The Perfect Birthday Present

Have you ever wracked your brain trying to think of a present for your little sibling? Even if you live with them, it can be hard to know what they want, since there’s usually a big enough age difference where you have separate interests. If you’re the oldest sibling, you probably spend more time squabbling with each other than talking about what you like anyway. But, there is something people pretty much universally like, though. Music!

My sister, who just turned 13, doesn’t have a phone, so music actually turned out to be the perfect gift. More specifically, a Walkman. You know, those boxy devices that people wore on their belts with headphones in the 80’s? It might seem a little cheesy, but it works!

A real Sony Walkman can be pretty expensive, but there are some cheaper versions online that you can buy. The one I found is made by ByronStatics. Even if you don’t have cassette tapes for the device, some versions can also play the radio.

This is perfect for long car rides (or even short ones), and it got rid of the squabble between my sister and my brother over who gets to control the car radio.

My sister was happy and surprised, since no one expects a gift from the 80’s. When her friend found out that I had given her a toy that could play cassettes, for a BDay gift, they got in on the fun and bought her two cassettes: Nirvana and Soundgarden.

Sometimes, the best gift can be something more people can contribute to, and something that is practical and can be used for a long time.

What do you think of this present? Will you be buying one for a loved one? Let me know!


By Inti Navia, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago

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Written by Inti Navia

I love nerding out over Star Wars, Gravity Falls, and Lord of the Rings. I'm an introvert with a never ending appreciation for all things Sci-Fi and fantasy media.

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