As the holiday season nears, you may be racking your brain for what to get for your friend, parent, child, sibling, aunt/uncle, or, in cooler cases, grandparent, who plays metal. You probably don’t feel like shelling out for a new guitar or drum set, and if you did, it would likely be met with a polite thank you and a return to the store because it’s just not something you can pick for someone else.
So to make your life easier, here’s a list of gifts that are a low investment for you and a guaranteed hit for your metalhead secret Santa:
You don’t have to be a drummer to enjoy this one. You don’t even have to own or have access to a drumkit. You can drum on pretty much anything and it’s fun, and everyone, regardless of principal instrument, should be able to play a little bit of drums because rhythm is the foundation of music. Bonus: add a container of drum putty to make any surface a drum pad.
2. Effects pedals
Any guitarist or bassist will be STOKED if you get them one of these, because the chances of you getting them one they already have is small because there’s just so dang many different kinds. Now, they vary greatly in price, but there are many that can be had for under $50, and they’re all guaranteed to fit inside a conventional stocking. Here’s a couple:
Boss DS-1 Distortion – Classic distortion pedal.
Boss SD-1 Overdrive – If they’ve already got a good high-gain amp, better to go with this one for the same price.
Zoom Multi-Effects Pedal – This one has a plethora of different effects, so they’re guaranteed to find some sounds they like.
Behringer DR400 Reverb/Delay – A one-two punch for the lead guitarist, an instant addition of depth to your sound.
Not everyone is a singer. Pitch eludes some people entirely, and others are too shy. But if you can talk, you can scream, and if you want to scream, you’re gonna need something to scream into. Here‘s one for under $50 that’s not a toy. Don’t forget to get an XLR cable to connect the mic to a PA or recording console.
These are cool string mutes that come in a variety of colors. Way better than a hair tie or a sock and they come in packs of 3 for $29.99.
This is a small interface that allows you to plug your guitar/bass into your phone or tablet to jam using one of many music apps on the market. Think of it as a door to the world of digital music making.
So if you’re picking out a small gift this holiday season, don’t hesitate on any one of these – you’ll make some mini metal god very happy.