Musicians aren’t always the easiest people to buy gifts for, especially when gear can be hard to navigate. Here are 10 non-gear music gifts for musicians!
Maybe you’re someone who doesn’t feel comfortable buying guitar gear for someone else, but you’re still looking to get them a music-related gift. We came up with a list of 10 of our favorite non-gear gifts for musicians this holiday season.
2019 Books About Women in Music
What’s better than playing or listening to music? Reading about it! Here are some music books from 2019 that we think would make awesome gifts:
High School by Tegan and Sara Quin
Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith
Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings by Joni Mitchell
Otherwild Women in Music Tee
Otherwild has really outdone themselves with their Women in Music Tee. Featuring lovely illustrations by Stefanie Boyd-Berks, the tee features musicians Karen O., Dolly Parton, Billie Holiday, Missy Elliott, Kathleen Hanna, Selena Quintanilla, Patti Smith, Nina Simone, and Tracy Chapman… all… on… one… tee. COME ON.
Olivia Jean’s Night Owl
Olivia Jean’s latest release, Night Owl, puts the Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist in full control as producer for the first time. Released this past August on Third Man Records, Jean’s second full-length on Third Man is filled with rolling guitar licks, layered vocal harmonies reminiscent of ‘60s girl bands, and a mixture of surf rock and bubblegum garage to keep you moving all night long—here’s one for the night owls, for sure, and an excellent
Guitar Toys for Cats and Dogs
Here’s one for all you animal lovers out there who want your pet to rock out as hard as you do—and you’ve even got options!
Etsy seller Crazy4PawToys offers a variety of electric guitar catnip toys and will even design and customize a toy to look like your very own guitar. For cats who prefer more mellow, unplugged music, these organic catnip acoustic guitars might do the trick!
This Master of Puppies plush dog toy can squeak, crinkle, and—wait for it—BE WORN BY YOUR DOG SO IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S SHREDDING. There’s also a variety of Muttnation guitar toys for dogs floating around out there, from faux velvet plush to rubber tug toys you can hide treats in.
Flaming Idol Glass Candles
Channel your favorite musician with Flaming Idols glass candles! The Philadelphia-based company has been on our radar for a while now, and we’re obsessed. Their idol candles feature an absurd amount of amazing celebrities, including some favorites like Janelle Monae, Lizzo, Melissa Etheridge, Hayley Kiyoko, Cher, and just about anyone else you’d like to place upon your altar.
Singer’s Self-Care Package
The days are shorter, colder, and harder on our bodies. Treat the singer-songwriter in your life to a care package to help keep those pipes in tip-top shape! Herbal remedies like Singer’s Saving Grace, Thayers Slippery Elm Lozenges, Suntrap’s Elderberry Elixir, and Throat Coat Eucalyptus can help with immunity and sore throats.
Make Your Own Guitar Picks
Here’s one for the creative types who like customization or just always seem to be losing their picks! Make Your Own Guitar Picks by Pick-a-Palooza is a portable contraption that allows you to create your own customized picks on the road.
Guitar Case Lunchbox
Is this totally ridiculous or cute? Who’s to say—but there’s someone out there who absolutely needs this guitar case lunch box!
A Subscription to Women in Sound
Women in Sound is a print zine that features women, queer, and trans people who work in live and recorded sound. Published by recording and live sound engineer Madeleine Campbell, we highly recommended getting yourself and the audiophiles in your life a subscription.The sixth issue of Women in Sound features Suzanne Ciani, Amy Dragon (Telegraph Mastering), Marta Salogni (recording + mixing engineer for Bjork, Frank Ocean), Natalie Hernandez (Death By Audio Effects Pedals), Amanda Davis (FOH for Janelle Monae, Tegan and Sara), and so much more.
She Shreds Winter 2019 Merch
Duh. Of course we had to include our own merch on this list. We’ve got a ton of new merch, some old classics, and our new bundles—The Opener, The Touring Band, and The Headliner—to get the most bang for your buck.