Need a gift idea for someone that sings or plays an instrument? The music trade is teeming with all kinds of exciting gadgets and accessories. Here are just a handful of ideas worth tuning into.
Musically stylised ornaments and pieces of furniture can be a great gift for a budding musician and don’t require too much technical know-how. Think beyond guitar-shaped fridge magnets and rock star mugs and go for something a little off-kilter such as a vinyl clock or a musical keyboard tie. Such gifts are cheap and cheerful and show a bit of personalisation.
Most modern audio equipment isn’t expensive, but if you’re looking for a big gift sound bases and sound bars can be a great option. They provide high quality surround sound and can be used for dual purpose TV surround sound. For a small gift, consider a cheap pair of in-ear headphones. With most people now opting for over-ear headphones – even the most high-quality noise-cancelling in-ear types are now selling for less than $25.
Music production gear
You no longer need to hire a recording studio – you can record music from the comfort of your bedroom with some production software and high-quality mic. There are plenty of production software types out there – some of which are more expensive and complex than others. The likes of Beatcraft are great for beginners, whilst still having many advanced features for those eager to progress their musicianship to the next level.
For microphones meanwhile, there are many high-quality low-end models now on the market such as the Shure SM57, which you can get for $100. Don’t feel the need to go above $200, unless you’re buying for a professional musician.
As well as producing their own music, many DIY artists can distribute their own music. Companies such as Nationwide can supply bulks of CDs, which can be used to copy music onto. If they’re playing a gig and want to sell a few CDs whilst they’re there, whatever better gift than a simple pack of CDs. Alternatively, you can use such items to create your custom album of songs to give as a gift. Whilst CDs may be becoming old-fashioned, they can still make a great personal physical gift.
Buying a musical instrument for someone is quite an expense – unless you’re buying something small like a harmonica or a tambourine, you can expect to fork out a lot of money for a decent quality musical instrument. Instead of full-blown instruments, consider accessories. If someone you know plays a guitar, there are many affordable and useful extras that you can purchase such as a guitar strap, a capo or a set of plectrums (you can even get plectrum-makers that allow you to make your own custom guitar picks). Music stands and metronomes meanwhile are gifts that have a more universal use. You can find such gifts online, or by going down to your local music shop.
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