Life is more meaningful with music providing the platform upon which we can express ourselves – our thoughts and our feelings – to the fullest. We don’t really need to be musicians nor singers ourselves to appreciate the wonderful melodies that each song brings. All we need is to close our eyes and let the various rhythms take us to a world that is both magical and wonderful. Music lets us leave our worries behind and enable us to function in a more optimal manner. And for those who really adore music or who look at songs and tunes to be integral parts of their lives, here are 15 gifts for musicians that we can guarantee they will also love.
15 Gifts for Musicians
Acoustic Guitar T-Shirt Cool Musician by Think Out Loud Apparel
Given that t-shirts are one of the world’s most popular types of clothes, then there’s no better way to really show one’s love or appreciation for the world’s tunes than with the Think Out Loud Apparel’s Acoustic Guitar T-Shirt Cool Musician. This jersey is made of 100 percent combed cotton assuring the wearer of a level of comfort that lets the skin literally breathe through the fabric of the t-shirt. Since cotton is known to be hypoallergenic, there will be no issues of skin redness or itching occurring. Plus, the guitar silhouette on the body of the t-shirt makes for a really cool and interesting design. This is the best gift for musicians who are really fond of wearing really cool looking t-shirts instead of the glittering stuff.
What We Like about It – The cotton construction of the Think Out Loud Apparel is exceptionally smooth and super comfortable giving superb performance for the highly active musician of the modern times.
Musicians High Fidelity Concert Earplugs with Acoustic Filters by EAR Defense
It is not uncommon to see people who are exposed in areas of very high noise levels to be at increased risk for going deaf. And since musicians are greatly exposed to such noise levels, you’d be thanked if you could give your friend the EAR Defense Musicians High Fidelity Concert Earplugs with Acoustic Filters. The EAR Defense is made of super soft, highly flexible silicone allowing for a perfect fit into the ear canal. This effectively reduces external noise levels and helps prevent deafness. More importantly, a built-in acoustic filter allows the true qualities of sound to be filtered in while the noise is filtered out. This makes the EAR Defense particularly beneficial to the musician who wants to listen to all the correct tunes without endangering his or her hearing to deafness.
What We Like about It – The EAR Defense’s unique acoustic filter is exceptional as it allows the wearer to listen to all the right tones without risking becoming deaf.
TNB-ARM01 Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand with 6 inch Mic Round Shape Wind Pop Filter Mask Shield by Tree New Bee
One of the best gifts you can give to a friend who is aspiring to become a recording artist is the TNB-ARM01 Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand from Tree New Bee. This rig is what the beginning singer really needs to help deliver smoother voice quality that is perfect for recording solo hits. Unfortunately, the Tree New Bee is a simple microphone stand although it does come with a wind pop filter mask shield. This means you have to also buy a separate microphone and the filter shield mask as these two are not included in the package. Some consumers are led to believe that the package already includes these two gadgets. So, this should be carefully noted. And if you wish to throw in a microphone into the gift package, make sure not to get the Blue Yeti USB microphone as the Tree New Bee is not really a suitable rig for such a mic. Nevertheless, the compact styling of the Tree New Bee allows for superb portability as it can be easily carried around and then placed on any flat surface. This is also excellent for voice makeover artists.
What We Like about It – The Tree New Bee is an inexpensive beginner’s rig for propping a microphone complete with a filter mask shield.
Disco DJ Lights Holiday House Party Lamps by Spriak
People go to night clubs and party houses not only to enjoy great music but also to be dazzled with a fabulous display of light shows. If your best buddy just happens to have a knack for creating a very festive atmosphere, then the Spriak Disco DJ Lights Crystal Magic Ball Light is an excellent gift. The Spriak features a variety of light modes from auto to flash and even music, perfect for creating the much-needed vibe to your party. Want a hassle-free light-up show? Then switch on to full auto. If it’s stroboscopic effect that you’re after, then the Spriak’s flash mode is the one to switch on. And if you intend on creating the perfect party atmosphere, then the music mode is the one to flip. The Spriak offers a lot of useful applications especially for those who would like to set the mood of the party right.
What We Like about It – The Spriak is a very portable and easy-to-setup party lights that can really turn drab gatherings into fantastic get-togethers.
MPK Mini MKII 25-Key USB MIDI Controller by Akai Professional
Like true artists, there are no dedicated venues upon which musicians can create masterpieces. One need not be in a music studio to come up with the next big hit. In fact, many of today’s musical greats composed their masterpieces in the most unlikely of places. That’s why true aspiring musicians will love the versatility and portability of the Akai professional MPK Mini MKII USB MIDI Controller. This rig essentially enables your aspiring musician friend to compose, record, and perform his or her original creations wherever he or she may be. The MPK Mini has a very small profile that fits right into your laptop backpack or bag. It’s so versatile that it can be connected straight to your computer’s or laptop’s digital audio workstation. There are excellent controls for both the modulation and dynamic pitch as well as 25 mini keys that are especially designed for synth action. The backlit pads are styled in MPC and are guaranteed to be highly velocity-sensitive. Tweaking and mixing one’s creations are also possible thanks to the MPK Mini’s Q-Link controls that are fully assignable. The Akai MPK Mini has a lot of other features that can truly see the development of the next biggest musical sensation of this generation.
What We Like about It – The Akai MPK Mini has all the fundamental features that you can expect from a MIDI Controller plus other high tech features that can only be found in higher end rigs.
DIY Guitar Pick Punch with Leather Key Chain Pick Holder by Pick-A-Palooza
Guitarists have their own set of accessories that can greatly enhance their guitar-playing antics. From amplifiers to capos, guitarists will always want the best for their guitars. One of these accessories that all guitarists use is the guitar pick. Now, picking on specific guitar strings to highlight a tone or even to stress a bass note can really amplify the music listening experience. There are plenty of commercially available guitar picks. However, these won’t give your friend the kind of personalized pick he or she truly deserves. With the Pick-A-Palooza, he or she can now create his or her own guitar pick. The package is more like the SIM cutters and hole makers we see in the market except that it is specifically designed to stamp out a guitar pick. That being said, you can use any material to use as your guitar pick be it an old credit card, a laminated ID, or any other material which you want to use as a pick. The Pick-A-Palooza also comes with a variety of stylish plastic strips in case your friend doesn’t want to use ordinary plastics. At any rate, you’re empowering your friend to create his or her own guitar pick.
What We Like about It – The Pick-A-Palooza is an ingenious tool for creating your personalized guitar pick.
3D Glow LED Night Light Creative Guitar Inspiration 7 Colors Optical Illusion Lamp by Fding
There are people who don’t like very elaborate light shows to set up the right atmosphere for their music creation activities. Whether it is to be used as a mood light or as simple decorative lights, the Fding 3D Glow LED Night Lights can be a great gift. The Fding has a very sturdy base made of ABS material plus a non-toxic crystal acrylic plate. The guitar silhouette reminds you of those neon lights at some pubs in certain areas of the city as these can be easily controlled with a touch of a button, enabling you to choose from 7 different colors to set the correct mood. And if you’re concerned about its power consumption, the Fding only consumes 5 volts of your power. And since it is powered through a USB interface, the Fding can be connected to any USB port of any device. Technically, your laptop can give power to the Fding.
What We Like about It – The Fding is a great desktop gift idea for people whose lives revolve around music.
Music Lover Kit Words for Refrigerator by Magnetic Poetry
One of the most useful gifts we’ve found that can inspire aspiring musicians compose the lyrics to their songs is the Magnetic Poetry’s Music Lover Kit Words for Refrigerator. These are technically ref magnet tiles that contain a variety of words which your friend can easily jumble together to come up with a fantastic lyric. And since it’s magnetic there’s no need for writing it down. Every day, you can arrange and rearrange the different words to find out their perfect fit. The same magnetic word tiles can also be used by poets and other individuals whose lives are focused on words. The great thing with the Magnetic Poetry is that you can easily come up with your obramaestra on almost any metallic surface. Masterminding an opus has never been this easy.
What We Like about It – The Magnetic Poetry word tiles are superb gifts for individuals who love to play with words to come up with a masterpiece.
Women’s and Teens Fun and Funky Crew Socks by RSG Hosiery
While socks are not inherently musical instruments anyone can play with, the mere fact that the RSG Hosiery women’s and Teens Fun and Funky Crew Socks are adorned with all the iconic musical symbols known to man is enough to say that it should be considered a great gift suggestion for music lovers anywhere. Made of a blend of polyester, spandex, and nylon, the Fun and Funky Crew Socks makes for the perfect footwear for musicians and music lovers wherever they may be. The polyester component gives it unparalleled smoothness as well as durability while nylon adds to its strength. Spandex, on the other hand, greatly improves its fit regardless of the size of one’s feet. Musicians will surely love playing their brand of music with the Fun and Funky Crew socks keeping their feet warm and cozy.
What We Like about It – The excellent design and premium manufacture of the Fun and Funky Crew Socks make it an ideal present for musicians – aspiring or pros – all over the world.
61 Key Electronic Keyboard Super Kit with Stand, Stool, Headphones, and Power Supply by RockJam
Kids who are exposed to music early in life do a lot better cognitively, emotionally, and socially than kids who weren’t exposed to music in their developmental years. That said, while listening to music can really have its positive effects on the child, playing a musical instrument can greatly improve the developmental and health benefits to young children. One of the easiest instruments to learn is the keyboard or the piano. And RockJam’s Electronic Keyboard Super Kit helps guarantee that whenever your kid sits down on the kit’s accompanying stool, he or she will have a much easier time learning the basics and ropes of keyboard playing. The RockJam comes with all the different sound effects, rhythms, and even demo songs to help children get into the groove. It even comes with a record and playback functionality so your kid can easily create a concerto of his or her own. The RockJam also comes with its own headphones to enable your kid to play all he or she wants without being an annoyance to others. Because of its lightweight and compact design the RockJam Keyboard makes the perfect instrument for budding young musicians, a great gift for the very young musical talent.
What We Like about It – The RockJam Keyboard provides an exceptional training musical instrument for budding virtuosos.
Acoustic Guitar Bundle with Gig Bag, Tuner, Strings, Strap, Picks, Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD, and Polishing Cloth by Fender
There are piano enthusiasts, drummers, and fans of guitars. While the debate as to which musical instrument is the best and the easiest to learn, we’d say the guitar is very portable and requires no electronic components to play. Keyboards, while they are portable, require some form of power for you to play them. On the other hand, a guitar can be played anytime, anywhere, regardless of circumstance. As such, the Fender Acoustic Guitar is one exceptionally fantastic gift you can ever give to an aspiring musician. It comes complete with a gig bag, a guitar tuner, extra guitar strings, a guitar strap, three picks, and even an instructional DVD from Austin Bazaar. It’s a complete set to get your friend started on the many joys of playing the guitar. The dreadnaught body is designed specifically for full and vibrant tone which gives you the versatility of playing a variety of music styles. The synthetic bone saddle comes fully compensated and is made of rosewood. This is a young or newbie guitarist’s dream stringed instrument.
What We Like about It – The Fender acoustic guitar is an excellent choice if you have a friend who is fascinated with guitars and who would like to start learning how to play such musical instrument.
Guitar Attachment by EZ-Fret
One major complaint of newbie guitarists is how their finger pads can often ache because of the constant pressure application on the strings to produce the kind of tone the music requires. In most cases, calluses can form on the finger pads while the guitar strings can also produce a really annoying buzzing sound. With the EZ-Fret Guitar Attachment, these issues will all be things of a painful past. The EZ-Fret effectively covers the strings on full sized or standard sized acoustic guitars. The soft cups help provide for a softer feel while its support base helps guarantee you still “press” the correct string on a particular fret to come up with the right chord. With more than 110 chords to play, the EZ-Fret is a great accompaniment to novice guitar players who always complain of pain on their finger pads.
What We Like about It – The design of the EZ-Fret is simply ingenious. By making guitar playing as comfortable as possible, more and more people will get to enjoy this musical instrument.
Electronic Roll Up MIDI Drum Kit by RockJam
One major drawback of playing the drums is that it takes a lot of space and is very bulky. Thanks to RockJam’s Electronic Roll Up MIDI Drum Kit, beginning drummers can now learn the tricks of the trade without having to worry about space and portability. The Rockjam MIDI Drum Kit already comes with foot pedals, drumsticks, built-in speakers, and even a power supply so you can be jamming in an instant. Nine drum pads provide a wide variety of sounds that you can expect from a complete drum set like cymbals, toms, snare, and hats. Of course, since it can be easily connected to your computer via USB MIDI, you can also upload a variety of beats to follow. This makes the RockJam MIDI Drum Kit a great gift for the newbie drummer.
What We Like about It – The RockJam MIDI Drum Kit affords exceptional portability and versatility for drummers both newbie and pros.
Covink Cute Drum Kit Cufflinks for Men’s French Shirt by Utoy
For friends who are drummers by trade or who simply adore the rhythm-making prowess of modern drummers, there’s a gift that’s just for them. The UtoyCovink Cute Drum Kit Cufflinks are an exceptionally beautiful gift for your friend especially if he needs to wear a French shirt during one of those performances. Because of its elegant design, the Covink can also be elegantly worn in business meetings, weddings, and other social gatherings where the dress code is more semi-formal in nature.
What We Like about It – The Covink is a great cufflink gift item for the man who wants to show his passion for music.
“Without Music Life Would B Flat” Ceramic Wall Plaques by Mountain Meadows Pottery
Wall décors make for great gift suggestions simply because they remind us of something. The “Without Music Life Would B Flat” Ceramic Wall Plaques remind us of the beauty of music especially in creating meaning to our existence. Made of stoneware clay in its natural color before being baked with a glossy finish, the wall plaque is a great testament to the passion of artists in pretty much the same way as musicians are very passionate about their music.
What We Like about It – These ceramic wall plaques are superb wall décors that can help remind us of the effects of music in our lives.
How We Chose the Best Gifts for Musicians in Our List
Picking gifts for the people who really mean to us is quite easy since almost anything will be appreciated. However, if it’s the musicians in our lives or the music-lover that we would like to give a wonderful surprise for his or her birthday, during special occasions like Christmas, or even for no apparent reason at all, then it is imperative that we pick something that can either make him or her feel great about his or her passion for musical creations or show him or her just how much we also appreciate his or her love for music.
Functionality was a major consideration in our search. So is the quality of its construction as well as the integrity of the different components that make the product as a whole. It was clear that these gifts must serve a purpose and that each built-in feature can provide a readily observable or easily obtainable benefit. Otherwise, it might as well end up in the bin where you throw away most of the things that you clearly no longer need. We also tried including as many variations of gift items from smaller ones to large and bulkier ones. We also included items that are relatively inexpensive as well as those that may require some substantial amount on your part, but definitely not enough to make you go bankrupt.
Understanding the Many Benefits of Music
Whether you’re merely listening to it or are actively engaged in its creation, music has many pronounced effects in our lives. As a matter of fact, science reveals many benefits of listening to music. A great majority of studies show the distinct correlation between certain types of music and a variety of positive health and behavioral effects. As there are many ways music benefits our heart, brain, and overall health, it is best to understand what these benefits truly are.
- Boosts mood – This is the easily recognizable benefit of music. It affects the way in which our brain processes and releases our feel-good hormone, dopamine. Because there is an increase in the levels of dopamine, we generally feel good about almost anything and everything.
- Alleviates stress – Because of the dopaminergic effect of music, we tend to be not bothered by stressful situations. This helps us obtain a more cheerful, more positive outlook in life.
- Helps with sleep – By addressing our anxieties, we are able to sleep better, fall asleep faster, and even wake up feeling more refreshed.
- Reduces depression – The opposite of happiness is sadness. Because we have plenty of dopamine, there’s no way depression or sadness can set in. This also boosts our positive outlook in everything.
- Reduces pain sensations – The neurogenic effects of music can also play a role in the modulation of pain receptors in the brain. Because we are happy, our brain is able to temporarily block the transmission of pain impulses so we don’t feel pain.
- Helpful in the recovery of certain patients – Studies show that patients with Alzheimer’s or are recovering from stroke have a better chance of managing their symptoms when music is included in their therapy.
The Bottom Line
Music is life just as life can be considered as a sonata of sorts. There will always be highs and lows like the crescendos and decrescendos in a musical piece. With these 15 gifts for musicians we are hopeful your friends or family members, whom you’re going to give these to, will find the right musical piece to highlight their own lives.