X96’s Alternative Valentine’s GIft Guide

Alternative Valentines Gift Guide by X96
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The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Music Lovers

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to show your significant other how much you care with a thoughtful gift. For those whose hearts beat in rhythm to their favorite tunes, we’ve compiled an exclusive guide that hits all the right notes. From unique collectibles to high-quality musical gear, find the perfect present to make your music-loving Valentine’s day. Many of the links are promotional.


1. Fender Blues DeVille Harmonicas – 3-Pack with Case

For the traveler who loves to play, these Fender Blues DeVille harmonicas are a hit. Portable, fun, and encased in a beautiful black and gold design, they’re perfect for music-making on the go. With phosphor bronze reeds and a moisture-resistant ABS comb, these harmonicas blend beauty with playability.


2. Cannibal Corpse Coloring Book: A Coloring Expedition into the Macabre World of the Undead

Nothing says love like coloring in shredded entrails.


3. Sonic Youth: The Life And Times Of Thurston Moore Paperback

Dive into the life of Thurston Moore, the iconic Sonic Youth guitarist, with this compelling read. Released on June 9, 2023, it’s a thoughtful gift for fans of the band and music history buffs alike.

4. Cassette Tape Dangle Drop Earrings 80s 90s Retro

Introducing the “Cassette Tape Dangle Drop Earrings 80s 90s Retro” – the ultimate blast from the past for your earlobes! Imagine the essence of every mixtape you never got, dangling with nostalgia right beside your smile. These earrings are not just accessories; they’re a statement. A statement that says, “I remember the pain of untangling tape with a pencil, and I wear that trauma as a badge of honor.”



5. Nirvana’s In Utero (33 1/3 Series)

For a deep dive into Nirvana’s groundbreaking album, “In Utero,” gift this insightful book from the 33 1/3 series. It’s a must-have for any Nirvana fan and a great addition to any music lover’s collection. You’ll learn all about the recording process for this seminal album.


Also, the 33 1/3 is an expansive series focusing on classic albums. Here are some other releases about classic albums.

They are quick reads from some the the best music writers. Check out their full list here.


6. Joy Division Unknown Pleasures Adult T-Shirt

Introducing the “Joy Division Unknown Pleasures Adult T-Shirt” – the ultimate wardrobe staple for those who like their fashion with a side of iconic album art. This isn’t just a t-shirt; it’s a wearable piece of music history, featuring the mesmerizing soundwave mountains from the cover of Joy Division’s debut album. It’s perfect for music aficionados, retro enthusiasts, or anyone who’s ever looked at a graph and thought, “Yeah, that could be my outfit for today.”

The shirt is a subtle nod to those in the know, a way to say, “Yes, I appreciate post-punk masterpieces and I look fabulous doing so.” It’s the kind of shirt that doesn’t just enter a room; it arrives, accompanied by an invisible soundtrack of admiration and intrigue.

Crafted from 100% cotton, it’s as comfortable as listening to “Love Will Tear Us Apart” on repeat. Whether you’re out at a concert, a casual Friday at the office, or hopefully not watching Werner Herzog’s Stroszek home alone, this t-shirt has got you covered. And by covered, we mean it envelops you in an aura of cool that’s usually reserved for record store clerks and indie film directors.

So, if you’re ready to wear a piece of music history, make a statement without saying a word, and potentially engage in deep conversations about the influence of Joy Division on modern music, the “Joy Division Unknown Pleasures Adult T-Shirt” is for you. Disclaimer: Sudden urges to start a band or buy vinyl records may occur upon wearing.

7. 2Pcs Vinyl Record Retro Brooch Pins 

“Vinyl Record Retro Brooch Pins” – the perfect accessory for anyone who wants to wear their love for vintage tunes on their sleeve… or lapel, or backpack, or wherever really! These aren’t just brooch pins; they’re miniature tributes to the era of record players and the unmistakable crackle of needle on vinyl.

Imagine each pin as a tiny DJ, ready to spin your favorite hits from the past at any given moment. These brooch pins are the ultimate conversation starter for music lovers, retro fashion enthusiasts, or anyone who believes that the best way to listen to music is on a turntable.

Owning these brooches is like saying, “Yes, I do have an impressive vinyl collection at home, and yes, I know where the best record stores are.” These brooch pins are for those who appreciate the art of music, the nostalgia of the past, and the joy of sharing that passion in a subtle, stylish way.

Warning: May attract fellow vinyl enthusiasts, prompting impromptu discussions about the greatest albums of all time.

8. In Utero (30th Anniversary LP+10 inch)

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Nirvana’s “In Utero” with this special LP edition. It’s an essential collector’s item that brings the raw energy of Nirvana into your home vinyl collection. Available here


9. Sony PS-LX310BT Belt Drive Turntable | Wireless | with Bluetooth and USB Output 

The ultimate affordable machine for turning your dusty vinyl collection into a high-tech auditory experience, without losing any of the retro charm. This isn’t just a turntable; it’s your personal vinyl revivalist, ready to catapult your records into the 21st century while keeping their souls firmly in the past.

With its one-step auto start, stop, and return, operating this turntable is as effortless as falling asleep during a lecture. It’s perfect for those who love vinyl but can’t be bothered with the manual labor of flipping records. It’s like having a tiny DJ in your living room who’s always on cue, minus the attitude and the need to be fed.

This sleek, black time traveler comes equipped with two speeds: 33 1/3 and 45 rpm, catering to all your vinyl needs, whether you’re spinning an old school LP or a single that reminds you of your teenage angst. And with the 45 rpm adaptor cunningly stowed beneath the deck, you’ll never lose it—unlike the remote control or your keys.

Plus, with USB ripping, you can transform your vinyl records into MP3 files, making it easier than ever to take your analog anthems on the go. Because who doesn’t want to carry their vinyl collection in their pocket?

Wireless? Wired? This turntable doesn’t discriminate. Connect it to Bluetooth speakers for a cable-free experience that says, “I’m modern,” or use the included RCA cables for a traditional setup that screams, “I respect the classics.” And thanks to its stable aluminum die-cast platter, vibration is reduced, ensuring that the only thing shaking is your booty on the dance floor.

If this particular record player doesn’t do it for you, check out other turntables on the market. 


10. Linkin Park – ‘Meteora’ Boxset

2023 marks a significant year for vinyl lovers, with reissues of legendary albums like Linkin Park’s ‘Meteora’

11. teenage engineering Pocket Operator PO-20 Arcade Synthesizer and Sequencer

Inspire your Valentine with this innovative arcade synth, perfect for crafting unique beats and melodies. Check it out on Amazon for a gift that keeps on giving. It fits in your hand or pocket, for on the go music creation.



Or go huge and splurge on their flagship product, the OP-1 Field. A gorgeously designed synth/sampler/sequencer for any bedroom producer or professional musician.

Check out teenage engineering’s full line of innovative music production products.


12. SHUAXI Vinyl Record Coasters

Add a touch of retro charm with these vinyl record coasters. They’re not just practical; they’re a nod to the golden age of music. Grab them here



13. Funko Pop! Rocks: Blink-182, 3 Pack

Celebrate punk rock with these Blink-182 Funko Pop! figures. They’re a fun addition to any collection and a great way to show some love for one of the most iconic bands of the 90s.

14. Laurence King Genius Music Playing Cards

Deal a hand of musical genius with these beautifully designed playing cards. Each card features a legendary musician, making it a perfect gift for music lovers who appreciate the classics. Available here


15. Curepedia: An A-Z of The Cure Hardcover 

“Curepedia” presents an exhaustive and unparalleled biography of Robert Smith and his band, The Cure, detailing their journey over four decades through a comprehensive A to Z format. This definitive guide delves deep, promising new insights and information that will captivate fans as they eagerly anticipate the band’s next album.
Having established themselves as a colossal force in rock music, The Cure’s legacy spans over 40 years, highlighted by 12 studio albums and global stadium tours, including the recent sold-out shows across North America in Spring/Summer 2023. The Cure’s profound impact echoes through a diverse range of bands, from Twilight Sad to Interpol to My Chemical Romance, cementing their place in music history. Purchase here.

16. Taschen ‘Art Record Covers’ Coffee Table Book

For the art and music aficionado, this coffee table book showcases the most iconic record covers in history. It’s a visual feast and a conversation starter for any gathering.


17. Unique Music and Utah Gifts for Music Enthusiasts

For those who love to wear their music on their sleeves (or walls), consider gifting unique art and apparel:

  • Bryce Canyon Vintage Tile Pattern Poster: A beautiful addition to any room, offering a touch of vintage elegance and a nod to the old money aesthetic. Available at Redbubble


  • Isaac Hayes Watercolor Portrait Hoodie: Combine style and music history with this striking hoodie featuring a watercolor portrait of the legendary Isaac Hayes. Find it on Redbubble


  • Vibrant Retro Bryce Canyon Pattern Socks: Step up your gift game with these unique socks, showcasing a vibrant retro Bryce Canyon pattern for the rock and nature enthusiast. Grab them here.


18. Face Facts: Women in Your Life Like Olivia Rodrigo

And to add insult to injury, her pop-punk anthems often exceed current offerings by established punk bands.

Olivia 𝑮𝑼𝑻𝑺 𝑺𝑶𝑼𝑹 Earrings Acrylic Purple Butterfly Earrings 

Olivia GUTS Clear Bag – Olivia World Tour Merch Stadium Concert Bag

Olivia Rodrigo: GUTS LP

A critical darling and a commercial success.

Closing Thoughts

This Valentine’s Day, go beyond the ordinary and choose a gift that resonates with the heart and soul of your music-loving partner. Whether it’s a piece of music history, a tool for creative expression, or a wearable piece of art, these gifts are sure to hit the right chord and make your Valentine’s celebration unforgettable.

Remember, the best gifts are those given with thought and love. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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