Inspire the musician in your life this season! This list has GREAT GIFT IDEAS full of unique tools every musician will appreciate and actually use!
1. A Nice Music Stand
Many musicians place music or lead sheets on a flat surface causing great pain and discomfort while practicing. Purchasing a solid metal music stand is one of the best decisions you can make as a musician. Even if you already have one, you can use additional stands for multiplayer sessions. These robust stands are great for songwriting, practice prep and they even work for computer tablets.
The Manhasset M48 Symphony Music Stand is the standard and will last a lifetime.
2. Extra Earbuds
Worship stages are increasingly becoming equipped with in-ear monitors. The need for one or more sets of earbuds is becoming a necessity. Even if you already own a pair, and an extra set of headphones is always a good idea. Keep a pair in your guitar case, car or at the church. Earbuds drastically range in price, but they are always good gifts for worship team members. Here are some good over the ear (made to run up the back and over the ear) sets at some different price ranges:
UNDER $50 MEE Audio M6 Pro Headphones
UNDER $125 Westone UM Pro 10
3. Extra Long Charger Cable for Phone or Tablet
Modern technology on the stage often means needing some peripheral tools to help stay connected. Whether we are using our phones to run monitor mixes or tablets to view lead sheets, it’s good to have some extra long power cables for our phones and tablets. There are various connectors for different phones, but you should look for power cables 5 feet and longer so the cable can reach up to a music stand.
4. A Magazine Subscription
Physical magazine subscriptions are not as popular as they once were before the internet. That being said, there are still many quality periodicals being produced in a physical format. A monthly mailbox delivery of one of these full-color magazines will be a continual inspiration for the musician in your life. It’s the gift that keeps on giving all year long! Here are some good titles to search for depending on the instrument of application:
- American Songwriter
- Premier Guitar
- Guitar Techniques
- Bass Player
- Drum! Magazine
- Keyboard Magazine
- Mix Magazine or Sound on Sound (for Sound Team)
5. Apps for Musical Making
Did you know you can choose and gift a specific app directly to a recipient (see the screenshot)? This is a great and affordable idea that will resource the musicians in your life! Here is a select list of apps that would be great for worship team members:
- Singing Vocal Warm Up Singer’s Friend
- iMaschine By NATIVE INSTRU
MENTS (Groove Sketch Pad for Drummers and Songwriters)
- Real Time Analyzer Apps for Sound Personnel
- Time Guru Metronome App
6. A Kettle and Tea (For Vocalists)
A variable temperature hot water kettle is perfect for singers who need to prepare a beverage that is not scalding hot. A good companion to this gift is a box or two of “Throat Coat Tea” by the company Traditional Medicinals.
7. A Clip on Tuner
There is a new kind of tuner on the market that clips directly to the headstock of stringed instruments. Since they are in direct contact with the instrument they can easily find a pitch. It’s nice to have a few of these laying around the house or in our instrument cases. CLICK HERE for a very cool and affordable option.
8. A Cigar Stomp Box
A really fun gift for worship leaders is a cigar stomp box. These little boxes plug into the sound system like a guitar and create a low-end kick drum sound that can be great for acoustic sets. Search the web for various boxes at different price ranges.
9. Extra Fun Sticks (For Drummers)
Drummers can always use extra sticks and drum keys to tune their drums. Many drummers are particular about the size of drumstick they prefer so consider a pair of hot rods (bundle sticks), brushes, or mallets. These tools will fit into their stick bag and inspire new sounds. They also wear out, so having extra sets is a good idea.
My name is Mike O’Brien and I am passionate about teaching and mentoring through music. My calling is to use my experience as a producer, worship leader, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist to come alongside musicians, helping them more fully worship God with their instrument and lives. Contact me to talk about how we can raise the bar through virtual or on-site training for your worship ministry.