Christmas is almost upon us, and needless to say it’ll be different this year.
But some of its traditions will remain the same – such as the arduous task of buying presents for your loved ones. Buying for those with the most discerning of tastes can feel like a task that you’ve already been set up to fail. But luckily for you, we’ve scoured the internet for the best Christmas presents you could ever give. So don’t embarrass yourself this year, and buy these gifts.
Phoebe Bridgers' Punisher holiday knit sweater$90
The festive season is well underway! Get in the mood with the crème de la crème of all Christmas jumpers: Phoebe Bridgers’ Punisher holiday knit. Stay cosy, stay warm.
Grimes: Miss Information, a colouring book$19.95
Before the pandemic, former Crack Magazine cover star Grimes teamed up with gallerist Michele Maccarone to host an art exhibition. That show never happened, so instead Grimes released this colouring book filled with digital drawings and AI-generated poetry. This is elite stocking filler for your family members and friends.
Rupa's face mask£14.49
Every now and then, an overlooked album will resurface decades on from its original release via YouTube, and defy the platform’s algorithms. Crate diggers will clamber to get their hands on it, and its surge in popularity will lead to a reissue. One such release was the rare Indian disco record Disco Jazz by Rupa. Not only did Numero Group bless us with the reissue last year, but there’s now a face mask of the artwork too. An essential item, this face mask will grant you entry into supermarkets and non-essential shops. It will help you navigate our New Normal. Buy one here.
Lady Gaga's Chromatica soap$15
Another essential that will undoubtedly be used, rather can cast aside. In case you missed the memo, everyone needs to wash their hands. Do one better than the gift packages of scented bath bombs and shower gel that, unbeknownst to you, will inevitably be recycled as a gift for someone else. Chromatica is undoubtedly one of the best albums of the year, so impress your friend with this Lady Gaga-branded soap instead.
Carhartt WIP's hooded Relevant Parties Vol 1 sweat£105
In August, streetwear giant Carhartt WIP launched its Relevant Parties podcast, which uncovers the stories behind groundbreaking labels such as Ghostly International, Jazzy Sport, Ninja Tune, Stones Throw and Public Possession. Accompanying the podcast is their Relevant Parties capsule collection. Celebrate some of the best labels in music with this stylish Carhartt WIP hoodie.
Dolly Parton's Holly Dolly Christmas stocking$20
Dolly Parton is low-key a 2020 hero. This year, the country music icon made a $1m donation to the development of the Moderna Covid vaccine. In order to gift stocking fillers to your loved ones, you need a suitable stocking to begin with. This is the one.
Turbo Island's To Be Alone scarf£22
Alternatively, you can purchase this one from Bristol’s Turbo Island. It’s been a lonely year for a lot of quarantined people; how better to mark a year of social isolation than with this To Be Alone scarf? It truly is of the times.
Adrianne Lenker's songs and instrumentals puzzle£22.50
In 2020, staying connected became more important than ever. Instead of debating politics and realising you have nothing in common with your uncle, unite the family by cracking out this puzzle.
Jay Electronica's A Written Testimony bandana$20
Trust me, this is A Look.
Ten Cities: Clubbing in Nairobi, Cairo, Kyiv, Johannesburg, Berlin, Naples, Luanda, Lagos, Bristol, Lisbon 1960 – March 202040.00 €
One for the ravers and historians. Ten Cities walks through the history and club culture of key nightlife destinations across the world. Ranging from Nairobi to Bristol, this is a fascinating in-depth look into the intersection of music, politics and socio-economics.
Megan Thee Stallion's Good News ornament set$20
This set would be good news to just about anyone. Buy for the hottie in your life.
Thundercat's pink glitter socks$15
How better to up the festive cheer than by gifting someone Thundercat’s pink glittery socks? Take a leaf out of the style icon’s book.
Soccer Mommy's Color Theory iPhone case$6.50
No doubt you’ve been on your phone more than ever, doom scrolling or desperately trying to stave off the boredom by texting every contact. 2021 will be a new year. Mark this shift by switching your phone cover to something with more sparkle, like this.
Crack logo print ceramic mug£10
Support independent journalism, and support Crack Magazine. We’re proud that, in a tough year, the magazine has survived. Whilst we can’t clink glasses with each and every one of our readers, crackaud.io listeners and Supporters, we do have this ceramic mug that we’ll be drinking from, whilst working from home. To 2021.