Christmas is only days away, and if you’re like a lot of people and have procrastinated with your Christmas shopping you may be panicking trying to figure that last minute gift. If you have vinyl lovers in your life still to shop for, you might want to consider these last-minute gift ideas that you can pick up from stores in the United States or, alternatively, through online retailers.
This is quite literally the “gift of vinyl” for any of your record-loving friends or family members. The Vinyl Me, Please subscription service is perfect for beginning vinyl collection, aiming to send one hand-picked LP every month, accompanied by an original art print and custom cocktail recipe. Subscriptions begin at $100 for 3 months and include $25 credit to buy more vinyl from their site.
Any vinyl lover appreciates the need and importance of keeping their records clean. The Spin-Clean is one of the most reviewed, affordable and easy to use record cleaning kit available on the market and will arrive before Christmas when ordered with Amazon Prime. It does an excellent job cleaning even the dirtiest, most worn-out records. The unit requires no power as everything is done by hand. It consists of a thin washer tray, two removable velvet brushes and two removable rollers submerged in a cleaning solution. The brushes scrub both sides of the record simultaneously, while the rollers keep the record safe from damage, and the fluid pulls dirt off the surface and grooves, and down to the bottom of the tank. The Starter Kit also comes with a 4oz washer fluid, a pair of drying cloths and instructions to guide you through the process.
The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC boasts an incredible carbon-fiber tonearm for stiffness, an updated DC power supply for resolute speed stability, and the critically acclaimed Ortofon 2M Red moving-magnet cartridge for exceptional detail retrieval. When you’re ready to hear what high-end analog really sounds like at an extremely affordable cost, this superb plug-and-play ‘table is the only one that should be on your radar, especially. It’s beautifully minimalist, easy to use, and (most importantly) makes your music sound fantastic. A hefty platter, low-noise motor with effective decoupling, stable isolation feet that protect Debut Carbon DC from vibrations, and multiple high-gloss color options are icing on the cake. Available in black and red on Amazon Prime.
Odyssey’s carpeted LP case holds and protects up to 90 LPs, with a detachable hinged lid, surface mount latch and a classic look/design to boot. The item will arrive in time for Christmas if you purchase with Amazon Prime.
This stylish, high quality Ikea Rimforsa Tablet Stand makes an ideal “now playing” record stand and can be placed on any flat surface or hanged on the wall. Made from stainless steel and bamboo, it has a width of 10 1/4″ so it leaves space on both sides of a record to grab it in any position. When not in use in a listening environment it can be utilized for its original purpose as tablet or even book stand. Here is an example of the stand holding a record cover. The item will arrive in time for Christmas if bought via Amazon Prime, or you can purchase it directly at an Ikea store.
Record player themed, multi-function board made from toughened glass for durability, with rubber feet on the base that keeps it in place and prevents it from slipping. Unlike wood or laminate countertops, this provides a hygienic, odor and stain resistant work surface for all types of food preparation and serving. It is heat resistant up to 536-degree F and has a lifetime guarantee against breakage. Buy it on Amazon Prime to receive in time for Christmas.
Display your favorite LP’s in a simple-to-change frame, designed specifically for album covers. The Play & Display Mount is the first ever mounting system that allows music lovers to display album artwork and easily change the contents, or play the records, without having to remove the frame from the wall. With its instant quick-release mechanism, music aficionados can play their favorite albums in a matter of seconds and display them back on the wall just as easily. A unique cushioning “sponge finger” back plate enables you to display various sized albums, from 12″ singles, LP’s, double or even triple albums. Available via Amazon Prime.
Photographer Eilon Paz’s 436-page coffee table book, Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting is an inside look into the world of vinyl record collectors in the most intimate of environments – their record rooms. Compelling photographic essays from the author are paired with in-depth and insightful interviews to illustrate what motivates these collectors to keep digging for more records. The reader gets an up close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions, as well as a glimpse into the collections of known and unknown DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts. The book is divided into two main parts: the first features 250 full-page photos framed by captions and select quotes, while the second consists of 12 full-length interviews that delve deeper into collectors’ personal histories and vinyl troves. Driven by his love for vinyl records, Paz takes us on a five-year journey unearthing the very soul of the vinyl community. But it with Amazon Prime for timely Christmas delivery.
Turntable Lab’s Cursivo Superior Tote bag is larger than the standard Cursivo tote and can comfortably hold about 30 records. Features TTL logos on both sides in white on high quality, heavy duty black cotton canvas. Available on Amazon Prime for pre-Christmas delivery.
Taking the love of music onto your dining table Protects surfaces from hot and cold serving using creative retro Vinyl 45 record coasters & placemats. Set of 6 different colored silicone & plastic drinks coasters in a cool retro presentation box, and 2 different colored silicone placemats that come in cool and retro record cover. Available via Amazon Prime.
You can do this two ways, either with a local record store in your city or with an online record store. If you go the local route it may require some hunting but if you’re in a fairly populous city it should not be too hard to find something easily. A good place to start looking for physical shops is Vinylhub, an online database of record stores worldwide. Some of our favorite online techno/house vinyl stores include Deejay.de, Juno, decks.de, Hardwax, and Yoyaku.
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