Perfect gifts for the old (or not so old) man in your life
Father’s Day Gifts, are they one of those things that you dread or look forward to? Hopefully, we can help you out…
Bigging up the big man
Many of us were fortunate – or unfortunate – enough to have our early lives influenced by the musical choices of our parents. Speaking personally, I can trace my love of slow, bridge-pickup, moody solos back to my dad’s Chris Rea CDs playing in the car as we traipsed from campsite to campsite during the summer months. It was him who also handed me his old tape of “Axis/Bold As Love” by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. So, there’s clearly a link between the music your parents introduce you to, and the tastes and styles you naturally gravitate towards as you find your own favourites.
For those of you even luckier, you may have had a parent who didn’t just listen to music. Your folks may have actually played, performed, written or just had fun making music of their own. If you now play yourself, hopefully you realise how cool that actually is. Not everyone has creative parents, you see.
Back to the issue at hand
Anyway, with Father’s Day coming up soon, we thought it might be a good idea to show you some of the different things you could get for your musical dad. We’ve tried to steer clear of lottery-win type presents like this frankly obscene (yet undeniably beautiful) Taylor 914CE V-Class and keep things affordable, but with a touch of quality thrown in to let the old man know you care.
Let’s crack on then and look at our carefully curated list of father’s day gifts for musical dads.
Guitar Playing Dads
1. Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner
Hardly a controversial opinion, but an instrument in tune sounds infinitely better than one that isn’t. You come here for the hard facts, and we deliver. Jokes aside though, a tuner is almost the perfect present for someone. A great tuner is even better.
Think about it. We’ve all received presents that, perhaps, didn’t inspire us on first opening them but, over time, grew to become well used and well loved. A good quality tuner pedal is the archetype of this kind of present. It doesn’t change your sound in any cool way, or unlock new techniques, but what it does do is put you on the right path to go forth. Pretty much like what a dad does. So, there we have it. Dads are, basically, tuners. If you can afford it, the Boss TU-3 is a superb choice that your dad will eventually hand down to you one day. Think of it as an investment then.
2. Aroma AT-105 Clip-On Tuner
Everything we said up there about the importance of a good tuner could essentially be copied and pasted into this section, but we’re not that lazy. Instead, we’ll point out how a clip-on tuner makes a great second tuner, able to provide backup to your A-Team in times of need. Plus, the Aroma AT-105 doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and they gave it a name like it’s a fighter jet so, y’know, double win.
3. Gibson Montana Guitar Strap
Fact. Your dad probably owned a leather jacket when he was younger. Fact. He probably looked better in it than you would. Fact. You had a leather jacket phase yourself but realised the previous fact to be true and abandoned it in favour of sensible Gore-Tex hiking wares.
The simple truth is that it takes a certain type of man to pull off wearing leather, and anybody born pre-1980 had this pre-built into their very being. Buying your dad something like this Gibson Montana Guitar Strap tells him that you recognise his dominance over you in fashion terms, and that this is a peace offering.
4. Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder and Cutter
Dad’s love tools, right? Why bother searching for pliers or faffing about when it comes to re-stringing your guitar, when you can get your mitts on the Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder and Cutter. Boasting a high-quality string winder mechanism, there’s also a string cutter and integrated bridge pin removal tool for good measure. Sure, you could go for it with your fingers, but there’s a reason why tools are made – they made the job easier!
5. CruzTools Guitar Multi-Tool
On the topic of tools, the CruzTools Guitar Multi-Tool features four metric and three fractional hex keys, a 2.5mm slotted screwdriver, two Phillips screwdrivers, and a ruler for accurately setting string action. Built like a tank and utilised by many a guitar tech the world over, it’s essentially the tool for everything else guitar related.
6. Gibson Barstool
I don’t really think this one needs much explaining really does it, it’s the Gibson Barstool! Set at the ideal height for most players with a footrest that allows you to perch like a pro with guitar in hand, the swivel top enables you to move around and entertain your guests should you wish. For Gibson super fan in your life, it’s the icing on the cake.
7. Tom’sLine Dumbler Dumble Amp Simulator
It’s not often that I say this, but if you really want to wow your guitar playing Dad, then get him one of these. The Tom’sLine Dumbler Dumble Amp Simulator is a guitar effects pedal that will not only make your Dad happy, it will win you some serious kudos points with him too. Dumble amps are legendary and regarded by some to be the best amp of all time. If you can track one down, then expect to drop a serious amount of money. This little pedal tries to recreate the Dumble’s legendary tones for less than £25. No, it’s not like the real thing, but it does sound delightfully tasty and is outstanding value for money. Plus, your Dad will love it!
Head over to the Dawsons website to check out the rest of our exclusive range of Tom’sLine Engineering pedals.
1. Redwood V-Shaped Ukulele
So, your Dad may or may not be a guitarist, but does he still harbour ambitions of being a Rock Demi-God? Well you don’t need to drop a shedload of cash on him to make it happen thanks to the Redwood V-Shaped Ukulele! Achieve legendary status instantly for less than £30 – wouldn’t it be great if everything in life was that easy? Plus, you get a bag with it too so, win win!
2. FZone Ukulele Add-On Accessory Pack
Now that he’s got the Uke, why not get him the FZone Ukulele Add-On Accessory Pack – you know it makes sense? Boasting a stand, wall hanger, strap, tuner, and capo, it gives your Dad everything he could need to keep his ukulele safe when not in use and get the most out of it when he’s lay down some sick chops on a Saturday night after a few swift ones.
1. Aroma TDX-15 Electronic Drum Kit
If you’ve got a Dad who regales you with tales of how he could nail double-kick with a single-pedal like John Bonham back in the day, or even give Neil Peart a run for his money when it comes to drum adornments, then chances are he’s already got a ludicrous home setup. However, if you’ve got a Dad who sold his gear to feed you and gave up the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle to raise you, then the least you could do is get him a kit to relive his youth on?!
Our Aroma TDX-15 Electronic Drum Kit has everything needed to help your Dad feel like he’s playing to adoring fans (minus the fans), with 12 programmable kits and mesh-rubber hybrid pads for a realistic playing feel. Add to that the ability to connect the kit to his laptop via USB MIDI for recording or simply playing along to his favourite track using the Aux input and headphones, he can finally get some relative peace and quiet and live out his youthful fantasy. Rock on Dad !m!
2. Drums Accessory Pack
You might have seen this coming but if you’ve gone for an electronic kit then, why not grab the Drum Accessory Pack at the same time, eh? Adjustable stool, pair of headphones, pair a drumsticks – job done!
Keys Playing Dads
1. Mirage KS10 Single Braced Keyboard Stand
Encourage your Dad to play and get him his own Mirage KS10 Single Braced Keyboard Stand. Not only that but if he’s not got one already, then chances are you’re freeing up the dining room or kitchen table too. Therefore, it’s a gift the whole family will appreciate. If you fancy splashing out an extra few quid, you can go for the Mirage KS20 Double-Braced option for the budding Rick Wakeman in your life.
2. Mirage Keyboard Accessory Pack
Look, I did it for the Drummer Dads, so the Keys Playing Dads aren’t missing out, here’s the Mirage Keyboard Accessory Pack. Complete with adjustable keyboard stand, headphones, and a comfy bench, you can finally get your Dad out of the living and into the spare room or shed. To be fair, even if he is in the living room, once those headphones are on, you’ll never notice that he’s there (unless he is truly a Rick Wakeman wannabe and then you’re on your own I’m afraid).
For Any and Every Dad (or anyone for that matter)
1. Planet Waves Varigrip
Another thing your dad is better than you at is pure, brute strength. So maybe this present isn’t the best idea. Basically, the Planet Waves Varigrip is a device specifically designed to help improve strength in your hands. Even down to individual finger level. It’s like a gym just for your digits, only without the sweat, protein shakes and mid-life crises of an actual gym. Doesn’t cost a lot and will only ever increase your father’s physical dominance over you, but still: great present.
2. Alpine MusicSafe Pro Ear Plugs
Maybe your dad is still playing. Rocking the weekend warrior thing. Good on him. You could learn a lot. If this is the case though, you should start thinking about the poor guy’s hearing. Hearing, as we know, deteriorates as we age. So, if you don’t want an eternity of him squinting his eyes and shouting “WHAT?”, maybe you could give him a set of nice ear protectors like these Alpine MusicSafe Pro Ear Plugs. They will help protect those lugs from the harsh reality of being a musician. Not only that but you can rest assured in knowing that you got him some Red Dot award-winning kit too.
If you reckon the pro version is a bit too much for your auld lad though, then there’s always the less expensive Alpine PartyPlug Ear Plugs – which incidentally make a worthy purchase for those who regularly go to clubs and gigs and wish to preserve their hearing too!
3. Ernie Ball Slinky Drink Coasters
Some might say that the Ernie Ball Slinky Drink Coasters are only for guitarists, but I’ve seen all manner of musicians use coasters. Even drummers. Honestly! Plus, it’s 6 for £3.99. £3.99!!! You could buy two packs!
4. When all else fails, there’s always vouchers!
For those stubborn Dads who are just a pain in the proverbial to get a gift for, get them a Dawsons voucher (or even get them several, we won’t mind!). With £20 and £10 options available for redemption in our Dawsons Music Stores, you can give your Dad the gift of letting him loose in a music shop.
Please note: the vouchers are not valid for use in our online store.
Get in touch
Though I’ve tried my best to pick out something for everyone, you know your Dad better than I so head over to the Dawsons website if you reckon you can find something more suitable! Alternatively, head to your local Dawsons Music Store and one of our in-store specialists will be more than happy to help you out.
Quick Product Checklist
Gifts for Guitarist Dads
- BOSS TU-3 Chromatic Tuner Pedal
- Aroma AT-105 Clip-On Tuner
- Gibson Montana Guitar Strap
- Planet Waves Pro-Winder String Winder and Cutter
- CruzTools Guitar Multi-Tool
- Gibson Barstool
- Tom’sLine Dumbler Dumble Amp Simulator
Gifts for Folky Dads
Gifts for Dad Drummers
Gifts for Keys Playing Dads
Gifts for Everyone
- Planet Waves Varigrip
- Alpine MusicSafe Pro Ear Plugs
- Alpine PartyPlug Ear Plugs
- Ernie Ball Slinky Drink Coasters
- £20 Voucher
- £10 Voucher
Jon is a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for inspiring others to get involved in making music. After spending many years playing venues here, there and – pretty much – everywhere, he joined the Dawsons’ Music Web Team before progressing into his current role managing the Dawsons Blog.