It’s almost that time of year! If you haven’t already finished holiday shopping for your musician friends, here are a few ideas to help you check of your shopping list.
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A Ticket Stub Diary
Many musicians love going out to see live music as much as they love the opportunity to get to perform it. Get your musician friend a ticket stub diary so they can organize mementos from their favorite nights out. These can be used to collect tickets from their own shows or to shows they attended as an audience member. Check out the Ticket Stub Diary.
For musicians still in the early stages of musical development, lessons can help a great deal. You can check out music tutors for various instruments and music skills at places like Wyzant, but we’ve also recommended a few more places here.
A Scratch of Map
One of the best things about being a musician other than the music (imho) is the fact that we often get opportunities to travel. I love being on the road and traveling to new places. If your musician friends are anything like me, they may love this scratch map. Check the out.
Music Mixtape Doormat
This AKF Shop Decorative Mixtape Cassette Funny Retro Vintage Doormats Welcome Mats Entrance Mat Floor Mat Door Mat Rug Indoor/Outdoor/Front Door/Bathroom Mats Rugs for Home/Office/Bedroom Neoprene Rubber Non Slip Backing Machine Washable (23.6″x15.7″,L x W) is customizable and is a fun gift to give your musician friend.
External Storage Device (or a Dropbox Subscription)
Most musicians are constantly writing or recording music and so having backups of all of their handwork is an absolute must! Get them a USB key or a hard drive or even get them a subscription to Dropbox. Many musicians may also need a place to back up their music collection since most of us are “collecting” digitally now.
Upcycled Records: Bowls or Bracelet Cuff
This Vinyl Album Record Bowl – “Rock Essentials” Genre
is a pretty neat decorative item. The labels are protected so you do not have to worry about them being damaged. The upcycled Vinyl Record Cuff Bracelet is adorable. They are created by the same designer as the bowls.
The M-Audio Keyboard is the standard go-to midi keyboard, but if you want to get fancy, the ARTURIAmidi keyboard is beautiful. If they already have a midi keyboard, you can always go for the travel size option (M-Audio Travel Size Midi Keyboard), plus it’s more affordable.
For the musician who is just starting to record, this is great option if they’re using software like Garageband. It gives them an easy way to record and get started. You can get a pretty affordable option here with the Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB Microphone, but you can take it a step up with this one (Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Microphone) from Audio Technica. Blue USB Microphones also have some pretty great reviews on Amazon.
You can never have enough of these
Korg TM50BK Instrument Tuner and Metronome, Black For some reason I seem to either misplace or wear out my tuners so I think it’s time to invest in a new one (or two or three). I’m a fan of the basic Korg tuners and it’s pretty neat that this one also has a built in metranome.
Get them new music
Shameless Plug #1: The Album Checklist
Our book, The Album Checklist, is a great guide and workbook to help you or your musician friends help plan and budget your next (or first) album. It takes you step-by-step through the planning process all the way to post-release marketing and promotion. It has a nice collection of worksheets to help you keep organized too. Details here.
Shameless Plug #2: Kenkase Reedcases and Guitar Pick Cases
My dad has a pretty cool business where he handcrafts wood reed and guitar pick cases with tons of customizable options. You can get different sizes (like 5 reeds or 10 reeds), stone inlays, initials, wood combinations, felt colors, wood inlays, etc. It’s a great option for your musician friends and it’s totally personalized. Details here.
Shameless Plug #3: Holiday Music
Okay, I know, I’m pushing it with 3 plugs, but I promise this is the last one! I’ve released a holiday album and you can pick up a copy of it here (Signed) or get it digitally on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp or CDBaby. We also recommend this album.