With our stomachs still stuffed from Thanksgiving, it’s time to start thinking about stocking stuffers and winter presents for all the favorite people in our lives. Trying to figure out great gifts that can work for anyone can certainly be stress-inducing at times, but one of our favorite picks is, very often, a solid pair of headphones. Everyone loves music, and most people are using the package bundled headphones that came with their phone, so introducing your friend/bae to the deep and complex world of audiophiles would make for a great gift that keeps on giving. But buying headphones can certainly be a tricky and in-depth process, that’s why we’ve rounded up some amazing choices that would be perfect for just about anyone or make for a great treat to yourself.
For the Flexors: Monster 24K Over-Ear Headphones ($200-$250)
For someone who’s into the flashier things in life, the Monster 24k Over-Ear Headphones are a perfect fit. While this pair is not noise cancelling, the snug and comfortable fit around the ears allows for sufficient blocking of ambient noise. If you’re getting these for someone with musical ambitions, the package also comes with a 6.3mm headphone jack adapter for studio systems.
For the Minimalist: Here One Wireless Ear Buds (Price TBD)
Unfortunately, if you’re getting these as a gift, it’ll have to be as a picture of the product first, because these wireless ear buds won’t be shipping out until March of 2017. The Here One’s are promising sound quality and comfort never before seen in a pair of Bluetooth earbuds. And on top of that, you'll be able to block out specific types of noises in the background. If you were thinking about the wireless headphone option Apple is bringing to the iPhone 7, just skip out on that rather unremarkable set of next gen ear pods and get a pair of these instead.
For the Techy: Muzik One Over-Ear Headphones ($300)
Ever since the creation of the smartphone, incorporating smarts into all of our tech is considered a milestone in what takes our household devices to the next level. You can argue that the Muzik One’s is the world’s first true pair of “smart headphones,” featuring deep integration with all your favorite apps. With simple finger gestures, you can share what you’re listening to on Twitter/Facebook, pull up your Spotify, or even speed dial contacts. These headphones are definitely great for any of your techie friends who can benefit from all of its features. Check here to check out the reveal video.
The Budget Choice: Amazon Noise Cancelling, Wireless, Over-Ear Headphones ($69.99)
Amazon has gained a ton of notoriety over the years for providing amazing service, making it the premier place for online shopping. With that in mind, it would only be safe to assume that their very own noise-cancelling headphones are a good product for a low price. At just $69.99, You’ll be getting noise cancelling functionality, Bluetooth capabilities, and hi-fidelity sound all without breaking the bank.
For the Brand Lover: Bose Soundsport In-Ear Headphones ($99.99)
Some people just love the reassurance of owning a brand that is well known. You can’t knock anyone for this too much, considering that when you go with a familiar brand you’re more likely to get a consistent and long-lasting product that offers good customer service if they do end up malfunctioning. With that in mind, our pick is the $99 Bose Soundsports. These ear buds feature a mic, Apple and Android compatibility, and that signature organic Bose sound.
What was your favorite pair of headphones that we mentioned? Are there others you think should be included in this list? Keep a look out on the Royal Blue Apparel site, we may be giving one of these amazing products away in a giveaway real soon.