name of the song, and they'll work the lyrics from the chorus into the soundwave. They'll also add the song name and artist underneath, plus a personalised message, if you like. You'll be emailed a proof that you can check before confirming the order, so you can make any changes you'd like. Suggest the first dance song at the recipient's wedding, and watch them well up.
Astell & Kern AK70
Tested at £500 / compare latest prices
If you're serious about music, but can't countenance dropping £3000 on A&K's flagship AK380, this is the portable music player for you. It plays PCM files up to 24-bit/192kHz, so playing MP3s on it would be like watching video cassettes on a 4K telly. The microSD card slot lets you bulk up its 64GB of storage by another 200GB (which you're going to need, at those file sizes), and Bluetooth lets you stream to wireless headphones and speakers. Your bus journeys will never be the same again.
Pink Floyd The Early Years 1965-72
This comprehensive 27-disc boxset is a must for Floyd fans - it includes unreleased material, BBC Radio sessions, remixes, outtakes and alternative versions of some of their best-known songs. You also get five meticulously produced 7-inch singles in replica sleeves, collectible memorabilia, feature films and more. Its 130-plus tracks will take almost 12 hours to listen to, while the audio-visual material lasts a staggering 14 hours. That's Boxing Day sorted, then.
Trax & Wax
£21.90 a month for two records, £36.90 for four
This is the first vinyl subscription service entirely dedicated to dance music. Choose from five different boxes spanning five different genres (house, disco, old school, nu school and techno), then you'll receive either two or four records a month. You can switch from month to month to broaden your collection too. Get it for the DJ in your life as a subtle hint they need to improve their set list.