DJs create mixes and beats that make us all happy, so why not return the favour with a gift that will enhance their DJing experience.
My Top Gift Choice For DJs
Every DJ needs a good pair of monitor headphones so they can hear what they are mixing with great sound clarity, and these ones by Sennheiser are extremely popular on the DJ circuit.
Being a DJ can be great fun, and it's no surprise that it becomes such a passion for those that do it.
As they get to share their love of music and also be creative at the same time, making their own mixes and sets to share with the world.
And it can be such a thrill to see a room full of people really vibing with your music, and the power it gives you to lift the mood with the touch of a few buttons is addictive.
Not to mention the added status you get when DJing in clubs, with everyone wanting to be your friend, and cute girls asking for your number.
So buying someone with a passion for DJing a gift that they can use to enhance their experience is a fantastic idea.
However, buying gifts for DJs can be difficult, as the equipment they use and the things they'd actually want tend to be on the expensive side.
But if you don't mind shelling out some cash on your loved ones, there are plenty of things you could get them that they'd be over the moon with, such as the following gift ideas for DJs.
1. A DJ Controller That's Great For Mixing For Beginners
If you want to buy a gift for someone who is wanting to get into DJing, then you can't beat getting them a DJ controller that is great for beginners.
As these controllers have all the features they need to start mixing and creating their own tracks digitally, and are perfect for learning the ropes on.
So for one that is highly regarded among DJs, check out the Pioneer DDJ-WEGO4-K.
As not only is this one really high quality, it's also compact, portable, and plugs straight into their laptops, iPads, or smartphones via a USB cable.
So they can get cracking with developing their DJ skills via mixing apps and software on their devices.
2. A Top Class Turntable For Spinning Vinyl
If you know a DJ who prefers to mix the analog old school way with vinyl records, then getting them an upgrade on their turntable is a lovely gift idea.
And if you want to treat them to one of the best, check out the Pioneer PLX-1000 direct drive turntable.
As this one has everything a DJ could want in a turntable, such as a high torque direct drive, tempo control options, an s-shaped tone arm, and a steady build that won't move or wobble when playing.
Allowing them to scratch, spin, and cue up tracks to their heart's content.
3. A Controller For Creating Drum And Instrument Beats
Sometimes it's not just about mixing the records as a DJ, but also adding your own beats and melodies on top to create something really special.
So a gift idea that can really help a DJ explore their creative side, and get their mixes sounding exactly as they want them to, is to get them the Native Instruments Maschine MK3 controller.
As this is a controller that allows them to create drum beats, loops, chord progressions, keyboard melodies, and add sound effects to lay down over tracks.
So it's a gift they'll have great fun playing with, and will make their mixes sound even better.
4. Earplugs To Protect Their Hearing
It's a fact of life that DJing in clubs and mixing tracks at home exposes a DJ to dangerously high volume levels that can be damaging to their hearing over time.
So a really thoughtful little gift idea is to get them a pair of protective earplugs, such as the Etymotic Research ER20s.
As they can pop these in their ears to bring the volume levels down, yet still be able to hear the music they're playing at the same time.
5. A Pair Of Monitor Headphones For Mixing
When mixing their own tracks at home or when playing live, it's vital that a DJ uses a pair of monitor headphones to get the best results.
As these headphones isolate the sounds and highlight every nuance of the music they're playing, which allows them to get everything spot on.
So for a pair that are extremely popular among DJs, check out the Sennheiser HD25 professional monitor headphones.
As these will make for a gift that any DJ will love.
6. A Pair Of Monitor Speakers For Sound Clarity
When mixing and producing at home, it is also extremely helpful for a DJ to run their music through a pair of monitor speakers.
As just like the headphones, these isolate each sound and nuance in the music, making it easy to hear what sounds good and what doesn't with great clarity.
So getting them a pair of KRK RP5 Rokit 5 G4 studio monitor speakers will be a gift they will absolutely adore.
7. An Audio Interface For Studio Production
If a home DJ is mixing music directly on their laptop rather than using a DJ controller, as many amateurs do via mixing apps, then the sound isn't always great.
As the sound cards that come built in to most laptops are pretty basic and not optimised for making music.
So a really useful gift idea for someone like this is to get them an audio Interface.
As these can act as an external sound card for their laptop, increasing the overall sound quality, and they can also plug microphones or keyboards into them to add to the mix.
So for one that is ideal for beginner laptop DJs, check out the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface.
8. A Stand To Place Their Laptop On
Many DJs use laptops in the DJ booth when playing, whether that is just to cue up or store tracks, or to use the various mixing apps to mix through the laptop rather than a DJ controller.
And they'll definitely be using one when mixing their own sets at home.
So a gift idea they may appreciate is a DJ laptop stand, which will keep their laptops safe and secure, and place their screen in the perfect position as they play.
And one that is ideal for this, as it's the standard among DJs, is the Crane stand, as this stand is height adjustable, portable, and perfect for life in the booth.
9. A DJ Lighting System To Put Them In The Mood When Mixing
Mixing at home in your bedroom is great, and how most DJs love to spend their free time.
So how about getting them a fun gift that can help them to create the right mood when mixing, such as getting them a DJ lighting system.
As having the light show streaming as they mix will recreate the atmosphere of playing live (if they use their imagination!), and can help them get into the flow of things.
And having this lighting is also great when hosting house parties, or throwing your own DJ gigs at friends places.
So something like the Chauvet Gigbar 2 DJ lighting system will make for a gift that a home DJ can have plenty of fun with.
10. A Midi Keyboard Controller For Adding Melodies
If you know a DJ who is also quite handy on the keyboard or piano, then getting the a DJ keyboard controller can be an awesome gift idea.
As these come in a range of sizes, from midi 25 keys all the way to full size keyboards, and allow them to lay down their own melodies over the mixes.
Which is especially good when playing live, and is sure to send the crowds wild.
And they also allow them to do plenty of other things too, such as cue up music, add sound effects, and play other virtual instruments.
So check out the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 for a keyboard controller that does the business.
11. A Retro Sound Effects Gadget To Play With
This next gift idea for DJs is a fun one, and that is to get them a pocket synthesizer that they can create unique beats with.
Because they can have hours of fun with the Teenage Engineering PO-20 pocket arcade synthesizer.
As this gadget contains synth sounds, beats, effects, drum lines, bass lines, glitches, filters, and chord sequences that can all be combined to create standalone tracks reminiscent of arcade games from the 1980s.
And they can also add these creations to their mixes, if they want to add a bit of retro nostalgia to the sound.
12. An All In One DJ System For Serious DJs
If you want to get the absolute ultimate gift for a DJ, then a top of the range professional DJ system would be heaven for them.
As this would give them the tools and power to be able to do pretty much anything they could ever want to do in a DJ booth.
So if you want to buy a gift for a serious DJ that plays live and is starting to blow up, then check out the Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2.
As this is a top class piece of equipment used by some of the world's best DJs.
13. Protective Plastic Covering For Their Equipment
DJing equipment is both expensive and delicate, and a DJ will want to do everything they can to protect and look after their stuff.
So getting them a set of Decksaver protective plastic coverings for all their gear is a fantastic gift idea.
As they make perfectly fitted covers for all the most popular brands and models of equipment, such as for the Maschine MK3 controller above, which are impact resistant and will keep them safe from dust, spills, and any bumps and knocks.
So make a note of which models of controllers and decks they use, and get them the corresponding protective covers that will fit them.
14. A Hard Cover Case For Transporting Their DJ Gear
As you've probably realised by now, DJ controllers and equipment are extremely expensive.
So a DJ needs to do all they can to protect their gear when travelling to live shows, as accidents and damage can be heartbreaking.
Which means getting them a hard cover case for their specific equipment is a fantastic gift idea.
As these cases will take away their worries and make their stuff invincible when on the move, so it'll be safe as houses in the back of vans or on airplanes.
And Odyssey are a good brand to look out for, with an example of their hard case for the Pioneer XDJ-RX2 shown above.
15. A Quality Bag To Keep Their Vinyl Records In
When you spin records and DJ the analog way, transporting your vinyl around safely and easily can be an issue.
So getting an old school DJ a new vinyl bag is a top gift idea for them, and for one they'd be delighted with, check out the Magma Riot LP bag.
As this one is waterproof and has space for 50 vinyl records in the main bag, plus a pocket at the front to hold their 7" vinyl.
While the padded handles and shoulder strap make it super easy to carry too.
16. A DJ Backpack To Carry Their Gear Safely
It's also a good gift idea to get the digital DJ a DJ bag or backpack to carry their gear around in.
And one that I'd recommend for this is the Magma Riot DJ backpack.
As this has separate padded compartments for their DJ controller, laptop, cables, as well as outer protection from bumps, knocks, and the weather.
And it opens up fully, giving them quick and easy access to all their gear when they need it.
17. A Pair Of Slipmats For Vinyl Manipulation
DJs that spin vinyl on turntables will use rubber slipmats underneath their records, as this gives them the ability to manipulate the record for scratching and cueing purposes while the turntable keeps spinning underneath.
So they'll always be happy to get a new pair of slipmats as a gift, with the Serato Butter Rugs slipmats being our top choice.
As the vinyl slides nicely on these without too much friction, giving the DJ the ideal amount or resistance when scratching and mixing.
18. Books About DJing To Inspire Or Entertain Them
Getting a DJ a book related to DJing is an obvious but also good gift idea.
As there are plenty of interesting ones available, from the entertaining experiences of the DJ lifestyle, all the way to books that can improve their knowledge and technique on the decks.
So some books that come highly recommended for DJs are:
Being a DJ is a wonderful way to get creative and share your love for music with the world.
So why not treat the DJ in your life to a gift that will help them on their mixing journey.
As while not the cheapest gifts to get, the gift ideas for DJs that I've given you here are all things that both amateur and professional DJs will use and love to receive.