20 Drummer Gifts - Unusual and Awesome Ideas

May 26, 2021
welovebam
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Drummers can be tough people to buy for. Many of them are stubborn, difficult, and act like they already know everything. But don’t worry! Drummers are just as hard to shop for because they probably have all the instruments they need and anything you could try to get from a music store is going to be vaguely disappointing. But, as I always say, there’s hope: you can buy drummers the gift of education and put their skills to good use! Here are 20 gifts for drummers (in no particular order) that don’t involve giving them your kidney.

1. Pedal Practice Pad

Pedal practice pads are actually more useful than you’d think. Not only can they help you to improve your double bass skills, but also your coordination and overall foot technique which will make playing even that little bit easier. A lot of brands have pedal practice pads now, so go on and pick one up – you’ll thank me later!

Bestseller No. 1
RealFeel by Evans Folding Bass Pedal Practice Pad" > RealFeel by Evans Folding Bass Pedal Practice Pad
Bestseller No. 2
Meinl Cymbals MDPP Dynamic Pedal Pad for Single and Double Kick Practice" > Meinl Cymbals MDPP Dynamic Pedal Pad for Single...
SaleBestseller No. 3
LOW-NOISE BASS DRUM PRACTICE PAD - 10' Drum Kick Pad For Training - Bass..." > LOW-NOISE BASS DRUM PRACTICE PAD - 10" Drum Kick...

2. Nickle Plated Snare Stand

Snare stands are a gift that most drummers won’t buy for themselves because they don’t really need them, but once they get them they will actually use them. Nickle plating won’t make the stand noticeably better or worse, but it will make it rust and tarnish less (which is nice for indoor use).

Bestseller No. 1
Evans Realfeel 2-Sided Practice Pad, 12 Inch" > Evans Realfeel 2-Sided Practice Pad, 12 Inch
Bestseller No. 2
Snare Drum Stand with Drum Sticks Holder,Adjustable Practice Drum Stand for..." > Snare Drum Stand with Drum Sticks...
Bestseller No. 3
Pearl Snare Drum Stand (S830)" > Pearl Snare Drum Stand (S830)

3. Handheld Tambourine

For drummers who like percussion, a handheld tambourine is an inexpensive little gift that can really open up their sound! A tambourine comes in handy for adding some extra punch to your snare, bass or even acoustic guitar. And let’s be real here: any drummer or percussionist needs a handheld tambourine – they’re just too damn fun not to have around.

Bestseller No. 1
EOEXN 4 Pack Tambourine Ring for Adults 4' 6' 8' 10' Hand Held Wood..." > EOEXN 4 Pack Tambourine Ring for Adults 4" 6" 8"...
SaleBestseller No. 2
RhythmTech RT1010 Tambourine, Nickel Jingles, Black" > RhythmTech RT1010 Tambourine, Nickel Jingles,...
SaleBestseller No. 3
Meinl Percussion TMT1M-WH Dual Alloy Recording Combo Tambourine, White" > Meinl Percussion TMT1M-WH Dual Alloy Recording...

4. Electronic Drum Set

Electronic drum kits are great for drummers who don’t have a lot of space or who just want an easy way to practice. Electronic kits don’t require electricity, so you don’t have to worry about making sure your power isn’t going to go out during a dry run. It also doesn’t matter how old you are: electronic drums are incredibly useful for anyone, regardless of skill level.

Bestseller No. 1
Alesis Drums Nitro Mesh Kit - Eight Piece All Mesh Electronic Drum Kit With..." > Alesis Drums Nitro Mesh Kit - Eight Piece All Mesh...
Bestseller No. 2
Alesis Drums Turbo Mesh Kit – Seven Piece Mesh Electric Drum Set With..." > Alesis Drums Turbo Mesh Kit – Seven Piece Mesh...
Bestseller No. 3
Alesis Debut Kit – Kids Drum Set With 4 Mesh Electric Drum Set Pads, 120..." > Alesis Debut Kit – Kids Drum Set With 4 Mesh...

5. Drumsticks

Of course, any good drummer will appreciate a good set of drum sticks – like every musician in the world, they love to play with their hands. This is an awesome gift that won’t break the bank and shows that you listen to their complaints about their sticks when they talk about them during band practice.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Vic Firth American Classic 5A Drum Sticks" > Vic Firth American Classic 5A Drum Sticks
Bestseller No. 2
Suwimut 12 Pairs 5A Drumsticks, Classic Maple Wood Drum Sticks for Kids and..." > Suwimut 12 Pairs 5A Drumsticks, Classic Maple Wood...
Bestseller No. 3
Antner 3 Pairs Maple Wood Drumsticks 7A Drum Sticks for Kids and Beginners" > Antner 3 Pairs Maple Wood Drumsticks 7A Drum...

6. A Stick Bag

Stick bags are handy because most drummers pretty much just throw their sticks in a box or a compartment in their case. This can be problematic and downright dangerous, so get them a stick bag to keep everything safe! The best stick bags are made of leather, but if your drummer is on a tight budget nylon will do just fine. A good rule of thumb: the better the bag, the more expensive it is.

Bestseller No. 1
ChromaCast Drumstick Bag (CC-SPB" > ChromaCast Drumstick Bag (CC-SPB
SaleBestseller No. 2
TAMA TSB12BK POWERPAD Bag-Black-6 Pairs of Sticks and mallets" > TAMA TSB12BK POWERPAD Bag-Black-6 Pairs of Sticks...
Bestseller No. 3
DEGIKO Blue Drumstick Bag - Heavy Duty Water Resistant Percussion Holder..." > DEGIKO Blue Drumstick Bag - Heavy Duty Water...

7. Drum Stuff

Plenty of drummers like to modify their drums, so if you’re looking for an inexpensive yet thoughtful gift, you can get some drum stuff. You could get them some drum wrap in the color of their favorite sports team or a new set of screws for their DIY mods. Drummers love anything that allows them to customize their sound and appearance, and it makes a great gift!

Bestseller No. 1
Tune-Bot Studio TBS-001 Digital Drum Tuner - Clip-On Tuner for Acoustic..." > Tune-Bot Studio TBS-001 Digital Drum Tuner -...
Bestseller No. 2
Socksmith Men's Drum Solo Novelty Sock, Bluefog,One Size" > Socksmith Men's Drum Solo Novelty Sock,...
Bestseller No. 3
Heavy Duty Cargo Duffel Large Sport Gear Drum Set Equipment Hardware Travel..." > Heavy Duty Cargo Duffel Large Sport Gear Drum Set...

8. A Snare Stand Bag

Some snare stands are very awkward and inconvenient to carry around, so get your drummer a snare stand bag. Some bags have wheels and others have backpack straps; either one will do.

Bestseller No. 1
Vangoa Snare Drum Stand Lightweight Double Braced Adjustable Height Snare..." > Vangoa Snare Drum Stand Lightweight Double Braced...
SaleBestseller No. 2
Mendini Student Snare Drum Set with Gig Bag, Sticks, Stand and Practice Pad..." > Mendini Student Snare Drum Set with Gig Bag,...
SaleBestseller No. 3
EASTROCK Snare Drum Set 14X5.5inch for Students, Beginners with Gig Bag,..." > EASTROCK Snare Drum Set 14X5.5inch for Students,...

9. A Stereo Bluetooth Speaker

Stereos are great for drummers because they allow your drummer to practice anywhere as long as they have a good pair of headphones. It’s always a good idea to get them a stereo speaker so that they can hear themselves better when practicing alone, and since there are no cables involved it’s easy for them to take their stereo wherever they want. If you were thinking of getting them a Bluetooth speaker because you didn’t know how else to spend your money, now you can rest assured that the gift was definitely worth it!

Bestseller No. 1
DBSOARS Bluetooth Speaker, 40W (60W Peak), Punchy Bass, 40H Playtime,..." > DBSOARS Bluetooth Speaker, 40W (60W Peak), Punchy...
Bestseller No. 2
OontZ Angle 3 Ultra (4th Gen) Waterproof 5.0 Bluetooth Speaker, Two Speaker..." > OontZ Angle 3 Ultra (4th Gen) Waterproof 5.0...
SaleBestseller No. 3
Audioengine A5+ Plus Wireless Speaker | Desktop Monitor Speakers | Home..." > Audioengine A5+ Plus Wireless Speaker | Desktop...

10. Chord Chart

Chord charts can teach drummers a whole lot of information about how to play their instruments – but only if you’re willing to put up with it. A lot of times, this kind of information is very useful when drummers want to learn a new song, but at the same time, it can be too in-depth and overwhelming for beginners. If you’re buying your drummer a chord chart, make sure that you only give them the more advanced chords that they might need – and leave the beginner stuff out!

Bestseller No. 1
Guitar Chord Poster (24'x30'), Educational Reference Guide for Beginners,..." > Guitar Chord Poster (24"x30"), Educational...
Bestseller No. 2
Guitar Chord Chart of Popular Chords | Scales | Triads | Tune, Reference..." > Guitar Chord Chart of Popular Chords | Scales |...
SaleBestseller No. 3
Alfred's Ukulele Chord Chart: A Chart of All the Basic Chords in Every Key,..." > Alfred's Ukulele Chord Chart: A Chart of All the...

11. Drumming DVD

Drumming DVDs are incredibly useful, but they can be a little bit expensive. If you want to make your drummer happy without spending a lot of money, consider giving them one of their favorite “must-see” drumming dvds! Some of the best options are made by informative videographers that just love music as much as drummers do – and drummers don’t mind watching music videos because they know everything about how it’s made!

SaleBestseller No. 1
Funk R&B Drumming" > Funk R&B Drumming
SaleBestseller No. 2
Terry Bozzio-Musical Solo Drumming: Terry Bozzio" > Terry Bozzio-Musical Solo Drumming: Terry Bozzio
SaleBestseller No. 3
Carter Beauford -- Under the Table and Drumming (DVD)" > Carter Beauford -- Under the Table and Drumming...

12. Drum Heads

The options here are endless. It is important to think about what sort of tones and sounds you want for your drummer; after all, there is no one size fits all kit here. But having a large variety in head type allows the drummer to change up their sound in an instant like a hot-dogging rockstar or post-hardcore jamming session starter.

Bestseller No. 1
Evans G2 Tompack, Coated, Standard (12 inch, 13 inch, 16 inch)" > Evans G2 Tompack, Coated, Standard (12 inch, 13...
Bestseller No. 2
Evans EC2 Tompack, Clear, Rock (10 inch, 12 inch, 16 inch)" > Evans EC2 Tompack, Clear, Rock (10 inch, 12 inch,...
Bestseller No. 3
Ashthorpe 5-Piece Full Size Adult Drum Set with Remo Heads & Premium Brass..." > Ashthorpe 5-Piece Full Size Adult Drum Set with...

13. Drums

This one is easy, but not as easy as it sounds. If you are willing to shell out the cash, you can get them any kind of drum they want! And since most drummers will only use their kits for about two years before they switch or upgrade anyway, this is a great gift for a drummer who already has a lot of drum gear.

Bestseller No. 1
Alesis Drums Nitro Mesh Kit - Eight Piece All Mesh Electronic Drum Kit With..." > Alesis Drums Nitro Mesh Kit - Eight Piece All Mesh...
Bestseller No. 2
Drums Along the Mohawk" > Drums Along the Mohawk
Bestseller No. 3
Music Alley 3 Piece Kids Drum Set with Throne, Cymbal, Pedal & Drumsticks,..." > Music Alley 3 Piece Kids Drum Set with Throne,...

14. T-Shirts

For some reason, drummers love t-shirts. You can get them any kind of band shirt they want, or make it easier on yourself and just get them one that yells “DRUMMER” in the loudest letters you can find; there’s no such thing as too much attention when you’re playing live!

Bestseller No. 1
Drummer Shirt. Retro Style Drum Player T-Shirt" > Drummer Shirt. Retro Style Drum Player T-Shirt
Bestseller No. 2
'The Tempo is what I say it is' Drummer T-Shirt T-Shirt" > "The Tempo is what I say it is" Drummer T-Shirt...
Bestseller No. 3
Ann Arbor T-shirt Co. Weapons of Mass Percussion | Funny Drum Drummer Music..." > Ann Arbor T-shirt Co. Weapons of Mass Percussion |...

15. Drummer Headphones

This may be another “no duh” gift idea, but it can be tricky to find headphones that work well with drums. If you follow the guidelines of this article, however, you should have no problem finding good ones!

Bestseller No. 1
BASN Professional in Ear Monitor Headphones for Singers Drummers Musicians..." > BASN Professional in Ear Monitor Headphones for...
Bestseller No. 2
KAT Percussion KTUI26 Ultra Isolation Headphones" > KAT Percussion KTUI26 Ultra Isolation Headphones
SaleBestseller No. 3
Vic Firth DB22 Isolation Headphones for Hearing Protection" > Vic Firth DB22 Isolation Headphones for Hearing...

16. Beats

These days, drummers aren’t limited to only playing on actual drums; there are lots of cool programs that allow them to make all sorts of fun noises and sounds. Getting the drummer in your life some beats to play on will keep them happy no matter what their tastes!

Bestseller No. 1
New Beats Studio Buds – True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds –..." > New Beats Studio Buds – True Wireless Noise...
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Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones - Apple W1 Headphone Chip, Class 1..." > Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones - Apple W1...
Bestseller No. 3
Beats, Rhymes & Life:The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest" > Beats, Rhymes & Life:The Travels Of A Tribe Called...

17. Drummer Books

Okay, so this one might not put a smile on the drummer’s face, but having lots of information about playing drums available to you is a gift most drummers won’t receive enough of. Drummers can always use more knowledge and information when it comes to drumming; that’s why this is such a great gift idea!

Bestseller No. 1
The Drummer: 100 Years of Rhythmic Power and Invention" > The Drummer: 100 Years of Rhythmic Power and...
SaleBestseller No. 2
Born to Drum: The Truth About the World's Greatest Drummers--from John..." > Born to Drum: The Truth About the World's Greatest...
Bestseller No. 3
Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer (Ted Reed..." > Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern...

18. Drums Key Chains

They’re funny, they’re useful, and they make a great gift for any drummer. They can hang off their backpack or keys, and if you give one in person you can start a conversation about the different types of drums out there.

SaleBestseller No. 1
The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing - Coffees Explored,..." > The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing -...
Bestseller No. 2
Maxwell House Original Medium Roast Ground Coffee (30.6 oz Canister)" > Maxwell House Original Medium Roast Ground Coffee...
Bestseller No. 3
Starbucks Medium Roast Ground Coffee — Breakfast Blend — 100% Arabica..." > Starbucks Medium Roast Ground Coffee — Breakfast...

19. Multitrack Recorder/Recording

This is a great gift for any musician, but it’s really great for drummers. Recording drums is hard work and even harder if you don’t have the right equipment. A multitrack recorder will allow them to work more efficiently and come up with some amazing finished products!

Bestseller No. 1
BQLZR 8cm Mini Natural Wood Keychain Drum 2 Sticks Drumsticks Percussion..." > BQLZR 8cm Mini Natural Wood Keychain Drum 2 Sticks...
SaleBestseller No. 2
WSNANG Drummer Gift Eat Sleep Drum Keychain Drum Player Band Gift Drum Kit..." > WSNANG Drummer Gift Eat Sleep Drum Keychain Drum...
Bestseller No. 3
DW DWSM800 Drumkey Key Chain" > DW DWSM800 Drumkey Key Chain

20. Drum Stickers

Every drummer loves stickers, and they’re an easy way to dress up a kit. You can even give them some drum themed stickers so the drummer in your life has something nice to look at while they’re playing!

SaleBestseller No. 1
American Vinyl Oval Drummer Sticker (Drums Band Decal Music Musician)" > American Vinyl Oval Drummer Sticker (Drums Band...
Bestseller No. 2
GT Graphics Express Drums - 3' Vinyl Sticker - for Car Laptop I-Pad Phone..." > GT Graphics Express Drums - 3" Vinyl Sticker - for...
Bestseller No. 3
Mens Never Underestimate an Old Man with A Drum Set Funny Drummer Vinyl..." > Mens Never Underestimate an Old Man with A Drum...

Conclusion

There are tons of different ways to make the drummer in your life happy. You can certainly buy them a drum kit or other gear, but I think you’ll have more success by giving them the gift of education. There are countless videos, books, and articles that will allow drummers to improve their skills in the field they love.

So there you go! I hope this article was helpful in some way! If you’ve ever bought a drumset for someone, I’d love to hear what you got them in the comments below! And if you have any advice yourself, be sure to contribute!

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