15 of the best gift ideas for vinyl lovers


In a world peddling 4K TVs and thousand-pound smartphones, there are still plenty of people who prefer the crackle of an LP.

If you're on the hunt for a present for a vinyl lover, you should find something to tickle your fancy on this list.

Art Vinyl Play & Display Record Frame Triplepack

Best price £99 on Amazon

This is quite brilliant. It's a set of three wall-hung picture frames for you to pop your vinyl into, sleeve and all. So your record collection can 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, so you can change the look of your living room as often as you want.

Lenco L-85

Tested at £120 / Best price £94.99 on Currys

Not only is this a decent turntable for under £100, it also has a USB output so you can digitise your record collection. Foolproof operation and a formidable feature set give you great bang for your buck. And there's a choice of bold colours.

Cat Scratch Turntable

Best price £20 at Suck UK

Love vinyl? Love cats? 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 think it's a DJ.

Rega Fono Mini A2D

Tested at £90 / Best price £89 at Audio T

If neither your amplifier or your turntable has a phono stage, then you need to add an external one. For under £100, this is our pick. It doesn't look much but it helps deliver great sound and does everything else that's required.

Vinyl subscription service

These are the gifts that keep on giving. We recently 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.


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Horace Panter LP Storage Case

Best price £34.99 at HMV

If you have records, you'll need somewhere to store them. Where better than in a case designed by The Specials bassist turned pop artist Horace Panter? A message to you: you ought take good care of your beloved LPs.

Pro-Ject Essential III

Tested at £240 / Best price £239 at Superfi

Another budget Pro-Ject turntable, another five-star review – the company simply can’t shake the habit of turning out top-class record decks.

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Personalised Vinyl Record Wall Clock

Best price £20 at Not On The High Street

Now you can tell the time by your favourite record. You can add the name of any song - here they've gone for What Time is Love? - and a personalised message, too. Other suggestions include Rock Around the Clock, Second by Steppenwolf and 'hours...' by David Bowie.

Peronalised Vinyl Placemats

Best price £24 at Not On The High Street

Add some musical style to your dinner party with these vinyl placemats. Pick a song title (Lean Meat by Dr. Lonnie Smith, perhaps?) and add a personalised message. They come in three colour schemes (red and yellow, blue and grey, blue and green), and are made from recycled records - so they're environmentally friendly, too. Bonus.

Technics Headshell Bottle Opener Keyring

Best price £9 at djkit.com

This is made from a genuine Technics headshell, which should be a good talking point when you're helping strangers open their beer bottles at house parties.

Record dividers

£19.99 at Amazon

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 ten 12-inch record dividers will do the trick and comes complete with A-to-Z printed labels for you to attach. Though you'll have noticed you'll need to buy a few packs if you want to do the whole alphabet...

Ortofon turntable adjusting and setting set

£22.50 at Amazon

Getting your turntable set up correctly is no small issue, but take the time and you'll reap the benefits in the form of better sound. This kit, from turntable specialist Ortofon, will help you set the stylus angle and force tracking, to ensure optimum performance and avoid damaging your vinyl.

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.

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KAIU Vinyl Record Stand

£8.99 at Amazon

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.

Acc-Sees velvet antistatic vinyl brush

£6.99 at Amazon

Opinion is somewhat 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 do think these brushes can help.

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