Fiscal Cliff Edition – Gifts under $50

RHA MA-350 Aluminium Noise Isolating In-Ear Earphones – $39.95

Anxious over the coming fiscal apocalypse?  Let your loved ones soothe themselves with music delivered by these handsome noise-isolating earphones.  They use passive noise reduction (the good kind), which  protects your ears since you can listen at lower volumes.  Anyone still using bundled buds should find these better-built, better-looking, and better-sounding.

Kikkerland Make Your Own Music Box Kit – $13.06

The lachrymose tinkling from your old music box got you down?  Stick it to the man and make your own music with this revolutionary kit.  Happy days are here again!

And you’ll stay cheery, as you will be working within the diatonic scale.  For you budding Shoenbergs out there: that means no sharps or flats.

Keep the good times going by adding some music box paper refills.

 Vintage Vinyl Journals – $34.99 to $49.99

click to enlargehandcrafted. eco-friendly. acid-free.

Hey, two out of three ain’t bad. The Vintage Vinyl Journals are made from recycled materials and contain 220 pages of 100% acid-free paper.

The front-cover features vinyl of your choosing, and the back cover displays the album art.  You can select from what’s in stock, or send them your own album and have one custom made at no extra charge.

Besides holding photos, keeping concert tickets, or writing the lyrics to your next album, what can you do with these journals?  The folks at Vintage Vinyl Journals are glad you asked.

And if you’re worried about them destroying precious vinyl for your pleasure, don’t be.  We checked and they use mostly damaged and unplayable albums.  There may be exceptions for more recent (and readily available) artists such as Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber.  So it’s all for the best in the end.

Harajuku Lovers Music By Gwen Stefani For Women – $19.26

Music may not have corporate clout of a Britney Spears fragrance, but it has a perfect name for this gift guide and the cutest bottle we’ve ever seen.




Westminster Toys Magic Toy Monkey – $10.22

What could be geekier than a cymbal-playing monkey?  Well, there’s this adult cymbal playing monkey costume, but that can’t provide the everyday enjoyment that the magic monkey will deliver.

When someone starts yapping about income tax rates and entitlement reform, just switch on your monkey, take it easy, and let them know you have nothing hide.


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