Santa_HeadphonesChristmas time should be a time of joy and happiness for everyone – including the musician on your list. Let me tell you from experience, that coffee cup with musical symbols and that piano keyboard scarf are NOT what he or she will be happy to see on Christmas morning. Never fear, I’ve got some ideas from the Best Buy selection that will bring a smile to that muse’s face this December.


Percussion Fun


Whether you’re a pro at hitting things at regular time intervals or just tap your toes, everyone can get in on the fun with percussion accessories. Best Buy has a selection of drumsticks, egg shakers, maracas and other assorted percussion toys to make your percussionist happy!


Much like a guitarist can never have enough picks, a drummer can never have too many drumsticks. Best Buy has a few different brands to consider.


MaracasPercussionists, kids and noise-makers are always looking for different ways to make interesting sounds to imbed in their rhythms and beats. You can get them started by looking through some of the world percussion instruments that Best Buy has to offer!


CabassaMaracas and egg shakers are fantastic little hand-held rhythm instruments that are easy to pick up and join in the fun. My kids loved these and I find myself borrowing these instruments to help add some life to music tracks I create.


Tamborines, Cabasas and Guiros are also great fun to try out and add something different to the rhythm track. You can also try out some of the smaller world drums like a set of bongos or a Djembe.  


The Axe-Slinger


Boss Pedals.jpgWhat do you get the guitarist on your list? Guitars themselves can be quite expensive and buying one is (and probably should be) a personal experience. Have no fear though, there are quite a few things that the string-twanger on your list will appreciate.


If your guitarist plays a lot, then they’re probably changing their strings a lot too. One thing that can get tedious in this process is winding the strings with those itty-bitty tuning pegs. You can help them out with a string peg winder. It’s a small thing that keeps on giving.


String Peg WinderWhile we’re on the subject of strings, don’t forget, they always need to be tuned and Best Buy has quite a few tuners to choose from. The most ingenious thing to come out in the last few years are small tuners that clip onto the headstock of your guitar. They pick up sound from the vibration of the guitar – so no need to plug-in and do all that nit-picky signal bypass pedal stomping … trust me, they’re going to love it.


Like most musicians, the guitarist is always looking for that interesting and unique tone in their sound and next to playing loud, they LOVE their pedals. Take a quick look at the variety of BOSS pedals to choose from. A guitarist can never have too many (well, they can, but don’t let them know that).


The Bit-head


Pioneer HeadphonesWhether your musician is a keyboardist, laptop musician or DJ, there’s also a few things in Best Buys’ catalogue that will appeal to him or her.


Headphones are always a must as this breed of muse seems to always want to listen or create wherever they are. Take a look at the selection of monitoring headphones to choose from – both in-ear and over-ear varieties.


Behringer Keyboard ControllerYour electronic musician may be comfortable using a mouse/trackpad and keyboard to create their masterpieces, but some portable devices to help them along might be just the thing. Take a look at the small size of the Samson USB MIDI controller – small enough to fit in a pocket, but lots of pads and knobs to help those ideas get recorded. There’s also the Behringer USB Keyboard controller which can easily fit in a backpack and be set up quickly with a laptop anywhere and anytime.


If you love to make music and you’ve got an iPhone or an iPad, then IK Multimedia has you covered. Guitarists, keyboardists, drummers and even vocalists can get in on the fun with IK’s apps and hardware solutions that easily interface with your i-devices.

Christmas Morning Hero

No worrying about that awkward smile and forced thanks from your musician-friend when they unwrap your gift this year. It’s a great time to have them on your list because, you’ll be sure to find them something that they’ll love at Best Buy.

Dave Chick
I'm a film / TV composer based in Vancouver BC. Music has always been part of my life, but my first career was in the technology industry as a consultant and project manager. I helped to build and open the Experience Music Project – a rock and roll museum in Seattle. I hold a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration degree from McMaster University. I also hold a diploma in Audio Engineering from the University of Washington and I’m a graduate of Hummie Mann’s acclaimed Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program.