Best Gifts for Podcasters

Best Gifts For Podcasters – New 2021 Gift Guide


There are many great gifts for podcasters you can buy this season, whether they are beginners or pros. The list of relevant gifts is long. I’ll just give you my top picks, many of which I use daily.

In general, the best gifts for podcasters will improve the gear setup a podcaster already has. Functional devices that will work well for many years start at $100 and are used by beginners and pros. Devices above $300 are appropriate for someone with at least 1 year of podcasting experience.

This list is full of classic gear examples that beginners and professionals appreciate worldwide. Some of the featured below devices have been industry standards for many years. Others are more recent, even introduced this and last year, so you can be highly confident that the podcaster for whom you are buying a gift doesn’t have it yet.

I personally own (or have used in the past) multiple items from this list and recommend them to you, so you get only the best gifts recommendations.

What to buy someone who does a podcast?

In general, the best gift for a starting podcaster would be good beginner gear (e.g., a mic, headphones, an audio interface). Gifts for beginners from top brands cost between $75-$150. If you are looking for a gift for a pro, consider a high-end device, costing between $200-$500.

Best Gift for Podcast Listeners

AirPods 3

airpods 3 best gift for listening podcasts

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

I preordered them on the day they were announced, and those are my daily drivers. Those are incredible, truly wireless headphones. They sound much better than gen 1 and gen 2. They fit very comfortably in my ear and are very easy to take with me with the case.

The seamless switching between the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and an Apple Watch is something only a good pair of AirPods provide for an Apple user.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

If they listen to many podcasts and are constantly on the run (to work, on a walk, to a gym, doing house chores), you can be sure this will be an awesome gift.

Alternatives if unavailable:

Best Gifts for Podcasters Under $50

A case for an audio interface

audio interface case gift for podcasters

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

This is a simple, most affordable, and incredibly useful gift. Audio interfaces do not come with cases when purchased, yet all podcasters care about them a lot.

There are a lot of small audio interface cases you could buy, but the trick is that this should match their equipment, so you need to know exactly if they can use it. A case for one interface might not match a case for the other, etc.

If the person you are buying for doesn’t use an audio interface but instead goes with a portable recorder, those also have dedicated cases (e.g., a case for Zoom H6).

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

If they use a desk audio interface, they will appreciate the gift. The manufacturers do not sell cases with their audio interfaces. All interfaces have the name and model printed on the device, so just check the device name when no one is watching.

On Air LED sign

on air led accessory for podcasters

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

This is a tremendous thematic gift if you are unsure what to buy. An “On Air” LED light can be used inside the recording room to get in the mood. It can be placed outside as a do-not-disturb warning to others.

It is also a great photo and a video prop. It can be used in marketing materials and YouTube videos used to promote a podcast.

When combined with a smart light switcher and a smart home app, an “On Air” LED light can even be voice-controlled for an additional “pro” feeling.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

It is a very safe gift, with many use cases.

SD Card 128GB

SD Card 128GB

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

An SD card is an indispensable accessory for any creator. Their storage on those gets often fully occupied with audio and video materials. Unfortunately, those often get misplaced. You can’t go wrong with an SD card.

Buying tip: SD cards come in different capacities, and some devices do not support bigger cards (256GB and higher). Check the device name for which you are buying an SD card, or go for a 128GB card as a safe choice.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

This is another very safe gift, with many use cases.

Best Gifts for Podcasters Under $100

Sennheiser HD280 Pro

recommended gear - sennheiser hd 280 pro - best gifts for podcasters

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Sennheiser HD280 Pros are a global standard for audio monitoring. They offer great ambient noise reduction and have one of the highest sensitivities among monitor headphones (they can be very loud). They sound great, feel good, and offer excellent capabilities. They are built to last and have very accessible and easy to replace parts.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

Despite being very affordable, those headphones are an industry standard. You can’t go wrong with these as a gift for podcasters looking for headphones.

Alternatives if unavailable:

Cloudlifter CL-1

recommended gear - mic activator cloudlifter

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Any mic with a low sensitivity of -50 dbV/Pa or below needs a mic activator. Cloudlifter is my favorite mic activator. It is ideal for any dynamic mic as it doesn’t pass phantom power. I use it daily on my Shure SM7B, which has a very low sensitivity of -59 dbV/Pa. It provides a +25 dB of clean gain, which allows an incredible audio quality recording.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

Cloudlifter will be an excellent gift for podcasters complaining about their audio quality if they are recording with a condenser microphone. If they have a USB mic, this gift won’t work for their setup.

Alternatives if unavailable:

Rode PSA1

recommended gear - mic desk swivel rode psa1

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Rode PSA1 is the best lightweight stand to attach to your desk. The construction is extremely flexible and durable. It rotates 360-degrees and has a good reach. It has two mounting options, can easily support heavier mics, weighing up to 2.4lb (1.1kg) when combined with a shock mount. Go-to stand for most podcasting needs.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

Check what they are using. Many podcasters buy cheaper stands looking for saves, but that budget stands usually fall apart. If they are using a desk boom arm, PSA1 is a great gift. 

Alternatives if unavailable:

Rode AI-Micro

rode ai micro interface for podcasting

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

The AI-Micro is an ultra-compact dual-channel interface for recording high-quality audio to smartphones, tablets, or computers. This is probably one of the smallest and most versatile audio interfaces available right now. It is ideal for a person who does a lot of interviews and constantly struggles with carrying a lot of podcasting gear.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

This is a perfect gift for podcasters who love doing a lot of in-person interviews. The device had premiered recently, so you can be fairly sure it will be a unique gift.

Best Gifts for Podcasters Under $300

Soundstripe Royalty-Free Music (yearly subscription)

Royalty Free Music soundstripe

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Soundstripe has the highest quality, exclusive music. They offer 5,000+ songs and 50,000+ sound effects to make your show unique. I love their transparent and fair licensing model, where you can use a clip for an unlimited number of projects. They also have an extensive library of video clips to promote your show on YouTube.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

Podcasts with versatile, mode-building, and engaging music are much more appreciated by the audience than podcasts with no background. Hence this is a safe bet, high-value gift for podcasters.

Mogami Gold XLR 

recommended gear - xlr cables mogami gold - best gifts for podcasters

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Mogami Gold Studios are the best XLR cables you can use for audio recording! The fantastic recording sound is due to gold connectors, low resistance, and superb cable shielding. Their premium star-quad design (4 conductors used vs. 2) gives you a low-frequency noise reduction from working electronic devices. Shorter cables minimize interference.

Buying tip: in most cases, at least 2 cables are necessary for an excellent 1-person setup (mic to a preamp, preamp to an interface). Also, buy as short cables as possible to avoid quality loss over a transfer.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

Mogami Gold cables are world-class cables and a perfect gift for any podcaster. Many podcasters buy cheaper cables, especially with their initial setup, and Mogami cables remain for many ears a dream accessory, so you can make any podcaster very happy with this gift.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

Podcast gear - Audio Interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is my favorite audio interface for podcast recording. It comes with 2 XLR mic inputs, allowing for 2 mics (if you need 4, check out Scarlett 18i8). It also has a decent preamp, a good sampling rate for quality audio. Its direct monitoring prevents latency in your headphones. It is super easy to use. I love my Scarlett 2i2.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

This is a great gift for any starting podcaster. I own a Scarlett 2i2, and it is a fantastic audio interface, great for 1 or 2 person recording sessions. 

Alternatives if unavailable:

Adobe Audition

Podcast DAW Adobe Audition

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Adobe Audition is the most powerful and versatile DAW. It shares the traits of the interface you may already know from apps like Photoshop. I love their world-class noise reduction features and best-in-class audio restoration properties. If you already use Adobe Creative Cloud, you have it for free. There is also a 7-day trial available.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

Podcast editing is a daily routine, but powerful software makes the process faster, easier, and much more satisfying. Give the podcaster you know the gift of Adobe Audition, and they will certainly appreciate this gift. This is world-class software used by small-time podcasters and professional studios. You won’t regret it.

Rode PSA1+ 

premium mic boom arm psa1 plus - best gifts for podcasters

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Rode PSA1+ is the best premium boom arm for heavy mics. Its recommended max weight is 2.65lb (1.2kg), so it is ideal for comfortably holding mics like Shure SM7B. It is a high-quality build. It rotates 360-degrees and doesn’t produce noise during a recording when moved around. It also comes with excellent cable management for a clean desk setup.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

PSA1+ is a recently released premium boom arm. This is not a must-have accessory, so this is recommended as a gift for more advanced podcasters who will really appreciate it. Go instead with a good mic, preamp, or an audio interface for beginners.

Alternatives if unavailable:

Rode Procaster

recommended gear - rode procaster

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Rode Procaster is a solid-sounding, dynamic XLR mic that many podcasters favor. It is easy to handle and makes you sound really nice. I think it’s even better sounding than the well-regarded high-end Heil PR-40. I would recommend the Rode Procaster as my favorite mid-tier podcasting mic for a large segment of podcasting enthusiasts.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

Rode Procaster is a wonderful microphone that is great as a gift for beginners and semi-advanced podcasters. If they are already using a mic like Shure SM7B, then don’t buy it, as this would be a downgrade. This is a perfect gift if someone is using a USB mic or a cheap dynamic mic.

Alternatives if unavailable:

Zoom H4n Pro

recommended gear - recorder zoom h4n pro

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Zoom H4n Pro is great for beginners. Great for simple projects for home recording and mobile interviews. It comes with 1 headphone jack for audio monitoring, 2 pro mics, and 2 XLR inputs, for a total of 4 channels. It captures great sound, is easy to operate, and can work as an interface. One of the best deals for a portable recorder!

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

Zoom mobile recording device is a great gift for podcasters who love doing interviews or for the ones who do not like working with audio interfaces. Generally, check if your podcasters are into interviews, then you will be happy with this as a gift choice.

Alternatives if unavailable:

Behringer Xenyx 1204USB

recommended gear - mixer behringer

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Behringer Xenyx 1204USB is my favorite mixer because of its versatility. It is great for beginners and pros. It has 4 XLR mic inputs, 8 individual channels, fast USB, precise faders, and most importantly 2 auxiliary sends. AUX sends allow you to connect a guest caller (phone or laptop) without hearing their voice back.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

This is a perfect gift for podcasters who do remote interviews or live shows and even take incoming calls on-air. This is a very powerful interface that will allow for flexibility for beginners and pros.

Best Gifts for Podcasters Under $500

Shure SM7B

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Shure SM7B is the best microphone for podcasting. You will sound amazing when using this gold standard mic. It is also a one-time investment. Its impressive quality means you won’t need to upgrade in order to catch up to industry audio quality standards, as you will be using one of the best available microphones. I love my SM7B mic.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

Shure SM7B is a world-class microphone. Any podcaster dreams about SM7B. I own one, and I will always recommend this mic. You can’t go wrong with SM7B as a gift, even if you are buying a gift for a podcasting pro.

Shure SRH1540

recommended gear - shure srh1540 - best gifts for podcasters

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Shure SRH-1540 is my favorite premium audio monitor headphones. They feel and sound amazing. They play loud on low power. As a part of the premium experience, they come with an additional pair of ear pads and a premium hard case for traveling. But the simplest thing I love about them is that they have a detachable cable!

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

Shure SRH1540 is the first entry on this list of gifts for podcasters that can be considered an audiophile-grade device. This will be mainly appreciated by podcasting pros and true audiophiles. Those are fantastic, high-end headphones.

Alternatives if unavailable:

Zoom H6

recommended gear - recorder zoom h6

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Zoom H6 is a top-level recording device. It has phantom power for your pro mics and comes with 2 top-quality interchangeable onboard mics. It can record 6 individual audio tracks. Best device for on-the-go recording. It also works great in a studio, recording from a mixer, or acting as a USB mic or interface for your laptop. It is super flexible.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

Zoom H6 is a top-tier recorder for any podcaster. It is a wonderful gift for any podcasting pro. Highly recommended!

Best Gifts for Podcasters Over $500

Focal Elegia (audiophile grade)

Focal Elegia headphones - best premium gifts for podcasters

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Focal Elegia are true audiophile-grade, closed-back headphones that podcasters can use. We are now in the territory of headphones which can only be appreciated by people who love audio, spend hours daily listening and working, and most importantly, have the rest of the audio equipment from the same top-shelf.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

A great gif, but only recommended for podcasting pros and audiophiles.

Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo MKII

Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo MKII - best premium gifts for podcasters

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Universal Audio is a big name in the sound industry, and that’s because of the revolution it has created with its premium audio interfaces. If you want to buy an audio interface with really high quality and are ready to pay a hefty bill for it, you can go for the Apollo Twin Duo MKII.

This audio interface stands out from the crowd with its distinct features- like it lets you add effects in real-time and saves your Mac or PC from getting exhausted. But the most striking feature of the Apollo Twin Duo is its internal circuitry and the connectivity type, which is Thunderbolt. This gives the unit a sub-2ms round-trip latency- and that’s really low!

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

A state-of-the-art audio interface. This is a “satisfaction guaranteed” gift if you can pay the price.

Alternatives if unavailable:

Roborock S7

roborock s7

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

A smart vacuum cleaner is present on the list of gifts for podcasters, as this is one of the best devices that improve quality of life and free a lot of time for other productive activities.

I love my smart vacuum. I’m still using the S5 Max, and I have used it regularly twice a day since I’ve bought it. This is one of my favorite devices that has radically improved the comfort of my life.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

Are they busy? Then this is a great gift. Additional situations where it delivers a lot of value is if the podcaster has kids and animals – a smart vacuum will clean the house and free up at least 30mins to an hour daily!

Alternatives if unavailable:

Rode Rodecaster Pro

recommended gear - mixer rode rodecaster - best premium gifts for podcasters

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Rodecaster Pro was designed for podcasts, and it shows. It has Bluetooth for phone calls and 8 soundpads for pre-recorded sounds and live production. It comes with 4 headphone jacks (you don’t need splitters!), 4 XLR mic inputs, faders, a microSD card slot, and a convenient and intuitive touch screen. It is so cool for podcasting!

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

Rodecaster Pro is a specialized mixer with the ability to record multiple speakers, take in incoming calls, and playback clips during a show. Good gift for podcasters who are into live-producing a show, or simply hosting complex shows with multiple speakers.

Sony a6600

recommended gear - camera sony a6600 - best premium gifts for podcasters

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Sony a6600 is the best camera for recording quality video and growing your show and business with YouTube. It is small, light, and has a flip LCD screen to see yourself when recording. It produces incredible videos. Features I love the most in a6600 are state-of-the-art autofocus (best on the market), in-body image stabilization, and a large battery.

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

Why a camera suggestion on the list of gifts for podcasters? Video marketing is one of the best ways to grow a podcast now. For podcasters, it is really easy since it will be enough in most cases to simply turn on a video and record them talking. Buy this gift for a podcaster who wants to grow their show into a significant revenue stream.

Alternatives if unavailable:

Sigma 16mm F/1.4

recommended gear - sigma 16mm - best premium gifts for podcasters

Why is it a good podcasting gift?

Sigma 16mm F/1.4 is the best lens for capturing effective YouTube videos and promoting your podcast and business. It works extremely fast. The 16mm focal length makes you get close to the camera for a personal connection with the viewer. It allows for a nice blur which results in a great cinematic effect. I absolutely love my Sigma!

How to check if this gift will be good for them?

Sigma is the best companion for the above-mentioned Sony a6600, as it allows for a cinematic look to elevate the video marketing game. I highly recommend this for any podcaster who is also into marketing.

In Conclusion

The list of possible choices is really endless.

Any podcasters will be happy with a small gadget to accompany their setup, as well as a high-end piece of equipment they have been saving up for months.

It is really up to your budget and generosity, but this list has covered all the different needs and price points. Happy shopping!

What would you recommend as a perfect gift for podcasters?

About the Author

Chris Land

I'm the owner and creator of ImprovePodcast.com, the site dedicated to providing actionable solutions for podcast creators. My goal is helping people to develop their podcasts into effective marketing and sales tools.


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