How is it the holidays already...? I mean, hooray it’s the holidays! And with the holidays comes tons of shopping for everyone on your list. And unlike Santa Claus, you have to buy gifts for everyone regardless of if they’re naughty or nice.
To help you on your quest to find the perfect presents for everyone this year (and in a hurry!), the AMS Gear Nerds have compiled our 2023 Holiday Gift Guide for Musicians. You’ll find all the perfect stocking stuffers to put a smile on any musician’s face and fill your home with the sweet (hopefully) sounds of music:
Don’t have a stocking to stuff? That’s okay! Martin has you covered with their 2023 Holiday Stocking. And this stocking comes pre-filled with everything a musician might need to keep their acoustic guitar in tip-top shape for playing holiday jingles, including:
- Martin acoustic guitar strings
- String winder and cutter
- LUXE wax
- String action gauge
- And other guitar maintenance essentials
With the Martin Holiday Stocking, all you have to do is buy it, hang it, and you’re ready to surprise any musician this holiday season.
Best for: Guitarists (specifically acoustic players)
Every guitarist could use a backup set of strings (or a few), which is why they’re the perfect addition to any musician’s stocking!
However, there are approximately 8,562,795 types of strings out there (we totally counted). It can get confusing if you’re familiar with the wacky world of guitar strings. So if you want to grab a set of strings for the guitarist on your list, here are our humble suggestions:
You can’t go wrong with any of these strings!
Best for: Guitarists and bassists
Electric guitars use effects pedals to change their tone. That’s how you get those fun distorted, fuzzy, echoey, or just generally “weird” sounds. And to keep the signal intact as it runs through all those fun effects pedals, guitarists need lots and lots of patch cables.
Patch cables link the various effects pedals together, so the signal can get from the guitar, through each pedal, and into the amp. Because guitarists always want more effects pedals (there’s no such thing as “too many”), they’re always going to need quality patch cables.
The Ernie Ball Flat Ribbon Pedalboard Patch Cable Kit comes with multiple patch cables of various sizes to help the guitarist on your list link every effect on their pedalboard. And since they’re from Ernie Ball, you can be confident that they’re the best of the best!
Best for: Electric guitar and bass players
You know all those effects pedals we talked about? Well you have to stomp on a switch to activate them. With your foot! And sometimes, the buttons aren’t very forgiving. At best, it hurts your foot a little bit. At worst, you won’t activate the pedal, ruining your song. And at absolute worst, both!
Barefoot Buttons are a super-cool product that many guitar players don’t know about. They fit on top of effect pedal footswitches to make them easier and more comfortable to press. As the name might suggest, they work so well that you can even use them barefoot!
Cheap, small, unique, and useful. Barefoot Buttons check all the boxes of a great stocking stuffer.
Best for: Electric guitar and bass players
Guitar players love their guitar. And you can’t stare at your prized possession when it’s locked up in a case. A guitar stand puts their axe on display, front and center! Plus, it makes the guitar super easy to grab whenever inspiration strikes.
The On Stage XCG4 guitar stand has a strong tubular design to support even the heaviest instruments, and the rubber padding is friendly to any finish. The stand also folds up nice and small for easy storage — or stuffing into a stocking!
Best for: Guitar and bass players
Vinyl records are back! And it might be a new millennium, but it’s still important to take care of your vinyl just like it was in the 1960s.
For any audiophiles on your list, a record care kit is the perfect way to ensure they can listen to all their hi-fi audio equipment for years to come. The Audio Technica record care kit comes with everything your favorite vinyl fan needs to keep their collection clean and happy:
- Record cleaning solution
- Sonic broom brush pad
- Brush storage base
This cleaning kit is the best way to take care of records. It’s designed to clean out all the dirt and gunk in the grooves, reduce static, remove fingerprints, and generally keep records in pristine condition. No vinyl collector should be without a good cleaning kit!
Best for: Anyone who likes vinyl records
Drummers are always breaking or losing sticks. It sometimes seems like they just run off! Some new drum sticks always make great gifts for the drummer on your list. It’s like a guaranteed win!
Pro tip: There are tons of different kinds of drumsticks. See if you can find out what kind of drumsticks are laying around in your drummer’s practice space and try to get the same kind. If you’re still not sure, you can always call the AMS Gear Experts and they’ll happily point you in the right direction.
Best for: Drummers
If you know a drummer, you know they’re always banging on EVERYTHING! From tables and couch cushions to steering wheels and desktops, the world is their drum set. While you might not be able to stop the banging permanently, you can give the drummer on your list something to hit besides the stuff in your house with a drum practice pad.
Drum practice pads are round rubber pads designed to imitate the surface of a drum but without all the noise. Your favorite drummer can practice their beats and rolls without waking up the entire neighborhood or adding notches to all the furniture in your house.
The only question left is whether this gift is for the drummer on your list or for yourself…?
Best for: Drummers
Drums sometimes resonate a little too much. The best way I can describe it is that they make a “bong” sound after you hit them, which isn’t always the sound a drummer wants. To stop some of that unwanted resonance, drummers use drum damper pads that stick to the drum head and cancel some of the vibrations, effectively dampening the drum.
MoonGels are a fan-favorite for drummers everywhere. They’re little blue adhesive gel pads that stick to the drum and dampen vibrations. The drummer can stick them anywhere they want to create their perfect sound. And even better, they’re reusable!
A pack of MoonGels makes the perfect last-minute stocking stuffer for any drummer on your list.
Best for: Drummers
Aside from being fun to say, Boomwhackers are super-cool percussion instruments that when you hit them against something, they produce a fun “thudding” sound. They’re essentially hollow tubes tuned to a specific pitch. And when you get a few of them together, you can play full songs!
You can grab a full pack of Boomwhackers and add a ton of fun to your holiday festivities. You might even be able to put together an entire family band to play some holiday favorites! The best part is you don’t even have to be a musician to have enjoy Boomwhackers. They’re fun for everyone!
Best for: Anyone
Find your perfect last-minute stocking stuffer at AMS
Shopping for musicians isn’t always easy, especially if you’re not familiar with music equipment. Hopefully our little Holiday Gift Guide can help “guide” you on your way to the perfect stocking stuffers for the musician on your list.
Of course, if nothing on the list strikes your fancy, feel free to call our AMS Gear Experts at 800-458-4076. They love talking about gear and will happily help you find that perfect present to put a smile on any musician’s face. Plus, we offer fast and free shipping to ensure you’ll be able to get your gifts wrapped and under the tree with time to spare — even if you’re a holiday shopping procrastinator.
And on the off chance that your presents aren’t as well-received as you’d hoped, you can easily return them for a full refund with our 45-day money back guarantee. You can either pick something else or just pocket the money for next year’s present.
Make the holidays special for the musicians on your list with AMS.