As any ageing music snob will tell you, vinyl ruled. True, records were cumbersome, prone to scratching and jumpier than Mexican beans. But these groovy sonic platters had personality. And that's why they're still venerated by know-it-all musos. It's also why Vinyl Coasters make ideal pressies for the music aficionado with everything.
Crafted from original vinyl centre sections, these double-sided drinks coasters have been skilfully trimmed, then laminated to protect your surfaces (and the labels themselves) from scratches, scuffs and ring marks.
There are six randomly selected coasters in each box, so you never know what label or artist you're going to get. It might be an old Motown classic, a so-naff-it's cool concept album, an obscure movie soundtrack, a reggae masterpiece or some Peel-approved platter by a new wave act you've never heard of.
As well as making use of defunct records that would otherwise have ended up on the scrapheap, Vinyl Coasters are guaranteed to stir up the conversation at soirees, especially if there's a music snob in attendance. We had no idea Jimmy Page played guitar on It's Not Unusual by Tom Jones. Fascinating stuff. Sort of.
If you're old enough to remember putting a penny on your stylus, just seeing all the familiar (and not so familiar) labels will bring the memories flooding back: Capitol, Warner Bros, Epic, Island...we could go on. So we will: Columbia, HMV, Polydor - the list is endless. Even if you've no idea what we're talking about, Vinyl Coasters make unique and practical additions to any surface.
Apart from plonking your steaming cups of cocoa on a diamond-encrusted silver salver balancing on the head of a two-foot tall butler dressed as Lucifer, we can think of no better place on which to rest your beverages. Rock 'n' roll!