Kind of like in the old days when everybody knew an almost rock star, now everyone has a bedroom DJ on their holiday list. So here's some of the gear you can get for both hardcore and poseur knob twiddlers, to make everyone's scratching a little sweeter....
1, Let them flash their DJ I.D. with this turntable ring (Decibel, 200 Queen West, 416-506-9648, $350). Styling shades for, um, dark clubs (2, Get Outside, 437 Queen West, 416-593-5598, $20). A DJ isn't a DJ without, you know, headphones, and these Sony babies are standard issue in the war on bad trance (3, Bay Bloor Radio, 55 Bloor West, 416-967-1122, $229.95). If they insist on looking old-school, get them an Urbansoundguru baseball hat (4, Metropolis Records, 162 Spadina, 416-364-0230, $25).
If they can't play da records, at least they can wear 'em -- an American DJ Boys T is the perfect giftie for the muzak fan (5, Noise, 275 Queen West, 416-971-6479, $32). So are music mags (6, Indigo, various locations $4.99-$11.95). To decorate the decks, a Mohawk Records slip mat (7, The Pit Records, 439 Yonge, 416-979-9415, $29.99). Once they move beyond milk crates and get a real record bag, your DJ friend will feel way cool (8, Fiction Design Company 416, 259 Niagara, 416-504-6554, $100).
DJs, apparently, are from space and are secretly pink, as this fully loaded traveller DJ toy shows, complete with record case and turntable (9, Noise, $180). To hear the sound and make their room look good at the same time, get them some Blueroom Minipod Loudspeakers (10, Metropolis Records, $849). Stuff the wax in a silver case (11, Metropolis Records, $95). Pick up a set of teched-out Stanton needles (12, Eastern Bloc Records, 224 Adelaide West, 416-593-4355, $329) and a camouflage record bag by Odyssey (13, The Pit Records, $169). To make sure they don't accidentally put on a smoking Kenny G track, give the gift of light (14, Noise, $12).
With files from Pauline Siu