Drummers can be difficult people to buy gifts for. They're often utterly dedicated to their craft, but sadly it's a bit of a struggle to fit a full kit in a stocking and that's before you even address the prohibitive cost.
Worry not, though, because here we've come up with 15 great gift ideas for drummers, from sticks and software, to pedals and percussion...
Gear 4 Music Practice Pad Drum Kit
Thunderous rolls and booming bass drums are all well and good in the safety of a drummer's batcave, but until ready access to soundproof rehearsal facilities has made it into the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the practice kit will remain a useful bit of gear.
Gear 4 Music's offering is a decent, cost-effective solution for those in need of a quieter rehearsal option and is ideal for sticksmen and women confined to flats or bedrooms.
Vic Firth sticks
Yeah, buying sticks for the drummer in your life may not be deemed the most imaginative or romantic gesture, but you can guarantee that this is one gift they'll nonetheless appreciate.
As you'll quickly understand on a visit to any drum emporium, Vic Firth is the go-to brand when it comes to sticks.
Zildjian practice pad
If a full-on practice kit, seems a tad unnecessary, or you lack the space and/or finances, then a simple practice pad will allow you to work on rudiments, pacing and other fundamentals in a quiet, wallet-friendly fashion.
Zildjian's practice pad has a six-inch responsive rubber playing surface and can be played on a surface top or attached to a stand.
Gear 4 Music Double Kick Drum Pedal
A double pedal is regarded as an essential bit of kit by most modern metal players, but with prices that range to well over £500 it's a costly experiment to undertake.
Gear 4 Music offer an entry level pedal set with a street price that's a fraction of the higher-end numbers - a great way to start incorporating double-pedalling into your playing.
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Tama kick drum beaters
For drummers, and the people buying drummers gifts, drum sticks are an obvious choice. However, it's also worth thinking on your feet and looking at some kick drum beater options.
They cost just a little more than a decent set of sticks, but can have a huge impact on your drum tone. There's a whole world of rubber, wood and felt options out there, but brand-wise Tama is a good place to start.
Vic Firth stick caddy
A stick caddy serves two purposes: firstly, it means that if a stick breaks in the heat of the moment, or a switchover is required, you don't have to spend five minutes feeling around your feet in the half-light of a stage to find a replacement.
Secondly, it keeps a drummer's general environment tidier, which can have advantages for the, err, selfless festive gift-giver...
CruzTools Drum Multi-Tool
Losing allen and drum keys in the bottom of your gig bag is a familiar annoyance to many players. Even if you're bright enough to stash them in a pocket they'll still get separated and go walkabout any chance they get.
CruzTools' Drum Multi-Tool contains a variety of useful allen keys, screwdrivers and of course a drum key. What's more it's a reassuringly chunky beast that can take some abuse and proves considerably easier to dig out of a kit bag.
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Mapex T570A Round Top Throne drum stool
Be kind to your behind. Mapex's T570A drum stool is a good budget option. It's a thick seat with a four-inch padding, a die-cast memory lock and double-braced legs, which are all good things.
It's a little more expensive than the entry-level stools, but it's well worth the extra outlay and, overall, still relatively inexpensive.
Natal NSTC cowbell
Because every drummer needs more cowbell. If you're hankering for a new percussion addition, Natal's NSTC cowbells are a well worth a tonk.
They're available in brushed or black nickel finishes and are made from steel, so volume and resonance is not a problem.
Toontrack EZdrummer 2 software
Whether you've got an electric kit, or you're a songwriter looking for more inspiration with your drum parts, EZdrummer 2 is one of the finest pieces of drum production software out there.
You can choose to program your own parts via MIDI triggering on the five virtual kits, or drag and drop to arrange ready-made parts and there's also a whole range of expansion packs available, which keeps things interesting.
CHOPZzz Pillow Case
All drummers have pummelled pillows when practice has demanded. This nifty idea from CHOPZzz takes the process one step further, drawing a drum kit on a case.
Also included is a booklet on the benefits of 'rebound-less' practice, which might help you justify the slightly steep price tag...
J. Leiva Percussion Zoco Cajon
A versatile option for unplugged performances or acoustic accompaniment, a cajon also appeals to our most basic percussive instincts - to hit things and produce noise.
We rate J. Leiva's Percussion Zoco Cajon. It's got a street price of less than £100, is well made and has a wide array of punchy tones.
Read our full J. Leiva Percussion Zoco Cajon review
A nice no-fuss solution for those looking to add an electronic element to their kit, the Alesis PercPad has four assignable pads and an array of onboard samples to choose from.
It can also be connected via MIDI output to any other MIDI sound module or (via an interface) a Mac/PC to trigger sounds from another unit.
Cymbomute Cymbal Dampeners
Cymbomute's clever Cymbal Dampeners are aimed at drummers who want to play their full kit but struggle to keep it neighbour-friendly.
Unlike some other dampening measures we've come across these maintain much more of the cymbal's tone. It's not flaw-free - larger cymbals do suffer a little - but they're some of the best we've used and they're inexpensive.
A subscription to Rhythm magazine
The ultimate no-brainer on any player's Christmas list is a subscription to MusicRadar's venerable sister publication, Rhythm magazine.
Now available in a variety of print and digital bundles, subscriptions start from just £12.99 for a six month digital subscription, or just £24.99 for the all-access print and digital bundle.