The holidays are a stressful time. Buying gifts, answering endless questions from extended family about the things you’re sensitive about, feeling tired at 3pm because it’s already getting dark outside… everything about December is built to make us reach our breaking point.
I can’t help with everything, but I can help you find a solid gift for the vinyl addict in your life — or alternatively, I can help you create your own list to decrease the stress for those shopping for you!
Last year, I went all out selecting my favourite vinyl pressings of the year. This year, I wanted to do better for those that are newer to collecting. Read on to find recommendations for turntables, storage, display options… and of course, vinyl records.
Whether you’ve already got your ideal setup or not, you’re gonna need some new vinyl. While it’s super easy to google any album to see if there’s vinyl available, I’ve curated some of my favourite colour pressings so you won’t miss out on any exclusive pressings you may want. I’ve also divided them up by online shop so that you can plan your orders accordingly.
I love S1D as if the label was my own family. Their artists are wonderful and the team is made up of genuinely good people. Their site is designed to bring up one vinyl product per artist, and then you can choose which pressing you want before you click “add to cart”… so be sure to pick the one you want!
I know. It’s me, Satan, writing to you about hell’s gift to the vinyl community. Except I’ve had a Crosley for a few years now and I’ve never actually had any issues with it. I’ve preemptively said “maybe get a different turntable” to anyone who’s asked in case I ended up having problems… but nope, all is well. Yes, I’m sure there are fancier turntables that clean your record while it spins and yell at you for breathing too close to the grooves (the real vinyl experience). At the same time, I’m not in a position to spend a year’s pay on a setup & I know a lot of people are in the same boat. So lemme say this: I like my Cruiser and I’m obsessed with all the aesthetically pleasing new Cruisers they’ve launched this year. LOOK AT THEM.
I’m currently in a space that I can’t really decorate, so I just dream of the day when I’ll be able to really go all out on my vinyl setup. These are all things I’ve cried over at one point or another this year.
If you’ve got a couple records you’d like to use as display pieces, Record Props are absolutely the best looking way to do so. As someone who collects far too many pressings of each release, I think I could stand to put a couple on the walls as a cool ~vinyl cave~ decoration piece (in my imaginary dream home).
When I found these marble vinyl frames on the UO store, I actually let out my longest yeah boi ever (I know that sounds like an outdated meme reference but it was embarrassingly my actual reaction). I love marble and I love the artwork on some of my fave records. This is the ultimate way to combine them. You can form them into patterns, a big wall grid, or just use it for the album you’re currently spinning — probably a good idea because keeping the vinyl itself pressed into these frames could warp it.
I have an authentic milk crate (don’t tell the police) that someone left at a flea market. It now makes sense why they gave it to me for free (911, there’s a girl here with a milk crate??) but now you can get a crate and avoid jail. Plus, I found them on a shipping website so they’re not marked up in price… gotta beat the system when we can, am I right?
I hope this was able to assist you with your holiday shopping/listing as much as it ended up helping me while I was creating it! And vinyl is FOREVER, BABY so treat yourself once the holidays are over and your bank account starts to make you sweat a little less.
Did you find anything on this list that you liked?
What things did I miss on this list that you think I should know about?
I always love hearing from y’all so let me know below. ❤