Musicians, music creators, and miscellaneous content creators might just be the worst to shop for. “Those people”—you know the type—talk incessantly about their endeavors and equipment, yet still manage to leave you clueless as to what sort of hi-tech, lo-fi, ultra-modern, retro thing you could get for them.
This holiday season, don’t let the frustration of a failed gifting quest ruin the fun. What follows is a helpful list of gift ideas for “those people,” whether they are fresh-faced in their field or withered, aged masters of their craft.
Gifts for Guitarists and Bassists
These folks love little things, even if they won’t admit it. Get them a miniscule gift inversely proportional to your fondness for them.
Picks make so much sense once you understand how quickly guitar and bass players burn through them. They throw them to the crowd at shows, lose them inside their own instruments, and swear that they are sucked to a different dimension the moment the picks are out of sight. For $5 to $10, the D’Addario Limited Edition Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band picks or Dunlop Variety Packs make great stocking fodder.
This is one area in which players can express themselves through the use of flair. Look into the Planet Waves Leather straps and Levy’s models and expect varying prices from $30 to $200. They’re sturdy straps and give the guitarist the right to say, “I’m not your average player from Dullsville.”
Years from now, it will be found that guitarists of today suffer from a rare condition that compels them to collect pedals. The Valeton Coral series ($40 to $60), Hotone Skyline series ($45 to $90), Mooer Micro series ($50 to $100) are affordable, cool, and ultra-compact. For bassists, Darkglass distortion and preamp pedals are all the rage!
iZotope’s Spire Studio ($349) makes recording professional-quality audio fun and easy, no matter where you are. Connecting to the free Spire iPhone app via built-in Wi-Fi, your musicians friends and fam can record anywhere they please: around the coffee table...in the garage...on the toboggan in the park! No more carrying around loads of gear and wrestling with complicated setups in order to record music in high quality. It’s professional-quality recording made simple. (Toboggan not included.)