Even in a world where 4K TVs and thousand-pound smartphones have become the norm, there are still plenty of people who prefer the old-fashioned crackle of a record player needle on a vinyl LP.
If you know know someone like that, and are on the hunt for a present for the vinyl lover in your life, there should be something on this list to tickle your fancy.
Buying for someone into travel or films, or just looking for that final stocking filler? You can find all of our festive gift guides on Christmas 2019 hub page.
Art Vinyl Play & Display Record Frame Triplepack
This set of three wall-hung picture frames for you to pop your vinyl into, sleeve and all, helps your record collection double as interior decoration. Each frame holds any 12-inch record sleeve, including double and triple albums. And, thanks to the quick-release mechanism, you can swap the records without taking the frame off the wall, and change the look of your living room as often as you want.
Pro-Ject Juke Box E turntable system
Based on Pro-Ject’s highly-regarded Primary turntable, the Juke Box E is a true just-add-speakers deck, complete with Ortofon OM 5E cartridge, amplification and even Bluetooth connectivity. Moreover, it sounds fantastic, picking up an Award in our systems category for two years running.
Cat Scratch Turntable
Love vinyl? Love cats? Then you’ll love this. This scratch turntable serves two purposes. First, it keeps your cat from destroying your curtains – it will be too busy scratching seven shades out of the spinning ‘platter’ – and second, it will provide hours of entertainment as you watch your cat pretend to be a DJ.
Rega Fono Mini A2D phono stage
If neither your amplifier nor your turntable has a phono stage, then you need to add an external one. For under £100, the Rega Fono Mini A2D is our pick. It doesn’t look much but it helps deliver great sound and even allows you to rip your vinyl to digital files.
Chord Clearway Analogue RCA
Nothing says ‘all the gear, no idea’ like poor cabling. A good pair of interconnects will open up new sonic realms your previously believed were off limits to your system; poor ones will leave your new Technics sounding like a Crosley Cruiser. At £90 a pair, the Award-winning Chord Clearway Analogue RCA could be the most frugal yet game-changing upgrade you ever make.
Technics SL-1500C turntable
Speaking of Technics, this SL-1500C deck represents a return to form for the brand’s home audio turntables. You don’t get the pitch shift, but you do get an Award-winning direct drive turntable with phono stage built in, that’ll better anything else you can get your hands on for under a grand.
A vinyl subscription service
These are the gifts that keep on giving. A while ago we put together a list of the most interesting vinyl subscription services we could find, from specialist genre packages to those offering a bottle of plonk with each month’s record. Jack White enthusiasts will be over the moon to receive a subscription to the Third Man Records Vault, while Vinyl Me, Please will hand you a special edition record and help you use up all that leftover booze with its tailor-made cocktail recipes.
Dust & Grooves: Adventures In Record Collecting by Eilon Paz
This is basically a feast for vinyl collectors. Professional photographer Eilon Paz takes us into the hallowed record rooms of musicians, DJs, producers, dealers and enthusiasts – Questlove Gomez and Gilles Peterson both make the cut – and interviews the inhabitants about their mouth-watering collections. Prepare for your skin to turn green with envy.
Atacama Evoque Eco 60-40 SE2
Like the slow kid at sports day, your turntable is the member of your system most in need of good support. Without proper isolation, your cartridge will pick up everything from the stamping of feet to vibrations coming from your speakers. Atacama can help control that with its Evoque Eco 60-40 SE2 hi-fi rack, which you can build to spec with its range of leg lengths and as many layers as you require.
Goldring E3 cartridge
Once upon a time you’d likely have had to buy a cartridge separately to the main part of your deck, but upgrading the one that came along with a modern turntable can still return huge results. A well-balanced performer that works across a wide range of music, the Goldring E3 is an Award-winning moving magnet option that will improve most entry-level and mid-range record players.
Pack of 26 record dividers
Do you own a lot of records? Could you open your own shop? Well, there’s no need to go that far but you could at least get yourself better organised. This pack of 26 12-inch record dividers will do the trick and comes complete with A-to-Z printed labels for you to attach.
Vinyl record outer sleeves
More important than having your record collection in order is keeping it safe. These plastic sleeves will protect your LPs and their covers from damp and spills, and will help them hold their value if ever you decide to flog them on Discogs.
Some weird vinyl
Of course, no vinyl lover’s gift guide would be complete without a record or two, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t add a little spice. Why not try Alexis Taylor’s Piano accompanied by Listen With(Out) Piano for a dual-turntable experience, discover the locked and parallel grooves and floating hologram of Jack White’s ULTRA edition of Lazaretto, or really push the boat out with a blood-filled limited edition of The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends? It’s when vinyl becomes art beyond the music.
KAIU Vinyl Record Stand
If you fancy setting up one of those Instagram accounts where people show-off their records and systems, then you could do with one of these stands. A simple but effective way to put your music taste on a pedestal – well, a solid wood block. It does look quite smart and solves the problem of where to put the ‘Now Playing’ sleeve, anyway.
Pro-Ject anti-static record cleaner
Opinion is divided when it comes these simple vinyl cleaners. There’s certainly a school of thought – ignored by every household in the ’80s – that you’re better off letting your needle do the ‘cleaning’, and that a brush such as this tends to run the risk of forcing dust into the grooves rather than getting anything out. Certainly for a deep clean you need something more substantial, and more expensive, but for quick removal of surface dust, we think these brushes can help.