Whether you're expecting to get an iGift or already grabbed one for yourself, you'd be wise to ditch the stock white earbuds for something more substantial. Like these Nocs NS800 Stainless Earphones ($200). Designed in Stockholm, these tiny 'buds feature a dual micro armature with a separate tweeter and woofer for increased range and fidelity, a stainless steel housing with noise isolating silicone sleeves, Kevlar reinforced cables, and an in-line three button remote and mic to let you take control of both music playback and telephone calls without reaching in your pocket.
Serious about your music? Then grab yourself a pair of equally serious cans, like the Grado RS1i Reference Series Headphones ($700). These high-end personal speakers features handcrafted Mahogany earpieces, upgraded dynamic transducers and a new 8 conductor cable design that offers more lively sound than the RS1, an open-backed cup configuration, and an astronomical price.