Neel, Mike, Ritah, Don, Vanessa, and Phil
Neel, Mike, Ritah, Don, Vanessa, and Phil

The 2nd Annual Holiday Gift Guide

The gang gets together to share suggestions on the perfect gifts for the songwriter in your life (let’s be honest, it’s you. You’re gonna by yourself this great stuff– and so you should!). Let us know what you want for the holidays in the comments below!

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The Lists

note that we get a small commission from the Amazon links so we won’t have to sell Neel’s organs on the black market. FYI – he still has a kidney in great condition.

Nico from Cologne, Germany

For those who play guitar and would like a small amplifier for practising at home or simply amplify their acoustic guitar. The Boss Katana Mini is a decent amplifier sold at a reasonable price, which I actually got for my birthday and can recommend. – Nice birthday present, Nico! – phil

Vanessa’s Choices

Muddy Waters Tote Bag $22 (for all that stuff that musicians lug around)

Moleskine Music Notebook MOLESKINE ART COLLECTION: From sketchbooks and sketchpads to watercolor notebooks with heavy paper, to music notebooks with plain and pentagram pages, to storyboard layout notebooks, Moleskine’s art collection of notebooks offer the quality you need.

Music IQ Party Game $27

JamStack Travel Guitar Amp $333 (10 watts, 8 hrs of battery life, can connect to cell phone to access range of tones, effects and controllers) –

Pick-a-Palooza (make your own guitar picks) $34 Pick-a-Palooza guitar pick maker is a useful and unique gift for any guitar player. Guaranteed to be the hit of any gift-giving situation, Birthdays, Christmas, Father’s Day, Graduation or anytime you would like to tell your guitar playing friend or family member how much you care!
Heavy-duty, sturdy construction and a stainless steel blade allows the user to create uniform and smooth guitar picks every time.

Musician Socks – around $10

Music Artwork from Pop Chart Lab – from $30 and up

Customizable musician bobblehead doll $92 (either send in a photo of the musician you want to turn into a bobble head or pick all the features from a long list of traits)

Michael’s Choices

League Of Rock: get coached by professionals touring musicians, play in top recording studios and play in fantastic venues.
Under $100 a session, discount through songTalk
Dick Cooper in Ottawa

A marshall amp refrigerator – $520 from

Metal Skull microphones – von erikson laboratories $375  

Guitar Wing Midi interface – $175.00 from
Triggers effects and DAW interface via BlueTooth

Duo Deck Vinyl/Cassette player/mp3 converter – $150.00 on

ROADIE 2 | Smart Automatic Guitar Tuner & String Winder | For Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, 12-String Guitars, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin | 40+ Alternate Tunings | USB Rechargeable $140

The Firefly Lightship Guitar Pick – $50 – an LED pick that can pick up the rhythm and tempo of your playing to deliver a little light show

EarPeace HD Concert Ear Plugs – High Fidelity Hearing Protection for Music Festivals, DJs & Musicians reusable high fidelity concert earplugs $30

Major Scale musical wine glasses – $90 for a set of two
uncommon grounds

musical transition ring – the circle of fifths on a sterling silver ring $24
uncommon grounds

Phil’s Choices

Oasis OH-5 Guitar Humidifier

BOSS Acoustic Singer Effects Processor (VE-8)

Custom Guitar Picks $55/100 double-sided

Meinl Percussion ES-SET Egg Shaker Set – 4 Piece

Acoustic / Electric / Bass Guitar Setup: Contact your local music retailer

1 year of SquareSpace website builder $195

Fret Zealot, LED Guitar Learning Accessory

Tube MP Studio V3 PreAmp ( $67 – often on sale)

Neel’s Choices

Musician’s Office (Bill Black) – 7×10 Mic Stand Accessory Tray  – $70

Keep everything that you need for your performance, all on one tray, ready to use, including a drink holder, pick holders and 4 harmonica holders to keep you organized and ready for any song in any key and still wet your whistle in between songs. With your choice of hub, quickly and easily mount your durable tray on any microphone or music stand.

Air BnB (or other) cabin retreat for yourself!

Contribute to an artist’s crowdfunding campaign!

Patreon, Indiegogo (Melanie), Kickstarter, ArtistShare (founded in 2001, first crowdfunding site, mostly for classical and jazz artists)

Buy a CD directly from the artist, or buy from their Bandcamp

MusicMemos – $0 iOS app

NI Komplete Start pack – $0

NI Komplete $800 – 50+ instruments, 220+ GB

NI Komplete Ultimate $1,600 – 100+ instruments, 600+ GB

Akai Advance keyboard

includes VIP software, plus Vacuum Pro, Loom, Hybrid 3, Xpand!2, Velvet, Transfuser, and Creative FX Collection Plus by AIR Music Tech, Eighty Eight Ensemble by SONiVOX ($1,000 value)

JBL EON206P Portable PA Speaker System

6-channel mixer w/ reverb

Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Pack – $300 (+$10 L&McQ gift card – put it towards a mic stand!) w/ Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic & Headphones

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