For many of us, the holiday season is filled with decorations, plenty of food and family time, but we all face the dilemma that comes with gift shopping. What do you buy for that extra special person in your life? And what on earth do you get for Dad when he’s sick of socks and jocks? Music is always a good answer, and here are some fail safe options you can gift to the people in your life this holiday season.
Teen girl: You’d be hard pressed to find a teen girl who doesn’t love Harry Styles, and One Direction’s latest album Four has dropped just in time to help her fill the musical void in her life. Chock full of pop anthems like “Steal My Girl,” and “Night Changes,” make sure you have ear plugs handy on Christmas Day for when this one comes out of the wrapping paper.
Teen boy: Trying to find quality music with a positive message can sometimes be hard, but teen guys will love Grammy Award winner Lecrae’s #1 album, Anomaly. It’s hip hop at its best, and a guaranteed good time for a boy trying to find his way in the world.
Sister: All the tears will flow when your sis hears Demi Lovato’s, Demi. Poppy, poignant and soulful; this album is an emotional roller coaster that will empower and strengthen your sister through any stage of her life. Plus, Demi has just released a Deluxe version of the album so your sister gets even more music!
Brother: Is your bro a jock? An adventurer? A computer expert? Chances are he’ll love the alternate rock sound of Switchfoot’s, Fading West. The driving guitar and instrumentation collected from the band’s world tour will (literally) be music to your brother’s ears. Be warned: he may decide to take up surfing after hearing this album.
Girlfriend: Everyone loves themselves some Taylor Swift, especially your girlfriend or significant other. 1989 is pop at its best, and this album is full of catchy tales of love and heartbreak. If you want to go all out, make sure you invest in the Deluxe version of 1989 as it features some beautiful love songs, girl power anthems and behind the scenes audio.
Boyfriend: The melancholy and evocative tones of Ben Howard are a favorite for people of all ages, and your boyfriend will love the singer/songwriter’s album, I Forgot Where We Were. Ben’s sophomore release is the perfect gift for the special man in your life, and being both strong and full of emotion, you’ll want to give this a listen as well.
Mom: Mom’s seem to have an affinity with Guy Sebastian. Perhaps it’s his soulful vocals, the fact he’s reminiscent of a son, or the fact they can dance as crazily as they want to his music. In any case, Madness will enable your mom to sing-a-long, bop-a-long, and cry-a-long to some brilliant and heartfelt tunes.
Dad: Coldplay’s Ghost Stories came out earlier this year, and the haunting tracks were an immediate hit all over the world. Masculine and meaningful, this release is perfect for a dad who has a tough exterior and a heart of gold. He’ll also love “A Sky Full of Stars,” because really, who doesn’t?