Picture the scene: it’s Christmas day and your gran has just given out her third Lynx deodorant set of the afternoon. Not to be outdone, your uncle has phoned it in yet again by providing the extended family with yet another pair of socks; he’s been doing this since 1992. You don’t want to develop your own reputation for infamous gift giving now, do you?
To save you from any potential present-based awkwardness, we’ve put together this blog. Musicians (in this case drummers) are always after a gift that’s practical, instead of something that’s a gimmick. Because of this, we’ve rounded up a list of not-so-good drum-related products, offering a much better alternative for each just in time for the big day.
Don’t Buy: Drumstick Pencils
Do Buy: Drumsticks
Drumstick pencils may seem fun and zany at first, but trust me, this wears off after about five minutes. They’ll most likely be consigned forever to the back of your stationary drawer, never to see the light of day again. Not to mention the fact that you’ll annoy pretty much everyone in the office if you ever decide to use them for a desk-based rendition of ‘In The Air Tonight’. And you wouldn’t want to be responsible for potentially causing workplace carnage and exiling a family member in the process would you?
With a pair of drumsticks, you literally can’t go wrong. Every single drummer in existence needs them to play their instrument. Simply find out which brand they prefer – be it Promark, Vic Firth, Zildjian etc – and ask them which weight/size they regularly use. If you’re still confused, you can find out everything there is to know about drumsticks by reading our handy guide here. A drummer can never have too many sticks, no matter what they might say.