Gifts for Podcasters

I've revamped the guide this year to break it up into these sections: "Every podcaster needs," "Your first set up," "Your next upgrade," and "You want to jump to Pro."

Every Podcaster Needs

There are a few things every podcaster needs to get started. Podcast hosting for your audio files, a way to record, and while needs is perhaps a strong word, web hosting. Every podcast should have a dedicated website, and that website needs to live somewhere.

Audio Hosting Services

  • Castos - Great, affordable, easy to use, and integrates really well with WordPress
  • Libsyn - A mainstay in podcasting with over 10 year hosting audio for some of the biggest shows out there
  • Simplecast - Really nice all-in-one service

Solid general hosting if you're going to have your own website (esp. using WordPress) for your podcast Get SiteGround

Your First Set Up


A good mic is the first step in producing a quality podcast, and starting out you don't need to break the bank. A good USB mic (one that plugs right into your computer) is all you need. Both of these are highly recommended, and neither will do you wrong.

Blue Yeti


  • Pop Filter - This will prevent hard 'P' sounds, called plosives, from making it into your recording.
  • Shock Mount - T his will prevent shakes from hitting your desk or other small vibrations from making it onto the record. It varies by mic.
  • Garageband - This comes free on Macs
  • Audacity - This is free on Mac and PC
  • If it's just you, you can record in these too.
Recording Interviews

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Your First Upgrade


When ready to upgrade your mic, go with an XLR - these are studio quality mics that allow for more natural sounding records because they don't distort your voice:

Accessories & Editing

With an XLR mic, you will also need a few specific accessories:

You want to jump to Pro

Want to see my exact set up? Read this blog post.

last updated: Nov. 2018 | Contains affiliate links