40+ Best Gifts for DJs: A Complete Buyer’s Guide

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I don’t know why anybody could possibly need a buyer’s guide to find the best gifts for DJs – I mean, it’s pretty much turntables, headphones, hoodies and we’re out!

Seriously, though, there are some really great gift ideas for any DJ, and they aren’t all necessarily contained in those three basic food groups, and in this article I have put together my own personal dream list of best presents for disc jockeys of all types and stripes.

If you don’t want to wade through the whole article, here are my top four recommendations:

And my own personal pick:

Sennheiser Professional HD 25 PLUS On-Ear Monitor Headphones
  • High sensitivity due to lightweight aluminium voice coils
  • Capable of handling very high sound pressure levels
  • Very lightweight and comfortable, even if used for long periods of time
  • Tough, detachable, single-sided cable
  • Rotatable capsule for single-ear listening

What Are the Best Presents for a DJ?

I may joke about how simple it is to purchase a present for the average disc jockey – though I’ve never met a single disc jockey in my life whom I would describe as average – but in fact it isn’t really that difficult, and doesn’t need to be.

This is coming from the king of the long, complex and absurdly exhaustive gift guides – if you don’t believe me, have a “quick” look at my recent article listing the 70 (!) Best Gifts for Musicians.

But here, based on the feedback I’ve gotten from friends, colleagues, actual DJs and random people I meet at clubs, I’ve managed to focus on a mere 41 (or so…) really perfect gifts for DJs.

And yeah, some of them are turntables, hoodies and headphones, but there’s a lot more too, and I’ve ended up with these four categories:

I know, headphones could have fallen under the Gear category, but if you know me at all, you know I do love my headphones, and want them to have their own special place of honor. And if you know DJs at all, you know they all pretty much feel the same way.

That said, let’s get into it, with the best DJ presents on the market today!

The Best Gift Ideas for Disc Jockeys in 2023

Best Gifts for DJs – Clothing

In many of the buyer’s guides I’ve written, I include t-shirts, hoodies, hats or even coffee mugs, for goodness sakes, with pithy little sayings on them, like “without music life would B ♭” but I have to say that DJs, perfectly and perpetually cool beings that they are, don’t really go for that kind of silliness.

And in fact we can comfortably assume that not only do they not want a T-shirt with a cat dancing on their turntable, they don’t really want the most recent temporarily trendy fashion labels either.

So for sunglasses, Justin (and please, not Timberlake!), for shoes, Docs and Nike, for jackets Carhartt and Levis, for hoodies Reigning Champ or Champion, and for t-shirts more Champ, some obscure alternative or EDM artist or anything ironic – I swear, if you buy them a shirt that says “IOU some EDM” they very well might never speak to you again, but if you get them one that says “Just a Boy Who Loves Trucks” they’ll wear it until it bursts into flames – even if they’re not a boy.

See, at the end of the day DJs don’t follow fashion trends, they inspire and set them. They don’t want multi-thousand dollar sweatshirts from Supreme or Balenciaga (thank goodness), and would infinitely prefer to get something that will outlast the next dozen or so fads.

And keep in mind that they’re not skaters or surfers, so please, no Billabong, no Stussy, no OP!

Best Sunglasses for DJs

Ray Ban Justian

Ray-Ban unisex adult RB4165 Justin Sunglasses, Black/Green, 54 mm US
  • Unisex classic rectangular sunglasses: The Justin RB4165 is a classic unisex pair of sunglasses. Made from high-quality plastic frames and...
  • 100% Uv protection: To protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, these sunglasses include lenses that are coated with 100% Uv protection.
  • Lightweight plastic frames: Our Justin unisex sunglasses are inspired by the iconic Wayfarer sunglasses. The style is redesigned with...
  • Lightweight lenses: These Ray-Ban sunglasses feature high-quality, light-weight lenses that help reduce eye strain while outdoors.
  • Multiple frame and lens colors: Choose from multiple frame colors-including black and tortoise-and lens colors and treatments including...

A little expensive, but superb glasses that absolutely exude coolness while protecting your DJ’s precious eyes. Skip the rest of this section, even the rest of the article, get a pair of Justins and your gift will be the hit of the party, and a kind and caring present that will last – if they’re not lost – for many, many years.

Best Shoes for DJs

Nike Tanjun Sneakers

No need to spend hundreds of dollars on air. The Tanjun is the hip choice, and supremely comfortable to boot.

Dr. Martens Chelsea Boot

Dr. Martens unisex adult Chelsea Boot, Black Wyoming, 7 Women 6 Men US
  • Pull-on Chelsea boot style
  • Wyoming is a rich leather with a subtle grain and oily surface.
  • Built with core Dr. Martens DNA: grooved edges, an AirWair heel loop and visible stitching
  • Model Number: 26002001

If ever a boot were destined to never go out of style, or never wear out, it is this substantial Chelsea unisex slip-on.

Best Jackets for DJs

Levi’s Truckers Jacket

Levi's Men's The Trucker Jacket, Medium Stonewash, X-Large
  • A versatile henley shirt
  • Crafted with waffle-knit thermal material to keep you warm
  • The model in the image is 6' 4" and is wearing Medium.

Carhartt Flannel Lined Loose Fit Duck Jacket

CarharttMenLoose Fit Firm Duck Insulated Flannel-Lined Active JacketBrownSmall
  • Carhartt Company Gear Collection
  • Front-zip jacket with drawstring hood and split kangaroo pocket at front
  • Rib-knit cuffs and waistband
  • Quilted lining in body

Here’s a secret: Levis and Carhartt are literally exactly as cool as each other, with absolutely no preference for one over the other. Any DJ would be thrilled to get either, and they are both excellent, long lasting jackets. So, somewhat arbitrarily, I have chosen the brilliant Carhartt fleece as a heavier winter jacket and the timeless Levis trucker as a lighter year-round choice.

Best Sweatshirt for DJs

Reigning Champ Men’s Mid Weight Terry Zip Hoodie

Reigning Champ Men's Mid Weight Terry Full Zip Hoodie, Black, M
  • Fabric: French terry
  • Drawstring hood, Ribbed edges
  • Exposed zip placket
  • Pouch front pockets
  • Long sleeves

Probably too hot for most clubs, but they’re sure to wear it anyway.

Reigning Champ Men’s Mid Weight Terry Pullover Hoodie

Reigning Champ Men's Mid Weight Terry Pullover Hoodie, Black, XS
  • Fabric: French terry
  • Ribbed edges
  • Pouch front pocket
  • Long sleeves

Definitely too hot for most clubs, but plenty cool enough for the street.

Champion Hoodies

Champion mens Pullover Hoodie, Reverse Weave Pullover Hooded Sweatshirt for Men, Best Comfortable...
  • MADE FOR COMFORT - Our men's hoodie is made with heavyweight 12oz. fleece for the perfect amount of warmth and comfort all day long.
  • EXCEPTIONALLY SOFT AND RELIABLE - Our comfortable men's hoodies are made with a higher stitch for a made-to-last fit!
  • CONSCIOUSLY CREATED - A percentage of recycled fibers were used in the making of this comfortable men's hoodie.
  • SWEATS THAT WORK WITH YOU - Our men's sweatshirts features signature ribbed sides, along with a front kanga pocket for easy storage of all...
  • THE LOOK YOU WANT - This comfortable men's hoodie features our iconic C patch logo on the left wrist.

Before Reigning Champ these were, well, the reigning champ, and still as cool as.

Best T-Shirts for DJs

Best Gifts for DJs – Bags

Jansport Big Student Backpack

JanSport Big Student Backpack-School, Travel, or Work Bookbag-with 15-Inch-Laptop Compartment,...
  • Go Big Or Go Home: Always Have Room For Your Essentials With The Jansport Big Student College Backpack With A Laptop Compartment! Available...
  • Pack It All In: This Exclusive College Bookbag Is Designed To Carry Everything You Need And More! Our Laptop Backpack For Women And Men Has...
  • High-Quality Construction: Constructed To Support All Your School Or Job Essentials All Year Long, This Men And Women'S Laptop Backpack Is...
  • All Day Comfort: Designed For Comfort, These Laptop Backpacks For Boys, Girls And Teens Make It Easy To Carry Your Computer And Books! Each...
  • Always Stay Organized: This Laptop Backpack For Men And Women Has Everything You Need To Stay Organized! Our College Backpack Has A Side...

There are a lot of fantastic backpacks meant specifically for DJs, but it seems like what they really want is a plain, functional and well made bag with just a touch of cool. The Jansport Big Student, for example, is made for years of heavy use, really intelligently designed and has tons of room for 12 inch records, decks and mixers and a lot more.

Razer Rogue Water Resistant Gaming Laptop Backpack 

Razer Rogue v3 16" Gaming Laptop Backpack: Tear & Water Resistant Exterior - Mesh Side Pocket for...
  • Water & Damage Resistant Exterior: A tough, waterproof outer material and leatherette bottom helps to extend the backpack's life and keep it...
  • Store Laptops & Accompanying Peripherals: The backpack's main compartment is large enough for the Razer Blade 16 or any other 16 inch...
  • Comfortable Padded Straps & Breathable Back: Supportive shoulder straps and a breathable air mesh back material ensure comfort
  • Protective Interior Lining: The inside of each compartment is covered in a special green TPU material to keep laptops safe

Like the Jansport just above, this Razer is not specifically a DJ pack, but it also has lots of room, and is a beautifully made and highly protective backpack that will really take care of gear, discs, headphones and whatever other hip and interesting things disc jockeys carry around with them.

MAGMA DJ Bag Riot Backpack XL

MAGMA DJ Bag Riot Backpack XL
  • Fits Pioneer DJM-S11 & S7, Reloop ELITE, Rane Seventy-Two MKII, Denon Prime GO, Pioneer DJM-900 NXS2, Akai MPC Live II, Pioneer DDJ-400,...
  • External (H/W/D): 22" x 14.5" x 3.5" / Internal: 20" x 12.5 x 3" (controller compartment)
  • Heavy duty and 100% waterproof Tarpaulin material and Lockable and PVC-coated (waterproof) zippers
  • Zip-Around-Expansion-System" increases packing capacity of main compartment also Versatile interior layout with removable foams, divider and...
  • Separate, fully padded laptop compartment up to 17" and Two accessory pockets with numerous mesh pouches and organizers

Still, as popular as basic, high quality bags like the Jansport or Razer are, if you want to purchase the best DJ backpack on the planet  and also want to a gift that will absolutely floor the recipient, look no further than this superb Magma Riot extra large backpack – or, for that matter, any one of their amazing packs (check out the Magma Products Page).

LoDrid Vinyl Record Carrying Bag  – A favorite among DJs and record collectors, LoDrid soft record cases are well made, brilliantly designed and easy to use and carry, and this 60 LP case is the perfect size.

LoDrid Vinyl Record Carrying Bag with Bottom Padded Pad, Album Storage Case with 2 Detachable...
  • 【STRONG & DURABLE】: Vinyl record bag is water-resistant nylon outer-shell & Padded lining with bottom padded design. It can store and...
  • 【LARGE CAPACITY】: Main compartment size: 12.6’’ x 12.5” x 13.5”(not including the front pocket) with 2 adjustable dividers, it...
  • 【TWO WAYS CARRYING】: Record storage bag can switch the travel mode at will between the portable type and the shoulder strap type. Make...
  • 【SMART DESIGN】: Record carrier with padded and zips, easy to pull records in and out. You will like zipper cover to keep records clean...
  • 【PERFECT FOR TRIP】: Awesome vinyl travel case that's perfect for DJ gigs, Concerts, Music Festivals, Overnight Trips, Travel, taking...

LoDrid Cable File Gig Bag – Another great LoDrid bag, and a must for working DJs, the cable file bag helps keep all important cables and accessories organized, visible and in reach, making setup and teardown so much easier and less stressful.

LoDrid Cable File Gig Bag with Detachable Padded Bottom & Dividers, DJ Wire Bag for 14” Laptop,...
  • Hard Bottom: The cable file bag with a detachable hard padded bottom, which can protect your equipment to reduce collision and friction with...
  • Various Compartment Designs: This cable file bag with four fixed compartments and four detachable dividers, 1 with zipper. You can adjust...
  • Multiple Ways to Carry: Comes with reinforced handles and adjustable shoulder strap, the strap of the back can be fixed in the trolley of a...
  • Large Capacity: The overall external dimension of this bag: 23.5" x 10.9" x 10", the internal dimensions: 20" x 8" x 10" , which can meet...
  • High-Quality Material: Made of Nylon, With Pearl cotton Around. Anti-fall, Scratch-resistant and Durable, Good Protection. This cable bag...

Best Gifts for DJs – Gear

There seems to be a lot of confusion around controllers, decks, CDJs, turntables and mixers, and especially questions about what DJs actually use today.

These are questions that even a fairly in-depth article may not completely answer, but for our purposes here we can state a couple of basic facts.

  • Modern DJs are most likely to use a controller, which includes everything they need including computer interface, mixing board, tons of sound controls and effects and an intuitive physical interface for controlling the music in many different ways.
  • Despite what many say or believe, modern DJs are also still very keen on turntables and vinyl, which offer a feeling and a sound – including analog warmth, surface noise, speed and transition control and various physical manipulations – which even the best controllers can’t fully emulate.

So where does this leave you, who just want to purchase a really nice and truly useful present for the DJ on your list?

Well, this all means that we should focus on four basic types of gear:

  • DJ Controllers – the main control hub and expressive tool. For a starting DJ this is the very best gift idea, and doesn’t have to be expensive, but there are also premium models that are sure to be a big hit, and a big upgrade, for even serious gigging DJs.
  • Turntables – some people I know would say that if the DJ on your gift list isn’t spinning vinyl, they don’t deserve a present. I would rather say that if they aren’t spinning, get them a turntable immediately!
  • Mixers – since digital controllers normally include mixers, here I’ll concentrate on only pure analog mixers of the type DJs love for turntable work.
  • PCs – the source of most of the music that’s fed into the controller, a laptop is used as well to run the various music processing and indexing software programs DJs use. It is possible to use a controller without a PC, but nobody I know does…

There’s a lot of other little bits and bobs we could talk about, but if you really want to get something your DJ will love, use and deeply appreciate, the right product from any of these three categories will definitely do the trick.

Best DJ Controllers in 2023

Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000 USB DJ Controller

Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000 - 4-deck USB DJ Control Surface and 4-channel Mixer, with Rekordbox DJ Software,...
  • Customizable color LCD on jog display screens are located in the CENTRE of each jog wheel, reveal only the information you need whether...
  • Transitioning to this DJ controller is a breeze thanks to the familiar jog-wheels and layout, using rekordbox Dj with the DDJ-1000 feels the...
  • Improved Magvel Fader is durable for more than 10 million movements the refined software processing of the jog wheel and crossfader...
  • Add texture to your sets with four new Beat FX and four Sound Color FX from the DJM-series mixers
  • Performance pads -hit the 16 back-lit rubber performance pads to trigger Hot cues, pad FX, beat jump, Sampler, keyboard Mode, beat loop and...

I have never used a controller that feels more natural or is easy to see, use and master than the Pioneer DDJ-1000, which is, despite its brilliant design and layout, also possibly the most advanced and powerful deck you can get. Beautiful sound, fantastic physical controls and truly premium fit, finish and overall quality – this is expensive gear, but I can’t think of a better gift for literally any DJ at any level. 

Of course, if it’s just not possible, you can get so much of what makes the DDJ-1000 legendary among jockeys in the substantially less expensive, but still fabulous, Pioneer DJ DDJ-800.

Roland DJ-505 Serato DJ Controller

Roland Two-channel, Four-deck Serato DJ Controller (DJ-505)
  • Two channels and deck select for up to four decks
  • Large, low-latency platters optimized for scratching
  • Eight dedicated pad controls for Serrate DJ Pro with hot cue, roll, slicer, contemporary, pattern, and sampler modes
  • Built-in, fully editable drum kits from Roland’s legendary TR-909, TR-808, TR-707, and TR-606, realized with advanced ACB (Analog Circuit...
  • TR kits contain eight sounds–Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Closed Hat, Open Hat, Tom, Rim, Clap, and Ride–that can be played on the performance...

A big, complex and incredibly advanced DJ controller with a superb built in drum and rhythm synthesizer, the Roland DJ-505 is not the most expensive deck on the market, but it is many DJs favorite, especially in how they can understand and use it immediately and then spend years learning how to use it and see what it’s really capable of.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 Mk3 DJ Controller

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 Mk3 DJ Controller
  • Jog mode: Classic spin-to-nudge function, as well as scratch capability
  • Beat grid adjust mode: Use the jog wheel to manually adjust beat grid in TRAKTOR
  • Club-standard layout with identical deck design, 2-channel mixer, and fast control of key TRAKTOR features
  • 16 RGB pads for triggering Hot cues, loops, or samples. Headphone Output - Maximum Output Level - 45 mW at 33 Ohm load . Frequency Response...
  • 3-band EQs with modeling of industry standard mixer Eqs

Quite possibly the best value in DJ controllers, the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol has excellent feeling controls and wheels, a full array of analog and digital connectivity options, a sensible layout, beautiful sound and excellent material and build quality. And – for a controller at least – it’s downright cheap!

Pioneer DJ DDJ-200 2-deck Digital DJ Controller

Pioneer DJ DDJ-200 - 2-deck Digital DJ Controller with USB/Bluetooth Connectivity, WeDJ App, and 16...
  • Lightweight and compact with a pro-style layout it’ll help you learn to mix

The perfect entry-level DJ controller, and an ideal present for anybody who is just starting out, the Pioneer DDJ-200 is surprisingly powerful and flexible, and yet about as simple as it gets in terms of control, layout and use. Beautiful sound, too, along with that legendary Pioneer quality on all levels.

Best DJ Turntables in 2023

Pioneer DJ PLX-1000 Professional Turntable

Pioneer DJ PLX-1000 Professional Turntable
  • High-torque Direct-drive Analog Turntable with Low-noise
  • Professional Playback Quality
  • High-stability Design
  • 3 Tempo Ranges

A substantial, durable and incredibly reliable turntable which is specifically designed to meet the needs of professional DJs, the Pioneer PLX-1000 is the best DJ deck on the market today. The 1000 does not include a cartridge, and I would highly recommend the equally superb and similarly purpose-engineered Ortofon Concorde MK2 DJ Cartridge.

Audio-Technica AT-LP140XP-BK Direct-Drive Professional DJ Turntable

Many people who have used both this and the Pioneer above, which is at least a couple of hundred dollars more expensive, actually prefer the Audio-Technica AT-LP140XP, which has a strong high-torque motor and incredible physical feeling when you’re interacting with it – and comes with an excellent AT DJ cartridge pre-installed. I personally think the Pioneer is a bit higher quality overall, and a bit better sounding, but either one is a premium choice and a fantastic present for any DJ.

Reloop RP-2000 MK2 Direct Drive DJ Turntable

Reloop RP-2000 MK2 Direct Drive DJ Turntable
  • Quartz-driven DJ turntable with direct drive motor and precise motor control with 2 speeds selectable (33 1/3 & 45 rpm)
  • Precision-engineered, die-cast aluminum platter with stable rotation
  • Redesigned metal top panel, tactile buttons and reinforced housing construction
  • Statically balanced s-shaped tone arm with hydraulic lift and anti-skating - mechanism
  • Includes platter, OM Black pick-up system (by Ortofon), headshell, slipmat, counterweight, power cord, operating instruction manual

As I reach my choice for best entry level DJ turntable, I realize I probably should have given Reloop a little more love all throughout this buyer’s guide for the best DJ presents. They are, after all, an exciting company dedicated to DJ gear, and this Reloop RP-2000 is a great example of the excellence they offer for very little money. The 2000 doesn’t include a cartridge, but their own Om Black DJ Cartridge is a perfect choice.

Best Mixers for DJs

I’ll repeat what I said above – most high quality DJ controllers have integrated mixers, and so most DJs don’t actually need a separate mixer, but if the DJ you’re selecting a gift for is going pure vinyl – without a controller, without a PC, without a net – they definitely need a mixer.

And they definitely deserve a medal!

So here I’m going to list just a couple of basic fully analog mixers for fully analog disc jockeys – there are tons of these simple mixers on the market, and a few of them are ok, but these really stand out, and are sure to really please and impress any DJ.

Allen & Heath XONE:23 2-Plus-2 Channel DJ Mixer

Allen & Heath XONE:23 2-Plus-2 Channel DJ Mixer
  • 2+2 channels with dual phono/line inputs
  • VCF Filter system: low pass and high pass filters plus frequency and resonance controls
  • 3-band true total kill EQ
  • External FX loop
  • Touring grade quality

A truly premium, seriously overbuilt and perfectly designed and laid out analog DJ mixer for turntables and more, the Allen and Heath XONE:23 is impossibly affordable – really, much lower priced than it should be. A beautiful sounding piece of analog gear, the 23 is a mixer that DJs love using. If you want to splurge, I might also suggest the superb Allen & Heath Xone:43, but really the 23 will blow the DJ on your list away!

Numark M2 – 2-Channel Scratch DJ Mixer

Numark M2 - 2-Channel Scratch DJ Mixer, Rack Mountable with 3-Band EQ, Microphone Input and...
  • Versatile, Feature Packed DJ Mixer for Beginners and Pros Alike – Two-channel DJ scratch mixer featuring must-have mix essentials for any...
  • Connectivity Covered – Two phono/line switchable (RCA), two line (RCA) and mic (1/4-inch) inputs, plus master (RCA), record (RCA) and...
  • Mix Control - Two channels outfitted with a replaceable crossfader, dedicated channel level faders plus reverse and slope controls
  • The Perfect Mix - Three-band EQs on each channel and convenient crossfader style cueing; Connectivity for DJ turntables, CD players, Media...
  • Made-To-Move, Style Driven Design – Sleek, robust and ultra-portable design with rackmount facilities included

The basic two channel DJ mixer, with everything a turntablist needs for performance or recording, The Numark M2 is an amazingly well made, well designed bit of gear, and has a stellar reputation among DJs. Fully analog, it also has amazing sound, and is the perfect budget choice to use with turntables.

Best Laptops for DJs

Yeah, a laptop computer is a serious investment – even the best values are going to run several hundred dollars – but if you get the right one, if you really know and purchase the best notebook computer for DJs, it is one of the most thoughtful, useful and impressive gifts imaginable.

And since at least 1 out of 100 DJs out there at least sometimes think of things other than making music and making people dance, a good PC will be useful in many other ways.

Lenovo Legion 5 Gaming Laptop

Lenovo - Legion 5 - Gaming Laptop - AMD Ryzen 5 5600H - 8GB DDR4 RAM - 512GB NVMe TLC SSD - NVIDIA...
  • Welcome to next-generation gaming – The AMD Ryzen 5 5600H has 6 high-performance cores, delivering a combination of lightning-fast frame...
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics bring 2nd Generation Ray Tracing, 3rd Generation AI Tensor Cores, and more for a huge leap in...
  • Exclusive to Lenovo Legion laptops, the Lenovo Legion AI Engine, a system of AI solutions, dynamically shifts power between the CPU and GPU...
  • Enjoy up to 120 Hz refresh rate, and <3 ms response time
  • The legendary Legion TrueStrike keyboard with 4-Zone RGB backlight lets you strike with pinpoint precision

I’ll start out by saying that if price is no object, the very best DJ computer in the world is the phenomenal Microsoft Laptop Studio. But since many of us, when buying presents for those we love, have annoying little things called budgets, I can enthusiastically recommend a much less expensive choice, the Lenovo Legion 5. Incredibly fast and powerful, this gaming laptop has tons of speedy SSD storage for music, a big, bright screen ideal for clubs, and that toughness and reliability that great gaming laptops are known for – for under a grand, definitely the best DJ computer I know.

Apple MacBook Air with M2 Chip

Apple 2022 MacBook Air Laptop with M2 chip: 13.6-inch Liquid Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD...
  • STRIKINGLY THIN DESIGN — The redesigned MacBook Air is more portable than ever and weighs just 2.7 pounds. It’s the incredibly capable...
  • SUPERCHARGED BY M2 — Get more done faster with a next-generation 8-core CPU, up to 10-core GPU and up to 24GB of unified memory.
  • UP TO 18 HOURS OF BATTERY LIFE — Go all day and into the night, thanks to the power-efficient performance of the Apple M2 chip.
  • BIG, BEAUTIFUL DISPLAY — The 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display features over 500 nits of brightness, P3 wide color and support for 1 billion...
  • ADVANCED CAMERA AND AUDIO — Look sharp and sound great with a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, three-mic array and four-speaker sound system with...

The expensive 2023 Apple Macbook Pro is actually the best Apple computer for DJs, but most would rather have an Air, which is still ultra-tough, fast and powerful, and has plenty of super-fast SSD storage for music files, but is much lighter and easier to take with, and has an even higher cool factor. Still not cheap, this is a superb computer in every way, and an almost overwhelmingly impressive gift.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 14″ 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 14" FHD 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Core i3-1115G4(up to 4.1GHz), 4GB...
  • 【i3-1115G4】11th Generation Intel Core i3-1115G4 Processor (6MB Cache, up to 4.1 GHz) | Intel UHD Graphics
  • 【14" FHD 2-in-1 Touchscreen Display】14 inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Touch Screen Display.
  • 【4GB RAM】Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple...
  • 【128GB PCIe SSD】Boot up in seconds, get to files faster, and have room for loads of files with the lightning-quick solid state drive.
  • Windows 11 in S mode is designed for security and performance, exclusively running apps from the Microsoft Store. If you want to install an...

It may only cost around four hundred dollars, but the Lenovo IdeaPad 5i is a seriously premium computer, and with a brilliant foldable design, real material quality and toughness, fast SSD storage and a speedy and powerful Intel i3 processor, it is the perfect affordable DJ computer.

Best Gifts for DJs – Headphones (!!!)

Yay! My favorite subject! And one of the favorite and most beloved items in any DJs kit.

I am really going to control myself here, and only mention 6 pairs of headphones (ok, maybe 9, or, uhm, 10…), but these are the best of the best at their price level, and the perfect headphones for any DJ.

Pioneer DJ HDJ-X10-K Closed-back Circumaural DJ Headphones

Pioneer DJ HDJ-X10-K - Closed-back Circumaural DJ Headphones with 50mm Drivers, with 5Hz-40kHz...
  • High-quality audio design
  • Rigorously Tested
  • Nano coating
  • Comfortable fit
  • Solid refined design

Everybody in the DJ game knows the most popular high end ‘phones – Audio-Technica ATH-M70Xbeyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro and V-Moda Crossfade Master, for example, which are all excellent and highly recommendable. Surprisingly, though, not many disc jockeys have heard of the Pioneer J-X10, which in my mind are the best of them all, with thrillingly impactful, fast and open bass, super-high resolution and a superb blend of dynamic energy and effortless musicality must be heard to be believed. If you want to wow your gift recipient with brand names, go for any of the other three, and they’ll be thrilled, but if you want to give them the best DJ headphones at this premium level the Pioneer are just that.

Sennheiser HD 25 Plus On-Ear Monitor Headphones

Sennheiser Professional HD 25 PLUS On-Ear Monitor Headphones
  • High sensitivity due to lightweight aluminium voice coils
  • Capable of handling very high sound pressure levels
  • Very lightweight and comfortable, even if used for long periods of time
  • Tough, detachable, single-sided cable
  • Rotatable capsule for single-ear listening

If ever headphones were associated with DJing, it’s the Sennheiser 25s, which are if not the most popular DJ cans in the world, certainly the most famous, and probably the most loved. And here’s a secret – not only are they my favorite headphones on this whole list – especially the super-special Plus variety – but I would have to say they are the best and best sounding of any of them – including any of the more expensive models just above. Ok, the Sennheiser HD 7 are in fact better, the best DJ headphones in the world, in fact, but they’re also 4 times the price, and the 25 plus are just plain cooler.

beyerdynamic Dt 990 Pro Over-Ear Studio Monitor Headphones

beyerdynamic Dt 990 Pro Over-Ear Studio Monitor Headphones - Open-Back Stereo Construction, Wired...
  • Open over-ear headphones for Professional mixing, mastering, editing, and listening at home or in the studio
  • Perfect for studio applications thanks to their transparent, spacious, strong bass and treble sound
  • The soft, and replaceable velour ear pads ensure high wearing comfort
  • Hard-wearing, durable and robust workmanship - made in Germany
  • The world famous DT 990 Pro headphones deliver unmatched quality in sound reproduction at an incredible price. No matter your application,...

High end headphones that are not maybe as expensive as you might think, the beyerdynamic DT 990 are incredibly strong, overbuilt beasts that have stunning resolution, deep and impactful bass and amazing overall sound. The perfect DJ headphones in every way!

Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphones

Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone
  • Neodymium magnets and 40 millimeter drivers for powerful, detailed sound
  • Closed ear design provides comfort and outstanding reduction of external noises
  • 9.8 foot cord ends in gold plated plug and it is not detachable; 1/4 inch adapter included
  • Folds up for storage or travel in provided soft case
  • Frequency Response: 10 Hertz to 20 kilohertz

A mid priced headphone that is truly legendary among DJs – as well as so many musicians and music professionals around the world – the Sony MDR7506 may be the cheapest way to totally blow away the DJ on your list, and will be used every single day.

Sennheiser HD 250BT Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

Sennheiser HD 250BT Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless Headphone with AAC, aptX™, aptX™ Low Latency,...
  • Headphones with advanced wireless technology and high-quality sound including a dynamic bass – inspired by DJs
  • Superior audio quality with AAC, AptX codec support, AptX Low Latency and unbeatable Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
  • 25-hours of battery life and long-lasting comfort thanks to the padded headband and ear pads
  • Smart Control App enables a personalized audio experience with equalizer function and Built-in microphone for phone calls

The Sennheiser HD 250BT are my pick for best headphones for DJs, but not for DJing. What I mean is that these fantastic sounding, highly affordable wireless headphones are a perfect choice for personal use – you know, listening to Mozart and Waylon Jennings when they’re away from the club – and are not only beautiful sounding but have extreme street cred. Cool as cool, and surprisingly cheap!

Tascam TH-MX2 Closed-Back Studio Mixing Headphones

Tascam TH-MX2 Closed-Back Studio Mixing Headphones
  • Lightweight and Closed Back Design
  • Tightly-Stitched, Padded Headband and Ear Bands for Stylish Comfort
  • 40mm Neodymium Magnet Driver
  • Screw-on 1/8” (3.5mm) to 1/4” (6.3mm) Adapter and Leatherette Bag
  • Cable Length: About 9.8ft (3m) when fully extended

The only super-affordable headphones I know that are accurate, neutral and musical enough for DJ work, the Tascam TH-MX2 are in fact brilliant sounding, and way beyond what you’d expect for this low, low price. They are also, perhaps even more importantly, super tough and durable.