Learning the harp - how to take the first steps
Only a few days separate us from the calm Christmas holidays, which every year should bring us some peace and serenity. If there is one thing that goes with Christmas—besides the Christmas tree, good food and get-togethers—it is music. With its beautiful sounds, it gives us a simply unforgettable and relaxing time. But what gifts can you give musicians to make them happy? And what is especially popular during the Christmas season? In this article you will learn which Christmas gifts for musicians really bring joy.
No time is as joyous as Christmas. It is the time of reunions and get-togethers, the time of family and of course the time of giving. Everyone has the various cheerful Christmas songs in their heads when it comes to baking, decorating the Christmas tree or the popular duck or goose dinner on one of the Christmas holidays. Of course, the perfect gift also fits with these beautiful moments. Even though Christmas Eve is the birthday of Jesus Christ according to Christian tradition, mutual gifts as a sign of gratitude and mutual recognition have become an integral part of many Christmas celebrations. It is all the more beautiful when the selected gifts also match the passion and creativity of the person receiving the gift. Musicians in particular can be given a very personal and individual joy in this way.
Music is present practically everywhere at Christmastime and contributes to the mood. It's not without reason that we can already sing along to many of the Christmas classics and look forward to them taking over the radio again in time for December. But listening to music is not the only thing we like to do at Christmas time. Making music together in a choir or orchestra is also part of Christmas. So Christmas is inevitably also a time for artists.
In our article on the use of musical instruments, it became quite clear that at no time are more instruments sold than at Christmas. With the following instruments, you can't go wrong for many musicians, and you'll give them a lot of joy:
A small, but fine instrument for the Christmas season is the harmonica. It fits into any bag and thus becomes a good choice even for longer trips. Even if learning to play the harmonica is not that easy, its compact size means you can make music anywhere you go. And of course, it works both as a solo instrument and as part of a group.
The instrument with the greatest demand during the Christmas season is and remains the keyboard. As the little, electric brother of the piano, it finds its place in many households and offers countless possibilities for Christmas sounds. Even after the Christmas holidays, playing the keyboard will certainly not get boring. Check out this post to learn about the differences among various types of keyboards.
Slow and tranquil songs on the acoustic guitar are a real classic, especially at Christmas time. So it is not surprising that classical guitars, (and also electric guitars) are sold more and more at Christmas. Both the entry-level instruments and the products for experts and advanced players entice many musicians and make a great gift. Even more special is a personalized guitar.
At first glance, it may seem less Christmassy, but it's guaranteed to be no less popular. Aspiring drummers in particular look forward to practicing on the drum set themselves and following in the footsteps of their idols. So if you want to give a gift to someone with a sense of rhythm and a heart for drums, a drum set is a no-brainer for Christmas.
Even at a young age, many children's enthusiasm for music knows no bounds. However, due to the young age, it is not always quite useful for them to have their own instrument. Nevertheless, to get them started with musical influences as early as possible, we recommend gifts like the rattle. This does not consist of many small parts, so there are no dangers even for the youngest of would-be musicians. A rattle is also excellent when it comes to practicing a very early sense of rhythm.
There are also smaller variations of many instruments that are specially designed for small children. This applies, for example, to the colorful and mostly plastic toys that are equipped with individual keys. Clicking on these produces different sounds, such as animal sounds or sounds of instruments. For musical practice, this makes a very nice gift. Here are a few more ideas:
Ideal for the first drumming:
The classic from music lessons:
Beautiful first sounds:
A worthwhile entry-level plastic drum:
The practical, small rattle made of plastic:
If you know your friends' favorite artists, the latest album or a particular version of the classics is always an excellent gift. A personal CD collection is usually much more emotional than a simple download on your smartphone, which is why many people are happy to receive a physical CD or vinyl. Often, in addition to the tracks on the CD, there is often additional content such as a signed poster, a content listing, or background information on the various songs.
At the same time, the CD is a great solution to support the musician(s) who recorded it—it's the gift that keeps on giving. If you don't know your friends' or family members' favorite artists, you can of course try a surprise. New acts and musicians are not a bad gift idea.
A particularly good idea to give away beautiful moments and at the same time spend more time with your loved ones are experiences. A wonderful Christmas gift for musicians is therefore a pair of tickets to a concert or festival. You should plan this kind of gift early enough, because tickets for popular acts are often sold out quickly. By sharing a live experience, you are not only giving a material gift, but also an emotional one. If you're not quite sure which artist best suits the recipient's taste, simply give a gift certificate. Then you can choose together where to go.
In addition, there are many other Christmas gifts for musicians for which you will certainly be remembered positively in the long term. Small things are a nice gesture to provide joy even when the buyer is on a tight budget. A good gift doesn't have to be expensive to achieve its effect. Here are some great examples:
When it comes to gifts for musicians, it's usually the gesture that makes the difference. For friends as well as for good colleagues, a small Christmas gift is extremely thoughtful and will surely improve your mutual relationship in the coming year.
Have our suggestions for gifts for musicians inspired you? In many cases it is not so easy to find the right gift. Before you give away an instrument or a special concert ticket, you should probably know the wishes of your counterpart as precisely as possible. This way you have the best chance to hit the bull's eye with your gift. In any case, we at mukken wish you a wonderful and musical Christmas, and of course, a peaceful time with your loved ones. And if you get bored between the days: There is still a lot to read on our blog. You can also listen to our new podcast.
Originally published on February 9, 2023, updated on February 9, 2023
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