The Spend Matters Gift Guide: Musical Instruments

 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!


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  1. Charles Dominick:

    Just sayin’, for the younger gift recipients on your list, a cajon would be considered a more “bangin'” gift. They might even “die from feels” if they got one from someone in the “fam.” Conversely, bongos and djembes are for “old people” – you know, like those people over, like, 30. All in jest, happy holidays!

  2. Bill Busch:

    Cajon, congas, djembes, morracas, tamborines, wood blocks (& bongos:-) — all of which I’ve bestowed in seasons past — fulfill and portend primal musical engagement and all accrued benefits!

  3. Charles Dominick:

    Nice suggestions, Bill. One modification I would make is to substitute a cajon for bongos. Bongos are very much out. Cajons are today’s choice for small, inexpensive, acoustic percussion.

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