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.

1. Tickets to Radiohead

Stop the world, Radiohead is coming to town. This is a big effin' deal! If your hipster sibling likes mainstream indie music, they'll genuinely love you forever if you give them tickets to Radiohead's spring show at Jobing.com Arena. Pick up tickets at Ticketmaster or the arena's box office.

Back up plan: Plenty of indie kids have a sweet spot for hip-hop. Take 'em out to see Childish Gambino at The Venue Scottsdale. Grab your tickets at Stinkweeds.

2. Customized band tee

The chick in the family who loves St. Vincent but isn't crazy about any of Annie Clark's merch options can still rep her favorite indie honey. Make her a customized band tee. There are plenty of different ways to get text and unique graphics onto clothing, and it usually only costs between $20 and $30 to do so. She'll wonder where you found some obscure shirt she's never seen before, and she'll love it even more because nobody else has one. Pick it up at Brand X.

Back up plan: Track down an old but awesome gig poster from a show your sister went to. The book Gig Posters Volume 2 is packed with tons of posters she'll love from shows that she didn't even go to, and she'll be excited to put them on her wall too.

3. Turntable canvas

Hipsters love art and music, so buying something that combines the two is guaranteed to be proudly displayed in any living room. Turntables can get expensive and aren't in everyone's budget, which is why a turntable canvas is a great and more affordable alternative. Pick it up at Loft A Gogo.

Back up plan: A vinyl wall clock is yet another art piece that should fit nicely in a hipster household.

4. Weezer snuggie

If your brother or sister loves to indulge in guilty pleasures at home that they would never go through with in public places, then a Weezer snuggie is perfect for them. Pick it up at the Weezer store.

Back up plan: For fans of Weezer and the show Lost, a Hurley shirt should do the trick.

5. Rocksmith

Now here's a video game that will leave your brother with nothing to say when he opens up this gift except "Fuck yes!" Rocksmith is sort of like Guitar Hero, except it actually teaches you how to use a real life guitar instead of a plastic one with buttons. So plug the guitar that's been stuck in his closet into your family's X Box 360 or PS3 and jam out. Your brother will be standing in the living room pretending he's Ben Gibbard in no time. Pick it up at Zia Records Tempe.

Back up plan: Groups like Passion Pit and Wilco can use a Korg, so why shouldn't your brother learn to play one too? Get him the KORG DS-10 Synthesizer music-making game for his Nintendo-DS.

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