Gift Guide: Gifts for music nerds

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From the November 28, 2013 edition

News Flash: Your music obsessive friend does not want (and will not use) that serving bowl made from a vinyl LP. Here are a handful of music-related gifts you should consider giving instead.

Record cover notepads, $10-$15

These notebooks are made locally by Casey Parthemore of IKC Design, utilizing damaged records from the stacks at Spoonful (only records that can’t be played or salvaged are used). It’s $10 for notebooks made from cardboard album covers (dig that Otis Redding), and $15 for the more durable vinyl-LP version.

Spoonful Records

116 E. Long St., Downtown

facebook.com/spoonfulrecords

Music-themed belt buckles, $14-$20

No matter your musical allegiance, Magnolia Thunderpussy has a belt buckle to serve your gifting needs. Does Reign in Blood set your heart racing? Score their badass Slayer belt buckle. If the laid-back, West Coast stylings of “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” are more your speed, pick up the Dr. Dre.

Magnolia Thunderpussy

1155 N. High St., Short North

thunderpussy.com

Mini wooden speakers, $42

Does your friend/family member/significant other love technology, but still have a fondness for old-school style? Then pick up this wooden iPhone speaker, which is roughly the size of your palm but still manages to put out big sound. Bonus points if you package it with a download of the new Wooden Shjips album.

Uncommon Goods

uncommongoods.com

Lyric-themed art prints, $20

These 11-inch by 7-inch typography art prints are simple, well-designed and beautiful. I’m particularly drawn to the Johnny Cash print, which pulls lyrics from “Walk the Line,” but the company also sells versions taken from songs by Bob Dylan (“Like a Rolling Stone”) and Elton John (“Tiny Dancer”).

Concepcion Studios

etsy.com

DIY guitar pick punch, $24.99

Kill two birds with one stone by cutting up old credit cards (after they’ve been paid off, of course), and making your own guitar picks with this nifty product. The handheld tool works like a cross between a stapler and a cookie cutter, allowing users to punch custom guitar picks out of old credit cards and the like. Ideal for the thrifty musician in your life.

ThinkGeek

thinkgeek.com

Pick punch: Courtesy of Pick Punch

Buckles: Andy Downing photos

Wooden speakers: Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Posters: Courtesy of Concepcion Studios

Notepads: Andy Downing photos