Are you searching for gift ideas for the songwriter in your life?
You’ve come to the right place.
I understand how hard it can be to find that perfect gift, so I’ve compiled a list of the best gifts for songwriters.
Hopefully one of them will jump out at you as something that would appeal to your songwriter, but even if not, seeing my suggestions should awaken additional ideas within you.
By the time you get to the end of this page, you will hopefully have that perfect gift in mind. The one present that will make the songwriter in your life happy.
Gifts For Singer Songwriters
The gifts below tackle mainly the songwriting aspect. We have a separate article on great gifts for singers.
Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting: 126 Proven Techniques for Writing Songs That Sell
Robin Frederick’s book Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting: 126 Proven Techniques for Writing Songs That Sell is a must-read for anyone wanting to write songs and thus one of the best gifts for aspiring songwriters. She discloses 126 different melody and lyric writing techniques used by today’s top songwriters.
Using these same techniques will help anyone’s songs gain the edge and power that hit songs have: that quality that makes listeners want to hear them again and again. This book has 38 methods for writing powerful lyrics, 30 simple tricks for creating fresh and memorable melodies and 58 strategies for choosing the perfect song structure and the right chords to give your music that hit potential.
The 290 pages of Frederick‘s book also contain over 100 quick exercises that will get you started right away and keep you on track throughout. Get this book. It is undoubtedly one of the best gifts for songwriters.
The Chord Wheel: The Ultimate Tool for All Musicians
As the title suggests, The Chord Wheel is not just one of the best gifts for singer-songwriters, but a great present for all musicians. It gives you the most important practical applications of chord theory in one easy-to-understand- tool. And it’s easy to use, too!
Even if you don’t know how to read music, this tool will help you to understand key structure and to transpose any progression into every key. It will do wonders for anyone’s songwriting.
Chord and key relationships are deeply connected and learning them is vital for any musician, but especially a songwriter. This fun and clever tool makes learning them easy, which is why it is one of the best gift ideas for songwriters.
Writing Better Lyrics
When it comes to presents for songwriters, books are always a great choice. They are inexpensive and full of knowledge, but there are just so many of them out there. That’s why I’ve included two books in this list, but I made sure to select only the two best. The one mentioned above and Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattinson.
This book is an absolute classic and has been THE book for songwriters for over 2 decades and now it has been revised and updated. This 2nd edition contains everything you need for generating song ideas, understanding the form and functions of songs and nailing the lyrics.
In this book, Pat Pattinson will teach you how to increase the emotional impact of a song using sensory images, how to avoid cliches and create fresh similes and metaphors, how to use repetition correctly, how to perfectly match the lyrics with the music, how to write the perfect titles and so much more. It also includes 50 fun exercises and a ton of examples from chart-topping songs.
Standard Wire-Bound Manuscript Paper
Any songwriter needs manuscript paper. How else are they going to write their songs? The Standard Wire-Bound Manuscript Paper from Hal Leonard is the best option. It doesn’t cost much and uses high-quality paper that is very sturdy.
This book has a green cover, but Hal Leonard sell the same one with a red or an aqua cover, too. It contains 96 total pages and each page has 12 staves. The pages are 8.5 by 11 inches in size. The pages are not perforated, but they are still fairly easy to remove.
The book also contains a music notation guide to ensure any newer songwriter always knows the proper notation for what they are trying to do. A book of manuscript paper like this one is one of the best and most inexpensive Christmas gifts for songwriters.
World’s Okayest Songwriter Pencil Case
A pencil case is something everybody could use (even in today’s digital world), but it’s especially useful to someone whose job is to write. Even better when the pencil case is a bit humorous like the World’s Okayest Songwriter Pencil Case from PickYourImage.
This pencil case is made from polyester and 100% new canvas and has a sturdy zipper to close it up tightly. It is rectangular and large, measuring 22 by 13 centimeters, so it can fit longer pencils and other items than most standard pencil cases.
The PickYourImage case is durable and it looks great. The simple 2-color design really pops and helps the funny saying stand out. It makes a great present for any songwriter on any gift-giving occasion.