20 cute speakers that make excellent gifts
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We are pretty confident that anyone would be happy to open a box with a Bluetooth speaker inside. These handy gadgets come in all shapes, sizes and functions, and address a wide range of people on holiday shopping lists. Do you know someone who prefers to be out on the road or in the middle of the woods? Get a lightweight yet waterproof option that can be clipped into their camping bag. Do you have a friend who loves hosting dinner parties in his backyard? We found a portable, tilt-up speaker that provides ambient lighting And voice. Are you confused about what to get from a teenage gamer? This customizable pixel art speaker will be a welcome addition to their office setup.
Check out our favorites (ranked by budget) listed below, which we’ve all confirmed deliver the treble sound quality, decent battery life, and easy-on-the-eyes exterior.
Speakers under $50
JBL Go 3 Eco
At just 3.4 inches wide and 2.7 inches tall, the JBL Go 3 is surprisingly tall. Shoppers have been “blown away” by the sound quality, and others say it’s a clear step up from previous models. The only difference between the original and this eco-friendly version is the fact that it is made from 90% post-consumer recycled plastic which is still completely water and dust resistant and can withstand drops. That’s why we say it’s ready for adventures; Using a carabiner, you can attach this to almost any surface — we’re thinking backpacks and coolers — and at a reasonable price compared to the brand’s larger (and pricier) Clip version. We also like that you can play continuous tunes via Bluetooth for up to five hours without needing to charge.
Sunnylife travel speaker
Sunnylife Travel Speaker, Revolve ($29)
You already know we’re checking out the team, which is why we’re smitten with this cute cube. For the giftee who loves to make a fashion statement no matter where they are, this green and white pattern will likely be just the ticket. Plus, they’re small enough to throw in a bag and lightweight enough not to weigh anything down, especially if they’re already carrying snacks for a walk in the park or lounging by the pool. It makes a great last minute gift, as it ships within 2 days when ordered from Revolve.
Moho is a mini Bluetooth speaker
MOMOHO Mini Bluetooth Speaker from Amazon ($14 was $17)
The smallest Bluetooth speaker – the size of a quarter! -And the most affordable on our list, this little guy gives your phone a big bass boost. One reviewer even put it on par with his own JBL speaker. It can also be tapped as a shutter button for photos.
Crosley Forte Radio
Crosley Forte Radio, Anthropologie ($40)
Old school atmosphere with modern technology prowess. The Forte Radio from beloved brand Crosley is easy to give away, especially considering that it won’t set you back more than $40. Available in stylish navy blue and trendy dark green, at first glance they would never know that this transistor radio can play their favorite Spotify playlist.
Muzen mini wireless bluetooth speaker
MUZEN Compact Wireless Bluetooth Speaker ($50 was $60)
Talk about a very small speaker – this pocket-sized speaker is cute as a button (hence the name). Although it fits in the palm of your hand, reviewers confirm that it delivers clear, distortion-free sound. Your gift will be impressed by its novelty, along with the cheerful array of colours.
Speakers are under $100
Ultimate Wonderboom 3 Ears
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3, Best Buy ($79)
Described as a “little music box in your pocket,” this svelte speaker delivers bass sound in a small frame. The controls are kept simple, with the front display to turn the volume up (or down). If everyone in your friend group has one, get one for those who don’t, since the Wonderboom is designed to pair with others to amplify tunes.
Apple HomePod Mini
HomePod Mini, Apple ($100)
Listen, there are a lot of us who now own so many Apple products that we don’t want to move away from the brand. If you know someone who is hardcore, get this “surprisingly powerful little speaker” to add to their collection. “It’s about the size of a softball, but it has the power and sound of a speaker three times its size,” one reviewer wrote, adding that it also plays spatial and 360-degree audio.
Lexon Design Tycho 3 FM Radio Bluetooth Speaker
Lexon Design Tykho 3 FM Bluetooth Speaker and Radio, Neiman Marcus ($60)
One reviewer describes the Lexon Tykho 3 as “the right mix of simplicity and function. It’s very portable and the antenna pulls signals well. We especially dig how everything from the buttons to the antenna are bathed in the same color of silicone. Look no further than this if you’re looking About an FM radio-oriented Bluetooth speaker in one device.
Sony SRS-XB100 Wireless Speaker Orange
Sony SRS-XB100 Wireless Speaker ($58)
“Cool little speaker” is how one Target shopper refers to this water- and dust-resistant pick in cheery orange. The unique shape allows it to be clipped or clipped via a versatile strap.
Divoom TimeBox Evo Pixel Art Bluetooth Speaker
TimeBox Evo Pixel Art Bluetooth Speaker, Divoom ($54 was $70)
For the creativity in your life, this stylish little speaker can also be used as a wall plaque and clock. They’ll be able to customize the pixel art for whatever design they choose to create, or they can take advantage of the brand’s pre-made displays available in the app, including a continuous loop of time or weather. One shopper excitedly says it’s a “great gift for geeks!” They note that they were surprised by the build quality and “good sound quality for the price range.”
Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Bluetooth Speaker
Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Bluetooth Speaker, Pottery Barn Teen ($60 was $99)
Potters will enjoy this wireless speaker shaped like the Deathly Hallows. Dressed in gold and gilt detailing, it could easily be mistaken for unthemed decor to someone unfamiliar with the stories, but those who are will understand.
Uncommon Goods Flickering Bonfire Bluetooth Speaker
Flickering Bonfire Bluetooth Speaker, Uncommon Merchandise ($84)
There’s nothing like a flickering flame or a roaring fire to create a cozy atmosphere, and the Glow Bluetooth Speaker embodies that ambiance and then some by delivering 360-degree sound.
Snooze Joe travel sound machine
Go Travel Sound Machine, Snooz ($60)
Although the Snooz looks like other portable Bluetooth speakers, it’s actually more than just a wireless music-playing device. If you have a gift that always travels or are parents of children who can’t sleep without a sound device, consider this gift idea. It makes six different soothing sounds, from white noise to fans, and even glows like a nightlight.
Speakers are under $200
Sunset Wander, Sonos ($179)
The Sonos Roam has appeared several times in our gift guides over the years — and it’s that good. Here’s why: It’s under $200, weighs less than 8 ounces, is available in four fun finishes, and delivers the high-quality sound the brand is known for. Enjoy this indoors, but especially outside, because it’s waterproof, shock-absorbing, and can stand on its own. You can connect via Bluetooth or WiFi from the app, and it’s compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for hands-free listening.
Lexon MENA L LED Portable Sound Lamp
Lexon Mina L Audio Portable LED Flashlight, QVC ($105)
Lamp and speaker in one. This cord-free fixture brings ambient light and tunes to your next outdoor dinner party. The mushroom-like silhouette delivers 360-degree sound and nine adjustable LED color ranges that you can dim by touch.
Fiber tube sound
Leff Tube Audio, 2Modern ($149)
This Dutch-designed speaker from Leff Amsterdam is technically the companion piece to your tube alarm clock, but we think it works just fine on its own, connecting via Bluetooth to your gift phone, tablet, or computer. Available in steel, brass or matte black, it has a look so luxurious that it may become a permanent fixture on your bookshelf.
Speakers are over $300
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Discover Ferrari Edition
Beosound Discover Ferrari Edition, Bang & Olufsen ($249)
The collaboration we didn’t know we needed, but one that your family and friends are sure to miss (or positively delight in if they’re talented). This premium outdoor speaker from Bang & Olufsen is crafted from anodized aluminum in Fire Red and Charcoal Black, and ships with a matching carabiner for sound on the go. But here’s why it stands out from the rest: it promises up to 27 hours of battery life and you can opt for free gift wrapping.
Transparent mini speaker
Transparent Mini Speaker, Farfetch ($560)
If you’re looking to show off a beautiful piece of technology, this clear speaker’s unique tempered glass panels make a great gift. Its minimalist back design is easy on the eyes, and shoppers confirm that despite its small size, sound spreads widely throughout the room.
Marshall Acton III Bluetooth Speaker
Marshall Acton III Bluetooth Speaker, CB2 ($280)
There is perhaps no more recognized brand name when it comes to music amplification. The cream vegan leather case is highlighted with brass controls and buttons for a sophisticated look that the brand defines as the most premium. “We have a lot of Bluetooth speakers, but this one is worth displaying 24/7!” writes one shopper.
Viva Helsinki Bluetooth Speaker
Amazon Vifa Helsinki Bluetooth Speaker ($449)
Covered in exclusive Kvadrat fabrics, the Vifa Helsinki bag can easily be mistaken for a handbag. Its six-pound frame is portable thanks to an attached leather strap, which has received rave reviews from owners of multiple Bluetooth speakers. For the audiophile in your life, this premium speaker is absolutely guaranteed to impress, and it’s even waterproof when you turn it on. One review said: “If you’re looking for clear, balanced sound…this is the speaker for you.”