We look at some of the best gifts for drummers and drum accessories that the drummer in your life will actually want to use!
Whether it’s Christmas, birthday or just a gift to show your appreciation for the drummer in your life, we have a huge range of gifts for drummers of all styles and skill levels. We’ve put together a list of extremely budget friendly presents for drummers and drum accessories that won’t break the bank – all at under £20, as well as a range of gifts for drummers in the higher price range should you really want to spoil them.
Best Gifts For Drummers And Drum Accessories Under £20
These are a selection of our favourite presents for drummers all under the £20 price range, with one just over – because it’s too good not to leave in!
1. Meinl 6 inch Practice Pad
When you need to keep your skills sharp, a drum practice pad is a fantastic piece of kit, and thanks to lower price tag it makes one of the best gifts for drummers. Best of all, drummers of all levels will appreciate one!
The Meinl 6-inch Practice Pad in particular, is one of our favourite presents for drummers as it’s under the £20 mark and features a compact 6” diameter so you can throw it in your bag and take it anywhere with you. The underside of the practice pad has been designed with a threaded insert so you can mount it to a cymbal stand, however, you can also place it on any surface and hone your skills thanks to the rubber covered non-slip surface. The realistic pad feel is great for building your chops!
Want even more convenience? Check out the Meinl 4-inch Kneepad which straps to your knee!
- Meinl 6 inch Practice Pad
- Meinl 6" Benny Greb Masterpad Practice Pad
- Vic Firth VF-PAD6 6'' Practice Drum Pad
2. Meinl Professional Heavy-Duty Nylon Stick Bag Black
Every drummer needs a stick bag, that’s just a fact. A stick bag makes it easy to carry around your sticks, rods and brushes and keeps them all in one place so you’re not looking for them every time you go to rehearsal or gigs. The Meinl Professional Heavy-Duty Nylon Stick Bag is a pro level stick bag designed to withstand years of hard use. You have plenty of space to store all your sticks as well as heavy duty padded protection to keep everything safe.
An easy gift for drummers that they’ll appreciate and use for many years. We also recommend the Meinl The Horns Pro Stick Bag for those who like their gear to look a bit different!
3. Drum Sticks
There are far too many options to mention here, but a pair of drum sticks make great gifts for drummers as we can never have too many! Although great care is taken to ensure they last as long as possible, sticks will eventually break, so it’s good to have a few back up sets just in case.
If you aren’t too aware about the different types of drum sticks (which is totally fine!) we recommend a set of 5A drum sticks as they are commonly known as the “regular” drum stick which most drummers tend to use. You’re fairly safe with a set of Vic Firth American Classic 5A Drumsticks Wood Tip, as they are widely used and relied upon by professional musicians. They’re also extremely hard wearing and feel great whilst you’re playing. The wood tip is also a standard design so most drummers use them. A safe present for drummers that you’ll definitely be thanked for!
View all drum sticks over at PMT online
4. Drum Rods / Hot Rods
Drum rods or “Hot Rods” as they’re sometimes known as, provide a sound somewhere in-between brushes and drum sticks – probably made famous by Dave Grohl during the Nirvana MTV Unplugged show. Every drummer should have a pair of these as they make a great sound ideally suited to Jazz style players and to bring the noise level down for acoustic sessions. They’re also great as practice sticks too – ideal if you’re worried about disturbing your neighbours.
The likes of the Promark L-rods Lightning Rods offer a great all-round sound with increased projection and brighter cymbal sound – so they still sound fantastic even at lower volumes. They’re just over the £20 mark, but totally worth it thanks to the unique wrap near the neck which offers a tither sound and improves the durability.
View all drum rods over at PMT online.
5. Drum Brushes
When you need to bring the sound right down, but still need to be heard, set a cool mood or just add a new dynamic to your playing a set of drum brushes are must have drum accessories.
We recommend the Stagg SBRU20-RM Telescopic Brushes as they are budget friendly, but very hard wearing. The retractable wire brushes are kept safe whilst you’re not using them and the 3-position metal pull rod allows you to adjust the brush spread so you can change up your sound. An extremely useful gift for the drummer in your life.
View all drum brushes over at PMT online.
6. Drum Keys
If you know a drummer, chances are they’ve either already got a drum key, lost a drum key or they’re constantly searching for a drum key. They’re an integral part of owning a drum kit, but for some reason drummers tend to drop them or lose them all the time – which is why it’s always good to have a few standby options available.
You can’t go wrong with a drum key as a present or part of a larger Christmas gift like secret Santa, as they’re extremely budget friendly gift for drummers that they’ll actually appreciate.
We recommend the following options:
- PMT 'House of Drums' Universal Drum Key
- Evans Magnetic Head Drum Key
- Vic Firth Vickey 3 Multitool Drum Key
7. Ear Plugs
Listening to live bands and live music for extended periods of time can cause potentially permanent hearing loss. Playing drums in a band is equally as dangerous to your hearing, so it’s best to wear a set of earplugs to reduce the risk of damaging your hearing. The Alpine MusicSafe pro ear Plugs are a great gift for drummers as they only cut the damaging frequencies thanks to the included interchangeable attenuators allowing the user to play safely. This means you can hear everything you’re supposed to without worrying about that horrible ‘muted’ sound that can sometimes occur with earplugs.
We recommend the Alpine MusicSafe Pro Ear Plugs.
8. Drum Dampers
Drum dampers are an inexpensive gift for drummers and a very useful piece of kit that they’ll appreciate. These reduce a lot of the excess ring and noise that can sometimes occur with drums. They also help with stick definition and bring nasty high frequencies under control which can sometimes creep in to recordings. If you want a cheap presents for drummers, this is a great option and an essential drum accessory.
We recommend the following options:
9. Drum stick holder
We drop sticks when we’re playing. Yep, it happens! So, the last thing you want to do in the middle of a gig is look for a spare stick. A drum stick holder is an essential drum accessory that makes a great gift for drummers. It clips on to the side of your drum hardware and ensures you can always grab another stick should you drop or break one.
We recommend the following:
10. Snare heads
Drum skins can break so we always need a spare handy. If you’re looking for a present for drummers that won’t break the bank a snare head is always a great option.
We recommend the Evans UV1 14" Hydraulic Red Coated Snare Batter Head as it's eye catching, provides a great sound and is a “regular” size i.e. most snare drums are this size.
View all snare heads over at PMT online.
11. Drinks holder
The all-important drinks holder is an absolute must-have! We get thirsty whilst we’re playing and rather than reaching down to the floor where we risk kicking over that thirst quenching beverage, it’s best to have a drink where we can reach it. The likes of the Vater Drinks Holder attaches to a drum stand and allows us to keep our drinks close! A great gift for the drummers out there.
Best Gifts For Drummers Above £20
Ok, now where getting into the higher tier gifts for drummers, but they’re totally worth it as they are high quality, very useful and will improve the musical life of the drummer you’re buying for.
1. TourTech TT-16s Electronic Drum Kit
The TOURTECH TT-16S Electronic Drum Kit is a very inexpensive kit that drummers of all levels will enjoy playing. Electronic kits of this calibre rarely come as cheap as this and considering you have dual-channel snare and tom pads as well as crash & ride cymbals with ‘Choke’ functionality, 26 preset drum kits, 458 high quality percussion voices and a module with record functionality you’ll be surprised at how much bang you get for your buck! This is a great gift for the beginner drummer and the experienced drummers out there who want something to practice or record with without blowing out your windows.
2. Keo Percussion Nicko McBrain Boomer Pad
Practice pads are extremely important for drummers, but they tend to lack one vital component – a rim! The major difference between this Keo Percussion Nicko McBrain Boomer Pad and regular practice pads is the fact it has a built-in rim for rimshots. This is not a common feature to find on drum pads, but very important as it allows you to practice those rim shots when you’re hitting your snare. It’ also, an ace option for Iron Maiden fans!
3. Yamaha Crosstown Lightweight Hardware Set HW3
Spare sets of hardware are always handy to keep around, but they don’t have to cost the earth! The Yamaha Crosstown Lightweight Hardware set is an affordable hardware set from a trusted name in drums. In this kit you 2 x cymbal stands, a hi-hat stand and a snare drum stand. Ideal for any drummer.
4. Tama Speed Cobra Double Pedal
If you’re buying a present for the drummer in your life and they like their music on the heavier side of the spectrum, a double kick pedal is a great option. The Tama HP910LWN Speedcobra Twin Kick Drum Pedal is professional level double kick pedal that will last a lifetime. A long footboard helps to accelerate the power and speed of your beater stroke and reduces the amount of effort needed to hit those double speed bass strikes.
5. DW 5000 Series Accelerator AD4 Single Pedal
The DW 5000 Series Accelerator AD4 Single Pedal is basically the industry standard kick drum pedal. If you want to buy a kick drum pedal for the drummer in your life, this is a perfect option that they’ll appreciate and get years of use out of. A little pricey but definitely worth the extra investment.
6. Yamaha EAD10 Electric Acoustic Drum Module
The Yamaha EAD10 Acoustic Electronic Drum Module is the ultimate gift for drummers out there who use a hybrid set up that’s part acoustic, part electronic. This is ideal for the professional level drummers out there who need to be able to trigger samples and add effects to their kit without adding extra pads or replace any hardware. There are 750 built-in samples and you can even record your drum sessions via the module too! A great way to add a new dimension to your kit.
7. Vic Firth Stereo Isolation V2 Headphones
The Vic Firth Stereo Isolation V2 Headphones are essential drum accessories and affordable gifts for drummers. They provide superb isolation to ensure safe listening levels and are great for drummers to wear when practicing or playing live with click tracks or backing tracks. The improved comfort design ensures they’re comfortable to wear even after extended period of playing and the -25dB reduction means you’re back to playing at safe levels.
8. British Drum Company Merlin Snare
The British Drum Co. 14 x 5.5 Merlin Snare Drum is an award-winning snare by one of the coolest drum companies in the world. We love the Merlin snare as it features a Maple and Birch hybrid wood construction which has been crafted utilising British Drum Company’s signature cold press moulding process. This means they are not only super strong and perfectly shaped but particular clean and clear.
9. The Zildjian ZBT 5 Cymbal Set
We realise we’re pushing the boat out a bit here for this, but the Zildjian ZBT 5 Cymbal Set is one of the best gifts for drummers who are serious about their sound. Buying cymbals separately can be extremely expensive, but with this cymbal pack, you get everything you need including high hates, a crash cymbal, a ride cymbal and a free 18" crash. 1 x ride and 2 x hi-hat cymbals.
10. Meinl Make Your Own Cajon Box Set Baltic Birch
The Meinl Make Your Own Cajon Baltic Birch Box Set is a great gift for drummers that like to go acoustic from time to time. It also offers a more personal touch as they have the enjoyment of putting it together themselves and the option of finishing it in any way they like. A cajon is an essential piece of equipment and at this price a great gift that won’t break the bank.
11. TOURTECH Pro Series ABS Cymbal Caddy Case
The Tourtech Pro Series Cymbal Caddy Case offers universal protection for your cymbals, hi-hats, ride cymbals and crash cymbals up to 22 inches. This is a road ready ABS exterior to keep your cymbals completely safe from bumps and knocks that can sometimes occur whilst you’re transporting your gear. A comfortable carry handle, transport wheels and internal foam padding are the icing on the cake.