Music is incredibly powerful; it can be a great way to relieve stress, connect with others, or simply learn how to express yourself. As a result, it's hardly surprising that learning to play an instrument is one of the most popular hobbies in the world.
Here are some great ideas that are sure to hit all the right notes!
Concert Tickets. Concert tickets are an excellent gift for music lovers, especially if their all-time favourite band or artist is performing in your local area. The best bet when buying concert tickets is to buy them early, as price hikes often occur the closer you get to the concert. You should also ensure that you always buy from reputable ticket sellers instead of third-party sites, where approximately 5 million fake concert tickets are sold each year.
Classes. While your friend or loved one may have a natural aptitude for music, paying for some classes on their behalf is a great way to refine their skill. If you're buying a present for a younger recipient, it's a great way to encourage and nurture musical talents, especially if they form a good relationship with their tutor. This could also be a great way to broaden their skillset. For example, if they're a whizz when it comes to the guitar but want to try out some new instruments, you could sign them up for piano or drum classes. If you're working with a budget, keep an eye out for group classes which are often much cheaper than one-on-one lessons. Alternatively, many tutors offer discounts for bulk booking, meaning you may get a better deal paying for five lessons outright instead of paying for five lessons individually. You could also consider ‘taster' lessons, which are again discounted and give your friend a chance to figure out whether these lessons are right for them before you commit to paying for an entire course.
Equipment & Accessories. No matter which instrument your loved one plays, they can never have too many accessories – meaning new equipment and accessories are another great gift option. For example, if they play the guitar, you could buy them a Guitar Drum Machine, such as the BeatBuddy. This makes every song they play sound like they're playing with a full band and is particularly useful for those who record their own music or have aspirations of releasing singles or pursuing a career in music. Other accessories you might want to look into include items such as guitar straps or personalised guitar pics. You could also buy them sheet music, as this can quickly get expensive when buying it yourself.
Time in a recording studio. Starting a career within the music industry can be tough, but the more experience you have, the better your chances of reaching success. As a result, you could give your friend a boost by paying for them to spend some time in a recording studio. This exposes them to a professional setting, which could inspire them to put in more work and take the next steps in their career. For example, they may choose to start producing music independently following this. If they play music for the fun of it, then being in a recording studio could still be a fun, memorable experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Memorabilia. Memorabilia from your friend's favourite artists or bands will always go down a treat, especially if you opt for collector's items such as vintage posters or records. These gifts increase in value over time, and they'll also look great when displayed in their home. They also show your friend that you're invested in their passions and listen to them when talking about their interests.
A mixed-tape or customised playlist. Gifts don't necessarily need to be expensive to be meaningful. While mixt-tapes may be out of fashion in the current world, you could put a modern spin on this vintage gift by putting together a playlist for your friend to enjoy. For example, you feature a mixture of their favourite songs alongside music that you think they'll love. Again, this is a great way to show your friend you care, especially as you'll have to put a lot of time into pulling together the playlist and thinking about what songs or styles of music they'd enjoy.