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Best Christmas gifts for musicians: 31 affordable present ideas for music-makers (which they'll actually use)

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Buying Christmas gifts for musicians can seem like an artform in itself. We musos are a paradoxical bunch: both indulging in the fantasy that we’re escaping the corporate world, while simultaneously getting very excited about shiny new things.

Similarly, the best musicians are masters of communication, however, ask us what we want for our next birthday or Christmas present and the responding jargon can sound like an alien language, especially once you get past the first instrument stage of the process. And even if you can handle the tech talk, the gear is often prohibitively expensive.

Essentially, we get it: we’re totally awkward. Let us extend an olive branch then, as we offer up some festive gift ideas - from stocking fillers to big ticket items - that should have real appeal to the music-maker in your life. 

In this guide to the best Christmas gifts for musicians we've covered everything from guitar gifts, ideas for DJs, gifts for drummers, content creators and loads more. We've listed them by category, and in price order, to help you find the gear that matches your budget.

Christmas gifts for guitarists

Christmas gifts for musicians: Ernie Ball Braided Instrument Cable

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1. Ernie Ball Braided Guitar Cable

Eye-catching cable that won’t get lost at gigs

Price: From $21.99/£18
Reasons to buy
+Killer neon design+Other colours available+Lifetime warranty+Durable build

How excited does anyone get about guitar cables, you ask? Well, ‘surprisingly so’, is the answer when you’re talking about musicians. We love these 1/4” instrument cables from Ernie Ball. They won’t tangle, are really sturdily constructed and they come in both straight or angled options. They look great, too, with 12 eye-catching colour options.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Perris vegan velvet guitar strap

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2. Perris vegan velvet guitar strap

The best gift for guitar players who don't eat meat...

Price: $25/£23
Reasons to buy
+Really comfortable+Loads of adjustment+Cows won't silently judge you

Yeah, get them a great guitar strap without being an accessory to animal cruelty. Don't scoff. Vegan guitar straps are every bit as good looking and strong as those formed from forcibly deceased beasts. There are a load of designs available so if anyone needs to hang a guitar inches from their crotch there's no need to be hell bent for leather.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Hercules Stands GSP38WB PLUS AGS Guitar Wall Hanger

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3. Hercules Stands GSP38WB Guitar Wall Hanger

Keeps guitars safe and rooms tidy

Price: $25.99/£15.99
Reasons to buy
+AGS (Auto Grip System) secures instruments+Wall-mounted+Foam rubber prevents scratches

This handy wall mount will help the guitarist or bassist in your life to stow their instrument safely and securely, without sacrificing floor space. The clever AGS system closes over as you place the guitar on the hanger, meaning it can't fall forward, even if knocked. And when you're ready to play, just grab it and away you go.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Fender Venice Soprano Ukulele

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4. Fender Venice Soprano Ukulele

The thing everyone owns but pretends not to

Price: $59/£49
Reasons to buy
+Tele-style headstock+Affordable+Easy to play

We’ll level with you, owning a ukulele in 2021 is unlikely to land you a gig. However, they remain a highly satisfying and inspiring little addition to the 'cupboard of cables and random noise-makers’ that every self-respecting musician keeps. The tiny frets can also aid technique development, as a guitar neck feels positively luxurious in comparison.

Christmas gifts for musicians: G7th Capo Performance 3 18K Gold

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5. G7th Capo Performance 3 (18K Gold)

The ultimate cure for a pressing engagement

Price: $79/£49/€65
Reasons to buy
+It'll fit any 6 string guitar+Super solid and durable+It's gold!

All you need to know about guitar capos is you can't play The Beatles' Here Comes The Sun the way George Harrison intended, without one. That goes for Johnny Marr stuff too. Until recently, you had to pick one of these useful gadgets to fit either an acoustic or electric guitar. The clever little G7th Performance 3 handles both. If you really want to push the boat out, this 18k plated edition is good as gold.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Boss Katana Mini

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6. Boss Katana Mini guitar amp

The mini amp that punches above its weight

Price: $99/£99
Reasons to buy
+Sounds way bigger than it looks+Loads of tone shaping controls+Aux-input

The small guitar amp market has grown incredibly competitive in recent years, but Boss’ Katana Mini still holds its own and would make the ideal gift for the guitarist in your life. It’s battery-powered, offers three channels (clean, brown and crunch) and a three-band EQ. Most importantly, it’s portable, affordable and sounds way better than any amp should at this price.

Christmas gifts for musicians: MXR Timmy overdrive

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7. MXR Timmy overdrive pedal

Mini version of a classic overdrive pedal

Price: $129/£139
Reasons to buy
+Compact format is convenient+Versatile drive pedal+A highly regarded circuit for not a lot

Looking for a huge range of tones from an overdrive pedal but working with minimal ‘board space? Timmy’s your guy. Based on the much revered, Paul Cochrane-designed Timmy pedal, the MXR Timmy Overdrive promises ‘gritty and textured tones’ to boost your rig’s sound all within its diminutive frame.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Fender Fullerton Jazzmaster Ukulele

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8. Fender Fullerton Jazzmaster Ukulele

All that jazz!

Price: $199/£149/€199
Reasons to buy
+Easy to play+Cool colour options+It's a Jazzmaster

Whether you just want to give them a stringed instrument that is (literally) easy to pick up, or they're an experienced player, this ukulele is a perfect choice. Styled in the mould of the effortlessly cool Jazzmaster, not only does this Fender offering deliver textbook playability, but it also looks mouth-wateringly stylish. An added bonus is that a few strums and you’re instantly transported (not literally) to a Hawaiian paradise – handy during these times of restricted travel.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Positive Grid Spark

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9. Positive Grid Spark practice amp

The smartest amp around

Price: $269/£279
Reasons to buy
+Access to thousands of sounds+Portable and lightweight +Smart Jam and Auto Chord functions

The Spark is one of the most popular practice amps to hit the market in recent years, having shifted over 100,000 units since its 2020 launch, and with 10,000 guitar and bass tones available via the accompanying app, it’s easy to see why. Fuelled by Positive Grid's BIAS software, this compact amp can help you reproduce the tones of your guitar heroes, as well as helping you find dial in and find your own voice.

Auto Chord and Smart Jam functions are incredibly clever and will revolutionize your practice routine, helping you work out the chords of any song and even jam to dynamic backing tracks generated from your own playing.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Korg Nu:Tekt OD-S NuTube overdrive kit

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10. Korg Nu:Tekt OD-S NuTube overdrive kit

Build your own pedal!

Price: $299/£229/€259
Reasons to buy
+Easy to build+Lots of fun+Sounds great too

For the guitar-playing dad that loves a little DIY, the Nu:Tekt OD-S overdrive pedal is the way to go this Christmas. Korg will send you everything you need and then dad gets to build his very own pedal. And if dad’s not much of a DIY-er you needn’t worry, although there is some soldering required, Korg has created handy walkthrough videos on their website. Read our Korg Nu:Tekt OD-S NuTube review and see how we got on with our own attempt at the Korg Nu-Tekt build.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Washburn Rover Travel Guitar

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11. Washburn Rover Travel Guitar

Know a guitarist who travels a lot? Here’s a guitar that can go with them

Price: $279/£189
Reasons to buy
+Full size neck and scale-length+Solid wood build+Includes gig bag

Yeah, this guitar’s build has - quite literally - gone pear-shaped. However, the Washburn Rover is a fantastic travel guitar option for the on-the-go player who wants a quieter instrument, but doesn’t want to risk cramping-up on a smaller neck. Getting a mahogany back and sides and a spruce top on a guitar at this price is a real boon, too.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Marshall Monitor II A.N.C

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12. Marshall Monitor II A.N.C

Next-level cans from the amp titans

Price: $319/£279
Reasons to buy
+Active noise cancelling is great+Full, rich sound+Marshall styling looks the bees knees

In each ear, Marshall has provided a custom-tuned 40mm dynamic driver, enabling the Monitor II A.N.C to provide a rich soundstage with huge dynamic range. The ‘M’ button, although multi-function, can be used to switch between three EQ presets - so you know you’ll always find the right balance to suit whatever you’re listening to. With up to 30 hours play time with Bluetooth and active noise cancelling switched on, it’s likely that your father will be spending every waking hour with these on his head - and to be honest, with an iconic logo like that adorning our cans, we would too.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Boss Waza-Air Wireless Guitar Headphone Amp

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13. Boss Waza-Air headphones

The most portable amp ever?

Price: $419/£378/€425
Reasons to buy
+They look awesome+Perfect for silent practice+Loads of tones

As we get older, it's quite possible that sacrifices may need to be made at home in terms of space. Maybe you've started a family, or your spare room is now a home office. Whatever the reason, it's possible that hulking great guitar amp needs to go. But wait, there’s another way! How about if you could get real amp tones from a pair of headphones? That is exactly what these beauties from Boss deliver. A genius idea packed with cutting-edge tech. If you're keeping hold of your amp but need to keep the noise down, give our pick of the best guitar amp headphones a try.

Christmas gifts for producers & DJs

Christmas gifts for musicians: Behringer BH 770

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1. Behringer BH 770 headphones

Old meets new in these stunning headphones

Price: $35/£35€37
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic value+They look awesome+Great sound quality

A classy blend of modern technology with vintage aesthetics, Behringer’s BH 770 budget studio headphones are a cracking choice for those music-makers after a pair of cans that sound great, look cool and don’t cost the earth. With styling that harks back to the acclaimed Beyerdynamic DT 770 headphones, 53mm dynamic drivers and a sub-$/£40 price tag, we’d say the BH 770s tick all the boxes.

Christmas gifts for musicians: SE Electronics Metal Pro Pop Shield

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2. SE Electronics Metal Pro Pop Shield

The indispensable tool for any vocalist

Price: $45/£25
Reasons to buy
+Gooseneck arm makes adjustments easy+Metal mesh won’t tear

A pop shield? Yeah, it’s not the most glamorous piece of equipment, but when it comes to Christmas gifts for musician's, this is utterly essential if you want to produce decent vocal recordings (spoken or sung). It's lightweight, flexible and built to last. What’s more, even the most tooled-up musician will rarely begrudge having a spare to hand.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Teenage Engineering PO Speak

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3. Teenage Engineering PO Speak

Get your groove on with this inspirational vocal synth

Price: $99/£77/€99
Reasons to buy
+Super compact+Pretty novel, but loads of fun+Surprisingly powerful 

It may look like a futuristic calculator, but the PO Speak is one hell of a tool that we reckon could inspire entire tracks. Featuring 16 sounds, this vocal synth was created in conjunction with Sonic Charge’s Magnus Lidström and allows users to sample snippets of audio and process them through one of its eight voices. Read the full Teenage Engineering PO Speak review.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Akai MPK Mini Mk3

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4. Akai MPK Mini MK3 25 Key Mini Keyboard

A bells and whistles controller keyboard

Price: $119/£79
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Assignable knobs and pads+Bundled software

The Akai MPK Mini MKIII MIDI keyboard packs a wealth of control options into a portable package, ideal for desktop producers on-the-go. There are 25 velocity-sensitive keys, eight backlit pads and eight assignable knobs, plus it comes with SONiVOX Wobble and Hybrid 3  synths – making it a great companion if you need to quickly whip-up a backing track.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Audient iD4 MKII

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5. Audient iD4 MKII

High end audio quality for less than you’d expect

Price: $199/$139/€139
Reasons to buy
+Great value for money+Looks very cool+Solid and durable 

Built into a super tough metal casing, the iD4 MKII audio interface makes a fantastic compact travel companion, among other things. It's sleek, timeless design means it looks good on any desk. Exceptionally clean and clear LED visuals provide vital visual feedback, while also looking the part. The Audient iD4 MKII is one of the most simple, easy to use two-input interfaces on the market today. With the focus on fuss-free usability, it's a great option for the musician that seemingly has everything.

Christmas gifts for content creators

Christmas gifts for musicians: Samsung T5 Portable SSD

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1. Samsung portable SSD T5

Keep your files safe and sound

Price: From $109/£89
Reasons to buy
+Loads of storage available+Well priced+Compact

A father’s day gift for the dad who has his music files and tracks spewed across a plethora of hard drives, desktops and laptops. Get them all stored safe and sound with the Samsung SSD T5. Available in capacity ranging from 250GB to a monster 2TB, these tidy drives will not only protect those vital files, but the slender frame means it’ll slip neatly into your laptop bag. This one also ranks highly amongst our pick of the best hard drives for music production.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Blue Yeti USB microphone

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2. Blue Microphones Yeti

A great first podcasting microphone

Price: $129/£119
Reasons to buy
+Very versatile+Great value for money+Easy to use

Fancy helping your favourite musician embrace their inner performer? The Yeti from Blue Microphones could help them become the next podcasting sensation. This immensely-popular USB microphone features tri-capsule technology to ensure a pristine recording. That means listeners will pick up every word of their wisdom and, unfortunately, their jokes. They also pack four pattern settings meaning they can also be used as a vocal mic. Not convinced? Check out our guide to the best podcasting microphones

Christmas gifts for musicians: Audio Technica AT2020USB+

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3. Audio Technica AT2020USB+

The go-to entry-level recording microphone

Price: $149/£139
Reasons to buy
+Solid build+Excellent value+A great all-rounder for home recording

Since its launch in 2006, the Audio Technica AT2020 Cardioid condenser microphone has become a firm fixture in home studios all over the world. At a time when home recording has been booming, few others have been able to rival its balance of sound, rock-solid construction and low price point. The latest model - AT2020USB+ - is a great option for quick and easy digital recording.

Christmas gifts for drummers

Christmas gifts for musicians: Meinl Drum Honey

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1. Meinl Drum Honey

Like Moon Gel, but yellow

Price: $7.25/£8.50/€7.90
Reasons to buy
+Can make mediocre drums sound great+Good for live and studio use+Washable and reusable

Every drummer needs some of this in their stick bag. Whether you’re playing a gig or about to perform a take in the studio, a little dab of this could be the difference between a fat, controlled sound and a ringing mess. They’re washable with soap and water too, so you can re-use them time after time.

Christmas gifts for musicians: CruzTools Drum Multi-tool

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2. CruzTools Drum Multi-tool

Fix your kit, wherever you are

Price: $20/£16
Reasons to buy
+A true lifesaver+Not much it can't do+Perfect 'dad' gift

There’s nothing worse than setting up for a gig, discovering something is loose on your kit and realising you don’t have the right tools to fix it. With the CruzTools Drum Multi-tool you can tackle everything from rattling lugs to sluggish bass drum pedals (and even re-wire a plug) like a pro. The 14-in-1 gadget includes all the essentials you’ll need for any eventuality, including flat and crosshead screwdrivers, hex wrenches and a trusty old drum key.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Big Fat Snare Drum Green Monster

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3. Big Fat Snare Drum Green Monster

Get closer to the bombastic John Bonham sound

Price: $21/£28
Reasons to buy
+Changes your drum sound instantly+Don't have to faff with tuning+Don't need to bring two snares to every gig

Drummers are always in search of that elusive perfect snare drum sound. Previously, that would mean the time-consuming chore of experimenting with tunings or the expensive route of amassing a snare collection. Instead, whack the Big Fat Snare Drum Green Monster on your drum and viola – you can instantly channel your inner Bonham with a fat, ‘70s snare sound.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Protection Racket Standard Stick Bag

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4. Protection Racket Standard Stick Bag

How many sticks could a stick bag bag if a stick bag could bag sticks?

Price: $39/£20
Reasons to buy
+Keeps your sticks protected+Clips are great for mounting as a stick holder+Very durable and hard to break

Protection Racket has been providing drummers of all ages and abilities with high quality cases and bags since 1994, and in that time they’ve learned a thing or two about how to make some of the most durable and classy-looking bags money can buy. The Protection Racket Standard Stick Bag features a carry handle and detachable shoulder strap, a large outer pocket to keep drum keys, ear plugs and other necessities, and quick release clips - making mounting your stick bag to your floor tom (or any other bit of your kit) super easy. With capacity for 10 pairs of sticks, the Standard Stick Bag should do the trick for any keen drummer.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Meinl drum rug

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5. Meinl drum rug

Loads of finishes available, including zebra!

Price: $129/£72/€99
Reasons to buy
+Looks truly awesome+Loads of cool finishes to choose from+Stops that dreaded bass drum shuffle

All drummers have endured that gut-wrenching feeling as their kit shifts towards the edge of the stage during a gig. End that worry forever, and do it in style, with one of Meinl’s striking drum rugs. Available in an absolute bounty of designs, these beauties will keep your kit steady in place the whole gig through. We think the zebra print design is particularly eye catching.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Zildjian Professional In-Ear Monitors

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6. Zildjian Professional In-Ear Monitors

Never miss a note on stage with these in-ears

Price: $159/£132/€149
Reasons to buy
+Great for hearing protection+Good sound quality+Super comfortable

In recent years, in-ear monitors have become less of a luxury and very much an essential for any drummer stepping onto the stage. Options like these Zildjians offer the blend of ergonomic design, killer sound filtering and a reasonable price tag that will appeal to pro and pub players alike.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Alesis SamplePad 4

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An affordable way to add samples to your playing

Price: $159/£139
Reasons to buy
+Loads samples or use built-in library+Faithful sample sound+Tune sounds and add reverb

The SamplePad 4 is a great gift for drummers looking to expand their setup, or any performer that wants any easy way to add percussive sounds, trigger samples or use backing tracks in their performances. There are 25 useful sounds preloaded, but an SD card slot allows you to load your own, massively expanding its utility. Want a full kit instead? Check out our guide to the best electronic drum sets.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Roland TM-1 trigger module

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8. Roland TM-1 trigger module

A great entry point to the world of hybrid drumming

Price: $185/£139/€155
Reasons to buy
+Simple to set up and use+Doesn't take up loads of space+Cheaper than you'd expect

The explosion of hybrid drumming shows no sign of slowing and Roland’s TM-1 could be the ideal gift for a drumming dad looking to add some electronics to his acoustic drum kit. This handy little trigger module allows players to introduce all manner of new sounds to their set-up, simply by connecting a trigger pad or by mounting a trigger to a drum.

Christmas gifts for musicians: Yamaha EAD10

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9. Yamaha EAD10

Recording your kit has never been so easy

Price: $499/£469/€525
Reasons to buy
+Sound quality is exceptional considering+Reasonably priced for what you get

Once upon a time, recording your drums was a lengthy and expensive process that involved carting your kit to a studio and rigging up countless microphones. The EAD10 allows you to record your kit in seconds, just by attaching the sensor to your set-up and then playing. Sounds can be recorded to the module, a USB device, smart device or a computer. It’s a great tool for boosting your kit sound during practice, too.