Struggling for a gift at the last minute gift for a friend or loved one? Don’t go for the obvious choice like a gift card or the most dreaded gift, socks. Do something a little more creative this year. Make them a mixtape. You can give your awesome taste in music to them this holiday season.
Mixtapes are retro in the best way possible. Just like Polaroid cameras, mixtapes are back in style. There’s just something so cathartic about burning a cd and writing a cute message on the front of the disc. It feels dated but in a really cool (and a little bit hipster) kind of way.
You can tailor them to the person that it’s for. Unlike something that you just go and pick up from the store, mixtapes take time and effort. You can really show someone that you are listening to them and that you pay attention to the things that they talk about. Make a tape that includes their favorite bands. Or go even further and burn songs that you have memories attached to together, you can use it as a way to commemorate your relationship and remind them of all the great times that you have had together.
You can avoid the holiday hustle. If you are one of the many people who are trying to avoid the masses that are crowding the malls in search of last minute gifts then choosing to make your gift is ideal. No lines, no holiday traffic, and no annoying people trying to fight you over the last scarf. It’ll just be you and laptop while you decide which tracks to include in your mixtape.
They are cheap. Let’s not ignore the elephant in the room, mixtapes are an extremely cost-efficient gift. If you’re someone that shows their love in the dollar signs that they’re willing to drop for their friends and family then this isn’t the gift for you. But if you are a tight financial spot and don’t have piles of money to spend this year then this is something that will let your loved ones know that you are thinking of them without emptying out your wallet.