Is that tie loud enough?

Still looking for that gimmicky Secret Santa office present? Your co-workers could do a lot worse than a Sonic Fabric necktie made from recycled casse

Still looking for that gimmicky Secret Santa office present? Your co-workers could do a lot worse than a Sonic Fabric necktie made from recycled cassette tape.

NY designer Alyce Santoro has come up with a way of threading audio tape together with normal cotton to create ties that can literally be played. The ties come in three colours (black, brown and grey) and feature recordings from Alyce's very own 'between stations' album, which is based on looped and layered samples collected on the streets of Manhattan - although you'll need a de-constructed tape head to listen to them.

The bad news is that they cost a hefty $90 (£55) each, and sorting out international shipping could be tricky.