Are you looking for a gift for that person who’s always tapping their foot? Whether you have a drummer in your life or you just feel like treating yourself this year, now’s the time to stock up on gifts any drum lover would be stoked on.
From stocking stuffers to extra-generous presents, check out these ideas to help any drummer relieve stress or rediscover the joy of drumming (Bob Ross not included) this 2019 holiday season.
Ranging from $6 to $35, these gifts are small enough to fit in a stocking and won’t break the bank.
Drumtacs Sound Control Pads ($19.99)
These sticky little guys will help eliminate unwanted resonance from the drums. Keep them whole or cut them down to quarters or halves and move them around the drumheads.
Evans Torque Key ($20)
This drum key has an ergonomic grip for maximum comfort, a knurled knob for quick spinning, and a slip-resistant magnetic head. The torque handle can be set to the tension you need for your preferred tuning.
Dixon Brite Key ($16)
You carry your drum key everywhere, so why not do more with it? This one comes with an LED light and a bottle opener!
Pearl TechTool ($13)
This Swiss Army-style multi-tool comes with 13 gig-ready tools that fit all drums, pedals, and hardware. With six hex keys, five screwdrivers, a standard drum key and a bottle opener, this will save any drummer in a pinch.
Drumeo Signature Sticks ($12.95)
The Vic Firth Drumeo Signature Drumsticks are made of hickory wood and sized like an American Classic 55A – which is right between the diameter of a 5A and 5B. These are the very same drumsticks Jared Falk and many of our other instructors use every day.
Vic Firth Split Brush ($35)
This brush is designed with two separate rows of wire, which produces unique weighting of sound with different articulation qualities. The pull rod is also triple crimped, allowing for additional setting options.
ProMark Hot Rods ($22)
Bridging the gap between drumsticks and brushes and handmade with select birch dowels, Hot Rods have a lighter sound than sticks but more attack than brushes, making them popular for many styles of music.
Replace the wingnuts on your cymbal stands and hi-hats with these easy-to-use squeeze and release clips.
Sweet Spot Cymbal Toppers and Clutches ($30+)
These premium accessories will stand the test of time. With multiple designs to choose from (including screws and spikes), they’ll add some extra style to your drum kit, too.
Drumeo High-Fidelity Earplugs ($19)
Prevent hearing loss in comfort. You’ll forget you’re even wearing these reusable plugs with safe, soft, premium silicone that gently seals the ear. No more ringing!
Ranging from $18 to $150, there are a ton of budget-friendly products on most drummers’ wish lists.
Drumeo P4 Practice Pad ($59)
The P4 practice pad is the only practice pad on the market with four different playing surfaces. Each surface provides unique feels and responses and are on three elevated levels to simulate actual drum set movement.
Evans Real Feel Practice Pad ($30)
This practice pad has a large playing surface that fits inside a standard snare basket. It has a natural gum feel on one side for realistic stick rebound and a harder recycled rubber surface on the other for a real workout.
Evans EQ Pad Bass Drum Damper ($18)
The Evans EQ Pad is a highly efficient bass drum muffler that attaches to the bottom of the bass drum shell with Velcro. The hinged pad bounces off the head, allowing sustain before returning to dampen the vibrating head.
Vic Firth Stereo Isolation Headphones ($80)
These headphones were designed to protect musicians from the high sound levels associated with their instrument. They drastically reduce the amount of sound that reaches your ears, preventing potential irreversible ear damage.
Audio Technica ATH-M50x Headphones ($150)
The ATH-M50x features the same sonic signature, large aperture drivers, and sound isolating earcups as the previous model, but now features a detachable cable. The M50x is a great fit for audio professionals at all levels.
Shure SE215 In-Ear Monitors ($99)
Featuring enhanced bass and detailed sound, the Shure SE215s include a single dynamic microdriver. With a detachable cable, formable wire and many different sized buds, the SE215s ensure comfort whether on stage or on the go.
Tune Bot ($100)
This device makes it easy to tune to notes. Simply clip it to your drum hoop, tap the drum, and match the lugs.
DrumDial Drum Tuner ($60)
Easily tune your drums by measuring pressure on the drumhead. Fast, precise, and no whacking necessary!
Tama Rhythm Watch RW200 ($90)
This metronome has everything a drummer needs to make sure they stay on time, both live and in the studio. It features plenty of volume to use while playing real drums, a dial for quick tempo adjustments, separate volumes for all note values, and much more.
Soundbrenner Pulse ($99+)
This wearable silent metronome pulsates on your wrist, ankle, chest, or wherever you decide to put it. Instead of hearing the click, you can feel it instead.
Low Boy Custom Beaters ($30-60+)
Build your own custom bass drum beater with all the advantages and versatility of wood for sound, as well as the custom painted finish for style.
Switch Kick ($50)
Originally a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Switch Kick helps drummers to ‘switch’ beaters quickly without any tools. There are more than 10 different beater heads available!
Vratim Drum Shoes ($95)
Comfortable, flexible, and lightweight with grip underneath, these suede leather shoes are designed specifically for drumming.
Freedrum Starter Kit ($135)
Want to drum anywhere, anytime? Turn air drumming into real drumming with two sensors you attach to your drumsticks. With the included app, you can set up and personalize an ‘invisible drum kit’ with real sounds.
Vic Firth Drummer Backpack ($80)
This backpack has two padded compartments, a removable laptop insert, a detachable stick bag, and enough space to also fit a practice pad.
If you’ve got a bit more financial freedom and want to seriously treat a drummer, here are a few big ideas.
Roland TD-1KV V-Drums ($499)
The TD-1K compact delivers V-Drums quality in a space-saving kit. Ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy playing drums at home, the TD-1K offers a wide selection of expressive drum kits for playing any musical style, plus additional on-board training software for building skill and monitoring progress. Because you listen through headphones, the neighbors won’t hear a peep!
Yamaha EAD10 ($499)
This module transforms your acoustic kit into an electric kit! Well, kind of. Amplify the drums with the combined mic/trigger, add preset effects and samples, and much more. Want to post drum covers? To make sharing easy, Yamaha even has a free app to easily sync video from your phone with audio from the EAD10.
Yamaha Stage Custom Birch ($650+)
The Stage Custom Birch series is great for the beginner or the working professional. Available in multiple colors and finishes, the low fundamental and warm tone of Yamaha’s birch drums have been the top choice of drummers for over 30 years.
TAMA Starclassic Walnut/Birch ($1399+)
A popular choice for gigging drummers, the latest TAMA Starclassic Performer combines warmth and attack for the most versatility. Diecast hoops, a flexible and light tom mounting system, and unique memory locks make this kit more than good enough for a pro.
GoPro HERO8 Black ($449)
Ideal for filming live gigs, drum practice or even YouTube videos, the latest model from GoPro has updated stabilization technology and includes the camera, head strap, spare battery, and a 32GB SD card.
sE Electronics Drum Mics ($800)
This complete set of mics includes everything a drummer needs for basic recording or live playing.
Sabian AAX Cymbal Pack ($739)
Perfect for any drummer who wants to upgrade several cymbals at once, this set includes five cymbals: a pair of hi-hats, two crashes, and a ride.
From classic books to online drum lessons, every drummer deserves to keep learning – no matter how good they already are.
The Drummer’s Toolbox ($29.99)
This hardcover book is the ultimate guide to learning 101 drumming styles. With over 450 pages of easy-to-understand descriptions and simple groove breakdowns, it’s the most comprehensive introduction to dozens of styles for drummers of any skill level.
The Best Beginner Drum Book ($29.99)
This is the simplest guide for beginner drummers to get started on drums and take their playing to the next level.
Stick Control ($10)
Often considered to be the bible of drumming, Stick Control is a classic. This is the ideal book for improving all aspects of your drumming with extra attention given to the development of the weak hand.
Survival Guide For The Modern Drummer ($24.99)
Jim Riley’s book contains 318 grooves and 124 fully produced play along tracks in every genre. From pop to swing, metal to latin, country to Motown, this book is the best resource for you to become a more well rounded drummer and will give you the tools to survive as a pro player.
Ultimate Realistic Rock ($20)
This book (and bonus CDs) by Carmine Appice contains classic information on basic rock rhythms, polyrhythms, linear rudiments and groupings, hi-hat and double bass drum exercises, syncopation exercises, and much more.
The Art and Science of Groove ($32)
The Art and Science of Groove is a collection of vital tools and exercises designed specifically to enhance your playing with a positive groove. Benny Greb introduces the five core elements of Time, Feel, Sound, Body and Mind, offering straightforward solutions that can be applied to any musical style.
Drumeo Festival Tickets ($225-295)
Treat a drummer to the 2020 Drumeo Festival in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Featuring world-class players like Jojo Mayer, Tommy Igoe, Cindy Blackman Santana, Benny Greb and Chris Coleman, you won’t want to miss the performances, meet and greets, and masterclasses!
They may not make you a better drummer, but they sure are awesome. Here are some novelty gift ideas that’ll make any drummer’s life even more fun.
Drumstick Mixing Spoons ($11)
Drum on your pots and pans when you’re not stirring! Made of solid beechwood, each set of Mix Stix includes one slotted spoon and one solid spoon.
Drumstick Pencils ($10)
Doodle or drum; the choice is yours. Awesome as a stocking stuffer!
Zildjian Cymbal Mouse Pad ($11)
With a splash graphic on top and a padded underside, this mouse pad is the perfect symbol (yep) of your undying love for drums.
Reclaimed Cymbal Bottle Opener ($12-15)
Made from recycled cymbals, these bottle openers can be added to a keychain or necklace, or even fit inside your wallet. They look awesome and are great for breaking open a cold one!
Make the drums stand out in a dark room with LED drum lighting. While you’ll get the best results with transparent drums, you can still make a wood kit a real attention-grabber.
Rockstix LED Drumsticks ($25)
Impress your friends! Confuse your pet! These color changing polycarbonate drumsticks are motion activated and look awesome in photos.
Drumeo Jokester T-Shirt ($25)
The best part about being a drummer is having the ability to play a drum fill after a joke whenever you want. Now you can get ‘ba dum tss’ on a shirt!