With Christmas right around the corner, many people are considering getting a musical instrument or musical equipment for their friend, loved one, son, or daughter. A musical instrument or music equipment is a very good gift to get for someone, especially if you know what they want or need. If you don’t, do some research so you don’t get them the wrong gift making it not fun for anyone involved. If you do however know what they want the next step is buying the instrument and there are so many things to consider and so many options. In this post, we are going to try and tackle the “where to buy” topic since that’s sometimes half the battle and give you a starting point of where to start looking at options.

Music Store

Your first option is to go to the local music store and if you live in a bigger city check out a few stores. In most cases, you will find many gift options that will fit what you are looking for. Another thing that you can do in-store vs anywhere else is to touch and actually play the instrument. If you are a musician yourself you will understand how important this is, and if you aren’t a musician, just trust us when we saying touching, holding, playing, hearing and seeing an instrument in person is nu like anything else. You can also compare the build quality, features, and options of other comparable products side by side. If you have more than one store in your area you can go look at other options as well since they might have different brands or products in stock or holiday specials. Lastly, you can always get help from one of the associates at the store to get you the product you need because usually, they have instrument specialists working in each department. Also, you will be supporting local music and local business by shopping at your local music store which is very important in our opinion.

New Online

If you don’t live near a good music store or your local shop doesn’t carry the brands or types of instruments you need then maybe the next option for you is buying online using a trusted retailer like Amazon, Sweetwater or eBay. Although you can get great deals and find amazing products you still need to know what you are looking for so that you don’t end up buying something that is low quality or a knockoff brand of the original quality item. To help prevent this only go to trusted and widely used online retailers that do much more quality control as to what kinds of products or brands they carry. Also, look at product and brand reviews on and off the site you are using to make sure you know what to expect. Some of these sites do have support phone numbers or live chats available but don’t always put your Christmas gift decision in the hands of a mystery customer service rep on the other end. You are better off asking someone you know that is a musician to help you and if you don’t have anyone like that to contact then feel free to contact us and we will gladly help you answer a few questions or give you some guidance.

Used Online

The last option we want to cover is buying or finding the instrument or musical equipment second hand through an online channel like Craigslist, Offer Up, or Facebook Marketplace to name a few. You can definitely find amazing deals on new, like new, or good condition used musician instruments and musical equipment, but here more than ever you need to know what you are looking at. Unline a store, you can’t really return the item later or if it’s not in perfect shape like you thought. here were hidden defects, or the item just didn’t work as a gift for the person you are gifting it to. That said if you do involve someone that you know to help you find or even go look at the item then you will be in good shape. Also, you can generally negotiate the price to work for both parties which is a nice perk that you can’t really do with the other two options.

giving the gift of music is a wonderful present in whatever shape or form it is and we are sure that whatever you give as a gift it will be wonderfully accepted and welcomed by the musician or future musician in your life. If you need any help or need further advice on what to get and where to get it feel free to reach out and we will gladly answer any questions you might have. Be on the lookout for weekly gift buying options in the next few blog posts leading up to Christmas.