Maybe you’re looking for Christmas gifts for a musical loved one, or you’re a musician making your wishlist for Santa. Either way, our guide is the perfect place to start shopping.
We’ve picked out some presents to suit all kinds of musicians and a range of budgets. Some gifts are silly, some are creative, and some are highly practical...
For Brass Instruments
As well as a sturdy and specially designed Fusion brass bag to carry them around, here are some more gift ideas to go with brass instruments.
This add-on is so simple it’s ingenious. The metal holder attaches to stands or to instruments themselves, and easily fits most glasses, bottles and cans. No more mid-gig fumbling for water or a caffeine boost, it’s right where it’s needed at all times. Particularly useful for the mouth-taxing work of brass playing.
Power up the sound with a mouthpiece booster, giving brass instruments extra versatility and range. The clever attachments transfer more energy to the right parts of the instrument, giving it a deeper, sharper and heavier sound.
Doubly smart, the Berp is a mouthpiece attachment for brass instruments that helps players to train and develop breath control while also keeping the neighbours happy. It creates resistance to make anyone a more powerful and accurate player, and makes for a dramatically reduced sound.
Playing a brass instrument is very hard on the lips, and a chapstick just won’t do it. Instead, you can buy the brass player in your life one of these vibrating lip massagers. Designed to stimulate blood flow in the lips after a gig or rehearsal session, and can also help to warm up beforehand.
For Woodwind Instruments
We have bags exclusively created for woodwind instruments, which make ideal gifts. But if you’re looking for some extra ideas on top, then look no further.
The Swiss army knife of woodwind instruments, this tiny tool can fix a multitude of problems. There’s a tiny screwdriver at one end, and a spring hook at the other, to handle any of those pesky engineering problems that woodwind players sometimes have to deal with.
Delicate woodwind instruments can be tricky to tune in noisy environments, especially backstage at a concert. This innovative multi-instrument tuner uses vibration rather than sound, so musicians can tune up even if they can’t hear a thing.
The iconic guitar is a musician’s pride and joy, and deserves a special bag to protect it. Once that’s sorted, there are a few stocking fillers you can also add to your Christmas list.
Tourtech Tta-t01 Colour Screen Clip-on Tuner
For use with any stringed instrument, this versatile tuner swivels 360 degrees so guitarists don’t have to crane their necks to get the perfect sound. There’s a chromatic display, a tuning range of A0-C8, and an accuracy within +/- 1 cent.
D’Addario Guitar Strap Auto Lock
All-on-one Musicians Maintenance Kit
Guitars are more than just instruments, they’re also works of art, so they deserve regular care and attention. This maintenance kit has everything to keep any guitar clean and in tip-top condition, so it looks and sounds great at all times.
This is a small, fun and thoughtful gift for your guitar-playing loved ones – a special punch tool so they can make their own plectrums. Any rigid plastic will do, so they can go wild with anything from old bank cards to custom designs of their own.
An exciting instrument to look at, listen to and play, the bagpipes have a certain mystique of their very own. They also have some very specific maintenance needs, so here are a few useful gifts you can get for any bagpipe player.
As Scottish as bagpipes themselves, this bagpipe oil is made in Scotland to a traditional formula. It protects and conditions the wood, to prevent it from drying out.
The sound of bagpipes is a beautiful thing, but for the player it can be a little overpowering on the eardrums. These ear plugs were designed with bagpipes in mind, and reduce noise levels by 20dB throughout the frequency range without affecting the quality of the sound.
Trap Dri Moisture Control Trap
This tiny moisture control trap keeps bagpipes in tune by preventing any excess moisture making its way to the pipes from the water trap. Fit it to the water trap tube (no zip bag required) and it’ll gather that troublesome moisture that can otherwise spoil the tuning.
The most cheerful of all instruments, the ukulele is a joy to play and listen to. These accessories will make perfect gifts for any ukulele player you know.
Give a year-round gift with this book of 365 songs to learn on the ukulele. There are pop, folk, broadway, film and holiday songs with all the melodies, lyrics and chord grids you need for playing them easily on the ukulele.
Give a ukulele those fun Hawaiian vibes with some fancy inlay stickers. In tropical shapes, and a sea-blue colour, they’ll cheer up any uke player who’s spending their winter in Britain.
Ukuleles are pretty enough to be displayed when they’re not being played, so a wall hanger will make the most of their beauty. This secure wall mount has an automatic lock to keep the instrument extra secure, and it’s easy to install too.
Any player of a stringed instrument will tell you, you can never have too many spare strings. Once you know the size of the ukulele, you can stock up on a few extra strings that your ukulele-playing giftee will be very thankful for.
One of the trickiest instruments to lug around, the keyboard becomes so much easier to transport with the right Fusion bag. And that’s not the only way to make your favourite keyboardist happy at Christmas – you can also wrap up some of these extra gifts to put under the tree.
External noise cancelling, comfortable and crystal clear, these professional headphones are both keyboard-ready and studio-ready. They’re also foldable for transporting around, making it that little bit easier to be a gigging keyboard player on the move.
RockJam Xfinity Double-X Piano Keyboard Stand
For safely holding keyboards of up to 45lbs in weight, this sturdy stand is also highly adjustable. You can move incrementally between 4 and 38 inches in height, so it suits keyboard players of all ages.
Voggenreiter 1000 Keyboard Tips
Give the gift of knowledge with this practical book on music theory. With 1000 tips on chords, scales and more, it’s a great present for new keyboard players who are eager to learn.
About the Author
Kate is a music journalist who has written for zines, national and international publications. She’s produced video content for festivals and has travelled around the world reporting on music, tech and culture events. Alongside covering music and culture, Kate also produces live digital events and researches new technology for live performance.