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Gifts for DJs

Gift Guide: Gifts for DJs

Lift the spirit of your closest disc jockey with the gift of gear for the holidays! Whether it's beat machines that go pa-rum pum pum pum or lights that festoon any yuletide season, we've got gift ideas for any budget and any DJ. And if you're running short on time, let them pick something out with a zZounds gift certificate.

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Gifts for Beginner DJs
Pioneer DJ DDJ controller hardware is a popular party mix gateway for beginner DJs and pros alike. Pioneer DJ makes a few beginner-friendly DDJ models that won't break the bank, with rekordbox DJ software included for your laptop. Meanwhile, Hercules DJ provides all the playability of a large-format unit in a pocket-sized Starlight DJ controller.

Another affordable option for the beginner digital DJ: Numark Party Mix and Mixstream Pro controllers. The Mixstream Pro is a standalone DJ controller with a built-in speaker and touchscreen that can play music from the cloud and turn your Philip Hue Smart bulbs into a light show! For those who prefer to take their laptop with them, the Mixtrack Pro FX bundles in a built-in audio interface and effects processor. Learn more about portable, affordable DJ rigs in our DJing on a Dime buying guide!

Unsurprisingly, many DJs still prefer the combination of classic vinyl feel and modern electronic media access. DJ CD players allow the beginner to spin CDs, and some have USB ports that let DJs simply plug in a USB drive with their audio files. Complete DJ systems combine two decks and a mixer into one device that is one audio cable away from pumping up a party.

For the beginner DJ that wants to spin vinyl, you'll need a turntable (or two). The Pioneer DJ PLX-1000 ticks off all the major checkboxes needed to perform with vinyl, or transfer vinyl to audio files on your computer via a USB output. For something more gig-ready, the Reloop RP-8000 MK2 includes features rarely seen in other turntables. Avid vinyl listeners can find something special in our selection of audiophile-grade Audio-Technica and Pioneer turntables. Plus, DJs can use any of these turntables with a DVS interface to spin and scratch their digital music libraries.

DJs don’t just play records -- they make them as well. Producers and DJs use drum machines, samplers, and sequencers to craft those epic tracks you hear on the dance floor. These grooveboxes make excellent gifts for anyone who wants to craft their own beats.
Gifts for the DJ with Everything
Every DJ needs a great pair of DJ headphones. With rotating ear cups, amped-up bass, and volume to hear over the crowd, good DJ headphones are an easy way to upgrade any live rig. Find more ideas in our Headphones Buying Guide.

If you're shopping for a DJ that plays gigs anywhere outside of a club, chances are, they're bringing their own lights, karaoke machine, and sound equipment.

For the DJ that wants to go beyond spinning and wants to get into live performance DJing, a mini MIDI controller is a great gift! As an add-on to spice up pre-recorded tracks, or as a way to recreate new jams on the spot, a mini MIDI controller allows you to give the crowd a little extra something.