Ukuleles have become popular recently, providing a whole new avenue of gift ideas. Did you know that there are several different kinds of ukuleles? While you don’t need a lesson in ukuleles to buy a gift for a ukulele lover, it can be helpful to know which kind ukulele your musician has. This knowledge can come in handy when buying certain gifts such as replacement strings. But don’t worry if you don’t have this information. There are plenty of other great must-have ukulele gifts to get and even some for first timers!
1. Hand Painted Ukulele
Unique ukulele gifts for the collector
My husband plays guitar and has a rotating collection of guitars that he buys and hangs on our living room walls. He sees them as works of art. They have become the main conversation of anyone entering our home for the first time. I’m sure true lovers of the ukulele feel the same way about their instruments. Why not get a hand painted instrument as a unique gift for a ukulele lover?
If your ukulele player likes to build things, get them a ukulele kit to create their own. These come with everything you need to make the ukulele, but you will need to buy acrylic paints and brushes to paint it. However, if you are looking to customize a ukulele which is already owned, choose from a variety of fretboard stickers such as flowers, dolphins, cats, and birds.
2. Whimsical Wall Mount
Unique gift for a ukulele owner
Every ukulele player needs a place to keep their instrument so it doesn’t get damaged when not in use. This tiki wall mount is both practical and art at the same time. It comes in basic brown or painted.
I also found a cool whale tail wall mount for ukuleles. If this decor doesn’t suit the ukulele player, you can always get a more traditional wall mount.
3. Useful Phone Holder
Ukulele related gifts
What do you get someone who plays ukulele? A clamp clip mount for cell phones. This way they can read music from their phone while playing their instrument. These fit guitars as well as ukuleles.
For those who don’t download their music, you can get a traditional music stand with a carrying case to take with them to practice or a performance. They may also need a clip on light to read music at night.
4. Trendy Travel Case
Practical Ukulele presents
Just like with guitars, ukuleles don’t always come with a travel case. Get a waterproof case as a present for the ukulele player who will need to tote their instrument to school, lessons, or to a performance. Most have a side pocket to stick extra accessories in.
You can also get a decorative strap to make holding the ukulele easier while playing. If you are looking for a ukulele personalized gift, you can get a custom strap with their name on it.
5. Clip-on Tuner
Accessory gifts for ukulele owners
You could be the best musician in the world, but if your instrument is out of tune, you will sound like a beginner. A professional tuner will tune a ukulele quickly and easily. These tuners are able to detect pitch directly from the ukulele’s vibrations so you don’t have to worry about surrounding sounds interfering.
When the musician wants to play in a different key, you can get a capo as a present for a ukulele player. This clips onto the neck to hold down the strings to change keys. You could also get a reference chart for a teen or adult who is learning ukulele. It has chord diagrams and scales.
You might want to take a look at gifts for other musicians too!
6. Starter Kit
Ukulele gifts for someone who wants to learn to play the ukulele
Do you know someone who wants to play the ukulele, but they haven’t gotten around to it yet? A starter kit makes a great Christmas gift. Smaller than guitars, these instruments are great for kids. Competition to get into universities is very tough. Most colleges are looking for applicants with unique skills that set them apart from the other applicants. Who knows? Maybe this is the edge that will get your student to their choice school. Some kits come with a gig bag, strap, polishing cloth, and song book.
If yours doesn’t come with a lesson book, then get a beginner’s book as an extra ukulele gift. Some of these song books come with DVDs as well. Or sign them up for online lessons. A new player can also benefit from fretboard stickers to help them remember proper finger placement.
7. Felt Picks
More gifts for ukulele owners
My husband plays guitar, and both of us assumed that the picks used for a guitar are the same as those used for a ukulele. However, there are actually several types of picks used for ukuleles. Felt picks provide a subdued tone.
On the other hand, leather picks produce a richer, more natural tone. For a customized ukulele gift, get some custom celluloid picks typically used for playing guitar. Your ukulele player could experiment with the tone created with these picks to discover which type they like best. Choose the color you want, style, and what personalization you want to customize them.
8. Silly Coffee Mug
Funny ukulele gifts
Get a silly ukulele mug for the coffee drinker. For the ukulele player on the go, get an insulated travel mug. I would not get this for a ukulele teacher. Teachers always end up with a million mugs and keychains. Trust me, I used to be a teacher.
However, if you just can’t resist getting a mug as a teacher gift, then get an insulated tumbler that can be used for wine as well. This gift will be appreciated.
9. Spare Strings
Most needed ukulele gifts
Just like on a guitar, ukulele strings break. There is nothing worse for a ukulele player than to start playing the instrument, and the unthinkable happens. A string breaks. They go to replace it, but there are none left. Don’t let this happen. Get several backups as stocking stuffers or stick them in the side pocket of a new gig bag as a surprise ukulele gift.
If they don’t already have one, make sure to get a restringing tool. This is three tools in one. This one has built-in clippers to easily cut through and remove old strings. It also has a bridge pin puller to help remove pins without damaging the instrument. And last, it also has a peg winder. Make sure to buy a ukulele cleaning kit to keep the wood in top condition. This one comes with a cleaner that is good for both matte and gloss finishes, fretboard oil to protect unfinished fretboards, and a washable suede microfiber cloth.
10. Ukulele Jewelry
Ukulele gifts for her
Pick out some cute earrings, maybe a necklace as a ukulele themed gift for her.
As a special ukulele gift idea, get a Hawaii ukulele pendant, with a custom initial charm and birthstone. You could also get a key chain for a stocking gift for the ukulele lover.