When it comes to gift giving, there are those that can choose a perfect gift, time and again, bringing joy and happiness wherever they bestow boxes covered in brightly covered paper, shiny ribbons and even the perfect little note or card… and then, there are the rest of us. For gift-giving occasions, whether through the holiday season, a special anniversary or birthdays, the right gift can delight its recipient beyond measure.
NAMM recently released the results from a survey of Americans regarding gift-giving and what people want to receive, as well as what they want to give. The results of the survey concluded that one-third of gift givers prefer to give an “experience” instead of just a gift. This trend, along with a brewing need to reduce the time spent on computers and gadgets, indicates that one of the best “experience” gifts that can be given is a musical instrument. From regret felt over not studying an instrument as a child, to the better availability of drums and other instruments online, musical instruments continue to be a favored gift giving, and receiving, choice for adults and children alike.
Drums and percussion instruments, in particular, are a great way to introduce music into the lives of the young and old. A Djembe or set of Bongos are small and portable enough for gift-giving occasions, while introducing the recipient to the magic of drumming. Providing benefits beyond the practice of rhythm and inclusion of song, drums can set the stage for a life-long love of music that can touch academic, rehabilitative and even health and wellness concerns.
For holidays and other gift-giving occasions, one of the best ways to show you care is to give a gift that can establish a new skill or nurture an interest in a new adventure. From the perfect Djembe to the incentive to grow as a musician, the gift of experience, and especially of music, can make a difference in the life of a beloved family member, dear friend, or even a co-worker or boss who could use a little extra cheer.