Arcade Game Typography (£20)
It’s not easy to be artistic with an eight-by-eight grid. And yet, designers in the early days of gaming used a canvas just that big to create typography so iconic that it’s still aped today.
From the pixel caps of Pac-Man to the sci-fi font of After Burner, this bold compendium charts the tales of these technicolor typefaces in such stunning detail that design fans and gaming nerds alike will want it on their coffee table.
Marshall Stockwell II (£178)
Marshall amps are cool. That’s a fact. Built for the back of vans and topped by gnarly knobs, the iconic boxes have done the business for everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Motörhead. Bring that rock and roll to your Bluetooth rodeo with the Stockwell II.
Styled like its full-size forebears and topped by a guitar strap handle, the speaker packs punchy sound, EQ knobs and a battery that can last longer than Live Aid. And, like any good touring accessory, it’s built tough, with a steel grille and IPX4 waterproofing to survive any beers thrown from the front row.
Capcom Home Arcade (£200)
An actual arcade cabinet might make for an authentic gaming experience, but short of selling the telly and standing one in the living room, you might struggle to find the space. Do the next best thing with this retro deck from Capcom.
No everyday emulator, the full-size replica of an arcade control is built to be durable, with premium Sanwa joysticks and buttons you’ll love to push. Connect it to a screen via HDMI and you’ll find 16 stunningly reproduced titles – from Alien vs Predator to Street Fighter II – to play alone, with a pal or against a mate.
Vinyl Record Wireless Charger (£17)
Drop your smartphone on an actual vinyl record and you’ll likely receive a vintage clip around the ear for damaging the delicate grooves on dad’s sacred Dire Straits single. Drop your smartphone on this vinyl record, on the other hand, and you’ll receive both a fully charged smartphone and admiring glances from fellow fans of all things retro.
A cunningly disguised wireless charger, it’s smaller than a seven-inch single but can keep the party alive for a whole lot longer.
Wild & Wolf 746 Phone Burnt Terracotta (£50)
Nothing says Sixties nostalgia quite like carrying the base of your rotary phone around the room while reminiscing about the Rolling Stones. Bring back the bell ringer with this throwback blower from Wild & Wolf.
Styled like the General Post Office’s distinctive 746 – first seen in 1967 – its push buttons and standard plug might be modern additions, but the Burnt Terracotta colour scheme is as retro as it gets. Groovy, operator.
Polaroid OneStep 2 Viewfinder i-Type Camera (€130)
For a truly vintage Christmas, you’ll need a bumper telly guide for circling your favourites, Quality Street in an actual tin and a copy of the Muppets Christmas Carol, preferably on well-worn VHS. Alternatively, celebrate in the present while recording all the festivities with this throwback snapper.
Styled as a salute to the original OneStep snapper of 1977, the revived camera might be back with Bluetooth, but there’s no mistaking the analogue warmth of the physical prints it produces – imperfect, just like your childhood.
Gearbox Automatic MkII (£549)
No retro home setup is complete without a record player – and if mid-century chic is what piques your interest, this transparent turntable should put you in a spin.
Inspired by the iconically industrial Braun PC3-SV, the second edition of the Gearbox Automatic is further proof that functional form can look fantastic. Equipped with an upgraded belt drive and improved electronics, drop a Drifters disc on top for the ultimate Fifties finish.