7 Best Gifts for Kid Guitar Players

Dressed up as Bowie for Halloween, watched SpongeBob jamming out with Patrick, wants to be just like rocker Mommy or can’t get enough of Daddy’s tunes – whatever the reason, you now have a little kid guitar player in your hands. And even rockstars write Santa letters from time to time. So what should you get a little kid guitar player?

We’ve got your back. Below are what we consider the 7 best gifts for kid guitar players. Better start ‘em young!

1. Loog Guitar

Let’s just get this one out of the way – of course we think the Loog Guitar is THE best gift for kid guitar players, especially if they’re still brimming with potential. Call us biased, but its narrow neck and three strings makes learning to play guitar easy peasy. Plus, continuing to learn is a breeze when you’re already playing ENTIRE songs on day one thanks to its Chord Flashcards and awesome iOS and Android App.

So go ahead and start a rock band with your little future lead guitarist. Just think of the places you’ll tour, the songs you’ll perform and the fun you’ll have – right there in your living room!

Loog Guitars

Get the Loog Guitar here.

2. Cute Guitar Strap for Kids

Now that we got that out the way, here’s something your kid guitar player will love: a sweet, personalized strap. Yes, we offer two awesome straps in our Loog Store but ANY guitar strap will work on a Loog – even if there’s Hello Kitty all over it. Our recommendation is to check out Original Fuzz, one of our favorites, or Etsy stores, which usually carry one-of-a-kind straps or might even make a custom one to reflect your little tyke’s own personal tastes.

Original Fuzz Straps

Grab the Indian Guitar Strap in Seoni from Original Fuzz here.

Check out what cute guitar straps are trending on Etsy here.

3. Roadie 2 Tuner

Learning to tune a guitar might seem a bit daunting at first, but trust us – it’s a whole other world out there if you have a Roadie 2 Tuner with you. Unlike regular tuners (like the one we offer in the free Loog App), the Roadie 2 actually hooks onto the guitars’ tuning peg and does the dirty tuning job for you, no strings, uh, unattached. This is the ideal gift for non-musical parents to share with their little riffing toddlers or even for older kid guitar players – it’s that easy to use.

Roadie 2

Grab a Roadier 2 Tuner right over here.

4. Guitar Picks for Kids

Looking for the ultimate stocking filler? Guitar picks are inexpensive, abundant and make you feel like a bonafide rockstar before you even play the first chord. Kid guitar players will love getting a set of these for their guitar. Bonus points if you punch a hole in one of them and make them a kickass DIY necklace – if it was cool in the 90s, why not?!

Guitar Pick from NewEights

This guitar pick set from NewEights looks perfect.

5. Guitar Pick Punch

Your little guitar player’s loving their picks? Great – give them something that can be easily turned into a DIY project. Guitar pick punches work just like hole punches but manage to cut perfect pick-shaped sections of harder materials (think old credit cards and laminar plastic). It’s the ideal gift for kid guitar players who are also con the creative side – and a perfect activity for when you’re both tired of rocking out!

Guitar Pick Punch

This guy claims to be the inventor of the Pick Punch, so here’s a link to his site.

6. Electric Guitar Pillow

After all those gigs, every kid guitar player needs a well-deserved nap. And what’s better than resting your tired little head on a cool guitar pillow? These we found come in orange or blue and we can’t decide which one we like best – we guess we’ll have to sleep on it…

Guitar Pillow

Check them out here.

7. Guitar Poster

If you’re here, you’re into music and design – and chances are, the little rockstar in your life is following right into your footsteps. Gift them a poster they’ll love having up in their room and you’ll love for its educational value. This one we found was designed by Ben Gibson and Patrick Mulligan and features 64 distinctive guitars from rock history, in infographic form. It’s perfect for all of you homeschoolers our there!

Guitar poster

Count the guitars for yourself right here.

Or download a printable versión of our very own Your Kid’s Brain On Music infographic here.

Any other additions you’d make for the kid guitar player in your life? Tell us in the comments!

6 Best Musical Instruments for Toddlers

We’ve established that learning to play an instrument makes kids smarter, but now what? Do we get an oboe? An accordion? Guitar Hero? Fill up a jar with rice and call it a day? Not a chance. To help you decide, here are the 6 best musical instruments for kids to learn to play, ideal for their small hands!

1. Drums (1-3 years old)

Real drums should best be left alone until kids are at least 12 years old. Meanwhile, there are some amazing toy drums out there that could really help kids start grasping the fundamentals of rhythm. This one by Plan Toys is one of our favorites and seems to be ideal for younger kids and toddlers.

Looking for something for even younger kids? Then shakers or percussion set toys could be your best bet – just keep in mind that these toys are noisy and are best suited for very chill, patient families 😉

Plan Toys Solid Drum

Grab the Plan Toys Solid Wood Drum here.

Find the Plan Toys Clacker here.

2. Xylophones and Glockenspiels (1-3 years old)

We have no idea why young kids love xylophones and glockenspiels, but they absolutely do – and watching them figure out how to play them is entertaining in itself! This is definitely one of the best musical instruments for kids that are still too young to graduate to larger, chord-based instruments but still show signs of some musical vibe. And this one by NINO doesn’t look bad either.

Glockenspiel by NINO

Find the NINO Fish Glockenspiel here.

3. Loog Guitar (3 years old and up)

Ok, ok, ok, ok, we get it. But seriously, how can we not include our very own Loog Guitar? A narrow neck that’s perfect for tiny hands, three strings so that their chubby little fingers can get used to playing, flashcards to learn all the chords (and what they would look like on a 6-string!) and an iOS/Android app that gets them playing songs on day one. We think this is the best musical instrument for kids – but hey, we might be a bit biased on this one.

Loog Guitars

Grab your kid’s first guitar here (Loog Mini).

Grab a Loog Guitar Pro (8 years old and up) here.

4. Handbells (2 years old and up)

You’ve probably seen these before, since they’re a birthday gift favorite for kids with rhythm – most of us have eyed them at some time. It’s easy to see why! Most sets come with a tiny color-coded songbook that shows you how to play kid classics. And most songs require more than two bells, making the extra-hand requirement fundamental to some lighthearted family fun. It’s also a great way to see if your kid is anything close to musically-inclined: rockstar kids will love them, no matter what. Not really what comes to mind when you think of the best instruments for kids, but definitely one to check out!

Hand bells for kids

Get the Jade Active Diatonic 8-Note Metal Bell Set.

5. Piano (3 years old and up)

Piano is definitely in most people’s childhood bucket list and one of the main starter instruments chosen by parents. But, be warned, it’s not for everyone. Learning takes practice and it’s very hard to actually play songs from the get-go. However, there’s nothing as fun as watching a toddler discovering that banging on keys actually produces sound, even if most pianos for toddlers are just giant xylophones in disguise. Also, learning piano works best when one of the parents already knows how to play, or if a tutor is involved. Keep that in mind if you ever want to graduate to a full-size grand piano!

Jaymar tabletop piano

Try the Jaymar 25 Key Table Top Piano here.

Already have a piano? These adorable Monster Piano Stickers for learners are for you.

Monster Stickers for piano by Crosby Audio

6. Kalimba (4 years old and up)

Ever see a kid discover a kalimba? If not, then you’re missing out. Kalimbas are westernized versions of the African karimbas, thumb percussion instruments (or thumb pianos, as they are also called) that make enchanting, unique sounds. Most kalimbas online can be a bit pricey and we found only one that’s made for kids – but rest assured that bringing one home will be fun, educational and, well, a fascinating conversation piece.

Wood kalimba for kids

Find the NINO Percussion wood kalimba in red here.

Find the Jive Brand Kalimba Thumb Piano here.

Any other instruments you’d recommend? Tell us in the comments!