Lots of people dream about picking up a guitar, learning a few chords, starting a rock band in their garage and then becoming a superstar. But only a few are willing to really dedicate the time and effort it takes to learn the bass guitar. If you’ve got a bassist in your life, you want to show them your support and give them a gift that will really help them grow as a musician. But it can be difficult to know what to get them, especially if you don’t play the bass yourself. Check out our list below of the best gifts for bass players and find that perfect present for yourself!
If they’re only just starting out, having the right equipment is everything. Make sure they begin on the right foot with the bare essentials like strings and a tuner!
1. Fender Play Digital Subscription
Thoughtful gift idea for beginning bass players
Whether they’re only just getting started with the bass guitar or they’ve been at it for a while, they’ll appreciate all the help they can get to grow their skills and learn new techniques. Get them a digital subscription to Fender Play, an app that provides bass guitar lessons through the convenience of a mobile app!
Looking for more ways to encourage them to learn? Try getting them a bass songbook or a subscription to Bass Guitar Magazine so they can stay informed with what’s going on in the guitar scene.
2. Bass Guitar Gig Bag
Performance gift for bass players
Whether it’s their first performance or their 100th, they’ll always need a quality protective bag for their guitar. Hard cases can be bulky and hard to transport, which is why soft gig bags are so popular for short distance travel and temporary storage. Gig bags make an excellent gift for musicians at a milestone performance or a big audition.
Having plenty of ways to store or transport your bass guitar is crucial. For other options, give them a bass guitar strap, or a stand for their instrument.
3. DIY Bass Guitar Kit
Unique gift idea for advanced bass players
If your favorite bassist has been playing for years, it’s likely that they’ve built up quite an impressive collection of instruments. But do they have one that they built themselves, from scratch? There’s nothing more special than putting your own guitar together with your own hands, and they’ll love you for giving them that opportunity. It’s definitely a project for more advanced bassists!
Once they’ve finished building the guitar, they still need to clean and maintain it properly. Complete your gift to them with a guitar cleaning kit and a basic guitar tool kit.
4. Bass Guitar Patent Print
Classic home decor gift for bass enthusiasts
If your favorite bass player’s home could use a little bit of sprucing up, why not give them the gift of a bass guitar patent print? They’ll love the classic edge that it gives their home and they’ll also love that they get to show off their love for their instrument in a tasteful way.
Art prints aren’t the only way to make a statement in your home. A metal wall hanging or area rug with a bass guitar theme will amp up their space and give it the studio vibe they’re going for!
5. Handmade Guitar Picks
One-of-a-kind small gift idea for bass players
It seems too simple, but every guitar player (and bassist) could use another guitar pick. But don’t just get them any old cheap set from the music store, get them a beautiful and unique handmade pick that they’ll treasure (and hopefully they’ll make sure not to lose it!).
Do you find that your favorite bass player is always losing their picks? A guitar pick punch or a pick holder will do the trick and make sure that not only will they never run out of picks again, they’ll always have a place to store them!
You might want to take a look at gifts for other musicians too!
6. Bass Guitar Starter Kit
Gift for newbie bass players
If your loved one has only just started expressing an interest in the bass guitar, they may not even have an instrument of their own yet. If that’s the case, get them a beginner-friendly instrument that will get them started on the right path. The right beginner set will come with all the accessories and instructions needed to get started, minus the lessons, of course.
7. Graphic T-shirt for Bass Players
Stylish clothing gift idea for bass players
Sure, their closet is probably full to bursting with old concert tees from years gone by, but really, who doesn’t need another graphic t-shirt in their life? Give them a shirt with a quirky design that helps them show off their love for their music in a fun way, and you’ve got the makings of a fantastic gift! It’s a versatile and classic gift for bassists of all ages!
Want more stylish bassist clothing gift ideas? Consider a hat or pair of socks with a bass guitar design!
8. Bass Guitar Necklace
Beautiful and sentimental bass player gift idea for her
Not every gift for bass players has to be practical; sometimes, it’s great to give a gift just because you know it will make them smile. Jewelry is a classic gift idea, and for good reason. It’s beautiful, it’s personal, and it has the potential to become a treasured keepsake years down the line. Give them a necklace or pendant with their favorite instrument, and they’ll wear it for every performance!
Looking for more clever jewelry gift ideas for bass players? Why not get them a bass guitar string bracelet or pin in the shape of their instrument, so everyone always knows what they play?
9. Custom Bass Player Bobblehead Figurine
Funny novelty gift idea for bass players
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that make us laugh. If you’re on the hunt for a funny gift for your favorite bassist, look no further! Get them a custom bobblehead figurine that can sit on their shelf or desk; they’ll get a kick out of it every time they see it! The bobblehead can be customized to look just like your loved one, and the best part is, it’s playing a little bass guitar! What better way to show off their love for their instrument?
Looking for more personalized gifts for bass players? What about a bass player mug with their name on it, or a custom album record of their playing?
10. Books about Bass Players
Thought-provoking and unique gift idea for bassists
If there’s one thing that money can’t buy, it’s the wisdom and experience of those that have come before us. But we can get pretty close with thought-provoking and moving memoirs from experienced musicians. Give your loved one a memoir or biography of a celebrated bassist and they’ll enjoy not only reading about the musician’s career as a performer, but about the life lessons they learned along the way.
Looking for more specific recommendations of some great reads for brass players? Try Soul Fingers: The Music & Life of Legendary Bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn or Guitars and Heroes: Mythic Guitars and Legendary Musicians.