Wondering what presents to procure this holiday season? The Spend Matters Gift Guide offers suggestions on what to give your friends, family or your boss this year. Today's gift suggestion comes from William Busch, VP of account management for Azul Partners, Inc.
Help your family, friends and colleagues lower their heart rate, counteract stress and think more clearly this holiday season and beyond. You're likely thinking exercise, therapy or maybe even a vegan diet – all worthy, though very difficult to bestow. Give them the gift of music that works in the moment and throughout the year.
Listening is good, but playing music is far better. My suggestions in the $50-$100 range for the not-yet-a-musician:
- Bongo drums – Faster beats sharpen concentration, slower beats promote calm
- Ukelele with tuner and lesson book – Very simple 4-string chords enable learning a song per day
- Wood flute, harmonica or recorder – Breathing focus and simple to play along with favorite music
- Microphone and mini-amplifier – Great way to hear one's pitch (and perfect for that boisterous barking colleague)
- Maestro baton – Air guitar for a classical music lover or CEO
- Bliptronic Synthesizer – Complete with glow buttons, loops, 8 instruments, 60-180 beats/minute and built-in speaker and head phone jack for your favorite non-musician tech geek (only $50!)
Make sure to check out previous gift suggestions listed below!