Does your Valentine love collecting vinyl records?
Records and Valentine’s Day are a great combination as they both revolve around passion. In fact, Hallmark released new Vinyl Record greeting cards with 7 inch records inside a sleeve on the cover. The working 45 RPM records include tracks from Bruno Mars, Aretha Franklin, and INXS. We think these fun cards are a must for your vinyl loving sweetheart.
Now what else should you choose for the analog music lover in your life? With options ranging from record subscription services to high end turntables and vinyl novelty items, you may feel as though you need to be a collector yourself to pick the perfect gift. Even buying records, the most obvious choice, can be risky unless you’re already knowledgeable as to what’s in your lover’s catalog. Otherwise you might purchase an album he or she already owns!
We admit we’re biased when it comes to vinyl accessories; we believe it’s best to stick to practical gifts that show you really ‘get it.’ We handpicked useful gifts in the guide below from our TunePhonik vinyl accessories lines that every vinyl collector from newbies to aficionados will appreciate. Best of all, these gifts are under $50, so you’ll have money left over to splurge on a romantic dinner.
Vinyl Record Collector Gifts Under $30
LPs tend to get the most attention at the expense of 7-Inch records. Although 12-Inch records are more popular, serious collectors typically own a fair share of 7 in. singles as well. These record singles need the same treatment and care as their LP counterparts, which is why we offer replacement jackets in the 7-inch size, too. These 45 RPM jackets are also available in Kraft Brown for a more natural look.
By now you might be wondering why your Valentine would want blank record jackets to begin with. I mean, don’t records come with album covers already? The answer is yes, records do come with jackets adorned with awesome cover art. Most collectors want to preserve the original jackets along with their records as pristine covers increase resale value. That’s where our replacement jackets come in. Your sweetie will be able to use these replacement jackets for spinning sessions instead and avoid wear and tear on the original covers.
You really can’t go wrong with our top selling outer covers. You’ll notice this set of 25 durable jackets contains no center hole in its design. The lack of a center hole ensures the entire vinyl record is protected from dust, debris, and scratches. For this reason, we recommend jackets with no center hole for hardcore collectors.
These jackets come in a packs of 25 and are an excellent selection for budding vinyl enthusiasts. Reason being, new collectors usually don’t have a lot of albums to archive, so they prefer our album covers with the center hole design. The center hole makes it easy to read the labels already on their records for fast sorting through a stack of wax.
Vinyl Record Collector Gifts Under $40
EDITOR’S CHOICE: TunePhonik Now Playing Record Display Shelf
We’re pretty sure your Valentine will agree that our wooden wall mounted record shelf rocks. This display shelf lets you showcase two pieces of album art at a time with its highly functional design. Your record lover will jump at the opportunity to enjoy cover art alongside the music without having to worry about prized jackets being manhandled in the process.
The black version of our blank record jackets gives collections a striking appearance. These album covers are a must for metalheads, rivetheads, and goths. You might want to include a silver or white ink marker (not included) with the gift for writing directly on the jacket’s surface. Another color option would be our Kraft Brown 12 in. record jackets for a classic vibe.
Chances are the vinyl lover in your life stores his/her collection in crates, boxes, cabinets, or shelves. As a collection grows, sorting through all those albums becomes time consuming. Our wooden record dividers with alphabetized tabs solve this organization problem with style. Each set of six record organizers features large laser engraved letters on the tabs to simplify searching through stacks of albums. The horizontal dividers work well for records kept on shelves or in storage cubes. Go with our vertical LP dividers for collections stored in crates or boxes.
Whichever gift you select, we wish you and your beloved a happy Valentine’s Day!