10 Holiday Gifts For The One With An Indie Spirit This Season

It’s about the music. It’s about the artist. It’s about collaboration.

Indie music is a lifestyle that lives on in the soul of artists who remain dedicated to their independent status. Blue Élan is an independent record label that starts with the music. We don’t ask our artists to sign their lives away. We don’t ask them to give up ownership of their music for any long period or sign long-term contracts. We value our artist relationships, and continue to work to earn our reputation as the industry’s most-artist friendly label. Here are 10 must-have gifts this 2019 holiday season for anyone with an indie spirit. 

1. Red Wanting Blue – The Wanting on 180 Gram Vinyl ($20 at BlueElan.com)

Hailed as “Midwestern rock heroes” by American Songwriter, Red Wanting Blue has spent the past twenty years establishing themselves as one of the indie world’s most enduring and self-sufficient acts, notching appearances everywhere from Letterman to NPR. For their album, The Wanting, the band handled production duties over to Will Hoge, who helped them create their most ambitious, fully realized collection yet. 

2. Pangram Pangram X CASETiFY Case (Prices Vary)

This military grade protective iPhone 11 Pro case is engineered with a two-layer construction that is 6.6 ft. drop test approved. This collab collection with Pangram Pangram is inspired by a jetsetter’s journey through the airport, from luggage scan tags to boarding passes. Oh yeah, and you can customize them too.

3. Roan Yellowthorn – Indigo on CD ($10 at BlueElan.com)

Indie-pop duo Roan Yellowthorn consists of songwriter Jackie McLean and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Strack. A perfect marriage of shared passions, their debut album, Indigo, delivers ethereal indie-rock songs with a singer-songwriter heart. Listeners will find themselves singing along to the catchy melodies while simultaneously becoming immersed in the story behind each song. 

4. Mint Trip – Ghosts 7 Inch EP ($8 at BlueElan.com)

With increasing popularity in France, Mint Trip’s unique, experimental sound shines through on this 7” including “Ghosts,” and “By The Sea, Virga.” 

5. Beard Care Kit ($27 at Mountaineer Brand)

This beard care kit is made from a variety of oils to help that beard stay clean and healthy. It also includes wash, oil, balm, and a beard brush to keep the tangles away.

6. Himalayan Dimmable Glow Natural Salt Lamp ($17 at Amazon)

This salt lamp gives off a primordial glow, creating a light source that exists between sunset and molten lava. 

7. John Doe with Tom DeSavia and Friends – More Fun in the New World: The Unmaking and Legacy of LA Punk ($20 at Amazon)

More Fun in the New World explores the years 1982 to 1987, covering the dizzying pinnacle of L.A.’s punk rock movement as its stars took to the national — and often international — stage. Detailing the eventual splintering of punk into various sub-genres, the second volume of John Doe and Tom DeSavia’s west coast punk history portrays the rich cultural diversity of the movement and its characters, the legacy of the scene, how it affected other art forms, and ultimately influenced mainstream pop culture. 

8. Mallrat – Driving Music EP (White Vinyl), Signed Print & Pin ($45 at officialstores.com.au)

Yes, Mallrats is an iconic nineties movie starring Brendan Frazer. But, Mallrat (minus the “s”) is Grace Shaw, a singer-songwriter from Australia. A regular on the Hype Machine charts for sometime, Mallrat made her U.S. debut at South by Southwest in 2018, and recently released her latest EP Driving Music amassing over 5M streams on Spotify for her single “Charlie.”

9. Fjallraven Foldsack No. 1 Backpack ($110 at Fjallraven)

One of the most popular backpacks of the season, this pack has a simple and functional design where the top can be folded down and attached to the front with straps and metal buckles. It is made from durable G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco, and serves as the perfect weekend back for any trek around the world.

10. 6 Piece Set of Reusable Metal Straws ($7.99 at Amazon.com)

This six piece collection of reusable metal straws will serve as the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who is a fan of Greta Thunberg, or in the slightest bit environmentally conscious.

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