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So, you’re wondering what are the best Christmas gifts for the ukulele player in your life? Here are 30 ideas for things your loved one might be excited to find under the tree. We’ve listed the approximate price to make it easy to stay within your budget.
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Practical Ukulele Christmas Gifts
Here are some suggestions to help your loved one be more comfortable and sound better as they make music.
1. Music Stand - $25
A sturdy, high quality music stand is a great place to store music. And it’s a lot more fun to play ukulele if books and music sheets are not falling on the ground all the time.
2. Clip-on Tuner - $15
A clip -on tuner makes it a snap to get a ukulele tuned up and ready to rock out. Snark Tuner is the go-to brand for clip on tuners.
3. Capo - $10
Ukulele capos make it possible to adapt sheet music to different keys. Don’t worry if you don’t know what that means. You can learn more about it with our post about using a capo.
4. Ukulele Strap - $10 - 20
Slip into something more comfortable with a ukulele strap. Having a strap to hold up the ukulele makes it much easier to play the ukulele.
There are two kinds. One of them goes over your head and does not require an end button. The advantage is that you don’t need to take your ukulele to the shop to get an end button added. The disadvantage is that you still have to keep a hand on your ukulele to make sure you don’t drop it.
The other kind of strap needs a button installed onto the ukulele. The strap is then attached to the button which means you can use your hands to do something else and not drop your ukulele. The downside is that you might need the help of a music store to get a button added to your ukulele. And some people don’t like how the buttons look.
5. Chord Chart - $10
A ukulele chord chart to post in your practice space will make it easier to quickly find the chord shape you need at the right moment. We like this laminated ukulele chord chart.
6. Felt Picks $10 - $15
If your ukulele player does not like using their fingers to strum and is worried about damaging their uke, a felt pick could be the answer. This combo pack of a capo and felt picks is a great deal.
7. Humidifier - $15
8. Ukulele Stand - $25
Ukulele stand: Having your ukulele out of its case and ready to grab for a quick practice session is makes it much easier to fit music into your daily life. This zebra wood stand is good looking and a good price too.
9. Wall Mount - $15
A wall mount also makes it easy easy to grab a ukulele, but it also turns your musical instrument collection into a decorative statement.
10. New Strings - $10 - 15
Strings wear out over time and need to be replaced. Having a spare set is a great idea. Aquila is a standard string type that lots of folks use. Be sure you get the set of strings that matches the size of ukulele belonging to your musician.
Fun Ukulele Christmas Gifts
Enough with practicality! What about some playful, fun gifts for ukulele players?
12. Hawaian Shirt - $35 - $50
Everyone knows it’s more fun to play ukulele in a Hawaian shirt. Aloha Republic’s shirt has a cute style and is made in Hawaii.
13. Lei - $15 - 75
And what is the perfect accessory for your Hawaiian shirt? Why a lei, of course. If you’re going with fresh flowers, your local florist might be able to deliver something or get in touch with the Hawaiian Lei Company.
14. Ukulele T shirt - $15 - $25
If your loved one isn’t much for collared shirts, how about a Ukulele T shirt? Our favorite is the one with cats found here. There are also fun “ukulele girl” shirts out there.
18. Jewelry - $25 up
Etsy.com has a lot of unique handmade ukulele jewelry. These funky wire earrings caught our eye.
Sheet Music is Always a Great Christmas Gift
Of course, we are authors so we are biased. But most players will always be happy to have new tunes to try. Do your best to buy something at the right difficulty level and when in doubt it’s best to get something easier rather than harder. It’s not so fun to get a new book and not be able to play any of the songs in it.
20. 21 Songs in 6 Days: Learn Ukulele the Easy Way - $15
by Rebecca Bogart and Jenny Peters. This book is for someone who has never played ukulele before. It covers five basic chords (C, C7, F, G7 and Am) and three fundamental strumming patterns by working through the six days and 40-plus lesson videos.
21. 21 Easy Ukulele Songs for Christmas - $15
Also by Rebecca Bogart and Jenny Peters. This book features great sounding yet easy to play versions of classic carols. It’s intended for beginning ukulele players who have learned the C, F, and G7 chords and a few basic strums. Includes a free video course.
22. 21 More Songs in 6 Days - $20
by Rebecca Bogart and Jenny Peters. Your uke lover will learn the most important intermediate ukulele chords, how to fingerpick melodies and accompaniments, and new fancier strumming patterns. Plus, this book has an introduction to blues improvisation and basic music theory.
23. Learn Easy Ukulele Chord Melody Today! Online course - $100
If your ukulele player has been complaining about wanting more variety in her playing, she might love the gift of our chord melody course. It’s only for sale through Dec. 15, but once purchased can be accessed any time.
25. Hymn Kits - $250
For those who love playing sacred music, our hymn kits will give them lots of tunes and skills for making great arrangements.
26. The Daily Ukulele - $30
by Jim and Liz Beloff. This fabulous book is full of good songs – most of the recent tunes are from the 60s and 70s. There is no lesson information, but if your uke lover knows five chords, they should be able to tackle some of the songs.
27. The Daily Ukulele Leap Year Edition - $35
by Jim Beloff. More fabulous songs from Jim. This second volume has more modern tunes by groups such as Black Keys and Green Day.
28. Easy Songs for Ukulele - $10
29. Fiddle Tunes for Ukulele - $15
Also by Lil’ Rev. Great little guide to old time familiar tunes arranged for ukulele.
We hope you’ve found some gift ideas that will work for you in this post. Do you have a great idea we didn’t mention? Let us know about it in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy holidays!