Frugalista Gift Ideas With a Blast From the Past. For the Musically Inclined


Some of these music related gift ideas are made from reclaimed materials from the past.  Others are delightful replicas. Either way,  you’ll find some great ideas for those music loving recipients on your list who romance the past.


Or… Just Adding a Touch of Musical Whimsy.

Music and movie themed gifts offer one of the easiest retro/vintage routes.

Wow the Beatle’s fan with an iconic image every morning. The Abbey Road Alarm Clock has twin alarm bells and runs on batteries. Union Jack, Sgt. Pepper alarm clocks also available.  If they prefer Wall Clocks or watches, The Fest has you covered—as well as for all things Beatles. Beatles Clock



 Many music aficionados declare vinyl makes music sound better. This recipient–a lover of vinyl==would likely have been born prior to the mid-eighties to remember long play (LP) records. That, or been indoctrinated to the magic of vinyl. 

 If so,  they likely have boxes of vinyl with nowhere to play. The gift of the Crosley Cruiser Turntable solves that. Built-in speakers saves space. It’s portable so they can play music in any room.


The Crosley Radio Tech Turntable also has built-in speakers. It will fit in great with most decors with its retro wood cabinet and dust cover. The unit also includes an analog AM/FM radio and line-in for audio devices.




   Record Clock

The Vinyl Record Clock, made from an actual old 12-inch vinyl record, will intrigue an aficionado.  This clock looks like they could take it down and spin it. Available in four musical genres: rock, soul, jazz and the ‘80’s. A 45 version also available.



Crosley Corsair CD

It has a modern CD player and easy to read LED display. However, the Crosley Corsair CD Player/Radio looks very retro with its auto inspired chrome.  Your recipient wakes up to music from the radio or the programmable 20-track CD memory—or just a tone.  As you can see from the picture, Crosley offers a choice of several retro radios.


Crosley Radios


AM/FM Vintage Radio    


The AM/FM Vintage Radio doesn’t have a CD or LED, but sells for less. This more portable unit still gives the vintage feel. In a cheerful bright red.






A music lover who likes gathering a crowd to play games might delight in the Elvis Monopoly game. Players aim for the Presley empire instead of the Boardwalk. 



Jimi Hendrix hat

Fans of Jimi Hendrix will recall and relish the officially licensed Classic Hendrix Suede Hat.  The can choose to wear it or enclose it in glass. Either way, Jimi and Purple Haze will always come to mind. And, hey, no judgment if they’re not in costume when wearing this hat.

$33.99 $20  


How cool to piece together pieces laser cut from a vintage LP record? For framing and convo starting, or to do it again another day. The Record Puzzle exists in Rock, Jazz, Record Puzzlesoul or 80’s genres. Major plus? It’s recycled material.



 Give them thrilling memories. Even if it wasn’t noted as the biggest selling album, any Michael Jackson fan will appreciate this 25th anniversary Thriller LP—especially as an LP. It includes remixes from other artists and a previously unreleased song. Urban has several retro LP’s, like Janis Joplin’s 1971 Masterpiece Pearl.

$24 also offers a large selection of vintage LP’s in country, disco, jazz, rock, soul/R&B, 45 singles, 12” singles, soundtracks and vocalists.





Sometimes it’s about decorating the person. The Vintage Music Brooch might delight a musician or music teacher. The wooden heart is handmade from vintage sheet music. Bonus? It’s an international gift!


Music Brooch



 ItsOurEarth via Etsy has several upcycled Vinyl Record Wall Clocks, like this Judy Garland Picture Disc from a rare 1981 album. Perhaps it’s the perfect gift for their family/rec room?


Record Coasters

These Retro Record Coasters might take them back every time they have a drink. Made from labels cut from actual LP’s. A sealant keeps moisture from seeping through.  These coasters come in a package of six. The company also offers LP bowls and clocks for $30 and under.  



A music lover who likes gathering a crowd to play games might delight in the Elvis Monopoly game. Instead of Boardwalk, players aim for the Presley Empire.

$45 therockandrollemporium 


 Your recipient might be more of Say Anything than a Blue Suede Shoes fan.  Let them check their knowledge with the 100 cards in the 80’s Music Trivia Game.



  Crosley Jukebox CD

The Crosley CR11CD Jukebox CD might be more of group gift.  Either way, your retro music loving recipient will think fondly of one or all each play. The 1947 jukebox reproduction will be a beautiful addition to the family room, den, etc.  Also includes AM/FM radio and stereo speakers.


$128 (via Marketplace partner Focus Camera) 



The Join the Band sign personifies vintage. In wood or metal, it even has faux rust on the edges. Bonus? Personalize the sign with the recipient’s name. Available in four sizes, starting at 14×24.  Also check out other musical versions, like the Piano School sign. These might be a better fit. All can be personalized,

$65 (14×24)  

  Join the Band sign


Decorating your perfect Frugalista gift with sheet music could be the perfect touch. Find how-to tips in this article, 10 Ways to Decorate with Sheet Music

Happy Frugalista Shopping!


© DLewis 2012


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