10 Gift Ideas for Musicians & Music Students

Dec 9, 2015

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It’s December, which means there isn’t much time left to finish up your Christmas shopping before the big day arrives! If you’re anything like me, there may be more than a few people in your life that are just impossible to shop for. Either they’ve got everything already, or just can’t articulate what they want, but it boils down to the same thing for you: frustration. Well, hopefully some of those difficult-to-shop-for people on your holiday list are musicians, because in that case we might be able to help out a bit!

That’s right! Let The Music Studio help you find the perfect gift for the music students in your life! For this week’s topic we’re going to suggest a few gift ideas that will impress even the Scrooge-iest of musicians.

  1. Headphones

Did you know that many musicians like to have (at least) two pairs of headphones? Listening to music and recording music both require the use of headphones (in most cases), but sometimes you need the right tools for the right job! Many people prefer something more light in weight, with a bit more bass response for enjoying music, so earbuds may be something to consider. Recording music however, has a different set of requirements; studio recording requires larger, over-ear headphones that are better balanced, with no increased bass. You want a more natural sound when monitoring your studio recording. With the huge variety of brands, styles, and prices, this idea might be best suited for people you know well.

  1. Rocksmith

If any aspiring musicians in the family also happen to be gamers, consider Rocksmith this Christmas. With “games” available for guitar and bass for Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Sony’s PlayStation 3, and PC, this is the game for people who what to actually learn to play guitar instead of a hunk of plastic that has four buttons and vaguely resembles a guitar. It’s kind of like Guitar Hero, except you use an actual electric guitar plugged into your video game system of choice. The game’s maker, Ubisoft, makes the strong claim that it can teach you guitar, and while the jury may still be out on that, it could certainly supplement any lessons well.

  1. Practice Drum Pads

Any drummer will tell you nothing beats practicing on the real thing, but unfortunately, most of us live in the real world, where neighbours don’t always appreciate a sweet drum solo during their late night talk show. Here’s where the practice drum pads come in. These handy little practice aids come in a wide range of sizes, constructions, and configurations. Single pads for a drum line student, pad kits for the rock drummer, even high-tech electronic practice pads for the cutting edge percussionist! Your local music store should be able to help you find the right product for your drummer.

  1. Musician’s Dice

This fun little stocking stuffer is great for the music student who is just getting started, as well as the experienced composer! The set of 12 twelve-sided dice feature the chromatic scale. Just roll the dice, and behold random music! Practice odd arrangements to get those fingers nimble, or roll to get through a writing block, the random nature of the dice will keep any musician on their toes. Check them out here on Amazon.

  1. Musician’s Emergency Adapter Kit

Adapters can be a pain. The little things get misplaced, broken, or just plain forgotten all the time. The Musician’s Emergency Adapter Kit to the rescue! It doesn’t really matter what kind of adapter you’re looking for, this little bag has got it. With 26 different adapters, there is no reason to miss a single beat. This is the perfect gift for any musician that performs or records. For a complete list of all the adapters and accessories included in the kit, check out VAT19.

  1. The Pick Punch

Something for the guitarists out there, the Pick Punch can make guitar picks out of pretty much anything plastic. And there isn’t a single style, oh no, the Pick Punch website features no fewer than seven distinct shapes and styles, as well kits, materials, sanding blocks, and accessories. Everything a guitarists needs for their own personal picks.

  1. Sheet Music

One of the most frustrating things about picking up an instrument for the first time is that it feels like forever until you’ll be able to play your favourite songs. To lift your music student’s spirits and confidence, find the sheet music for the songs they really want to learn. Most popular music can be found online, and in most cases you can even find simplified versions of the songs for beginners. They’ll be playing the music that inspired them faster than even they thought!

  1. Music Stand

A good, sturdy music stand can be the difference between an amazing performance (or practice session), and an awful, uncomfortable one. Portable stands come in a few different styles, like the classic wire frame stand, and the bulkier, more durable stage stand. Some stands even come with a convenient carrying case to keep them organized traveling to gigs. This is a great gift idea no matter the skill level.

  1. Instrument Stands

Some musicians love to show off their instruments in their home. When most people think of instrument stands they think only of guitar stands, but in fact they make stands for clarinets, flutes, saxophones, violins, you name it. If the musician in your life is especially proud of their instrument and wants to display it, this might be a great gift option.

  1. Accessories

Every instrument has it’s own cornucopia of accessories to choose from that make great stocking stuffers. Woodwind instruments often have reeds of varying styles and materials. Many require neck straps. Brass instruments need slide grease and brass polish. String instruments need wood polish, strings, shoulder rests, bows, and a slew of high-tech gadgets. No matter what instrument they play, there is always some accessory that needs to be purchased again and again, which is prime real estate for a potential Santa Claus.