Ask yourself: would you rather cup some cut-price cans around your lobes and enjoy so-so sounds, or pick up a proper pair of 'phones and journey through an immersive sonic realm before the 7.57 pulls into Paddington?
If it's the latter (and it darn well should be), then we've got some real treats for you.
This impeccable collection of ear-feeders covers every price range, so you shouldn't have trouble finding something sweet for your ears this Chrimbo.
Bose QC35 II (£329)
Bose's original QC35s were arguably the best in-flight cans money could buy: the noise-cancelling tech was top notch, while a 20-hour battery life meant they were good for just about any long-haul hop.
Now, those same stellar headphones are back with a new travel companion - Google Assistant. Almost identical in every way, the QC35 IIs can now deploy the in-built microphone to control your tunes, send texts and consult the all-knowing search wizard on, well, anything. Just hit the 'action' button and get chatting.
Beyerdynamic Byron (£49)
A barnstorming stocking-filler if ever there was one, Beyerdymanic’s Byron headphones are a surefire upgrade from those ropey white buds you got bundled with your last phone upgrade.
Why? They’re great value money, giving you sound that’s on par other, significantly more expensive buds. A Bluetooth version (£99) is also available if you’re on the wireless bandwagon.
B&W PX (£330)
With a pedigree in headphones that’s akin to James Anderson's wicket smashing right arm, Bowers & Wilkins' first wireless, noise-cancelling cans are a very big deal. Just as well that they’re astoundingly good, then, with unparalleled transparency, detail and tonal balance. Oh, and they’ll stop playing music as soon as you take them off. Smart.
Don't fancy shelling out £330? B&W's P3 Series 2s (£120) remain a powerful, pocketable combination, complete with a custom-built drive unit for superb, stylish sound.
Sony WF-1000X (£200)
If you’re going to embrace the wireless headphone revolution, then you might as well as do so with a whole-hearted embrace of cordless love.
Pick up a pair of these Sony buds and, with no wires at all, you just pop them in your lugholes, sync them with your smartphone and roam free like some kind of aimless android muso. How very Blade Runner.
Beats Powerbeats 3 (£128)
Know an iPhone owner who loves to run? The Powerbeats 3s sit better in the ear than their predecessors and, thanks to Apple's W1 chip, they'll be automatically detected by recent iPhones with no need to dig around in the settings menu.
Battery life is stellar too, with 12 hours from a single charge, while sound quality is the right balance loud and detailed - without blasting the bass. Ideal for your Jony Ive-inspired playlist.