If you’re reading this, you’re a last-minute shopper who needs to find a Christmas gift stat! If you put off your Christmas shopping until the very last minute, and have no idea whatsoever to get that special trumpet player on your list, we’ve got you covered. Whether the trumpet player in your life is your best friend, your child, or a distant relative, this gift guide is chock full of stocking stuffer ideas that are useful for them and easy for you to find. From music stand lights to cork grease, here are a few stocking stuffer ideas for trumpet players. Even better? Most can be found at Music & Arts! So, make a list, head to our website or your local Music & Arts store- and hurry!
Since virtually every instrument needs to be kept clean, microfiber cloths can almost be considered a universal gift for musicians. In addition to keeping instruments clean, microfiber cloths can be used to clean laptops, TV screens, and cell phone screens, so even if they aren’t used to clean the trumpet they will still serve a purpose. As you do your shopping, you may notice that some microfiber cloths are pre-treated, meaning they automatically come with a built-in cleaner, while others are used in conjunction with a standalone cleaner of your trumpet player’s choice. When in doubt, opt for a microfiber cloth that’s not pre-treated. If needed, they can always purchase a bottle of their favorite cleaning solution on their own.
Music Stand Light
Even if your trumpet player doesn’t practice their instrument in a dark room, they’ll still appreciate this gift. After all, extra light can never hurt! A music stand light is an efficient way for your trumpet player to better see their sheet music while they practice. Since they’re smaller in size, most music stand lights run for a very long time on a single set of batteries, so be sure to throw some batteries in their stocking, too! If you’d like to combine a stocking stuffer with a larger gift, consider purchasing them a brand new music stand in addition to a music stand light. Many music stands are pretty portable in nature, so even on-the-go trumpet players can take both items with them whenever they please.
If you’re on a strict budget, you can’t go wrong with purchasing your trumpet player slide grease. Not only is it super affordable, but it’s really easy to find. Plus, most trumpet players aren’t as strict with their slide grease as they may be with other products, so purchasing them a brand of cork grease they’ve never used before probably won’t be a big deal. Typically manufactured and packaged in a convenient twist-top stick applicator, slide grease is easy for your trumpet player to take from place to place. As mentioned before, when it comes to cork grease there isn’t much variation between brands, so any choice you make should be suitable.
We like to think of this as a “common sense” gift. Playing the trumpet requires that a trumpet player keep their lips in tip-top shape. If they don’t, their dry and cracked lips can make it difficult to play with proper form. When selecting chapstick for a trumpet player (or any other musician who uses their mouth to play their instrument), avoid products that are too slippery or waxy. And, whatever you do, don’t purchase them lip gloss! Not only can products like these take away all sensitivity, but they can leave behind a gross residue that’s difficult to clean. Even better? Stock up on a lip scrub and moisturizer combo. The scrub will remove dead skin cells, and the moisturizer will help prevent those cells from dying in the first place.
Even if you aren’t a musician yourself, you probably understand how important playing in time is. Fortunately, metronomes can help. Most, if not all, of your trumpet players practicing should be done with a metronome, making it the perfect gift- especially for those who may be new to the instrument and haven’t purchased one yet. A metronome will help them keep time by generating a regular click and whatever tempo they set it to, and some of the more state-of-the-art metronomes even include tuners. Referred to as an all-in-one metronome or a metronome/tuner combo, this is a very useful item for trumpet players, as they can throw one product into their gig bag instead of worrying about purchasing a metronome and tuner separately.
Still not sure what to get? Is the clock ticking down? Do you barely have enough time to get to the part on time, let alone pick up a gift? Fortunately, Music & Arts sells gift certificates at all our brick-and-mortar locations. To help you determine the appropriate amount, here are the average prices for various trumpet accessories that you can use as a baseline: a standard music stand averages $20, slide grease is a few bucks, and sheet music ranges in price from $10-$20, depending on how thick the book is. So, what are you waiting for? Head to your local Music & Arts store today and purchase them a gift certificate, or what we like to call the gift that keeps on giving.
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