The 2014 Gift Guide for Metalheads

Searching for the perfect gift for that music lover in your life isn't so difficult. However, trying to find the perfect gift for a metalhead is a bit more daunting. It's not that we're picky -- we just don't particularly value the commercialized side of our beloved genre. Therefore, the emerging market of heavy metal "gifts," short of albums or t-shirts, hasn't really ballooned until lately.

I've received some killer heavy metal gifts in my day -- Pantera Chucks, Zeppelin vinyl, a miniature model of Dimebag Darrell's Razorback lightning bolt guitar, Jimmy Page's memoir, spike-bedecked high heels that would make a dominatrix envious, a stripper pole courted with a handle of whiskey. Oh, and a vintage typewriter. You might not think that's very metal -- but it is badass to this heavy metal journalist.

So here's a list of gifts for the shredder or thrasher in your life, whether it's you significant other, father, sister, friend... or if you just want to scare the hell out of someone. Trust me, if you want to get that annoying chick to stop calling you, nothing says "red flag" like a documentary on satanic black metal.

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Your Holiday Heavy Metal Gift Guide

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Merry KISSmas, from, uh, KISS and Creem Magazine.
What's the most metal gift you've ever received? I can think of several that stick out: Led Zeppelin vinyl, a miniature model of Dimebag Darrell's Razorback lightning bolt guitar, spike-bedecked high heels that would make a dominatrix envious, a stripper pole paired with a handle of whiskey.

But I'll admit: shopping for metalheads isn't easy. So for this week's Metal Mondays installment, I thought a handy list might be in order. That's right, I actually compiled the ultimate guide of sweet gifts for shredders, thrashers, and moshers. (Or maybe you just really want to scare the hell out of someone with a gift. Trust me, if you want to get that annoying chick to stop calling you, nothing says "red flag" like a documentary of satanic black metal.)

So get out your gift-list for all the cool people you know -- here's to your "antichrist"-mas shopping this December.

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Five Holiday Gifts For Your Hipster Sibling

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Alright, slacker.

There's no more denying it: the holidays are here, and you need to get on that shopping list. Luckily, Up on the Sun has caught gift guide-fever, and over the course of this week we'll be offering you suggestions for the entire family.

Even if your hipster sibling thinks he/she is too cool for school, brothers and sisters are always worthy of an awesome gift.

Here are a few things you can give your bro or sis that will leave them impressed on how up-to-date you are on all things pop culture.


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Five Holiday Gifts for Your Metal-Loving Uncle

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Alright, slacker.

There's no more denying it: the holidays are here, and you need to get on that shopping list. Luckily, Up on the Sun has caught gift guide-fever, and over the course of this week we'll be offering you suggestions for the entire family.

It's hard to forget your metal-loving uncle -- even if you kinda want to.

Here are a couple of musical suggestions to slide under his mini-Jack Daniels bottle-bedecked Christmas tree.

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Five Holiday Gifts For Your Mom

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Alright, slacker.

There's no more denying it: the holidays are here, and you need to get on that shopping list. Luckily, Up on the Sun has caught gift guide-fever, and over the course of this week we'll be offering you suggestions for the entire family.

Here's some suggestions for the woman you owe it all to: Mom.

The popping mom knows what's up. She jams out in the car as she drops the kids off at cheer practice. She makes sure you're always well-fed, feeding you even if you're not hungry. She takes time out of her day to call you at work just to ask, "Whatcha doing?"

No matter how stressed out the popping mom is there's always a groove in her step and a smile on her face. There's no better way to show our lovely mamas the gratitude they deserve than by slipping one of these surprises into her Christmas stocking this year.

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Five Holiday Gifts For Your Dad

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​Alright, slacker.

There's no more denying it: the holidays are here, and you need to get on that shopping list. Luckily, Up on the Sun has caught gift guide-fever, and over the course of this week we'll be offering you suggestions for the entire family.

We're starting with dear old dad. Here are a couple of musical suggestions for stuffin' pop's stocking.

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