Best headphoneI love a gift that benefits me as well. You can call me selfish, but I like to think there’s nothing more jolly than gifts that help the whole household, including me. We’re all living in close quarters now, and everybody has their own digital entertainment preference. But that can lead to a very noisy room, with Netflix battling an audiobook battling the soundtrack to Hamilton. The perfect solution to still spending time together as a family but not driving each other up the wall is headphones for all! So here’s a list of the best headphone gifts for every budget to help your out with your holiday shopping.

Best headphone gift for kids

Best headphoneI wanted to include this special category, to make sure there’s a kid-focused option for everyone. My criteria for a good pair of kid’s headphones are price, durability, and how comfortable they are. And that’s why I picked the KIDdesigns Frozen II Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Kids Headphones. It has a built in volume limiter, which will help keep their hearing safe. And the noise cancelling feature means you can have a conversation with your spouse without a million interrupting questions from your inquisitive child. That will make it easier to discuss dinner plans or birthday gift suggestions with your child none the wiser.

Best headphone gift under $50

The Skullcandy Jib+ Active In-Ear Sound Isolating Bluetooth Headphones are a good choice for the physically fit person on your list. They are water and sweat resistant. The FitFin Gel earpieces will keep the headphones from popping out of the ear canal. It has a remote built in to the connecting wire between the two ear buds, allowing you to change music tracks or answer a phone call.

Best headphone gift under $100

For this category, I’m going to go with the Beats by Dr. Dre urBeats3 In-Ear Sound Isolating Headphones. You’re getting a stylish pair of in-ear headphones with good sound quality that are reasonably priced. The tangle free flat cable and magnetic ear buds will prevent the worst of the headphone knot that shows up when you’re not looking.

Best headphone gift under $200

I have been informed that the Skullcandy Crusher Bass Over-Ear Sound Isolating Bluetooth Headphones will not, in fact, crush your skull. That’s a relief. What it will do, however, is adjust the bass and general sound settings to find your perfect audio experience. It has a microphone, and controls on the earpiece to allow you to take calls without digging your phone out of your pocket. And it is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Premium headphone gifts

You will tick off all the boxes with this gift. The Sennheiser CX 400BT In-Ear Truly Wireless Headphones are truly wireless, so there is no physical connection between the ear buds or with the device. They are high quality with a long lasting battery time of 20 hours. And though they are small, in-ear headphones, they still have customizable touch controls. They have a built in equalizer for improved performance. They are compatible with Google Assistant and Apple Siri. And Bluetooth device management to let you easily change what device the headphones are connected to.


  1. I can recommend the Jabra Elite Active 65t wireless headphones, which I got as a Christmas gift last year (there are 2 updated versions now, so it’s probably worth upgrading if you can afford it). The sound quality is more than sufficient for my needs, and the call quality was surprising – my mum said it was the clearest I’d ever sounded on a cell (Apple iPhone 6s). My husband bought them for me because I don’t like the look of airpods.
    Truly sweat- and rain-proof, and they have a hear-through setting that makes it safer to exercise outside. They also still work with only one earbud in (which is what I do if I’ll be crossing streets, etc). I previously had a pair of “wireless” headphones that were wired to each other and I hated running with them – they bounced on me constantly.

  2. Audio nut hear, nice article Chris, clearly intelligently targeted at the 90%. I second your recommendation on the Sennheiser’s, I love their headphones.

    Audio is a huge part of my life, and if anyone is ok with over ear wireless headphones (I know, the 10%, most people are looking for buds like this article highlights), I’d also recommend Sennheiser’s Momentum 3 Wireless cans, for a bluetooth headphone they are GREAT (bluetooth audio quality isn’t the same as a wired connection imo, or a truely balanced wired connection, but the Momentum’s are exceptional). But, I also have a pair of HD600’s that I refuse to give up on, so I’m clearly Sennheiser biased, I love their sound (they tend to be natural/balanced – no push/pull in the low, mid or high frequencies) you hear the audio as it was recorded and intended to be heard during original mix).

    A novelist eh, now I need to search for you to see if I can find something you’ve written.


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