Musicians are incredible creatures. Creative, passionate, and fun to be around. But they also belong to one of the harder groups to holiday shop for (right there, along with your dad who seems to be perfectly content with everything he already owns). We've compiled a list of all the bets gifts for musicians for the people in your life, sorted by gift category and top picks.
1. Microphones | Shure SM58
Odds are your musician will occasionally want to record the awesome music they're making. Whether it's them playing the guitar or jamming with some friends, they'll need a microphone (or a few) to get the job done right. You can’t go wrong with a Shure SM58 ($99)—it’s a classic that’s been used by countless musicians, including the likes of Roger Daltrey, Paul McCartney, and Alice Cooper. You can oftentimes find it as part of a combo with a stand, and the basic cables to make sure you can connect it to the right places.
2. Portable Audio Recorder | Spire Studio
Speaking of microphones...yes, we make this product at iZotope. But hey, for the traveling musician (and anyone who wants an easy way to record pro-quality music quickly), Spire Studio is one of the best gifts for musicians you can get. It’s a compact, portable recording studio that has a built-in microphone and all the connectivity to allow musicians to record any instrument they would ever need to. Plus, the built-in battery allows musicians to make recordings anytime and anywhere without needing to bring a laptop.
3. Microphone Isolation | Kaotica Eyeball
The Kaotica Eyeball ($200) serves as a portable microphone isolation system ideal for musicians who record themselves in less-than-ideal rooms. It will improve the quality of their recordings by reducing the level of ambient noise and room reflections picked up by their mic.
Bonus ideas: The SE RF-X Reflection Filter is another great choice to help them capture great performances at a slightly lower budget ($99).
4. Headphones | Audio Technica ATH-M30x
A perfect gift for any music lover, but also an essential one for the musician in your life. Whether used during recording or late night listening (as not to wake up the neighbors), headphones are a must-have and a perfect gift. Check out the AKG K240 Studio ($69), Sennheiser HD 280 Pro ($99.95), and the Audio Technica ATH-M30x ($69) to make your musician grin.
5. Bluetooth speakers | SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II
Musicians love music. They love making it, but they also love listening to it. So a gift of a Bluetooth speaker is more than fitting. And if it’s portable, you get double points as they can use it at home as well as bring it to rehearsals.
The Bose Soundlink Color II is an awesome contender that packs a little more power. Priced at $129, it’s a great mid-level gift.
Bonus ideas: The JBL Clip 3 is a great entry-level option ($59). Small portable, easy to throw into your bag when you’re on the go. And if you want to get a little nostalgic and thematic, Fender’s Monterey Bluetooth speaker ($349) will check all of those boxes. It looks like a classic Fender guitar amp, but also comes with some great speakers to fill the room with sound.
6. Music streaming subscription | Spotify Premium
Streaming has become the standard way of listening to music. With a click, you can be listening to any song, from any album, by any artist, in any genre, language, country, or time. As a musician, they have to continually stay on top of all the latest musical trends, so having unlimited access to all the music in the world is an amazingly useful gift. Help them out by getting them a Premium music streaming subscription gift card.
With a premium subscription, they will get ad-free listening, high-quality audio streaming, and unrestricted access to all the music offered on the streaming service. Both Spotify and Apple Music offer physical gift cards as well as e-gift cards which are a perfect last-minute gift as they can be emailed to them right away.
7. Healthy studio upgrades | VicTsing Essential Oil Diffuser
When you're spending hours without end working on a song in a room, you want to be comfortable. One thing that will help keep your musician healthy is an ultrasonic humidifier. Aside from a bunch of wellness benefits, this $30 gift will also keep the studio gear from drying and cracking (particularly important for guitars during winter months). Not to mention that singers will love them for it.
8. Lights, Color, Ambience | Philips Hue
You'll be blown away by how much colors can affect the way you feel. Adding a pop of color to their home studio or rehearsal space will instantly make it feel special and fill the room with ambiance. With millions of color possibilities, they are bound to find the perfect color combo to set the right mood with a Philips Hue set. Get them the basic white and color starter kit, which includes 4 bulbs and the hub ($199). If they love it (and I promise, they will) they'll be able to add extra bulbs as they please (or you get them more for their birthday, and then again for the holidays next year).
Hopefully this “Gifts for Musicians” guide gave you a couple of ideas for what to get the musician in your life. Bookmark this page, as it may help you again when their birthday and other holidays come around!