Gift Guide: 9 fantastic pairs of headphones

Want to buy someone a pair of headphones without accidentally buying them junk? We can help. Looking for something else? We can help with that, too.

Headphones have this beautiful regard for tradition and progress, and the best headphones to buy in 2017 weren’t all released this year. Some of these designs are decades old, but there were definitely some recent trends that have found their way into some of my favorite pairs.

The march to good, truly wireless earbuds was in full force. This accompanied an increase in the quality of Bluetooth headphones across the board, likely the result of phone manufacturers dropping headphone jacks to the objections of most. Through innovations from Apple and Google on the connectivity front, some of the annoying quirks of Bluetooth connections have gone by the wayside at last, but there’s still more to be done.

Here are some new releases and some old classics for your end-of-the-year holiday shopping. Tap that right arrow to proceed (or if you’re on mobile, just scroll.)