CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR DRUMMERS 2021
Is there a special drummer in your life? Not sure what to get ‘em for Christmas? Here are some great Christmas gifts for drummers 2021! I mean, I hate to say it but the festive season is approaching fast, and as a drummer receiving a spot-on drum gift is one of the best feelings.
Here’s my compilation of gifts ideas for drummers to help you choose some cool, nerdy, yet thoughtful presents. I’ve also included a quick reasoning behind my choices to help you understand the thought behind each suggestion!
Let’s get to it.
Most drummers have a favoured brand and model of stick which suits their style. Getting them their preferred stick is a great idea!
If you want to go the extra mile and your budget allows, here are a couple of options to get them along with their sticks of choice:
A variation of the model they love. For instance, variations of 5A drum sticks come in different finishes, with grip, colour, or tip, or material.
Alternatively, have a look for models that drummers in their preferred genre / style play and gift them a pair too. Perhaps that’s something they’ve been wanting to try, but have not wanted to spend their own buck on.
Whichever drumsticks you choose, be sure to choose sticks from professional brands such as Wincent Drumsticks, Vic Firth, ProMark, Vater, etc.
I know, weird right? Broken cymbal makes perfect sense as great Christmas gifts for drummers 2021. These can be used to make a stack (i.e. two cymbals stacked on top of each to create a very dirty, quick sound perfect for accents and textures).
Here’s a great video explaining stacks in more detail:
You can find broken cymbals for sale on eBay, or on certain Facebook groups such as:
Here’s a little groove I made with my stacker cymbals (the one with holes):
You can make a great care package with a selection of fun and useful accessories! The suggestions below are functional, fun and thoughtful and depending on your budget, you can mix and match accordingly.
Cowbell + mount
Who doesn’t like a cowbell? These are great to add musicality to a drum kit, expanding a drummer’s sound palette. They can be mounted on a cymbal stand or on a bass drum hoop.
Here’s a neat video with some great ideas!
Upgrading washers on drums is a fantastic and inexpensive way to help keep a drum in tune! Most manufacturers make these, yet Canopus make some really cool leather ones.
Cymbal felts and sleeves
A great upgrade idea is to get things like Cympad felts, which are a great option to improve cymbal sustain. Similarly, No Nuts cymbal sleeves make changing cymbals a breeze and helps protect cymbals from thread damage.
Tea towels and bulldog clips
These items are a fantastic way to help change the sound of the drums! Place a tea towel on the drum to get that classic 70s sound, and the bulldog clips to hold the towels in place. Check out this quick clip explaining how this works!
A nice drum key
Show the drummer in your life how much you care by getting them a cool drum key! Some alternatives include the Evans Torque Drum Key, the Evans Magnetic Head Drum Key, or the Revolution FF2 Firefly Drum Key pictured below.
Drum Multi Tool and Gaffer tape
A all-purpose tool is a must in every cymbal or stick bag, as you never know what may need a quick repair. Paired with some gaffer tape, and you have a winner! Pearl Drums make the fantastic Pearl PTT13 Tech Tool which is definitely worth checking out!
A nice hi hat clutch
Ah, the hi hat clutch (the bit that holds the top hi hat cymbal in place); tiny yet crucial piece. If your drummer is a gigging musician, they’ll know that drummers don’t share their clutch. So having a nice one that’s smooth and quick-loading is super useful! Below are some great alternatives.
- Pearl HCL-105QR Rapid Lock Hi-Hat Clutch
- Gibraltar Quick Release Hi Hat Clutch
- DW Drop Loc Hi-Hat Clutch Smart Pack
Sure, I’m blowing my own trumpet here, but the CHOPZzz Pillowcase doubles up as a great practice pad!
Bass drum beaters
These bits of gear can help change the sound of the bass drum, and have a big impact on the bass drum pedal’s playability. Below are some alternatives from the standard to the quirky:
A good book makes for an interesting read, and can be educational and inspirational! Here are some great alternatives:
- The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music – Dave Grohl
- Hellraiser: The Autobiography Of The World’s Greatest Drummer – Ginger Baker
- Ghost Rider: Travels On The Healing Road – Neil Peart
- The Girl In The Back: A Female Drummer’s Life – Laura Davis-Chanin
- Stick Control – George Lawrence Stone
- Future Sounds – David Garibaldi
- Concepts: A Guide To Essential Drumset Processes – Nick Schlesinger
A drum lesson is a great way to improve technical skills, offer advice, help develop creativity introduce new ideas, and ignite passion for playing. Teachers like myself can create gift vouchers for lessons. Get in touch with the teacher to discuss how many lessons would be suitable! If you’re interested in purchasing some drum lessons with me, have a look at my lessons page and get in touch!
Check out my drum lessons page and get in touch!
TINY PRACTICE PAD
Whilst these are a very niche thing, they’re extremely useful in helping to build accuracy. They’re a also very portable, so they’re perfect for travel. The Ahead Wicked Chops Practice Pad is a great option!
A variation of this portable theme are practice pads that can be strapped to one’s lap! These are great Christmas gifts for drummers 2021 as they can literally practice anywhere. The Wincent DualPad or Ahead Strap On Practice Pad are a great options.
If the drummer in your life is extra special and your budget can stretch, you simply cannot go wrong with Yamaha’s incredible EAD10 module. In short, the EAD10 module that transforms an acoustic kit into a powerful electronic hybrid. It allows a drummer to to sample effects and sounds, and not only amplify but also record your own performance, which you can then easily share online! It also allows you to easily play along to your library of music or your own creations.
FRAME SOME BROKEN STICKS
If you’re feeling crafty, and you can source broken / very well worn sticks, you can put them in a frame to make for some cool artwork!
If all else fails, get a voucher from a store near them to support retail, or from an online shop!
Great retailers in the UK include
- SoundAttak (Colchester)
- Drum Shack (London)
- Graham Russell Drums (Fareham)
- Drummers Only (Leeds, Glasgow)
Great UK-based online stores include
Great Europe-based online superstore
THINGS TO AVOID!
Of course, this list would not be complete without the unnecessary gifts!
The drummer in your life will much prefer a pair of professional sticks, no doubt. If you’d like to engrave those sticks, you can do so, but stay away from non-professional sticks.
Drumstick pens or pencils
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received these things as a gift, and whilst of course I’m always grateful, these end up in a box as I never end up using them.
Desktop / finger drum
These things just take up space on the desk and in the box where they just sit gathering dust!
“I’m a drummer” t-shirt
Of course, this is a highly subjective and recipient-dependent. Personally, I find this kind of apparel pretty cringe, and unless gifted in jest or ironically, this isn’t something I’d spend money on!