The holidays are here, and that means the never-ending struggle to find gifts for loved ones. If you’ve got a singer or musician in your life, there are plenty of great gift ideas for these people! Hopefully my list will help you find something for them.
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Great Gifts for Singers
Most singers drink tea. It may seem like a boring gift, but there are literally so many kinds of great teas! You can make your own gift basket, I’m sure there will be some your singer hasn’t tried. Teavana has a bunch of sampler sets, Amazon has this cool Mood Tea Set:
Or you can sign them up for a tea of the month club. Is your singer not a tea drinker? You can help them stay hydrated with gift sets of whatever drink they like! You can also give them mugs or anything that might make their drinking experience a better one. Shameless plug: I have mugs designed for singers in my store here!
2). A Humidifier
Here are a bunch of cute animal ones:
And here’s an adorable usb humidifier:
This is a gift that keeps on giving! Singers need steam and heat for their voice. Also, this is the cold and flu season. If your singer is sick, they’ll need help getting through it before they can perform again. This will show them you take an interest in their passion.
3). USB fan
If your singer is in their studio a lot, they may get really hot. In the summer, my booth can reach temps of over 90°F. My tiny USB fan is a lifesaver! It keeps me cool when I need a break and also stops my computer from overheating. If your singer uses their computer often, a laptop cooler might be a good idea:
Laptops that run a lot of programs (such as games or music software) can easily get overheated. A laptop cooler can be a great gift idea that no one really thinks about, but would help a lot! Alternately, your singer might like a space heater more. Whatever will keep them comfortable while singing is a great gift!
I know I mentioned humidifiers above and this may seem like a contradiction, but singers do need a warm/moist room for the most part. A fan or cooler is good for when it gets TOO warm, which is different for everyone. You probably know your singers’ preferences, so go with what you know. Also, cooling humidifiers are a thing, if your singer hates being hot!
4). Singing or Music Lessons
All singers need lessons, no matter how good they are. If you feel your singer might be insulted by this, feel free to skip this one. However, most singers should jump at the chance to improve their craft. You can find a local coach near them and pre-pay for lessons, or even find some online. Just make sure you stress that you’re not saying their voice sucks (unless that is what you’re trying to say).
I always recommend MasterClass, as it has a wide variety of music classes for all genres and styles. I’ve taken and reviewed multiple classes, including Christina Aguilera, Reba McEntire, Deadmau5, Danny Elfman, and David Sedaris (not a musician but a writer nonetheless). MasterClass allows anyone to take any of the classes, so your singer can take multiple or choose one they like best!
5). A Scarf
Scarves are great because they keep your singer’s throat warm and can also serve as a functional gift to use when performing. Here is a cute musical one:
If you don’t know your singer’s style, a gift card is fine. Any type of nice warm scarf will help during the colder months though! I should mention here that I have 50 scarves and never wear any of them, despite knowing it will help my voice. I even made a video where I went through all of them. Still, if someone cared enough about my career to get me something like that, it would mean a lot.
6). A Notebook
Even if your singer is not a songwriter, most singers write notes about performances. Show dates, performance tips, notes from lessons, even a diary of how things are going. The above photo is a notebook I designed for songwriters.
Here is one for singers, musicians and/or songwriters:
Here is a Songwriter’s Journal which also looks cool:
7). Throat Stuff
If you need items for a gift basket or stocking stuffers, these are always great. Throat lozenges are important for singers (just skip the menthol ones; those dry out the voice). A vocal spray should be used with caution, as it can numb the pain that would alert singers to incorrect technique. However, they are great if your singer knows what they’re doing and had a rough night. I also like dry mouth spray when recording because it eliminates annoying mouth clicks and pops. If these don’t sound exciting, you could give them local honey or something else that looks nice and helps keep their voice in good shape!
8). Items about inspirational artists
If you know your singer’s favorite artist, anything about that artist would be a great gift idea. I’m not going to post links to anything because I have no idea what your singer is into, but here are some ideas: Biographies (authorized or unauthorized), posters, keychains, concert tickets, clothes, tour merch, limited edition items, or framed photos. If you go to Etsy or Amazon you can search the artist’s name and see what comes up. If you’re wondering, “how will this help them as a singer?” trust me, every Whitney Houston item I own is a source of vocal inspiration. The more your singer focuses on their vocal inspiration, the more they’ll want to hone their craft.
9). Things to help their career (business cards, website hosting)
If your singer is serious about their career, these are great gift ideas. If they do it as a hobby, you might want to skip this. However, business cards are super important to musicians. You can get them a gift card to a printing company and let them design it themselves. Website hosting is another important part of being a musician, but I understand that it’s not the most exciting thing to unwrap. Anything that might help them further their career, such as a new piece of equipment or flyers for their next gig, would be appreciated. If you’re a graphic designer and want to make them yourself, that’s an added bonus!
I use Canva to make all of my website graphics, promo materials and album covers. Canva has a free version, but you can give them a pro membership here!
10). Gift cards
If you want to take the easy way, gift cards are always a good choice. You could get them a gift card to Guitar Center or Sweetwater for any gear they might need. A gift card to the Apple Store would allow them to get new software or a new album for inspiration. If you want to keep it more open-ended, Google Play, Amazon or eBay are all good options. You could also get them a gift card for many of the ideas listed above.
Bonus Idea: Write a Song for Them
I have a post on how to do that here. You can perform it yourself or have them do it, and it will be thoughtful and unique!
If you end up getting any of these gifts for singers, let me know how they like it! Do you have any other ideas that aren’t on the list? Let me know that also! Whatever you decide to give your singer, have a happy and safe holiday and try not to stress too much!
This post was originally published on December 17, 2018. It has been re-updated for link accuracy.