Trying to find the ideal present for a Led Zeppelin fan you know? Or maybe you’re a fan who’s looking to pick up something interesting? We have put together a Christmas gift guide with some unusual gift ideas that go beyond the studio albums you might be used to.
Here are our suggestions for Led Zeppelin Christmas presents:
Memorabilia from Led Zeppelin’s 2007 O2 performance
December 10 will mark exactly 10 years since Led Zeppelin performed at the O2 arena in London. Even if you didn’t manage to purchase a ticket in the lottery system that was operated at the time, you can pick up a ticket on eBay today.
Prices range from £20 to £40 for a used ticket, but you can also pick up other memorabilia from the night such as a programme, a wristband, a messenger bag, or even a sheet used to show the different backstage passes.
A book by Dave Lewis
Dave Lewis is the editor of Tight But Loose magazine, the regularly published magazine about Led Zeppelin. He has also released many books about the band, and his writing is some of the most detailed and passionate that you’ll find about Led Zeppelin.
Lewis is selling two of his books as a package for £14 plus postage and packing. That deal gets you “Led Zeppelin Then As It Was – At Knebworth 1979,” Lewis’ excellent account of Led Zeppelin’s two Knebworth shows, as well as “Led Zeppelin Feather In The Wind,” his account of following Led Zeppelin on their European tour of 1980. They’re both great books and interesting enough to please even a hardcore Led Zeppelin fan.
Peter Grant’s Led Zeppelin II gold record
If you have a big budget this Christmas, consider splashing out on this gold record award that was given to Led Zeppelin’s manager Peter Grant in recognition of “Led Zeppelin II” selling 25,000 copies in Sweden. It’s currently scheduled to go under the hammer at Bonhams auction house in London on December 13, and it has an estimate of £600 to £800.
An international Led Zeppelin vinyl single
Led Zeppelin famously didn’t release any singles, but that didn’t stop international labels releasing vinyl singles. These releases often include wacky and colourful artwork, and collecting them can be good fun.
You can pick up overseas Led Zeppelin singles on eBay for as little as £20. The price goes up to several hundreds of pounds for rare singles from Japan and Australia.
This copy of “Rock And Roll” from Spain, for example, is selling for £21.35. The B-side is “Cuatro Cañas,” better known as “Four Sticks.”
‘Resonators’ by Scarlet Page
“Resonators” is photographer Scarlet Page’s book of intimate black and white photographs of guitar legends. The book includes shots of stars such as Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, and also Scarlet’s father Jimmy Page. It’s a nice, large coffee table book with a modern layout.
A Barrington Coleby postcard
Here’s something for someone who likes the artwork on Led Zeppelin’s fourth album. The artist credited as “Barrington Colby” was actually Barrington Coleby, an old friend of Jimmy Page who worked as an artist. He produced the inner gatefold sleeve of Led Zeppelin’s fourth album, which showed the hermit standing on the rocks.
Coleby moved to Switzerland later in his life and continued to paint fantasy paintings on canvas as well as on pavements. He died in 2014.
Coleby produced many fantasy paintings, and you can purchase a postcard featuring one of them for £2.75 on eBay.
Some Physical Graffitea
Physical Graffitea is a tiny tea shop in the basement of 96 Saint Marks Place in New York’s East Village. Why the strange name? Well, 96 Saint Marks Place is one of the two buildings photographed for the cover of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti album.
Robert Plant is a repeat visitor of this charming tea shop which sells some exotic blends, both in-person and online. Online orders of tea start from $5.25 per ounce, with a two-ounce minimum. Shipping is $5 for six ounces or less.
Tickets to see Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
Jason Bonham, the son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, is a veteran drummer in his own right and has been touring for years with his own band. They perform the music of Led Zeppelin, and their show includes a drum duet between Jason and a video of his father, and also rare family photographs.
Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will tour Australia and New Zealand next year, before returning to the US to tour there. Tickets sell from around $25 up to around $125 for a VIP meet and greet and signing.
A Robert Plant scarf
Robert Plant is on a world tour at the moment following the release of his latest solo album “Carry Fire.” And he has launched an online merchandise store that includes some fun products. Our favourite is this limited edition scarf, which includes Plant’s feather symbol from Led Zeppelin’s fourth album as well as the colours of his favourite football team, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Only 200 units of this scarf have been produced, and they’re available online for £10.
There’s also this fetching black and red version, also available for £10:
Plant’s online store also has a nifty £10 keyring:
‘Led Zeppelin: All the Albums, All the Songs’
This new book from author Martin Popoff analyses every track on Led Zeppelin’s original studio albums in fascinating detail. It’s packed with photographs and trivia, and it’s interesting even to hardcore Led Zeppelin fans. You can hear Popoff’s interview with Led Zeppelin podcast Ramble On Radio here.
A Bron Yr Aur print
Bron Yr Aur is the remote cottage in Wales where Robert Plant and Jimmy Page wrote many of the songs that would go on to appear on Led Zeppelin III. The band immortalised the cottage in two songs: The instrumental “Bron-Yr-Aur,” as well as “Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp.”
The cottage’s current owners sell a variety of Bron Yr Aur-related goods through their online shop. There’s a charming winter photograph of the cottage available as an 8 inch by 6 inch mounted print for £22.40.
Robert Plant’s new solo album Carry Fire
Robert Plant released his latest solo album Carry Fire on October 13, and it has gotten some great reviews. The album sees Plant and his band The Sensational Space Shifters in a romantic, folky mood. Plant doesn’t have the same vocal abilities as he did 40 years ago, but Carry Fire is definitely an enjoyable listen.
Carry Fire is available to purchase through Robert Plant’s website for £12 on CD and £25 on vinyl. There are also T-shirt and album bundles available. And if you want something extra special, Barnes & Noble is selling an exclusive gold vinyl version of Carry Fire for $29.99.
A 3D-printed object
Led Zeppelin’s 1976 album Presence featured a mysterious black obelisk on its cover, which is known as “The Object.” Many promotional objects were produced at the time, but they’re prohibitively expensive to purchase today.
One Amazon seller, CADdesignhelp.com, is selling 3D-printed objects for $40 plus $4.99 shipping. They’re probably the cheapest way to get your hands on one of these.
Tickets to see Robert Plant
Robert Plant is currently touring his new solo album Carry Fire around the world, so it’s possibly he’ll be in a city near you next year.
Plant will tour the US in February, before going on to play several dates in Australia in March and April. After that he’s likely to tour Europe.
If you want to see something a bit different from Robert Plant, he’s scheduled to perform during the the UK Americana Awards 2018 in London on February 1. Tickets are for sale online from £26.
A Jimmy Page action figure
What better way to celebrate Led Zeppelin’s iconic guitarist than an action figure of the man himself? This NECA figure features Page playing his double neck guitar in his dragon suit with a cigarette hanging from his mouth. It also includes his amp with “ZOSO” printed on.
These figures regularly crop up on eBay, usually selling for anything from £60 to £100. It’s up to you whether you take it out of the box when it arrives, though.
‘It Might Get Loud’
“It Might Get Loud” is a 2008 feature-length documentary that was, essentially, Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White talking rock music with each other. It has faded from mainstream memory, but it’s a fascinating watch filled with insight about the creative processes of each artist.
The DVD release is available to purchase on Amazon for £13.55. It’s also available on Blu-ray for £19.99. Both versions come with bonus features that show Jimmy Page playing unreleased tracks.
‘London Rock: The Unseen Archive’
This new photography book from photographer Alec Byrne includes hundreds of photographs, with many previously unseen. We can’t be sure exactly how many Led Zeppelin photos are inside, but it looks like there are at least two. Other artists featured include The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan, and The Beatles.
An original Led Zeppelin promotional poster
Led Zeppelin’s record label Swan Song produced some promotional posters of the band, and copies of them sometimes appear on eBay. They’re not giant, they’re around 12 inches by 16.5 inches, but that makes them easier to frame if you wish.