15 Odd Christmas Gifts for Musicians
Note: Rocks Off originally published this blog in November 2011 and people keep looking at it, so we figured we might as well put it back at the top of our queue. Call it a holiday tradition.
As the timeless tale of the Little Drummer Boy reminds us, there is no greater gift than the gift of music. But what about those on your Christmas list who already have plenty of music in their lives? Buying gifts for musicians is no easy task -- most of them already own the entire Rush discography, and subtle hints that maybe, possibly they should consider taking lessons are impossible to wrap.
That's why it's necessary to think a bit outside the box when stuffing a musician's stocking. Because reading is easier than thinking, Rocks Off has taken the generous step of compiling this handy list of odd, interesting and downright cool gift ideas for the musicians in your life. Just don't forget the earplugs -- for yourself.
iCarta iPod Stereo Toilet Paper Holder
the bathroom serves many purposes in a musician's life: Writing sanctuary, makeshift studio, smoker's lounge. The only thing missing is the stereo. Thanks to the iCarta, though, that's a problem consigned to the past. This amazing dual-function device plays music from any iPod device AND dispenses your favorite toilet tissue. The iCarta makes a great pairing gift with a new iPod -- don't forget it load it up with plenty of Butthole Surfers.
DIY Guitar Pick Punch
Nothing is more useless than a guitarist with no guitar pick. Save yourself a few practice-room shouting matches with this handy punch that turns old credit cards, Xbox game cases, military IDs and lapsed health insurance cards into functional guitar picks. Toss this baby into the gig bag, and you'll never have to bum a pick off your bassist again.
Flipper Guitar Spatula
They say that chefs are the new rock stars. Sad indictment of the download era though that may be, your own personal guitar hero can enjoy the best of both worlds with this hip picker flipper. This 100-percent silicone electric guitar spatula is dishwasher safe and groupie-approved. It's the ideal axe for flipping baloney on the practice-space hotplate.
Build-Your-Own Ukulele Kit
The ukulele gets a bad rap. Sure, it was the favored instrument of Tiny Tim, but it's also been twanged by the likes of George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and the fat, charismatic Islander at your brother's Hawaiian wedding. Even the most jaded musician will gain a new appreciation for the uke after building and decorating his or her own courtesy of this nifty DIY kit. With the New York Times writing stories about them and Hawaii 5-0 back on the air, it's only an uncomfortable matter of time before these amazing instruments become megapopular again.
Gangsta Rap Coloring Book
The gangsta rap creative process requires a borderline-sociopathic headspace, but even the most hardened street thug needs to relax quietly once in a while. Your favorite G will love busting out the Crayolas to unwind by coloring in iconic images of Pac, Biggie, Nas and other ghetto superstars. This one-of-a-kind coloring book contains 48 pages of hip-hop's hardest, ready to be seen in a palette that goes far beyond the traditional Blood red/Crip blue dichotomy.
Playable Synthesizer T-shirt
By widely accepted generalization, indie musicians have two major turn-ons: vintage musical instruments and graphic tees. Whomsoever you give this playable synth t-shirt to may well go into hipster overload as he or she bangs out "Axel F" in eight-voice polyphonic sound. On their T-SHIRT, dude.
iKlip iPad Music Holder
Sheet music is so 19th century. In the dawning digital era, all sight-reading will be performed using high-definition, rare-earths-rich LED touchscreens. Prepare the musician in your life for the promised day when performers will be able to afford tablet computers with this handy iPad music holder! Finally, they'll be able to say goodbye to shuffling pages, illegal photocopies and agonizing papercuts. At least until music stands become retro-chic, anyway.
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