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    December 11, 2023   |  Christmas, Ideas, Learning, Lessons, List, Motivation, Sing, Tips

Christmas is approaching!

Are you struggling to find presents for your loved ones? Or maybe you're unsure about what you'd like to receive? If you're a singer, fear not. I have a list of ideas that might make your life easier and spark some inspiration. I'll cover a range of budgets, so everyone can find something useful.

1.PA Sets:

Depending on your budget, a PA system can be a great idea for more experienced or adventurous singers. It's especially useful for those planning to perform in public or with a band, ideal for contemporary singers. When looking for a PA system, ensure it has an active speaker; otherwise, an amp will be needed. Prices range from £100+, and some noteworthy options include:

Cheaper range:
JYX Karaoke Machine with 2 UHF Wireless Microphones, Bass/Treble Bluetooth Speaker with LED Light, Support TWS, AUX In, FM, REC, Supply for Party/Adults/Kids - Black

Medium range:
Vonyx VPS122A 12 Inch Active Bluetooth Disco Speakers DJ PA System 800W with Stands

Higher range:
Bose S1 Pro System PA SYSTEM - Black

2. Microphone:

Microphones are useful for singers recording their music/covers online or for online lessons. Prices vary, starting at £10. There are options for battery-operated or rechargeable microphones, with features like Bluetooth. Consider the singer's preferences before purchasing.

Examples include:
Fun one for children/adults (more budget friendly option):
Karaoke Wireless Microphone, 5 in 1 Bluetooth Microphone with Dancing LED Lights, Portable Singing Mic Karaoke Machine Speaker, Home KTV Karaoke Player for Kids Adults Party Support Android iOS Device

3. Speakers or headphones:

In addition to microphones and PA systems, speakers can enhance practice, while headphones are great for reviewing recorded lessons or learning new songs. Brands like JBL, Sony, Bose, Beats, and Apple (AirPods Pro Only) offer various options for different budgets.

4. Gift Vouchers for Music Subscriptions:

A gift voucher for music subscriptions like Spotify Premium, Apple Music, YouTube Premium, or Amazon Music can be a great help for music students and professionals alike.

5. Singing-Theory Books:

Books can be a great gift for those seeking extra knowledge about their voice. Great option for smaller budgets/Secret Santa gift.

Consider options like:

This is a Voice: 99 exercises to train, project and harness the power of your voice Paperback – 23 Aug. 2018

Anatomy Of The Voice: An Illustrated Guide for Singers, Vocal Coaches, and Speech Therapists Paperback – Illustrated, 24 April 2018

6. Gift Cards for Online Music Shops:

Gift cards for websites like music notes, prestomusic, or musicroom provide the freedom to choose sheet music, making them a thoughtful and practical gift.

7. Singing Straws/ Straws:

Singing straws are excellent gifts for serious vocalists, useful for SOVT exercises and cooldowns.

My choice would be:
https://www.rayvox.co.uk

Alternatively, you could buy a set of metal straws of different lengths and sizes. 

8. Herbal teas: 
Affordable and thoughtful, herbal teas like mint, sage, or chamomile, along with a music-themed mug, make for a cozy gift. Add vocal zones for a complete "voice SOS" care package.

9. Water bottles: 
A simple yet appreciated gift, a leak-proof water bottle is a practical choice for any singer

10. Singing Lessons/ Singing Workshops Vouchers:
Support a singer's journey with vouchers for additional training, such as singing lessons or workshops.

11. Concert tickets:
Gift the experience of a traditional concert, gig, or musical theatre show—a wonderful gift for any music lover.

12. Journal:
Journals, whether general or singing-specific, make great practice tools.
Consider options like:

Notes London Eco A5 Notebook with Lined Pages, Pen Loop, Ribbon, Date Marks and Paper Pocket, Medium Hardback Journal, Note, sustainably sourced paper (Pastel Celeste)

https://www.rayvox.co.uk/products/voice-journal

Singer's Practice Plan, Log, and Journal: Navy - A Planner for Singing Students (How To Sing) Paperback – 24 Feb. 2018

13. Instruments:
A lot of singers enjoy learning a new instrument, whether that is a keyboard, ukulele or harmonica/drums. An entry level instrument could be a lovely gift, especially if you know the recipient wanted to try out a new instrument.

Ukulele: Bumblebee Ukeleles BBBUS22SPMH Ukelele, Spruce, One Size
Keyboard: Casio CT-S100AD 61 Key Portable Electronic Keyboard in Black with AC Adapter Included Black and Rhythm Warriors animated online lessons

I hope this list makes your Christmas shopping easier! What would you like to receive for Christmas? Let me know in the comments down below! 


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