Every year I love the challenge of tracking down unique radio-themed gifts. This time around, my first gift guide of the year has a fashion focus. Even if the people on your gift list aren’t radio diehards like you are, no doubt they’d appreciate the way that radio is incorporated into these stylish items.
1. Radio Purse: I picked up my retro-looking radio purse at a cute boutique in Dublin, Ireland. Even though this particular purse might be tough to track down, there are plenty of other options out there. I’m tempted by the similar-looking Vintage Look Stereo Radio Laptop Bag Purse. Another large bag, the PU Leather Antique shoulder bag, which looks like a transistor radio, is pretty sweet. If you have more cash on hand, the top-of-the-line Kate Spade New York Radio Samira Clutch is worth tracking down. For kids, there’s also this super cute CM Star Super Baby Radio Crossbody Bag for Girls.
2. Laptop Case with a Radio Design: Why not share your love for radio with this sleek laptop sleeve?
3. Radio Iron-On Patch: What could be more economical and DIY than an iron-on patch? This Radio Tower Patch Logo would make a nice style statement when ironed on a cool tote bag or cap or plain white T-shirt. There’s also a funky pink 50s Retro Radio- Logo Patch.
4. Boombox Skirt: Although this isn’t purely a radio design, since the boombox image features a prominent cassette deck, radio fanatics might be tickled by the whimsy of this audio homage on a women’s skirt.
5. Radio Label Pin: For ham radio fans, there’s this suave Masonic Ham Radio Lapel Pin.
6. Radio Necklace: I like this cute Sterling Silver Old Fashioned Radio Charm for its simplicity. There’s also the super classy Sterling Silver Microphone Charm and the more hip hop-oriented Wooden BoomBox Radio Pendant.
7. Radio T-shirts: I’ve got a huge assortment of KFJC T-shirts (see the latest girlie shirt on the right), since I’ve been volunteering there for years. I’ve also picked up a number of shirts from other radio stations during my travels. Often non-commercial radio stations (particularly college radio stations) make an extra effort to design funky T-shirts that reflect their stations’ more underground orientation.
Do some searching to find out how to grab your own shirts (or sweatshirts, tote bags, caps, etc.) from your favorite station. As an added bonus, station gear is typically available as a “thank you gift” for donations, so you can feel good about your money being well-spent and get a tax deduction for a portion of your purchase.
8. Radio Tower Tie: Oooo.. these are some swank ties from Cyberoptix. Featuring the image of a radio tower on ties in an array of hues and in both 100% silk and microfiber options, these ties are hand silk-screened and can even be packaged in a deluxe wooden box.
9. Man Bag: Ted Baker makes a few radio-themed accessories, including a transistor radio utility bag (perfect for stashing one’s phone, wallet and iPod) and a radio cables and clobber bag with zippered compartments and a waterproof lining.
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