Mix it up. The ultimate gift for the music groupie who has maxed out on Garage Band: a master class in the art and physics of recording and mixing music at the internationally famous Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia's Kensington section, where the likes of Dr. Dog and Kurt Vile have laid down tracks. Founder Brian McTear set up Weathervane Music studio as a nonprofit incubator to foster budding tech talent. Workshops provide hands-on instruction. To buy: Sessions for 2014 run $200. Go to weathervanemusic.bigcartel.com/product/private-studio-concerts.
- Inga Saffron