Rough Trade Gift Guide 2018

Need gift inspiration? We're here to help with our 2018 Gift Guide...

AIAIAI - All Round Preset Headphones


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AIAIAI - All-Round Preset Headphones

We’re partnered with AIAIAI for a reason: because they make really really great headphones. Like us here at Rough Trade, AIAIAI work closely with those that create and appreciate music, delivering a reliable experience everyone can enjoy.

We feel having a trusted recommendation is important to many, so we’re really happy to be AIAIA for their quality and let customers test it out themselves at in store our listening posts.

Songwriter's Notebook


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Songwriter's Notebook

When the muse strikes this unique notebook allows you to capture inspiration in all forms! Not only does it allow you to scribble down your lyrics, rhymes, and ideas on the pages, it also allows you to work out the melodies on its innovative keyboard.

Printed touch technology allows you to play the piano keys with the touch of your fingertips. Connect to a simple app for a musical visualisation of notes as they are pressed, record function for notes and vocals, as well as the ability to play back or export your recorded music.

This exceptionally clever device is all wrapped up in a hardback notebook, encapsulated in grey cloth with gold foil stamped logo and piano keys.

It really is a beautiful product, totally unique and furthermore exclusive to us at Rough Trade.

This is the gift no-one will be expecting.

Audio-Technica AT-LP120


Audio-Technica AT-LP120

Need an upgrade? Look no further than a turntable we’re big fans of at Rough Trade NYC - the AT-LP120. This turntable offers a high-torque direct-drive motor that lets you take your analog listening experience to the next level with advanced features not typically found on automatic turntables (plus it all just sounds really good).

And if you need total overhaul on your home set up to really crank your collection, check out the solid Sonos Play:5 that pairs seamlessly with the Audio Technica starter kit.

Albums Of The Year 2018 Bundle

From: $140

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Album of the Year 2018 Bundle

We get it. Choosing new music can be mega daunting, especially when buying as a gift. So let us assist.

Informed by what you talk to us about, what’s been in most demand across our shops and what we’ve been lusting, loving and lauding throughout the year. With the ultimate aim of championing the future as well as celebrating the present, discover our top 10 Albums of the Year for 2018.
Naturally, we think it’s a great list of albums. We’re proud of it and we’re excited to bundle them up for you this year. Available on CD or LP.

Social Justice Kittens


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Social Justice Kittens Calendar 2019

As relevant this year and it was last, the Social Justice Kittens are back. This is a full-color, 12” x 12” grid-style wall calendar featuring the cutest and most politically active kittens you’ve ever seen!

Each month features a charming kitten professionally photographed in a heroic pose speaking out on the hottest social justice issues of the day.

Thumb Piano


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Cedar Thumb Piano

The thumb piano, or kalimba, is one of the most sonorous and easy yo play instruments ever invented. Mountain Melodies’ handcrafted Cedar Thumb Pianos take them to the next level by allowing amplification! Using select grade aromatic red cedar, these feature a ¼ inch output that can be used to plug into amps or recording gear.

Rough Trade Merchandise

From: $1.00

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Rough Trade Merchandise

You can never have enough Rough Trade tote bags, right? And neither can your friends. Save the Earth by gifting everyone you know with this shop essential.

Already exhausted your list with these fashionable bags? Check out our crew neck sweatshirts, hoodies, patches, guitars, stickers, buttons, and more…

Pssst, we also have some limited edition holiday merch coming your way. Check our socials for more info.

Daptone Pint Glasses


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Daptone Pint Glass

For the soul music fiend or beer snob in your life we have the perfect item- the Daptone Records pint glass. They can crack open a cold one and pour into this bad boy while grooving out to some Budos Band or Charles Bradley.

Rough Trade Club Gift Membership

From: $44.97

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If the task of choosing albums for others makes you sweat, do not fret. We can do it for you.

Whether it's for trusted inspiration or a craving for exclusive new vinyl, Rough Trade Club membership delights on many levels. A subscription like no other - delivering an album of brand new music to your door, as recommended by us.

In addition to receiving our Album of the Month, subscribers also get exclusive access to priority pre-orders, member perks and newsletters.

It’s really very simple. Just purchase a 3, 6 or 12 month gift subscription in store on online and give your giftee a surprise treat to enjoy above and beyond.

Baby Teith Shirts

From: $22.00

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Babyhaus Long Sleeve Onesie

It’s never too early to hip your little one to some of the timeless bands you yourself grew up on. These whimsical onesies and t-shirts pay tribute to The Ramones, Bauhaus and Joy Division with their clever designs. All items are high quality and American made.

Enamel Pins


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Enamel Pins

All last year’s jackets, bags, and beanies need a reboot for 2019, and we’ve got just the thing. Enamel Pins.

Display your love for all the best things in life proudly (vinyl, coffee, Bowie) and guilt your friends to jump on board by gifting these classic ornaments.