We round up our favourite budget friendly music gifts for the musicians (or wannabe musicians) in your life to help you choose a great Christmas present, Birthday present or just something that says 'I Love You' this year
Choosing a music gift or a Christmas present for the musicians in your life can be a little difficult sometimes. Where do you start? Are the guitar gifts you buy actually going to be used? Where can I get Christmas gifts for musicians? These are probably questions you’ll be asking before the run up to December 25th!
Fortunately, here at PMT we stock a wide range of gifts for music lovers, music gifts and gifts for guitarists, drummers, keyboard players and more. But these aren’t just your run-of-the-mill, never to be used again gifts, these are great options for the beginner musicians out there that may want to take up an instrument for the first time, add to their collection or a gift for yourself that you’ll actually want to use!
So, without further delay, here’s our 12 best music gifts and gifts for musicians that they’ll actually use.
1. BandLab Link Analog Audio Interface
The BandLab Link Analog Audio Interface is an affordable recording tool ideal for singer-songwriters and those who want to create music anywhere and at anytime. It’s as simple as connecting your iOS or Android device, opening the free Bandlab app or your preferred DAW and hitting record! You can use the built-in Neutrik Combo Jack Socket to hook up your electric guitar, line level instrument or microphone, plug your headphones in and start recording with your phone, tablet or computer instantly. The pocket size and small budget makes it a fantastic gift for musicians!
2. Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3
The Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3 is an ideal music gift for those who are just starting out in the world of mixing a live DJ set. This is a completely portable USB DJ controller that features smooth, hard wearing jog wheels that can be used in two separate modes – Jog and Beatgrid adjust mode.
Best of all, you get Traktor Pro 3 included so you can start creating, looping and mixing music straight away. The easy to use layout in conjunction with the seamless browsing in Traktor Pro 3 makes this a fantastic gift for musicians and producers in the making.
3. AKG K52 Studio Headphones
The AKG K52 Studio Headphones are some of our favourite monitoring and mixing headphones on the market today, which have been voiced to provide accurate representation of what you're playing whilst recording. Whereas producers would normally advise against mixing music on headphones, these have been designed with 40mm drivers that deliver high sensitivity sounds for a powerful output, plus an extended frequency response so you can hear everything you're supposed to.
Great sound isolation from high quality ear pads provides you with a comfortable uninterrupted listening experience and the lightweight construction means you can listen, record and mix music anywhere, anytime. A great music gift and gift for musician that they’ll actually use.
4. Yamaha Pacifica 012 Black Electric Guitar with Line 6 V 20 Amp Pack
The Yamaha Pacifica 012 Black Electric Guitar with Line 6 V 20 Amp Pack is a fantastic way to get those budding rock stars started on the road to rock stardom, or just a great way to introduce your loved ones into the world of guitar. The highly respected Yamaha Pacifica has been designed for guitarists of all levels as it is comfortable and easy to play. The small price makes it a great option for beginners whilst the versatile pickup selection makes it a great workhorse for players of different genres. For a budget friendly price tag you also get a best-selling Line 6 Spider V 20 Amp packed with 16 on board presets as well as over 200 different effects, cab simulators and more sounds - everything you need to start playing straight out of the box. Also available in a range of different colours.
5. TOURTECH TT-12S Electronic Drum Kit
The TOURTECH TT-12S Electronic Drum Kit is an affordable electronic drum kit ideal for beginners and (quiet!) home practice. Don’t be fooled by its budget friendly price tag, this is not a toy, but a drum powerhouse able to help both beginners learn to play drums in relative silence and allow intermediate to professional drummers hone their skills, lay down some tracks in the studio or jam with friends without the noise associated with an acoustic kit. You have 20 preset drum kits to choose from, 250 voices including a variety of different snares, toms and cymbals as well as Song Playback and Recording tools built-in, so you can jam along to a wide range of backing tracks and hone your skills. A great music gift or present for the musicians in your life in need of a new kit, that won’t bother you too much or get them evicted due to noise complaints! If you prefer the feel of a mesh snare, for just a little bit more of an investment you can get hold of the TOURTECH TT-12SM Electronic Drum Kit with Mesh Snare.
6. Blackstar Fly 3 Mini Amp
The Blackstar Fly 3 Mini Amp is a highly portable little amp with a massive sound and is great fun for guitarists on the go – especially those who value good tone! Conveniently priced at under £50, you can get a travel amplifier that also acts as an MP3 player for playback of your favourite tracks via the AUX input. This is a great battery powered, 2 channel amp packed with iconic Blackstar amplifier sounds, a tape delay, headphone jack for silent practice and line out for recording directly to your computer – a great music gift and gift for the musicians in your life.
7. Eastcoast GP200 Electric Bass Guitar
The Eastcoast GP200 Electric Bass Guitar in Black is from the all new range of Eastcoast bass guitars, put together by hand. This bass is ideal for those who want to start to learn how to play bass, those old-hands who want to reinvigorate their passion and those who need a great performing and recording option that won’t let them down. With this bass you get a solidly constructed instrument made from top quality tonewoods and put together by experienced luthiers. The P-Bass shape is comfortable to hold and, the neck is smooth and easy to play and the Split Coil and Single Coil "PJ" pickup configuration provides the thunderous tone you need as well as the articulation to stand out from the mix – an ideal Christmas or birthday present for the aspiring bass players out there, both new and experienced. Check out all the new Eastcoast basses.
8. Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK3
For those who want to be able to create their own beats, whether they be grime beats, back up percussion tracks for EDM or add a new dynamic to their live and studio setup the Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK3 is a fantastic option.
Widely used by electronic musicians from all genres, the Maschine Mikro MK3 provides responsive colour pads for instant beat triggering, sample triggering or synth sounds as well as a Dual-touch Smart Strip which allows you to slide your fingers to strum instruments, bend sounds, use Perform FX, and add dynamics to your sound. A great budget friendly beat maker for pro musicians that has been specifically designed as an easy to use, highly versatile option that beginners can get to grips with easily.
9. Numark PT01 Touring USB Turntable
As the Vinyl revival is in full swing, more and more people are enjoying the fact their favourite records are being re-released on this once inconvenient format. However, your vinyl collection doesn’t have to suffer from the lack of portability anymore thanks to the likes of the Numark PT01 Touring USB Turntable. This highly convenient turntable is a classically-styled suitcase unit with built in speakers and straight to computer USB recording. It plays your 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM records, comes with a 45 RPM adapter and means you’re ready to play vinyl anywhere anytime and even rip your favourite vinyl only exclusives to your computer! Budget friendly, highly portable and great quality – a perfect music gift for the vinyl lovers out there.
10. PreSonus Audiobox USB 96 Studio Recording Package
The PreSonus Audiobox USB 96 Studio Recording Package is the ultimate home recording package and a great music gift for the home producers, singer songwriters and musicians out there in need of high quality, reliable and above all – great sounding recordings.
This 2 in / 2 out USB 2.0 audio interface comes with a wide range of recording tools such as Studio One 3 Artist Software, as well as a whole host of plug-ins and samples from the Studio Magic Plug-Ins Suite so you’re ready to record and mix straight away. You also get a PreSonus M7 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone, set of PreSonus HD7 Monitoring Headphones and XLR cable – just add your computer and an instrument and you’re good to go! A great music gift perfect for anyone who wants to record at home or on the go.
11. Fender Monterey 120w Bluetooth Speaker
Bluetooth speakers don’t get any cooler than this! The Fender Monterey 120w Bluetooth Speaker has been engineered by the team at Fender to bring the classic Fender reliability, performance and sound to your home, apartment or student halls. You get 120 watts of power at your disposal thanks to a pristine quad-driver system (2 woofers, 2 tweeters) so your music sounds amazing at all levels. Connect via Bluetooth or the mini or RCA jacks for instant musical gratification. A great looking Bluetooth speaker and an ideal music gift for those who care about their sound.
12. Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal
As far as guitar pedals go, the Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal, is an absolute classic. This iconic pedal has been used and is still used by professional musicians and artists to this day thanks to its high quality distortion sound, ease of use and almost-indestructible design. If you’re looking for a gift for your guitarist or musician in your life, they’ll love this and really appreciate this essential distortion pedal that can go from smooth and clean distorted overtones to all out doom-rock. One of the best music gifts you could give to a musician, and one they'll actually use!
Need some budget friendly stocking fillers?
Need some smaller stocking fillers? Here’s a quick list of budget friendly options that make great extra presents for your loved ones to open up on Christmas, birthdays or just for when you want to say “I love You!”.
TourTech TTA-T01 Colour Screen Clip-On Tuner
Every guitarist needs a decent tuner, so make sure you grab hold of one that you can rely one! One of our favourites is the TourTech TTA-T01 Colour Screen Clip-On Tuner. And at just £9.99, it’s a great present for secret Santa and smaller gifting.
Laney Mini Amp Series
The Laney Mini amp series is a range of battery powered amplifiers designed for tone snobs who want the freedom to be able to carry them anywhere and play guitar at anytime. These little desktop amps are extremely budget friendly, with the 2 x 3" speaker versions under £60 and the single 3" speaker versions under £40 - so they won't break the bank. Don't be deceived by the small size though as they sound fantastic, can be powered via 6 x AAA batteries or an optional 9V adapter and have a headphones-in jack for silent practice. Best of all Laney's Smart Insert (LSI) allows you to connect your iOS or Android phone or tablet directly to your amp with the supplied LSI cable, and thanks to the Tonebridge app, provides access to 1000's of iconic guitar tones. A great gift and some of the best mini amps on the market today.
Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators
The Teenage Engineering pocket operator synths are fantastic little synthesizers and music making machines that are totally fun to play. They’re also extremely budget friendly around £50, making great stocking fillers. The new series includes the Office, Robot and Arcade pocket operators, all of which are great for musicians and even those who’ve never played an instrument ion their life – they’re just so much fun!
Planet Waves Solderless Custom Cable Kit
Guitarists and bass players who use guitar pedals will know the struggle that comes along with trying to get certain pedals to fit on their board – chances are there’s always some weird angle that regular patch cables just can’t reach. So, the best solution to that is making your own patch cables! The Planet Waves Solderless Custom Cable Kit allows you to make 6 custom sized patch leads so you can organise your pedal board how you like! A great gift that guitarists will always appreciate.
Alpine MusicSafe Pro Ear Plugs with Case
Whether the person you’re buying for is a musician or they just love going to gigs, a good set of headphones is a great gift. Your hearing is important, so it’s paramount that you look after it. However, if you’ve used cheap, throwaway headphones before, you’ll understand that those terrible things ruin the sound! The good thing about the Alpine MusicSafe Pro Ear Plugs with Case is that they filter out the damaging frequencies and reduce the decibel level to a safe level but allow all the good stuff to reach your ears! You can still hear everything, it’s just clearer and a little lower in volume. A great gift for music lovers that is totally budget friendly.
View a complete selection of musician earplugs over at PMT Online today.
No guitarist or bass player can ever have too many plectrums. Nuff said! Get a load of these as a stocking filler and you’re going to be the hero!
The same goes for guitar strings as above – grab a set of strings or even a multi pack of strings and it will be appreciated. A good start is the D'Addario NYXL1046 strings, as 10s are your standard gauge. They’ll also last for months too, so they guitarists in your life will thank you for it.
Akai LPK25 Mini USB Keyboard
If you have a loved one in your inner circle that is a budding music producer or EDM musician, the Akai LPK25 Mini USB Keyboard is a fantastic stocking filler and an extremely professional piece of kit that will be appreciated by the electronically inclined musician. Easy to use, budget friendly and extremely useful – a great music gift and stocking filler that won’t break the bank.
Shop a full range of Akai Studio Essentials here.
TOURTECH N-Series 10ft Jack to Jack Instrument Cable
Every guitarist or musician needs more cables, it's just a fact! We can never have too many cables! The range of TOURTECH guitar and instrument cables are made with top quality connectors and premium components to ensure reliability and a fantastic sound whether you're plugging in to a line level instrument, a microphone or set of PA speakers! The TOURTECH N-Series 10ft Jack to Jack Instrument Cable in particular is a perfect gift that proves cheap guitar cables don't have to be low quality. At under £10 you're gig ready and supplying high quality sound. Check out the full range of Tourtech cables, cases and accessories here.
PMT Store Gift Card
Can't figure out what to buy for your musically inclined friend? Grab yourself a gift voucher and let your loved one choose their own gift. Our PMT Store Gift Cards start from £10!
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