The holiday season is here, and Christmas is right around the corner. Literally. If you put off your Christmas shopping until the very last minute, and have no idea whatsoever to get that special flute player on your list, you’ve come to the right place. Whether the flute player is your best friend, your child, or a distant relative, this gift guide is chock full of stocking stuffer ideas that are both useful and easy to find. Even better, many can be found at your local Music & Arts store or on our website. From cleaning supplies to song books, here are a few stocking stuffer ideas for that special flutist in your life.
As you probably already know, cleaning and maintaining an instrument not only keeps it looking great, but helps keep it in prime playing condition, making cleaning supplies a perfect gift for your flute player. Whether you purchase a complete maintenance kit or individual products on their own, here are a few essential cleaning supplies every flute player should have on hand at all times: flute swabs, cork grease, cleaning rods, pad guards, and cleaning cloths. If you aren’t sure what to buy, head to a Music & Arts store and speak with a salesperson, or contact a family member of your flutist who may have some idea of their personal preferences.
Flute support devices are just that- devices that will keep your flutist’s instrument stable while they play. Many new flutists find it difficult to successfully hold their flute while playing all the notes, so this gift is especially helpful for those who are new to the instrument. If your flutist has been playing the flute for less than a year, this gift is a good idea. If they’ve been playing for more than a year, they probably won’t find this gift as useful since they’ve had some time to master their instrument. Worn like a ring on the left forefinger, flute support devices are flexible in nature and quite easy to use. Even better? They’re super small and will easily fit in your flutists stocking!
Recordings of Famous Flutists
This gift may be less practical in nature, but it’ll still help your flutist improve their playing, as listening to and observing the greats is an essential part of learning. Whether it’s recordings of a classical flutist or a modern day rock band that features a flutist, your flute player will enjoy hearing their instrument played professionally. If you aren’t sure which professional flute player they admire, purchasing a song book or collection of sheet music is another great idea. From The Big Book of Disney Songs to books of flute solos, Music & Arts has a wide selection of music to offer. If you aren’t sure what their playing level is, ask their parents!
Put yourself in the position of a flutist, and think about how painful it must be to play the flute with chapped lips. Not only are dry, cracked lips uncomfortable, but they can make it difficult to play with proper embouchure. The important thing to keep in mind when it comes to purchasing chapstick is that the product shouldn’t make playing the instrument more difficult. Avoid products that are too slippery or waxy, as they tend to take away sensitivity and may leave a gross residue on the flute. If possible, keep an eye out for a lip scrub and moisturizer combo. The first product will remove dead skin cells, while the moisturizer will prevent their lips from drying out in the first place.
Music Stand Light
If your flute player practices their instrument in one of the darker rooms of their home, they’ll appreciate the thought that went into this gift. A music stand light is an efficient way for your flutist to better see their sheet music while they practice and, since they’re smaller items, most music stand lights run for a very long time on a set of batteries, which you can also throw into their stocking. If you’d like to combine a stocking stuffer with one of your flutists larger gifts, purchase them a music stand light in addition to a brand new music stands. Many music stands are portable in nature, so even on-the-go flute players can take both items with them whenever they please.
Still stuck? You can never go wrong with purchasing a gift card to your flute players favorite music retailer- may we suggest Music & Arts? While the amount is purely up to you, here are the average prices of various flute accessories that you can use as a starting point: flute cases average $50-$60, a standard music stand is about $20, and cleaning products range from a couple bucks to $20+. If you prefer to keep the gift a surprise but still aren’t sure what to get, think outside the box and set up a date in the future to take them on a shopping spree at your local Music & Arts store. They’ll enjoy the gesture and you’ll enjoy the one-on-one time with your flutist.
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