Project: Perfect Holiday Gift for the Professional Audiophile

Every year the holiday season brings a shift in mental state, from taking stock of the things and people we’re thankful for to fretting about what gifts to buy them, and how long we can put off doing so. The downward economy has many declaring this year a time for conservative gift-shopping… whether that means the decidedly one-percent Scrooge route of only thinking of yourself this season, or means putting your arts and crafts skills to use creating home-made presents for your loved-ones.

If you live in the Kansas City area and are looking to support local businesses with your holiday shopping choices, we’d recommend stopping by Wonder Fair art gallery or Made in downtown Lawrence. Both are stocked up on craft gifts, stationary, clothing and jewelry products made by local artists and designers.

But for the serious audiophiles on your nice list, check out these “BoomCase™” custom-made suitcase speakers created by Mr. Simo.

These are available in limited run through Mr. Simo’s website, where you can browse the varied styles of past creations in the gallery. (see another below)

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this idea though. Wade Wellborn, proprietor of the record store Dr. Music in my hometown of Fairhope, Alabama has been creating his own custom speakers (as well as iPod docks, guitar amps, and effects pedal cases) from suitcases for as long as I can remember. You can browse his work and see what’s available over at the Dr. Music website. Check out this pair, the first of which pays homage to the sepia-tone sounds of indie rock.

Should you find yourself needing to dust off  your breakdance moves in the subway station during your morning commute, these suitcase stereos are sure to separate the B-Boys from the B-Men.