37 Best Gifts For Drummers – Unique, Fun & Cool Gift Ideas
Welcome to our mega list of the best gifts for drummers!
Divided by price range from budget-minded (under $20) to very generous ($500+) gifts, you’ll find a wide variety of cool, unique, fun and practical drum gifts that any drummer will love. Even though some of them are fun novelty items, they’re all still really useful gifts for the drummer in your life.
These drum gift ideas are ideal for birthday presents, holiday stocking stuffers, anniversary gifts, Valentine’s Day romantic gifts, graduation gifts, or any other drum-related gifts you can think of. But you don’t need a reason to give a gift; sometimes you’ll want to give just because!
And, if you’re a drummer, you’ll find lots of cool stuff you’ll want to buy for yourself! Let’s get started!
Best Gifts For Drummers – Under $20
These under $20 drum gift ideas are great for those on a tight budget. Though small on price, these useful and unique gifts for drummers are big on value and fun.
For extra bonus points, you can combine a couple of under $20 items for a super-thoughtful gift your drummer will thank you for years.
Gift Ideas Tip
Try pairing items to make the perfect gift.
For example, the Zildjian cutting board and drumstick cooking spoons make a great gift pair! You can also add some inexpensive items like chocolates, teas, or candy.
Zildjian 10″ Cutting Board
This Zildjian 10″ Cutting Board is a perfect gift for any drummer who likes to get his or her groove on in the kitchen.
It’s made of 100% real bamboo with a groove around the edges to keep liquids from spilling out. Bamboo is one of the safest woods for cutting boards because it’s dense and naturally resists water, keeping out harmful bacteria. Bamboo also doesn’t crack or warp easily, so this board should last a long time.
As far as cutting boards go, you can’t beat it (pun intended!)
Monkey Cymbal Salad Tongs
Continuing with the kitchen theme, these very cute salad tongs are just the thing to make any drummer’s salad a memorable one!
Based on the old monkey playing the cymbals toy, this cute set of 10” white plastic tongs has polished chrome metal cymbals on the ends. Super fun!
Drumstick Spoons, Set of 2
Another must-have kitchen item for any drummer is wooden drumstick spoons. I’m on my 3rd set!
These 13” solid wood spoons come in a set of two – one slotted and one solid – with drum tips on the end.
You’ll find that half the time they’ll be used for kitchen duties, and the other half for banging out some beats on the fly.
I’m A Drummer – What’s Your Super Power? Mug
Need a gift for that “hard to buy a gift for” drummer? This quality ceramic mug is perfect for any coffee or tea-loving drummer! It’s dishwasher and microwave safe and made in the USA.
Add some chocolates, candies, tea bags, or small drum-related gifts inside like the Promark R22 Cymbal Rattler (see next review).
Promark R22 Cymbal Rattler
All drummers love the distinctive sound of a sizzle cymbal. But, to get that sound, they either have to buy one (kinda expensive) or make one by drilling holes in a cymbal and attaching rivets.
The Promark R22 Cymbal Rattler is a simple, inexpensive solution to getting that sizzle sound without damaging their cymbals. It‘s a simple metal chain that attaches to the cymbal post and hangs on the cymbal.
Very effective and very easy on the wallet!
Zildjian Mouse Pad
Zildjian is probably the most famous name in cymbals, and every drummer will love this 9” round cymbal shaped mousepad.
A great inexpensive stocking stuffer or for budget-conscious gift-givers!
Street Beat Drumsticks for iPad and Android Tablets
These special drumsticks are designed to tap out beats on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
Super responsive and made of high-grade rubber, they can be used with just about any music-related apps including GarageBand, as well as with drum pads and MIDI drum sets. They work on both iOS or Android devices.
This set of two drumsticks comes with a waterproof travel bag.
Drumstick Pencils, Pair
As you probably already know, drummers are always banging away on desks, tables, car steering wheels, and more. When it’s not appropriate to use drumsticks, an alternative is needed. What better solution that a pair of drumstick pencils!
This set of two #2 pencils lets them feed their need for a beat when they’re away from their drum set. And they’re great for regular pencil-related tasks like writing.
Note: there are no erasers, but no drummer ever makes a mistake, right?
Drummer Zone Sign
This small 10” x 10” sign will be a welcome addition to any drummer’s room or practice studio. It’s made of 100% plastic and comes with four mounting holes.
Every drummer needs one!
Zildjian Drummer’s Survival Kit
The Zildjian Drummer’s Survival Kit is an emergency drum repair kit with most commonly used items a drummer needs to fix malfunctioning drums or stands.
It contains an assortment of patches, washers, cymbal felts, and sleeves to cover just about every issue that can come up. It even includes a snare drum wire spring and a drumhead repair patch.
This is one gift that any drummer will thank you for over and over, right after it saved the day at a gig or in the studio. Many drummers don’t have one, so this makes it a very thoughtful gift.
Da Vinci Drums T Shirt for Men/ Women/ Teens/ Kids
This awesome Da Vinci inspired black T-shirt will be your drummer’s favorite for years!
This hand silk-screened T-shirt is made of super soft 100% preshrunk cotton for a fitted look. Most users say that the sizes fit as expected, so order the size your drummer typically wears.
Available in Mens (up to 3X-Large), Womens, Teens, and Kids sizes.
On-Stage DA100 Clamp-On Drum Stick Holder
Another cool drum accessory is this neoprene drum stick holder that can hold up to eight pairs of sticks. The holder easily clamps to most stands or drum hardware, and the extension arm is angled down at 45 degrees for optimum accessibility.
Simple, effective, and inexpensive.
Pearl TechTool (PTT13)
You never know when problems happen at a gig or in the studio – stands get loose, snares break, drums need tuning, etc. Most drummers carry around a hodgepodge of tools to deal with these issues, but are frequently embarrassed when they don’t have the right tool for the job.
This handy tool combines 13 essential tools used by drummers: a drum key, hex keys, a set of screwdrivers, and of course, a bottle opener!
Very convenient and a must-have for all drummers.
Top Gifts For Drummers ($20 to $50)
You’ll find lots of great gifts for drummers in the $20 to $50 price range. Almost everything is practical and useful for any drummer regardless of playing level.
Gator Cases Microphone Stand, Extra Large Tray
The perfect gift for a drummer who has everything except this handy tray/cup holder that mounts to a drum stand.
This 14” x 9” tray is ideal for holding percussion instruments like a tambourine or shakers while the 3” deep vented cup holder will keep a favorite beverage at hand.
It also features a raised edge all around to keep items from falling off, plus a guitar pick holder.
Snareweight M80 Snare Dampening System
The Snarewright M80 is a drummer’s secret weapon! It’s a little snare drum dampening device that changes the sound of a snare drum by reducing the snare’s overtones and ringing. The M80 has four different settings that can make the snare sound deeper, fatter, or warmer, depending on the setting.
It’s perfect for drummers who play different styles and want to match the snare’s sound to fit the style best. And drummer’s love it better than other solutions like tapes or gels that can leave marks.
The M80 is easy to install and changing settings can be done in seconds. Works on toms also!
Vibes High-Fidelity Earplugs
All musicians need to take care of their hearing, especially drummers who are surrounded by loud drums, blaring guitars, and screaming vocals.
Regular earplugs reduce volume effectively but provide a muffled sound. These Vibes earplugs use special filters to obtain a relatively flat frequency response while reducing the overall sound level by up to 22 dB, bringing the volume down to non-damaging levels.
The result is that they reduce volume levels but don’t affect the music’s overall tone. And that’s super important, as musicians want to hear how their instruments sound.
The Vibes earplugs fit in the ear canal and are very comfortable to wear for extended periods. They come with three different sizes to ensure a proper fit and includes a carrying case.
Eargasm High Fidelity Earplugs
Eargasms earplugs are a slightly more expensive upgrade to the Vibes earplugs above. They also reduce SPL (sound pressure levels) by about 21 dB, similar to the Vibes. And similarly, they also use filters to reduce the volume while preserving the sound’s quality – no more listening to muffled sounds. I’d say overall the Eargasm earplugs sound clearer than the Vibes earplugs, resulting in a more natural sound.
Each set comes with two different sized earplugs to ensure the right fit. They also come with an ergonomic aluminum case.
Personalized Drumsticks With Gift Box
Any drummer would love to have a pair of personalized drumsticks. The standard 5A size drumsticks are laser engraved with a message of your choice. Not only are they quite inexpensive, but you can also get them with an engraved box for just a little more.
A fun and thoughtful gift idea for any special occasion.
Big Fat Snare Drum Head Combo Pack
The Big Fat Snare Drum Head does one thing – it makes a snare drum sound big and fat without having to retune it. To use it, just place it on the snare’s top head. It installs and removes in seconds.
Drummers love the Big Fat Snare Drum Head for creating different sounds from their snare drum, especially those big fat snare sounds from the 70s and 80s.
This combo pack provides two popular models; the original Big Fat Drum Head and the “Steve’s Donut” for different sound options. The Big Fat Snare Drum Head works with all standard 14” snare drums.
Rockstix LED Light Up Drumsticks
For those moments when a drummer wants to show off (and there will be many moments like this), these fun LED drumsticks belong in every drummer’s stick bag.
They are motion activated, have frosted tips for maximum effect, and feature a slow burn out effect. And they’re made of polycarbonate plastic, so they’re virtually indestructible.
Available in blue, red, green, orange, purple, white, neon, and color change, they’re a crowd and drummer favorite!
Evans Realfeel 2-Sided Practice Pad
For those times when a drum kit isn’t available or would make too much noise to play, a practice pad is a drummer’s best friend!
This Evans Realfeel 12” practice pad gives drummers a place to practice rudiments or to just have fun playing favorite songs. The Realfeel has two sides; the gum rubber side provides realistic stick rebound while the recycled rubber side is harder for a snappier feel.
It’s very quiet when played on and suitable for use in apartments or late at night.
Note: The 12” version is not mountable on a stand, but the 6” version is mountable on a snare stand which many drummers prefer.
Zildjian Professional Retractable Wire Brushes
These Zildjian brushes are their most popular brushes for use with acoustic drums because of their design. When fully pushed out of their rubber handles, you get a traditional brush sound. Retracting the brushes a little provides more volume and detail.
They are suitable for both beginners and professionals.
Promark Transport Deluxe Drumstick Bag
The Transport Deluxe is a great gift that will be appreciated by all drummers. Widely considered to be the best drum bag available, it has loads of features and a very affordable price.
The Transport Deluxe is 18” tall and 7.5” wide and made from durable weatherproof nylon and synthetic leather.
It features magnetic secured leather carrying handles, a sizeable front-zippered pocket, a zippered interior pocket, metal hanging tom-mounts, a leather business card slot, a pencil slot, a deluxe leather pocket for your wallet and cell phone, and ample drumstick storage.
Any drummer will appreciate the convenience of being able to carry all their sticks, accessories, phone, and more in one stylish bag.
Best Gifts For Drummers ($50 to $100)
Gifts for drummers from $50 to $100 include some highly sought-after items like percussion and hand drums, as well as items for recording and playing.
Zildjian Cymbal Clock
This fun 13” battery powered wall clock is the perfect accessory in a drum practice room, studio, or bedroom.
This Zildjian clock is not a cheap plastic clock; it’s made from an actual Zildjian metal cymbal! Though small, it is sure to add to the music vibe in any room.
And be sure to tell the recipient of this gift that it will help him or her keep better time!
AKG K240 STUDIO Professional Headphones
AKG K240 headphones are a recording studio standard as they are excellent sounding, comfortable, and an excellent value for the price. I have three pairs of my own in my studio!
The K240s are professional semi-open style headphones designed for recording and provide very accurate and detailed sound quality.
A big plus is that they come with a 10-foot cable that is replaceable. The cable is usually the only thing that goes bad on headphones due to wear and tear. If the headphones and cable are one-piece, then you have to buy a whole new set.
I’ve replaced the cables on my sets a couple of times (mine are over ten years old each and still sound great), saving me quite a lot of money over the years.
These headphones are a gift that will be much appreciated!
DrumDial Precision Drum Tuner
For many drummers, tuning their drums is a difficult and time-consuming chore. Most drummers tend not to bother with tuning, not realizing that their drums will sound so much better when tuned.
The DrumDial Precision Drum Tuner takes the drudgery out of tuning drums. It’s a precision tool that will help them tune their drums quickly and accurately. Many drummers swear that just by using the DrumDial, their middle of the road drum set sounds like a high-end kit.
The DrumDial is highly recommended for all acoustic kit drummers.
Meinl Cajon Box Drum
What drummer doesn’t like fun percussion toys and unusual drums?
Cajons have gained a lot of popularity in the last ten years and are turning up in all styles of music. This Meinl cajon is an excellent choice for small ensembles, jam sessions, or acoustic groups.
The Meinl cajon is made entirely from Baltic birch wood known for its warm tone and features internal fixed snare wires and a rear port to amplify the sound. It’s a smaller size cajon measuring 10.25″ wide x 15″ tall x 10.25″ deep which makes it easy to carry around. It comes with a 2-year warranty
It makes an excellent gift that will last a lifetime!
Djembes are very versatile drums that originated in Africa. They are fun to play as you can create high-pitched tones, deep bass grooves, and everything in between.
A djembe makes a fantastic gift for a drummer who has everything in terms of traditional drums. It makes an attractive addition to a drummer’s collection of instruments.
This Meinl djembe is carved from a single piece of mahogany and has a hand-selected goat head skin. It’s perfect for acoustic gigs, studio recording, or just for jamming.
Really Nice Gifts For Drummers ($100 to $200)
Here you’ll find some very special gifts for drummers that they’ll love for a lifetime.
Gator Cases Protechtor Series 5-Piece Padded Drum Bag Set
These very popular soft padded drum cases make an excellent gift for any drummer who is lugging around their drums without cases.
The cases fit the following size drums: Kick Drum – 22” X 18”, Tom – 12” X 10”, Tom – 13” X 11”, Floor Tom – 16” X 16”, Snare Drum – 14” X 5.5.”
QStyle Tongue Drum
Tongue drums are unusual steel drum-type instruments that have become quite popular for meditation, yoga and personal reflection. They are played with mallets and usually tuned to an Asian scale.
A tongue drum is an unusual gift that will no doubt be a great conversation piece as well as a treasured drum.
Native American Deer Hide Frame Drum
This gorgeous and unusual drum is an authentic Native American handmade frame drum. It’s a high-quality instrument with a cedar frame, and a walnut strained deer hide head.
These drums are said to have a spiritual vibe to them when played, invoking both the past and the present.
It’s a unique gift that is both practical and an artistic statement as a beautifully crafted musical instrument.
Super Special Gifts For Drummers – Over $500
These gift ideas are truly special gifts! They are items all drummers want but can’t afford. Perfect for milestones in a drummer’s life.
Roland Octapad Digital Percussion Pad
Roland is a leader in music hardware and software and is known for their expertise in electronic drum and percussion sounds. Their Octapad percussion sampling instrument is a perfect addition to an acoustic or electric drum kit.
The Octapad comes with 99 kits – collections of drum and percussion sounds – that include everything from traditional drums to exotic ethnic percussion and melodic instruments. Each of the eight velocity-sensitive pads uses the pad-sensing technology Roland developed for its professional V-Drum line for authentic performance capabilities.
Another cool feature is the Phrase Loop function that lets you record a phrase on the pads and overdub more layers to the original phrase, great for live gigs.
Any drummer would love to own an Octapad!
Audix DP7 7-Piece Drum Mic Package
TheAudix DP-7 7-piece Drum Mic Package includes everything a drummer needs to record high-quality drum tracks (except boom stands for the overhead mics).
The DP7 mic package is designed for a 5-piece drum kit and includes seven mics – five dynamic mics and two condenser mics:
- One D6 dynamic kick drum mic
- One i5 dynamic snare drum mic
- Two D2 mics for rack toms
- One D4 mic for floor tom
- Two ADX51 condenser overhead mics.
These mics are all pro-level mics used in professional studios and come with gooseneck/ DClip mic clamps.
The set also includes a “How To Mic Drums” video and a heavy-duty aluminum case. Hear the mics in action in this video:
AUDIX Microphone Kit DP7 Demo
You’ll also need two boom stands for the overhead mics. The Ultimate Support ULTIMATE Studio Series Microphone Boom Stand w/Adjustable Counter Weight (MC125) is a professional quality stand with locking caster wheels.
Zildjian A Series Cymbal Set
This amazing set of Zildjian A Custom series cymbals is a drummer’s dream set! Zildjian has been making cymbals for almost 400 years, and the A series cymbals are considered the best by many drummers.
The Zildjian A series cymbals are known for their bright warm sound and are perfect for most music styles (though many hard rock or metal drummers prefer the darker sounding K series).
This 4-piece set includes a 14” hi-hat, 16″ Crash, 18″ Crash, and a 20″ Medium Ride cymbal, and comes with a 2-year warranty.
Ludwig LM400 Supraphonic Snare Drum
The Ludwig Supraphonic snare has appeared on more hit records than any other snare drum in history.
Hal Blaine played a Suprasonic on most of the Motown hits. John Bonham played one on all the Led Zeppelin songs. Other notable drummers who’ve played a Supraphonic are Keith Moon, Mick Fleetwood, Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, Charlie Watts, and countless more artists.
So, it’s not unusual to hear it cited as the best snare drum ever made! It’s a snare of choice for just about any music style.
Highly recommended for any drummer – they won’t be disappointed!