10 Cheap christmas gift ideas for 2011

Getting hold of good, original musical gifts can be very frustrating…which I discovered over the past few weeks. I like to get all my Christmas shopping done before December, and whilst desperately trying to resist buying anything that I didn’t need, I compiled this quick list of awesome gift ideas, which you’re more than welcome to use, if you like.

ION USB Keyboard with teaching software

Why?

If you know anyone who’s lamented more than once how they wished they’d kept their piano lessons up, or taken them, or practised more….well give them this and leave the to happily play away hours on end.

Where?

Amazon

Radio 1 Live Lounge CD

Why?

One of the problems with buying music presents is that people have very particular tastes when it comes to this sort of thing. Well…you can get around that with a CD that has as many artists as you can find! Plus, quite a lot of them are interesting covers of other people’s songs.

Where?

Play.com


Roland CD2E Recorder

Why?

One of the best ways to make and track improvements in a band are to record the practices. However, anyone who’s attempted to do this using a phone or their laptop knows about the mess of noise that you get as soon as the music goes above a whisper. My own experience with this has been that the built-in mic holds up better in larger rooms, but the Roland CD2e adjusts its own levels amazingly well while you play and will burn all your jams to a CD at the end!

Where?

Ebay

The Old Grey Whistle Test DVD/Later… DVD

Why?

Full of great performances from interesting artists…and some amazing musical moments (to use a slightly cliché phrase) which are bound to keep you, and your music loving loved one entertained.

Where?

Old Grey Whistle Test

Later…

Etsy: Music Section

Why?

It’s hard to pick any particular recommendations for products from Etsy’s music section…suffice it to say its full of fun, interesting and creative gift ideas, like the Ampoids Amps or the Beethoven Music Box. Hit up the link below and just browse through their music section.

Where?

Here

Lap Steel Guitar

Why?

They’re fun, interesting and surprisingly easy to play once you’ve picked them up a few times. They’re incredibly versatile, and even more so once you start experimenting with guitar pedals.

Where?

Google Shopping Link

Pickmaster Plectrum

Why?

Guitarists seem to need a constant supply of these things…so its hard to imagine a guitarist who won’t appreciate being in control of their very own plectrum factory.

Where?

I Want One Of Those

Korg Kaossilator

Why?

I have one of these, and often leave it lying around the flat. People can’t help but pick it up and start playing. Once they’ve had a few minutes to experiment, it gets increasingly difficult to get them to give it back. Fun, intuitive and musical, a winning combo.

Where?

Amazon

A Cajon

Why?

For the best explanation, watch this. Now you know who to buy it for, anyone who can’t stop tapping on tabletops and desks. It’s also great for drum kit players who want an easy way join in on an open mic night, plus it doubles as an awesome chair in any busy pub!

Where?

Google Shopping Link

Apple Products

Why?

Whether or not they’re the best is a matter of opinion, but lots of my music friends either have want or swear they need an apple product. If they’ve already got a mac, there’s always accessories you can buy. I wanted to highlight macwarehouse.co.uk as an alternative to the Apple Store.

Where?

Macwarehouse.co.uk

Just as a side note, the links I’ve provided may not be the cheapest available and where I felt it was appropriate, I’ve given you links to Google shopping so you can see the range available on the ‘net.