13 Hot Pop Holiday Gifts
Music fans are sick of the same old same old under the tree: band t-shirts and CDs they probably downloaded (for free, let's be honest) already. With artists offering not only innovative merch but also branded beauty products, toys, games and books, shopping for the pop music fan on your list just got easier. Billboard.com highlights some of our favorites picks for simply having a musical holiday gifting season.
Justin Bieber Dolls & More
2010 was the Year of the Bieber, so it seems only appropriate that the teen idol has so many gift options available for sale this holiday season. First, there are the Justin Bieber Singing Dolls, which were recently nominated for a Toy of the Year Award. Several different dolls are available, such as the "Baby" and "One Less Lonely Girl" models that play Bieber songs and emulate music video looks. Several non-singing dolls, all wearing different outfits, will also be released with the rest on Dec. 1. They sell from anywhere between $27 and $53 online and at major retailers.
Bieber's other gift options this year include his perfect-for-stocking-stuffers One Less Lonely Girl nail polish line for Nicole by OPI, which will sell -- quite affordably, of course -- exclusively at Walmart starting in December. Walmart also has the exclusive sale (for $10) of Justin's "My Worlds Acoustic" album, which drops Black Friday. If that's not enough Bieber for your little Belieber, Justin's book, "First Step 2 Forever," dropped last month.
Nicki Minaj Lipstick
As if the hype surrounding Nicki Minaj's debut album, "Pink Friday," isn't enough, the Barbie-esque rapstar will release her own shade of MAC lipstick starting Black Friday. Nicki's Pink 4 Friday Lipstick, which was personally designed by Minaj, is a cotton candy pink color similar to the signature shade the girly-girl rapper often sports. It's only available for four consecutive Fridays starting Nov. 26, and can be purchased on MAC's website for $14.50.
Beyonce Temporary Tattoos
While these temporary tattoo sets were released through B's mom, Tina Knowles, and her clothing line House of Deréon, Beyonce's touch is all over this. The singer sported similar tattoos in Deréon ads this fall, and for $34 for 24 tats, fans can recreate the look. Tattoo designs include chains, spiders, skeletons, fleur icons, and various jewelry outlines. The tattoo set also includes various Beyonce swag, including photos and posters, and can be purchased exclusively from Temptu. Rihanna may have sang "Good Girl Gone Bad," but B's stealing a page for this tattoo line.
Lady Gaga Christmas Ornaments
We're not even surprised that Lady Gaga's "Little Monsters" are committed enough to their "Mother Monster" to hang an ornament engraved with her name on their Christmas tree this year. The trinket, a 3-inch metal tree, features Gaga's name engraved in all caps the tree's base. At only $15 on Amazon, it's an affordable gift for the Gaga lover on your list.
White Stripes Vinyl Starter Kit
Are we surprised that Jack White would release a vinyl starter kit complete with a Whites Stripes-branded record player and stereo head phones? Nope. But is it awesome? Yes. For $499, serious fans and vintage audiophiles can get the White Stripes Vinyl Starter Merchandise Collection, which even includes two different carrying cases for your albums (one for your LPs, another for your 7 inchs, duh). But really, the best part is the vintage White Stripes Christmas single on red vinyl. There are only 333 sets available, and pre-order is available from White's own Third Man Records Dec. 1.
Katy Perry "Purr" Perfume
Celebrities and fragrances have been a winning combination for quite a while now, since smelling like a famous person is second only to looking like one. With her new fragrance Purr, Katy Perry is the latest singer hoping to emulate the massive success of, say, J.Lo's Glow. The perfume, which comes in a purple kitty-shaped bottle, has a scent mixture of apple, peach and jasmine blossom, among other floral touches. Purr by Katy Perry in on sale at department stores now, $45 for 1.7 oz and $65 for 3.4 oz. The singer will also release a nail polish line through OPI in January, so perhaps Easter 2011 will be a very Perry celebration.
Beats By Dre Headphones
Rap aficionado Dr. Dre lends his production cred to a new line of high-quality headphones and speakers, since supposedly, according to Dre, "Most headphones can't handle the bass, the detail, the dynamics." With prices upwards of $100, $200, even $300 for the creme de la creme, beats by Dr. Dre (by the company Monster) don't come cheap. For $200-$250, you can score one of the massive, over-the-ear styles, while the Lady Gaga-branded in-ear headphones will set you back a mere $85 on Amazon. Gaga's not the only celeb to have her own Dre treatment -- Diddy and LeBron James also branded ear buds for the Beats by Dre line.
Jay-Z & Keith Richards Memoirs
Get inside the mind of two seminal musicians this holiday season with just-released memoirs from Jay-Z and Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards. Jay-Z's "Decoded" tells the story behind every verse Hova's dropped, even the rapper's grittier past, with the rapper recalling life through his lyrics. Richards' "Life" is even more honest -- no rock'n'roll profanity is spared, no experience is too honest, no band feud is glossed over. Both memoirs are available at major retailers, but are a steal on Amazon ($16.18 for "Life"; $18.89 for "Decoded").
Wavves Weed Grinder
What do you get the pothead who has everything? A Wavves-branded weed grinder -- so long as he or she is into lo-fi surf-rock with heavy pop hooks. Starting this fall, San Diego's Wavves has kept brightly-colored weed grinders adorned with the Wavves logo stocked at its show's merch tables. We'll trust that it gets the job done -- after all, the man behind Wavves, Nathan Williams, was arrested last week for marijuana possession in Germany.
Michael Jackson Experience Game
Most of us will never be able to dance like Michael Jackson, but as of Nov. 23, we can fake his moves -- at least digitally. "The Experience," from Ubisoft, allows fans to mimic the King of Pop's famous dance moves from his biggest videos, including "Thriller," "Billie Jean" and "Beat It." The game is available at major retailers for Wii ($50), Nintendo DS ($30) and Sony's PSP ($30).