We know how tough getting some of those hard-to-shop for types can make holiday gift-buying this time of year. Thankfully, you have us!!! Over the next 4 days we’ll give you some last minute gift-ideas featuring some of our favorite products/companies that are sure to be a fit for at least one person on your list! Remember, that these products/companies are around year-round however, so you are not limited to shopping with them to just the holiday season.
Last Minute Gift Idea #1:
We love our friends at Couch Guitar Straps. You may know Couch creator, Dan Perkins, from the local Long Beach based bands The New Fidelity and California Lions –however, you may not know that his creativity is not limited to great song-writing and catchy musical arrangements. As a practicing Vegan and working musician he decided to combine those two passions back in 1999 to create
Couch Guitar Straps, which boasts a product line of handmade guitar straps which they describe as “more original than that big box music retailer strap and more durable than that cheaply made fashion designer one — way better than leather, our guitar straps are made of vinyl and car seatbelt material, and adjust up to 6 inches longer than your average strap for those of us who are bigger and who like to play low.” Couch also uses lots of recycled and vintage deadstock materials and make their straps in a sweatshop free environment, “so know that you guitar strap or vegan belt (or wallet or camera strap) not only looks great and is priced right, but has good karma too.”
Everyone could use a little good karma right? Some of your favorite musicians and bands think so as Couch Guitar Straps have been spotted on Nels Cline, Beck, John Cale as well as members of Tegan and Sara, Silversun Pickups, Mountain Goats, Earlimart, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros as well as many more.
So you’d think a product like this would be priced at boutique prices right? Wrong. Because their products are made for musicians by musicians they understand how on a budget this demographic can be and in turn keep their prices low (starting at under $18, with a majority of their straps staying near a $40 price point). As we mentioned though, Couch is not just for musicians as they also make wallets and recently added Camera straps to their line. You also don’t have to compromise style with any of their products as they offer an array of designs and varieties for their fashion forward customers.
As if knowing that this company is doing something great for the environment, and thus are you by default when you purchase anything from them you can also save on shipping fees since they are available for purchase locally at convenient locations such as Pull My Daisy in Silverlake, Vintage Gear Guitar Shop in Hollywood, The Kids are Alright in Long Beach, True Tone and McCabe’s in Santa Monica and many other locations in L.A. and Orange Counties as well as all across the U.S. For a full list of stores click here
You are also in luck if you absolutely must have it shipped as their deadline for ordering to ensure a December 25th arrival is today (Monday December 20th) at 3pm. You might even be able to arrange a pick-up at their warehouse if push comes to shove, just remember to bring some treats for Chirper.
Here is a short video feature we’d done on Dan Perkins and Couch Guitar Straps a little over a year ago, look for an updated feature on them in early 2011 where we’ll learn about their new products, etc.