Playing Santa To Your DJ Friends

The coolest gifts for DJs this year!

DJ hardware for the holidays

With the holiday season quickly approaching it is time for you last minute shoppers to scramble in search of gifts for the talented DJs in your life. Don’t give them what you think a DJ needs because I guarantee CDs and bulky headphones aren’t it. Whether you are a DJ yourself or you just have one in your inner circle, trust me when I tell you there are some things a DJ always needs.

Don’t fill his stocking with unnecessary items like pens, bottle openers and other tiny ‘fillers’. Instead make 2015 a lot easier by getting your DJ items to make each gig just a tad easier.

DJ Stocking Stuffers

Headphone Adapter – You can get one of these bad boys for less than $5 and let me tell you how eternally grateful your DJ will be. It is one of the most often lost or stolen items in any DJs bag, and it can be incredibly handy in the last minutes before a gig begins. If a mixer doesn’t have that 1/8” jack you need for your headphones…this adapter will save the day.

Gaff Tape – I know this is the sexiest or most exciting gift you’ve ever given, but it is one of the most useful. When your DJ opens up his stocking to find a 4-pack (or more) of multi-colored gaff tape they will be cherish your forever. Why? Because color coding makes the life of a mobile DJ a heck of a lot easier, the tape is super durable and best of all it won’t leave your DJs cords and equipment stick with tape residue. The best part of all is that a four pack will only run you about $15.

USB 3.0 – Personally I think that anyone who has a computer needs at least one USB. But if you’re like me and you spend a lot of time on the computer you probably have tons of USB drives lying around. Mine run the range from 1.0 on up but the USB 3.0 has an incredibly high transfer rate so your DJ can always have tons of backup music on hand for every gig. Last minute data transfers are a cinch with the USB 3.0 and these days the prices are so reasonable you really can’t afford to be without one as a DJ. Toss it inside the hipster chic stocking for just $35.

Headphone Bag – If your DJ is looking for ways to decrease his traveling load a headphone bag like the Deloop Sport offers a stylish and efficient way to get the job done. You can toss in headphones, a few cords, USB drives and whatever else the mobile DJ needs to get to a gig in a hurry. Plus those of you always stuck playing roadie to your DJ pal’s rock star will appreciate the ease of packing this bag and lugging it around for transport.

Strobe Light – Has your DJ been complaining that he or she can’t seem to find a way to make their sets more enticing without enhancing set up time? If you’ve rolled your eyes and sighed in exasperation at this, play the jolly old guy and hook your pal up with a strobe light like the Chauvet Lighting ministrobeled light. It costs about $35, it’s handy and it is super easy to set up. Add this to the stocking and you just might be able to claim credit for his DJ success.

Ear Plugs – I know what you’re thinking, but my DJ already has insanely expensive headphones…why do I have to buy earplugs too?! Am I close? Well think of any professional musician and how much exposure (ahem, overexposure) to very loud music. Over time this will damage hearing, which can seriously put a dent in a DJ’s career. Look into Earasers Musicians Plugs because they protect the ears without reducing or muffling the music so your DJ always gets a full music experience.

DJ hardware gifts

Under The Tree

I know there are many people who think it is okay to splurge on DJ equipment for their friends…but I disagree. Equipment is an incredibly personal thing for a DJ and you don’t want to spend hundreds of bucks on a controller or mixer or anything else you have only a vague idea about.

Instead opt for cool culture items like t-shirts, sweatshirts and other swag items of other DJs, favored musicians or retro items. Here are a few I like.

Lookwright Crates – These are perfect gifts for vinyl DJs or even dad’s vinyl collection. It has that retro feel reminiscent of early DJ days plus it’s the ideal way to cart around vinyl.

Record Coasters – Keep your neat freak DJ in good spirits in the upcoming year by getting vintage record coasters by GAMAGO. Get old school LPs and EPs and throw in a few placemats for good measure.

There are plenty of things you can get the DJ in your life for the holidays. Whether you decide to stuff the stocking with DJ equipment or you want to add DJ flourishes to their living space, you have tons of options.

I hope I helped you figure out how to make your DJ’s holiday a happy one. Email in the box below to get access to Free video DJ lessons that will answer all of your questions on how to become a disk jockey!

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