Audiophilia, as a hobby (whether head-fi or hi-fi), isn’t really known for being … ah … affordable. In fact, I think there may be a Mystical Law somewhere that says when these two Realms collide, it’ll be the surest sign that the End Times are upon us.
Anyway, assume for a moment that maybe a couple hundred bucks is legit for your budget and that you’re okay wrapping items that cost that much up in paper and swinging them in a sock, suspended over a fire. Okay? Perfect.
So, with that said, the Audio360 kids have put up their (our?) annual Stocking Stuffers Guide. Not that you really needed an excuse to spend money, but there’s quite a few relatively affordable items on that list that might please — though none of them will roast particularly well, so keep that in mind. And yes, Yours Truly threw a couple of ideas into that stocking, too.
One thing I forgot: most record stores offer gift certificates. Yes, Virginia, there are still record stores! Happily, I find that gift cards almost always fit inside my socks. But then, I do have absurdly large feet.