Gift Ideas for Drummers and Percussionists

11 Great Gift Ideas for Drummers and Percussionists

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If you're searching for the perfect gift for a drummer or percussionist, you'll want to check out these 11 fantastic stocking stuffers, gift ideas, and more.

Unsure what to get the drummer or percussionist in your life? Whether you need something for a beginner or a long-time player, Musician's Friend has what you need. While this article features 11 specific products, you'll want to check out our other great gift resources including our full selection of drummer gifts and Cyber Monday specialsIf you're still having trouble deciding on the perfect gift for the drummer in your life after reading this guide, Musician's Friend offers gift certificates, deliverable via mail or e-mail. Now that that's out of the way, let's get to the drum gear!

Promark FireGrain Drumsticks 5A

In addition to looking really cool, Promark's FireGrain drumsticks are a great choice for anyone that needs especially strong and durable sticks. These sticks owe their strength to Promark's patented flame tempering process, a process which naturally adds strength to these hickory sticks. 

Promark FireGrain Drumsticks 5A

What The Customers Are Saying

"I use the 5a model. Balanced, solid feel, zero vibrations. Perfect all the way around. Great color!" JayCee from Lakewood, CO

"I first heard about these Firegrain sticks is some advertising and I thought it looked fishy but decided to give them a try. I've got a number of hours on the sticks now and have been impressed."  drummerm from De 

Mapex 500 Double Bass Drum Pedal

Perfect for the beginner or intermediate drummer, Mapex's 500 Double Bass Drum Pedal is a rugged pedal that will survive heavy gigging and heavy drummers. With solid steel components and features including adjustable spring tensions, single-chain drives and footboards with stabilizing radius rods, you can rest easy that you'll be buying a quality product that any drummer will appreciate. At the time of publication, this double bass drum pedal received an average 4 1/2 out of 5 stars from customers.

Mapex 500 Double Bass Drum Pedal

What The Customers Are Saying

"This pedal is everything I expected and more. It is extremely smooth and has great adjustability for the price. Highly reccomended for anyone who is looking for a double pedal." Cody Taylor, from Crestline, OH

"I purchased this double pedal for my grandson. Set up in minutes and he was thrilled. A good, inexpensive first double pedal." Chuck from Bangor, Maine

Evans Hydraulic Red Tom Pack with Free 14 in. UV1 Snare Head

Just as guitarists need to change their strings periodically, drummers need to change the heads on their drums periodically. If you're looking for an affordable but fantastic sounding pack, check out the Hydraulic Red Tom Pack from Evans. In addition to three tom heads, the pack includes a free 14" Evans UV1 snare head, making this a fantastic value. 

Evans Hydraulic Red series is noted for their durability as well as their fat and deep sound and quick decay. Because these heads are so easy to tune, they make a great choice for beginner and intermediate drummers, or someone looking to get control of their normally hard-to-tune drums. With patented UV-cured coating and 10 mil film, these are plenty strong and will work well in most any musical application. 

Evans Hydraulic Red Tom Pack with Free 14in. UV1 Snare Head

Zildjian L80 Series LV348 Low Volume Cymbal Box Set

Whether the volume needs to come down for a gig, a neighbor, a parent or a spouse, Zildjian's L80 Low Volume Cymbals box set is a fantastic present for the drummer in your life. 

Designed using a specialized pattern, proprietary alloy and a unique matte finish, Zildjian's Low Volume cymbals are up to 80% quieter than a traditional cymbal. This box set includes a 13" L80 Low Volume Hi-Hat pair, 14" L80 Low Volume Crash and 18" Low Volume Crash-Ride. 

Zildjian L80 Series LV348 Low Volume Cymbal Box Set

LP City Series Black Box Cajon

A great choice for any percussionist or drummer, the City Series Black Box Cajon delivers great sound courtesy of its Baltic birch frontplate. The resulting sound is focused with punchy sounds complimented by the internal snare system which adds a nice crack and crispness. The Black Box cajon measures 19" x 11" x 10 1/8". 

LP City Series Black Box Cajon

What The Customers Are Saying

"I actually bought this Box Cajon for my son who is a drummer and is going off to medical school and can't take his drum set with him. When he opened the box and saw the Cajon, he was ecstatic! He began playing immediately and marveled at the tone and versatility. Said this would be a great de-stresser; to be able to play this instrument in his apartment. I made my decision for this particular Cajon based on the earlier reviews and was very, very glad that I did." Pooney, from Kingwood, TX

"My daughter and I have both really enjoyed this cajon. She's 14 and primarily a guitar and bass player. I am 45 and started playing percussion about 1982 I guess...The absolute best musical experiences of our lives have been with me backing her up on this cajon. It could not get more simple and for me fulfilling." Sound Forge from Nashville, TN

Alesis Nitro 8-Piece Electronic Drum Kit

If you're looking for a great entry-level electronic drum kit, look no further than the Alesis Nitro 8-piece. This 8-piece kit features 3 tom pads, 3 cymbal pads, a snare pad and a kick pad. Sonically, there's plenty of territory to explore as the Nitro comes loaded with 385 sounds spread across 40 classic and modern kits.

Designed with practice in mind, Nitro offers an onboard metronome, sixty play-along tracks and built-in learning features. Even better, the stereo aux input means you can connect external devices to play along to your favorite songs.

Alesis Nitro 8-Piece Electronic Drum Kit

What The Customers Are Saying

"I work 3rd shift and sleep during the day. We bought this for my 8 year old son for his birthday. This is an amazing set for the price. The control module has many modes and teaches you patterns, beats, songs, etc. You can slow the tempo down on anything and he can plug headphones in and jam out while I am sleeping in the next room. I highly recommend this set." Nate, from Jonesboro, AR

"This is my first electronic drum kit. For practicing at home in our apartment building it's perfectly suited for me, and no complaints from the neighbors so far! For the price point, I don't think it gets better than this!" Gazelle, from NY

PDP by DW Encore By PDP 5-Piece Drum Kit with Hardware and Cymbals

PDP's Encore 5-piece Drum Kit (with Hardware and Cymbals) is a fantastic all-in-one drum set for entry-level drummers. This budget-friendly kit comes with everything a drummer needs to get started: a 5-piece set, cymbal stands, bass drum pedal, hi-hats and crash/ride.

PDP by DW Encore By PDP 5-Piece Drum Kit with Hardware and Cymbals Black

Alesis Strike Pro Kit Red Sparkle

A truly professional electronic drum kit, the Alesis Strike Pro Kit in Red Sparkle offers the feel and "vibe" of an acoustic drum kit, while still offering all that you love about electronic drums.

The wood shell drums are made in standard acoustic drum sizes and feature large dual-hoop pads with mesh heads. In addition to familiar aesthetics, this results in an instantly comfortable playing experience.

Featuring 100 drum kits with more than 1,600 multi sampled instruments, Strike Pro offers drummers just about any sound they could desire. Additional features like on-board sampling, USB-MIDI connectivity and SD card compatibility means Strike Pro will integrate into most any existing workflow. 

Alesis Strike Pro Kit Red Sparkle

What The Customers Are Saying

"I planned on using this for a nice at home practice kit, but after playing it it will be a great use for playing live and recording as well. There is so much you can do with this kit." JMunt84, from Buhl, MN

Vater Hickory Drum Stick Pre-pack Wood 5A

A great choice for the gigging musician, the Vater Hickory Drum Stick pre-pack will keep the stick bag full without breaking the bank.Vater Hickory Drum Stick Pre-pack Wood 5A

What The Customers Are Saying

"Best sticks on the market! Vater makes the longest lasting sticks!"Scott, from Coral Springs, FL

"These sticks have some weight to them, but I go through sticks pretty fast... They hold up well and for the price it's too hard to beat, great deal!!!"  Suburbin Vermin

Getting Started on Drums DVD featuring Tommy Igoe

Every drummer has to start somewhere, right? Well, Getting Started on Drums featuring Tommy Igoe is a fantastic DVD that covers everything from understanding drums and hardware to the basics of playing. Tommy covers all the basics and will have any drummer grooving along in no time. 
Hudson Music Getting Started on Drums DVD

What The Customers Are Saying

"... this is a great video, and the instructor is great; he's easy to listen to, makes you feel comfortabe, and full of good tips that others overlook or neglect. I have a couple other DVDs, but this is head and shoulders above the others. I highly recommend.Marko, from NE Ohio

"Get this before you buy a set. Starts with everything you need to know about an acoustic set and how to set it up. Good instructor. Goes on to cover basic grooves and exercises."  Boundary, San Diego, CA

Alfred's Drum Method, Book 1

With 80 pages of fantastic instruction, Alfred's Drum Method Book 1 is the ideal book for anyone getting into snare drum and percussion performance. This book covers all you need from rudimentary studies, to roll studios to contest solos and bass drum and cymbal technique. 

Alfred's Drum Method, Book 1

Looking for more great gift ideas? Check out our full selection of drum and percussion products at Musician's Friend.

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