Album Cover Hall of Fame’s Holiday Season Gift-Buying Guide 2021

Holiday Gift Suggestions for the Album Cover/Vinyl Record Lovers in your Life

As compiled by Mike Goldstein, Writer/Editor,

December 3rd, 2021 (updated December 7th and December 10th)

One thing that our lives under the pandemic has taught us is that shopping for gifts doesn’t have to be a chore, since most everything we might want to give or receive can be had by simply going to a site and using a credit card or Paypal or some other form of digital payment. Since closing my own gallery almost ten years ago (my, how time flies), I’ve had to approach buying collectibles (for myself and/or as gifts for others) just like everyone else (please, don’t cry for me) – scouring the Web looking for just the right things and then hoping that I can buy from a trust-worthy source. To help you in the same effort, over the years I’ve published a series of (usually) annual overviews of record cover-related “artistical” things that, in my opinion, might make nice gifts for anyone who is a fan of album cover art and packaging and so, after a couple of years of laziness, I’ve decided to do that again.

As I’m sure you all know, getting just the right gift for your loved ones at Holiday time can be such a puzzle – what with all of the advertising that bombards you from every direction and “Black Friday/Cyber Monday” sales that now seem to begin sometime in mid-late July – that you’re left with little time and inclination to search for just the right thing when all you want to do is “get this over with”…

And, while I’ve been told never to buy “art” for other as it’s such a personal choice, because of the link between music and art, buying a gift for lovers of album cover art has never been so simple. As you’ll see by the list of companies that specialize in album cover-related items of all types (and fitting all budgets), with a little research (“Hey Honey, what’s the name of your favorite band?”) and perhaps a phone call or two, I’m feeling pretty confident that you’ll be able to locate and purchase a gift that will be long-appreciated by its recipient. Who knows, maybe it will start a new tradition in your family!

And so, while my regular contributions to the ACHOF site besides my monthly news summaries have slowed to a trickle for several what-I-believe-to-be-reasonable causes (including my eldercare responsibilities here in Chicago and in Florida, my on-eternal-hold book project or the general melancholy that politics here in the U.S. has infected me with), I’m always a bit more inspired to share what I can with my readers this time of the year, so, if you’ll accept my apologies and think of me warmly, I’ll continue on with what I hope is some valuable information in this update. 

Enjoy the hunt, as well as the squooshy feeling you’ll experience upon seeing the smiles of gratitude from your gift(s) recipient(s), too.

Items made from Albums and Album Covers –

Vinylux – Pennsylvania-based artist Jeff Davis has created an impressive line of household items and gifts from the thousands of records he sources each year (he estimates that he recycles over 250,000 records, or over 55,000 pounds of materials each year) and turns into objects such as clocks, holiday ornaments, journals, bottle openers, book ends, coasters, bowls, magnets and jewelry. For an even-more-personal gift, you can also choose to have a record “personalized”, where the label is custom-printed with a title, sub-title and five songs names of your own choosing. He’s been doing this since 2002, with his products currently found in a number of galleries, retailers and online. To see the current collection and to find out where to buy a Vinylux product, visit the company site at
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Cb Vinyl Record Art – originally a successful Kickstarter project, these nice people from France now offer a nice selection of nicely-produced laser-cut art objects made from recycled vinyl records –

According to the info on their web site, Cb Vinyl Record Art “is a collective of enthusiasts, influenced by the cultures and subcultures of the 80s to date. Unconditional lovers of vinyl record, art, design and decoration, we are tired of seeing old vinyl records end up in the bin,” and I think that you’ll find many examples of unusual and unusually-intriguing vinyl-based fine art objects. 

Fans of the Etsy crafts site will find hundreds of items for sale made by a trove of crafty people who’ve elected to create objects of all kinds – wallets, coasters, frames, notebooks, bowls, book covers, calendars, etc. – out of album covers. Recycling-minded gift givers can browse the selection via this handy link –  While the listing here is a bit mind-boggling, one artist’s work that (to me) stood out from the pack was the collection made by ArtyFakt, who has produced a collection of handmade-and-embellished boxes covered in album cover imagery. You’ll find cases for LPs, 45s, CDs, DVDs and more, at prices ranging from $33.00 to $225.00, with most in the $85.00 – $95.00 range.

Rediscover Handbags – this Chicago-based firm crafts custom-made totes and purses out of record album covers and theater programs. Buyers can choose the album cover from the company’s large collection of standards (Beatles, Bowie, Elvis, Sinatra, Streisand and others – over 4000 covers in stock), and then select the interior/side fabrics that will be used to line the bags, select a strap and complete the order. 4-5 weeks later, your 12” x 12” x 5.5” (approx.) bag arrives and you become the envy of all your friends. These hand-made designer totes are priced at $400.00 (plus $20 shipping), while the smaller purses made from theater programs cost $175.00 (full-front with black strap, plus freight) or $200.00 (plus shipping) for a full-front purse with a stylish beaded handle.

Modern/Pop Art collectors with album cover leanings (and somewhat deep pockets) will find a lot to like on the Snap Gallery (U.K.) site, but a recent visit there introduced me to the work of an artist known as “Ben The Illustrator” who, for a fee starting at £650 (about $865.00 US), will produce (in about 2-3 weeks time) a custom illustration (a 15 x 21 inch print on paper, unframed) that will show an aerial view of a happy record collector lounging in a listening room surround by ten of his favorite records, with each record sporting it’s cover. Larger sizes and framing up the costs, but for something really unique and a sure conversation-starter, I haven’t seen much else that competes with this unique item  –

The Tunes Company – Now based in Jupiter, FL, this firm showcases several fascinating decorator items including table and pendant lamps made from full-sized 12” vinyl LPs ($189.00 – $199.00) and a new wall hanging/room divider made the prime center-cut labels from LPs. The 36” square wall hanging is made from 48 original labels and decorative chain and is priced at $98.50 (only $2.05 per label). The company also offers a wide range of wall and desk clocks made from album covers and album labels. The wall clocks are made by attaching an image cut from a LP cover to a short stack of vintage vinyl records and are mostly priced at $59.95 (some higher, depending on the rarity of the record), while the desk clocks ($25.00) feature a record label cut-out mounted on a spiffy metal stand.

Album Art Display Frames –

Music/art fans that have nice collections of vinyl may simply need a good way of showcasing their favorite album covers and so an industry has grown to serve this need via the sale of album cover display systems that make it easy to mat/frame your records. Some of the better-known vendors of these framing solutions include:

Rock Art Picture Show – This long-time supplier of the display frames used by the Smithsonian, the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and Capitol, Sony and Warner Bros. Records offers mat and clear acrylic frame kits for LPs, singles, picture discs, comic books and more, all priced under $20 (with volume discounts available)  –

Art Vinyl – based in the UK and also sponsor of the annual Best Art Vinyl record cover art competition, this company sells the well-received “Play & Display” framing system that lets you quickly swap out albums (great for stores with a “what’s playing now” display area). Priced from $59.00 for the single frame to $159.00 for the “triple pack” (in black or white) –

Frame My – Run by the TX-based Picture Perfect framing and collectibles company, Frame My Record offers album, 45 RPM, 78 RPM, CD and DVD frames/frame kits of professional quality. Featuring custom-cut mats in a variety of styles and a unique mounting process (using conservation-safe
materials), these kits provide album owners with a near-custom look for a more-affordable price. Prices for an LP cover kit with wood frame, one of 18 mat selections and UV-glass front begin at $49.99 (frames without matting begin at $21.95 each or $225.99 for a package of 12).

Basic frames are also available from major retailers including Urban Outfitters, Michael’s, Target, Walmart, Wayfair and IKEA.

Framed Album Covers (AKA Album Art Displayed IN Frames) –

If you’re looking for a simple way to get the whole package (i.e., your favorite album covers, framed and ready-to-hang) in one fell swoop, this has also become a cottage industry on Etsy, eBay and other sites. In addition to the products made by these enterprising individuals, there are a number of collectors/companies offering vintage album covers for sale – some framed in basic album cover frames and some “a bit more fancy”, but all seem to offer a broad selection of covers in a number of musical styles. To see their latest selections, please visit their sites:

Level Frames – one of the “more fancy” vendors ($150 and up), this company creates full-on, custom-framed presentations of many of your favorite record albums –

Rock Art Picture Show’s Gallery – The previously-mentioned album frame maker also offers a rather large selection of pre-framed album covers at 
F=l&A=Album%20Covers presenting albums alone or in themed groupings.

Album Cover Books (on design, photography, collecting, etc.) –

Over the years, there have been a number of books written covering the History of the Album Cover, highlighting the development of the art form from its humble beginnings as a simple sleeve with a title, to Alex Steinweiss and Jim Flora and their breakthrough works for Columbia and Decca Records in
the 1930s/40s up to today’s most-recent efforts. Many are written and compiled by well-known cover designers (Roger Dean, Richard Evans, Storm Thorgerson, Nick DeVille, Spencer Drate, others), so they bring an interesting spin to their respective compilations. With their authors’ various perspectives and experiences guiding their respective efforts, all are interesting in their own right and contain hundreds of images for you to enjoy. We keep an updated list on our site –

In addition, over the past several years, there have been several new books released by album cover creators of note – Brian Griffin’s POP and Black Country Dada, Glen Wexler’s The ’80s Portrait Sessions, 2021 ACHOF Inductee Jerry Schatzberg’s tome on Bob Dylan (Dylan By Schatzberg), Mark Seliger’s book of portraits (Mark Seliger Photographs) and Drew Carolan’s photo book (Matinee – All Ages on the Bowery) taken from his portfolio of shots of the denizens of NYC’s club scenes, plus some great tomes taking an overall look at 60+ years of great album art, including Taschen’s Art Record Covers (enjoy this “unpacking” article about this book on the Far Out website – ) and author John Foster’s most-recent book featuring in-depth looks at the work of many more purveyors of great album cover design – Album Art: New Music Graphics.

This year’s new crop of books includes an impressive collection of few notable entries:

– Photographer Mark Weiss’ book The Decade That Rocked – The Photography of Mark ‘Weissguy’ Weiss. is now in its fifth printing (with over 1,000 5-star reviews on and is featured in an upcoming exhibition in NYC from December 9th through the 12th (inc. a meet and greet with Mark on the 11th) at the C. Parker Gallery – Any fan of 1980s rock photography would love the book and, if you are in the NYC area, you can get it personalized by Mark while he’s there at the gallery.

– The U.K.’s Flood Gallery site highlights a number of books (and related art prints) on Oasis, Joy Division and others – Of particular note is the new release by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and artist Stanley Donwood that catalogs the band’s enduring list of album imagery (Kid A Mnsesia) –

– Early punk/rap photo journalist Janette Beckman released a new book at the end of November that is sure to be of interest to fans of either/both genres. The 240-page book – titled Rebels: From Punk to Dior – is out via Drago Publishing and is the first monograph she’s released that covers her 40+ years observing and chronicling the major players in rap and punk as they emerged onto the scene. According to the book’s press release, the tome is enhanced with “written contributions from Beckman’s peers including academia’s Jason King, Chair of NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music & Vivien Goldman Author & Professor at NYU; journalists Vikki Tobak, and co-founder of PAPER, Kim Hastreiter; visual artist Cey Adams; music legends Sting, Run DMC, Paul Weller, Salt-n-Pepa, Belinda Carlisle, and Slick Rick; and fashion’s Dapper Dan, Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, Levi’s Chad Hinson. Fans can purchase the book alone for 60 euros (approx $75.00 at U.S. booksellers) or in one of two packages that include photo prints from her archive (see the site – – for more details). I also found a nice review of the book by Nadja Sayej on the site that presents how Ms. Beckman’s work helped show the world the impact these then-fringe genres would have on high fashion –

– Author and very-talented album art designer/art director Bill Smith released a new album cover art book titled Cover Stories: Five Decades of Album Art that chronicles his own 40+-year career as a go-to image-maker for over 200 musical acts during that period. Available at Waterstones ( ),  with a special signed version available from Red Planet Publishing – Reg version; signed version –

– Photographer/journalist Elliott Landy’s new Kickstarter project gives supporters a unique opportunity to get both the new book and a selection of related prints at extra-special prices – The book – Photographs of Janis Joplin, On The Road and On Stage – is 196 pages long and printed on heavyweight paper – with 129 photographs, including both Elliott’s iconic photographs of the late singer and nearly 100 published for the first time. The photographs are accompanied and enhanced by Janis’ candid thoughts taken from recordings of conversations made by David Dalton (a founding editor of Rolling Stone) while on tour with Janis in 1970.

For a limited time only, Mr. Landy is offering a 40% discount off his fine art prints of Janis Joplin in sizes 11″x14″ ($360) and 16″x20″ ($540). There is also a new series of litho prints (offered at $125 each) which is being exclusively available to those supporting this Kickstarter campaign. These prints are  individually signed by the photographer and are beautifully printed on paper that will be at least 11 x 17 inches (possibly slightly larger). Finally, Elliott is also offering three limited-edition fine art prints, each image printed for the first time. Each print is offered in two sizes – 11×14 inches (in an edition of 20) or 17×22 inches (edition of 20). The first 9 prints from the edition (#2-10) will be priced at $700 for the 11″ x 14″ or $1,350 for the larger 17″x22″ version. After the first nine in each edition are sold, he may release more at a higher price, so click on over to the Kickstarter page now to get the best images at their lowest prices. Elliott recently posted a couple of new videos on his Kickstarter page in which he describes his meeting and shooting Ms. Joplin back in 1968-69 – click on over to the project link (above) and then scroll down the page to see the videos posted there.

– The multi-talented Simon Halfon (who was last covered here after the publication of his 2020 career retrospective book Cover To Cover, which shared many of his well-known photographs and examples of album cover work) has put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) again and authored a book about one of the musical acts he’s most-closely associated with – that being the 1990s supergroup Oasis. Titled Supersonic (the same as Simon’s 2016 documentary film on the band), the new book was built around over 30 hours of interviews with those in the know, including the battling Brothers Gallagher, and covers the group’s creation and rise to the top of the music business, culminating in a series of concerts at the UK’s Knebworth Park in 1996.

This U.K.-based graphic designer’s path into a career in the music business began when he was attending Durham University at the end of the 1970s, where he met Paul Weller and The Jam at a concert. That meeting served to motivate young Simon to seek out a career in the music business, beginning with a gig in 1980 in the art department at Stiff Records before moving on to a job at designer Neville Brody’s London-based style magazine The Face. Simon ultimately went on to use his innate talents to design memorable album cover imagery (working alongside many great artists including Sir Peter Blake and photographer David Bailey) for leading musical acts including Madness, George Michael, The Style Council, The Who and many others.

Orders in the UK can be taken at

Album Cover Image-based Products –

Dennilu – while you might not be able to find (and afford) the original artwork created for the cover of The Beatles’ animated film Yellow Submarine, you can turn to talented artist Jon Blosdale and purchase one of his hand-crafted (and Beatles-authorized), limited-edition re-creations. These multi-layered, hand-painted sericels are uniquely mounted and framed to give you the feel of a 3-D image ($1195 plus S&H) –  Jon also offers an impressive selection of Beatles art – animation cels, 3-D art, photo presentations and more – something that will certainly please the Beatle fan on your list –

Take a brief ride in a time machine to my archive site where you can read my interview with Jon about his art and, in particular, the work it took for him to bring this YS-based artwork to life, via the link at

Eclipse Gift Ideas (via – album art-based mouse pads, mobile phone covers and more; hundreds of choices beginning at only $8.99 –

Morgan Howell’s Super-sized 45RPM Records – I was introduced to U.K.-based artist Morgan’s work years ago and was always impressed with his keen ability to take an everyday object such as a 7” record and turn it into something beautiful. You can see m any examples of his work on his web site at

More recently, Mr. Howell has released a new book on his Super-sized 45RPM record recreations titled Morgan Howell At 45RPM, with the details shared in this recent Art Daily news story  ––single-artworks-revisited-in-new-book-by-artist-Morgan-Howell This might be a slightly more-affordable option if you find yourself drawn to these ultra-cool works of art.

KnuckleBonz 3-D Album Cover Recreations – Some of you who might remember my old gallery days will recall that I sold items from a line of intricately-crafted sculptures of iconic rockers/rock imagery made by a company called KnuckleBonz and, I’m glad to report, they’ve recently announced some new additions to the ever-expanding line of limited-edition album cover art recreations they’re producing called “3D Vinyl”. The first two items they announced were their stunning renditions of two great albums – Guns N Roses’ Appetite For Destruction and Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, both of which are perfectly suited for a 3-dimensional sculpture.

Since then, they’ve released additional titles from top acts including KISS, Motley Crue, Megadeth and Mercyful Fate (from $175 to $249 each, ready-to-hang), this year adding new titles (note – some not shipping until next Spring) including works based on album covers for Iron Maiden (Eddie AND the Devil in 3-D – how cool is that?), Metallica, Misfits, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera and Scorpions –

The fantastic team of sculptors at KnuckleBonz have just released news and photos of their newest sculpture in their “Rock Iconz” series based on the cover for Metallica’s And Justice For All album – Lady Justice never looked so good! Read the news on the New Music Express site –

Funko’s Pop! Album Series – A bit less artistic than the KnuckleBonz item you just read about but no less fun, here’s the news about some new Funko releases based on Metallica and Doors imagery –

Here’s the list of all of the products in the Funko Pop! Album Series –!_Albums

Z2 Comics – Just the thing for the Judas Priest fan who already has everything else, Z2 Comics has just published a 40th Anniversary special edition package of their Screaming For Vengeance album that contains a graphic novel, a vinyl record, a specially-created Hellion figurine and more metal-friendly surprises. What makes the package all the more desirable is that the book contains an interview with artist Doug Johnson, the man responsible for the original album cover and the creation of one of the band’s best-known images – that being “The Hellion” metallic bird of prey – As reported on the License Global site. Hard rock site Blabbermouth also shares some info on this product –

LPGI album cover fabric posters – large poly fabric prints (many choices, including Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Bob Marley, The Doors and scores of others) made to hang on a wall, or attach one to your motorcycle’s whip antenna if you really want to grab the attention of your fellow riders –

PopArtUK  album cover art prints on wood, canvas, tin and more, with prices beginning at £9.99 –  Over 100 different styles available.

Rocker Rags album cover t-shirts – many, many acts are included for men, women and the kiddies. Who has enough album cover t-shirts? Not me (hee hee) –

Rockabilia lists dozens (nearly 100) of different t-shirt designs, along with a wide range of cover-based merchandise including sweat shirts, beer and coffee mugs, timepieces, seatbelt belts, fleece blankets and pub/shot glasses –

Album Cover Fine Art, Photography and Related Limited-Edition Merchandise –

If you’re looking to truly impress your best-loved album art fan, the ultimate gift would be one of the many fine art prints available, either produced by the designers and/or photographers that created the original images or via their publishers and licensees. Products in this category will vary greatly in price, quality, rarity, etc., so please take your time and get to know some or all of the various purveyors listed.

The Album Cover Hall of Fame is always searching for galleries and other retailers that offer selections of prints in many genres and styles, with an updated list available on our site via this link – (please note – we do NOT have any affiliation with the galleries listed, so feel free to contact any of them directly for help with your specific needs). Just to whet your whistles, my survey of what was new for this year included some interesting visits, such as…

Visual Gallery’s popular eBay store is packed with a number of cool art prints, including those of several album covers. Examples include limited-edition prints of Power Windows and 2112 by RUSH (hand-signed by Geddy Lee), matched sets of two of AC/DC’s best-selling LPs (Back In Black and For Those About To Rock…) and dozens of others. Alisdair has been one of the most-dedicated album cover art gallerists for many years, so I’d invite you to take a look if you’re looking for something authentic and cool –

Winston Smith prints – this season, my browser made a hard-stop at the site of an artist whose work I used to sell at my old gallery and I found myself using my credit card to buy something special I’m now waiting to hang on my office wall. Available (in an edition of 80 signed screen-prints) is a wonderful work printed on 12” LP records – the Winston Smith x Political Gridlock Mona Mohawk 12″ LP. According to the site, “Everybody knows Mona has the best record collection and is punker than you! The original Mona Mohawk was created by Winston Smith in 1984. The 7-color screen-print is handmade by Political Gridlock on a random vinyl record. You’ll receive a mystery LP record sleeve ranging from PIL to B52’s to Beatles to Christmas Songs to “An Hour of Dance Polkas!” among many more! Comes with original record sleeve. Actual record may still play on one side! Order yours (I did – see below!) at  

Mike G’s Mona Mohawk by Winston Smith and friends

Other Items of Interest –

Goldmine Magazine store – Fans of vinyl have always relied on Goldmine to share the stories of rock’s greatest music-makers (both classic and up-and-coming) and, from time to time, the back-stories behind some of rock’s best-known album covers (with several contributions by yours truly). More recently, the magazine dove into the online retail space, offering collectors a rather-impressive selection of vinyl records, apparel, books and collectibles. Under the “collectibles” heading, you’ll find a nifty selection of affordable and desirable items including miniature guitars and drum kits (I really like the Queen/Roger Taylor and “Classic Beatles Oyster” sets!), action figures, bobbleheads and more, many sporting album art graphics. Take a look and bookmark this site as it is always updating with things new and exciting –  

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – Cleveland, Ohio’s top rock and roll-related tourist attraction is also the home of one of the better-fitted-out museum stores, and fans can tour the shop’s collection of album art-themed books, records, t-shirts, socks and other collectibles, most of which you’ll find via this link –

Staying on the oversized LP record theme, here’s a 23” diameter polyester/rubber record album-shaped doormat (designed by graphic artist Jim Holodak) for $35.00 that can be personalized, too –

Limited-edition/Record Store Day Vinyl Records/Sets – of course, what most record fans really want is a record (!!), and while you can certainly fill their soon-to-be-distended stockings with traditional LPs and singles, the resurgence of vinyl over the past several years has prompted many musical acts and record labels to pull out all of the stops when it comes to collectible record packages, particularly around the annual Record Store Day celebrations and the end-of-the-year Holidays. If you’ve been reading my columns and news summaries, there are so many great examples of these now that it’d be impossible to list them all for you, but there have been a number of award-winning designs this year that were so well-done and innovative that I can certainly point you to the Winners & Nominees pages on the recently-nominated Best Art Vinyl award site – – or the last Making Vinyl Packaging Awards – for inspiration.

To see all of the specially-produced, limited-edition vinyl records being released on Record Store Day’s “Black Friday” list for this year, click on over to where you’ll find the latest details. Box sets, picture discs, colored vinyls – a lot to look at and consider.

I hope that I’ve given you all the basic info you’ll need this year to find just the right gifts for the people you like/love/are obligated to, so please be sure to remember to enjoy your Holiday shopping experience, and don’t forget to get yourself something nice as well…

Mike G

Unless otherwise noted, all text and images included in this article are Copyright 2021 Mike Goldstein and – All Rights Reserved. All of the trade names mentioned in these summaries are the properties of their respective owners and are used for reference only.

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