Budget friendly Secret Santa ideas for the music lover in your office
It’s that time of year… Christmas parties are being booked, the festive flavours at your favourite coffee chain are being rolled out and the dreaded Secret Santa is being drawn up in the office. But what’s that? There’s a musician in the room and you’ve just pulled their name out of a hat. You start to think, what the heck can I get this person for Christmas? The pressure is on to get them something they’re actually going to like. Besides, you don’t want to be that person who gets someone a rubbish present for Secret Santa. The shame! But don’t fret (ahem) we’ve got you covered. So, here’s 12 Secret Santa ideas for musicians that they’ll actually use and appreciate, all of which are around the £10 mark.
Ernie Ball Slinky Drink Coasters
So you’ve found out that Stephanie from IT plays guitar. There’s the difficult part out of the way, because now you’ve opened up a world of Secret Santa ideas. It’s highly unlikely that a guitarists has never used a set of Ernie Ball strings, they’re ubiquitous in the music world as much as tea and coffee is in the office environment. So combine the two and you get the Ernie Ball Slinky Drink Coasters! A great little gift that looks cool and will save the desk from hot drink spills. Plus, there’s some budget left over for a set of strings too. We’d go with a set of regular slinky’s.
Zildjian Dave Grohl Drumsticks
If you’re sharing a workplace with a drummer and they’re a fan of Dave Grohl (who isn’t), then they’re going to love this secret Santa idea. These Zildjian Dave Grohl signature drumsticks feature the same tattoo artwork that adorn the arms of the legendary Foo Fighters frontman. Whether they’re a fan of Nirvana, Them Crooked Vultures, Probot, Queens of the Stone Age or the Foo’s, they’ll love these sticks. They’re also built to last and have a larger dimension for extra power. If they hate any of the aforementioned bands, but play drums, you can get a couple of sets of the Essentials Drumsticks for the same price. A drummer can never have too many drum sticks.
Armourdillo Drum Stick Bag
Here’s another secret Santa idea for drummers. If you’re not sure if they like Dave Grohl, or just want to play it safe, you can’t lose with an Armourdillo Drum Stick Bag. Every drummer needs somewhere to store their sticks, and every drummer will need at least 1 back up stick bag as they tend to get battered over time. This is a low cost option that is also extremely useful, so it’s a great idea.
Moongel Damper Pad
Last one for the drummers. Moongel Damper Pad is an extremely useful piece of kit (seriously, these puns are too easy) that all drummers will appreciate, so you’re definitely not going to disappoint with this one. As far as Secret Santa ideas for musicians, this is up there with one of the most useful options as it’s used by drummers of all levels to eliminate any unwanted resonance and basically make the kit sound a lot nicer. This is a great “Cymbal” that you’ve been paying attention too. It’s Christmas, we’re allowed to make all the puns we want.
Stagg Harmonica Holder
This is a great secret Santa idea for the musician who leans towards the singer songwriter style of music. If they play guitar and harmonica, or they’ve mentioned they’d like to play open mic nights, give this a go. The Stagg Harmonica Holder is a useful tool that ensures your hands are free to play guitar. A plastic neck adds comfort and the strong and sturdy construction ensures it won’t let you down in the middle of the set, clamping down on the harmonica and staying exactly where you need it to.
Gibson Vintage Reissue Restoration Kit
The same as any musical instrument, guitars need to be kept clean and maintained if you want them to last. Look after your tools and your tools will look after you, the saying goes. So with that in mind, we present a great secret Santa idea in the form of the Gibson Vintage Reissue Restoration Kit. Although designed for vintage guitars, this kit will keep all guitars in tip top shape thanks to the low abrasion metal cleaner, restoration finish cream, metal cleaner application brush, premium fretboard conditioner and three Gibson polish cloths – all in one convenient package. A simple purchase and a great secret Santa gift for the musician you know.
Fender Musician Series Ear Plugs
Every musician needs a set of earplugs, especially if they play live as noise induced hearing loss is one of the most common forms of hearing loss and can be caused by excessive exposure to loud music – say a drum kit, PA or guitar amplifier. In addition, if your secret Santa person likes going to gigs they’re potentially damaging their hearing every time. These Fender Musician Ear Plugs will reduce the sound levels by a whopping 22dB making noise levels that much safer. All musicians and music lovers should have a pair of these. A great secret Santa idea for the musician.
Essentials PF1 Pop Filter
If you know the musician in your workplace records music at home, chances are they record vocals. With that said, they’re going to need a Pop Filter to remove all the unwanted low frequency turbulence most commonly associated with P’s and B’s. Furthermore if they run a podcast, this Essentials PF1 Pop Filter is ideal as it instantly improves vocal recordings and keeps the mic clean by catching any saliva that jumps out of your mouth on to the mic – trust me it happens! A budget friendly solution and a great secret Santa gift idea for the musician you’ve got in the sweep.
Jim Dunlop Pickholder 5005
Every guitarist will lose plectrums. It’s unavoidable, and no matter how many you buy, some just seem to fall into some kind of vortex, never to be seen again. In addition, when you’re gigging onstage, chances are you’re going to drop a plectrum every now and then in the heat of the moment. The guitarist will certainly appreciate this nifty little secret Santa gift in the form of the Jim Dunlop Pickholder as it holds your spare plectrums in place so you know where to find them at all times and has an adhesive strip on the back so you can attach it to your guitar for easy access when you drop something. Very budget friendly price means you can couple it with a set of strings or a selection of plectrums. A guitarist can never have too many picks, so they’ll got serious use out of this.
Dawsons £10 Gift Voucher
Well, if all else fails and you have absolutely no idea what instrument Sarah from HR plays, then you could always go with a Dawsons £10 gift voucher. It’s a safe option as the person can choose exactly what they want or can put it towards their new mixer or Gibson Les Paul – either way your Secret Santa isn’t going to be terrible.
View a complete range of great secret Santa ideas and gifts for musicians over at the Dawsons website.
Lee Glynn is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who lives in Liverpool, England. After moving to the UK from Perth, Australia, Lee enjoyed a successful career as guitarist in Liverpool based rock band Sound of Guns.
After releasing two albums, a myriad of EPs / singles and touring extensively around the world for 6 years including stops at Glastonbury, Latitude Festival, as well as the coveted Reading & Leeds Festivals, Lee decided it was a time for a change of scenery.
Utilising his experience in music journalism, Lee now works within the web team at Dawsons Music, where he can still relay his passion for music by producing great content for the Dawsons blog and social media. Lee is still an avid guitar player and writer.