2016 Musicians Holiday Gift Guide

November 25, 2016

2016 Musicians Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are our favorite time of year! With all the yummy treats, family time, and magic in the air it is pretty unbeatable! The best part of the holidays is finding that perfect gift for your loved ones that you just know they'll love! And one of the reasons we love what we do is because we get to help people find the perfect gift to give! 

It can be challenging to find the perfect gift for someone who is interested in music because there is SO MUCH stuff out there and it is hard to know what is going to be good quality and suit the needs of the person you are giving to! So we have tried to simplify it for everyone by making a gift guide for music lovers! This guide includes brands and products that we know and trust to last for a life time and bring joy to whoever unwraps it on Christmas morning! So lets get started!

If they love piano...

Yamaha P-45B or P-115B Digital Piano

The world of digital pianos can be very daunting at times, but we know that we can help ease some of that with these two amazing models from Yamaha! Both feature weighted, hammer action keys that give a real feel of playing a traditional piano! The P-45B is more budget friendly, but the user friendliness of the P-115B puts up a pretty darn good fight! The hardest part about shopping may be deciding between the two! Browse these models and others in our keyboard lineup here.

If they want to record tracks...

So your loved one wants to release the next big mix tape of the year? These gifts will set them well on their way to music production stardom!

PreSonus Studio Monitors

PreSonus Eris 4.5 Studio Monitors

PreSonus is one of the top brands in the recording industry! And their monitors are KILLER!  Anyone looking to break into the music production industry would be more than happy to see a pair of these under the tree this year! The sound quality is divine and you will be able to hear every bit of a song to ensure that you produce the best quality recording possible! Not only are these a great gift for anyone wanting to record, but they're also great for those who just want to listen to music! These monitors will be at killer prices this season, so be sure to browse our selection here and snatch up a pair before they're gone! 

PreSonus Recording Interfaces

So recording. We get asked all the time about how to record. Well, first things first, you need an interface. These interfaces allow you to record top quality audio onto your computer, because just plugging a microphone into your USB jacks just won't cut it. But here's the awesome thing about these PreSonus interfaces, they come with software included! That is like getting two gifts in one! Out of the box they'll be ready to record! So browse our selection here for killer deals! 

Audio-Technica Headphones

These Audio-Technica headphones are killer. Not only are they phenomenal for recording and producing music, but for the recreational listener, they really can't be beat! With options for a variety of uses and in a variety of price points, you can't really pass up picking up a pair of these incredible headphones! Maybe even grab some for yourself! ;) Browse through all the options here

If they love guitar...

Yamaha GigMaker Packs

Do you know someone just itching to play guitar but you have no idea what to get them? How can you tell if you're getting something quality or not? And how do you know if you're getting a good value? Well, to answer your questions, there are a lot of instruments out there and it really is tough to tell what is quality vs not. So, we have taken a lot of the leg work off of your shoulders. We pride ourselves on only selling instruments that are good quality and that we would trust our students to learn on and enjoy. We go to trade shows throughout the year and test so many different instruments so we know exactly what to expect from the instruments that we will be selling, we won't sell anything that we haven't tested and that we don't trust. And that doesn't just go for a general line, that goes for EVERY instrument in our store. When a shipment comes in, we don't just unbox it and call it good, we go through every instrument and setup and adjust the instrument so that it is playing correctly and is not unnecessarily difficult to play. Now, as for a good value, that is why we have selected this Yamaha GigMaker package for our Gift Guide. These packages include just about everything you need to play, including good quality instruments! With options for a solid top acoustic, a classical, and electric guitar packages it really can't be beat! You can view options here

Peavey Vypyr Amplifiers

These amplifiers are just awesome! They are the perfect practice amplifiers because they have piles of effects built in! So if you are giving a gift to a guitarist, this is an great one! There are three different models to choose from, but each of them will provide the player the capability to switch between different effects and tones! This will allow them to sound just like that song they are learning, which just encourages them to keep playing! Browse these amp models and more here

Effects Pedals

Effects pedals are a guitar player's best friend! They change the tone of the guitar and can really add depth to a song! Every guitar player ends up curating a collection of these little boxes, so why not help them start one or expand their current collection! We have a large selection of effects pedals from TC Electronics, Dunlop, MXR, DigiTech, and more which you can see here

Levy's Guitar Straps

Who knew guitar players were so fashionable?! Well, here ya are! The ultimate fashion accessory that is a MUST HAVE for every guitar player! Guitar straps! Levy's offers a wide array of amazing designs that will suit any style! So go browse through our collection here and find the perfect, stylish gift for your guitar player! 

Music Nomad Humidifier

Let's talk care here. So, in dry climates (we're in Utah, which is a desert) guitars can be prone to dry out and crack. Repairing cracks can add up (but, if needed we can do it, see our awesome guitar tech's repairs over on his blog here), so to protect your instrument and prevent cracks we recommend a humidifier. This option from Music Nomad is our favorite because the material they use holds water way longer than most, which cuts down on the time you have to spend re-wetting the humidifier and adds more time for you to play! This is a perfect gift for any guitarist, because it is the gift that they will always need and use every day! You can view this item here

If they love drums...

Yamaha Electronic Drum Kits

So you have an aspiring drummer? That's great! But you don't want to deal with the noise involved? We hear this all the time, and we have found the PERFECT solution! An electronic drum kit is really the best of both worlds! Have the drummer plug in some headphones and play to their heart's content, and you don't have to hear a thing! And then if they want to put on a concert for you? Just unplug the headphones and plug the kit into an amp instead! While they can be a little pricier, it is SO worth it! And these Yamaha kits are so nice! With sensitive pads that play accurate to a real drum and a durable construction (I mean, this is an instrument you literally hit to play, so it had better be built tough) they are an incredible value and so worth every penny! Browse your options here

Other Ideas...

We get this question every year, "I want to give a gift to someone who loves music, but I want it to be unique, what do you suggest?" So here are some suggestions for a meaningful, unique gift!

Ukuleles

Ukuleles are THE item this Christmas! So many popular artists are using ukuleles in their songs and now it is the hottest item of the year! But even though it is a hot item, it is still unique because let's be real, who would think of a ukulele? Not many people. We have a large selection of amazing ukuleles in stock and we make sure that they are set up and ready to be played before they leave our store! Browse all of our ukuleles from brands like Kala, Lanikai, Teton, and more here to find the perfect, unique gift! 

Lessons

Okay, so you are giving a gift to someone who just really love music but they don't know how to play an instrument, what do you do to encourage their love of music and give them something that will last a lifetime? You give them lessons!!!! We have a wide variety of musical instrument lessons which we offer here at our store! With knowledgeable and experienced teachers, we know that your loved one will love learning a new instrument! And the best part is that learning a musical instrument will last them a lifetime! Oh, and did we mention that we are running a special on lessons through the holidays?! Head over to this page to learn more and get signed up!

Stocking Stuffers...

TC Electronics Polytune Clip On Tuner

Tuning is a fact of life for many musicians. This sometimes tedious task can be lessened with this awesome tuner from TC Electronics. It is super accurate, so you can always trust that you are playing in tune. Plus, it has so many more features that make tuning easy (guitarists can strum all of their strings at once and have an accurate read of the tuning of each individual string, so that's pretty awesome). The price-point may make some want to pass it by for the time being, so it makes the perfect gift because you know they want it, it just isn't something they'd usually buy themselves! Plus, it is pretty sleek looking as far as tuners go! You can pick one up here

Gravity Guitar Picks

               

$5 for a guitar pick? Crazy right? Okay, a little. But hear us out on this! Christmas is all about giving people a gift, and a lot of times a gift is something they want but wouldn't usually buy themselves. So this is perfect! And while it may seem a little ridiculous to spend $5 on a single guitar pick, these particular picks are above average! They're made of strong acrylic material that lasts so much longer than a typical guitar pick! Playing guitar can wear out a pick pretty quick, but Gravity Picks are so durable that they simply don't wear out like a typical pick! Plus, they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and thicknesses so there's something for everyone! You can browse our selection here.