The Sharp List: Our 2021 Gift Guide for Entertainment Lovers

A year of monumental music, movie, and TV releases calls for a serious AV upgrade. Whether you’re looking to replenish your own gear or searching for the perfect gift for the music lover, audiophile, or TV junkie in your life, we’ve got you covered with plenty of great entertainment options. Here are some shortcuts to building a set-up that does justice to Adele’s latest power ballads. We don’t know about you but we’ll certainly be getting cozy by the fire with a glass of wine, and playing “Easy On Me” on repeat all winter long.

Radio in Cristallo Stereo by Cassina

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Equal parts sculpture and sonic powerhouse, this stunner is a reissue of a playful 1938 design by Franco Albini. Starting with a radio that he’d received as a wedding gift, the Italian architect set out to reduce the design down to its core components, which he then mounted between two panes of glass. Limited to an edition of five, the 2021 remaster adds Bluetooth capabilities for easy streaming. (Price upon request.)

XL CD Rug by Curves by Sean Brown

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Keep the music going — even after the (perfectly curated) playlist ends with this extra large CD-shaped rug brought to you by Toronto-born multidisciplinary artist Sean Brown and his expansive line of contemporary goods called Curves. A gift that can be appreciated and admired by music lovers — and just about anyone with good taste. ($2,500)

Beoplay EQ Earbuds by Bang & Olufsen

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The better your headphones, the easier it is to return to the morning commute. With Bang & Olufsen’s noise cancelling wireless earphones, you’ll actually look forward to heading to the office. With six built-in microphones, get ready for crystal clear calls and silky smooth music — all while blocking out the sounds of morning traffic. Ahhhh. ($540)

Square Turntable by La Boite Concept

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Spotify or Apple Music? If you still can’t decide which streaming service to subscribe to, go old school and opt for vinyl instead. The sleek and minimal design of this Square Turntable is the perfect addition to any living room and its vibration-free sound will literally be music to your ears. ($850 USD)

The Premiere Projector by Samsung

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Catching Shang-Chi on Disney+ instead of in theatres? No need to settle on the experience. Bring the big theatre screen to you with this 4K ultra-short throw projector — with built-in speaker and cutting-edge triple laser technology for the ultimate viewing experience. Pop up some popcorn and grab your favourite candy and you’re set. Trust us, you won’t be missing going to the movies one bit. ($5,000)