The Best Gifts for Musicians
The holiday season is right around the corner, and we all know what that means- secret santa’s, gift exchanges between friends, family, and co-workers, stocking stuffers, and crowded malls. If you prefer to do your shopping online and from the convenience of your own home, there are plenty of options available, especially for musicians and music lovers. Whether you’re choosing a music gift for a professional musician or a child who has just started taking music lessons, you’re sure to find something they’ll love on our music gifts list.
Personalized Guitar Picks
Whether you purchase pre-personalized guitar picks or purchase a set of guitar picks and decorate them on your own, the guitar player in your life is sure to enjoy a set of personalized guitar picks. If you need some inspiration, start by asking what their favorite band, movie, and color are. If their favorite band has a famous symbol, you have exactly what you’re looking for. If you prefer to leave the creativity to someone else, there are plenty of sites that sell fully functional guitar picks constructed out of quarters, old credit cards, and vinyl records.
Vinyl Record Coasters
If the music lover in your life has an affinity for vinyl records, DIY vinyl record coasters are a perfect gift. Not only are they functional, but they’ll act as a conversation starter. As with the personalized guitar picks, you can purchase the records yourself and take a straight DIY approach, or purchase them in pre-made packages. Regardless of the route you take, try to find a group of coasters that best match their favorite genre. Whether it’s indie, jazz, or classical music, you’ll easily be able to make (or purchase) a set of vinyl coasters to match.
When it comes to creating a piece of jewelry for that special someone, think outside the box. A tuner on a necklace chain is great for those who may play the flute, while guitar pick earrings or a guitar string bracelet are perfect for the guitar player in your life. As long as it’s on the smaller side, virtually any accessory can be turned into a piece of jewelry with some creativity and elbow grease. As with the other items on the list, there are plenty of online shops selling pre-made music-themed jewelry, but something homemade will give it that extra touch.
Ticket Stub Journal
If your friend or family members’ love for music takes place in the form of going to concerts and live performances, a ticket stub journal is a great way for them to store and/or display their past experiences. Ideal for sentimentalists, a ticket stub journal will provide a space for them to safely store and write about how much fun they had. When purchasing, pay attention to how many tickets the diary will hold- some hold up to 100, while others creep closer to the 1,000s. Evaluate how many concerts or gift recipient goes to each year and move forward from there.
Christmas Sheet Music
If you’re looking for something a bit smaller, or something that can be combined with any of the other items on this list, you can’t go wrong with a book of Christmas sheet music. Available for a wide variety of skill levels, you can purchase a book of Christmas sheet music for a child who just started taking music lessons, someone who has been playing their instrument for a decade, or someone in between. When purchasing Christmas music, pay attention to the instrument- some books are made exclusively for pianos, guitars, flutes, and other specific instruments.
Don’t want to get so creative? You can never go wrong with a pack of strings– one of the best gifts for musicians.
Stocking Stuffers for Musicians
Looking for more stocking stuffers? Check out your local music store like Guitar Center or call your Directors Assistant Rep for ideas!