If there’s anything I can help you with, it’s this. I love music, I sing, I play. I buy presents every year for musicians in my life and always have. If you need to know what to buy your little brother who loves his guitar but you’re on a budget and WHO KNEW GUITAR STRINGS CAME IN DIFFERENT SIZES then slow down, grab a cuppa, open up Amazon and let me help. Deep breath, it’s easy.
The problem with music, is that when it comes to gifts, they either seem boring or way too technical. Sometimes, they are. However, I’m here to help you see the difference between boring rubbish musicians end up having to buy every so often (mic leads, ugh. Which I actually got some of for my birthday and it made it so much easier receiving them as a gift! Thanks Charlie!) and the shiny exciting stuff that looks like a load of junk to you but they’ll be playing with all day going “doesn’t it sound better like this?!” and you’ll have to pretend to know what they’re talking about. I’ll help you with that, too.
NOTE: ALL MY MUSICIAN FRIENDS HAVE TO NOT READ THIS POST AND NEITHER CAN MY BOYFRIEND OR YOU’LL ALL RUIN CHRISTMAS AND I’LL CRY.
EXTRA NOTE: If you ARE one of those musician friends, or the musician boyfriend, then here’s your present all wrapped up and secret to torment you. HA HA.
IF THEY LOVE MUSIC, BUT DON’T PLAY:
Cheap and Cheerful: The old classic HMV voucher. You may think “meh, vouchers” but HMV IS LIKE THE HOLY LAND. Start from £1 and go as high as you like-but one thing I promise you is that they’ll be in the shop for about an hour or more deciding what to spend it on.
Mid-range: Instead of buying a CD (which is a bit old school, and they probably have it already) grab a vinyl from HMV (or any other record store-my faves are in Brighton.) it doesn’t matter if it’s a new artist or old, what genre-as long as you know their tastes a tad, the staff can help you. Bonus points if you can grab something they’ve never heard of-makes you look like a super cool music enthusiast that knows more about it all than they do. Evidently, check they’ve got a record player first. Alternatively-A Spotify subscription!
Splashing the Cash: Gig tickets, a vintage looking radio (try Roberts), a great pair of headphones (Bose over Beats any day, trust me!).
IF THEY PLAY: GUITAR
Cheap and Cheerful: Picks, strings, a capo-for either of the first 2, you’ll need to know the size of guitar they use and whether they use any special type of pick-but as a general rule of thumb, go for some basics!
Mid-range: Pedals, or a pedalboard: You know when you go to a gig and the guitarists spend a lot of time stepping on something infant of them and you wonder how drunk they are? They’re stepping on pedals to get different effects from they guitar. You can buy looooads of different effects, and most guitarists have a few pedals already, but try a delay or a phaser if they’ve got some already. If they have none, start with distortion, it’s the easiest place to begin!
Splashing the Cash: A whole, new, shiny guitar. As a general rule, guitarists have a wish list of all the guitars they’re saving for, and know exactly what they want from their next model-so make it more special and take them to a good music shop to choose their own with a budget set for them. (GAK in Brighton, or a local one near you) take them to costa on the way back and make a day of it! (Beware: taking a guitarist into a guitar shop will take hours. Either leave them to it, develop a genuine interest, or take a whole bag of patience with you!)
IF THEY PLAY: A CLASSICAL INSTRUMENT (Like Piano, Violin, or Brass)
Cheap and Cheerful: Care Kit. You can get these for pretty much any instrument and they are so handy for general maintenance!
Mid-range: Sheet music. Figure out their favourite album and you can probably find the sheet music for it online-the likes of Adele, Biebs, and Taylor Swift all have sheet music released and this will make for a pretty good soundtrack to your Christmas Day.
Splashing the Cash: Concert tickets! Easy Peasy! (You don’t have to go with them, let them take someone who they know would enjoy it with them)
IF THEY SING:
Cheap and Cheerful: Vocalzones or Rescue remedies: Throat sweets and nerve reducing sweets for before gigs! Find in any local Boots when you’re doing your regular girly shop and obligatory make up shopping for your other pals.
Mid-range: A one off singing lesson with a local teacher! (If you’re from Kent/London, I teach and do gift vouchers, holla at me for prices!)
Splashing the Cash: A mic! You can get a basic one for great prices on Amazon, but here’s the amazing one my boyfriend got me for my birthday this year, the Shure SM58, and I loved: (thank you Charlie 🙂 although if you are reading this you’re going on the naughty list for trying to figure out what you’re getting for Christmas and you’re getting coal).
I hope this helped you out a bit! If you’re a music lover, what do you like receiving at Christmas? Are you buying for any music lovers this year?