Christmas is nearly upon us! As the clock continues to count down, 11th-hour shoppers everywhere are preparing to face the stores and crowds in their efforts to find the perfect gifts for the ones they love.
For the benefit of those out there who (like some of us here at the Shop) tend to put off their shopping until the last possible minute – who also happen to have a very special string player or two on their list – we've put together a quick guide to string thing stocking stuffers!
Every player should have at least one mute for their instrument. Great for performances and practice – a violin, viola, or cello mute makes for a stocking-sized gift that the string player in your life can use for years to come. (It's also worth noting that parents of young players may also find a special kind of joy from this particular gift.)
For string players looking to keep their instrument safe and comfortable no matter what the weather may be – a hygrometer can be the perfect gift. Available both as a stand-alone device (very stocking-sized) and as a built-in feature of certain instrument cases (less stocking-sized), hygrometers are instruments capable of gauging the humidity levels.
Every string player – from the elementary schooler who's just begun to the concert musician who's been playing for decades – should have a music stand. From the collapsible student and professional models (which can be slid easily into a stocking) to the traditional and stalwart black orchestral stands – there's a stand out there for every player.
Who doesn't love those magical little pieces of amber colored resin that help our instruments sing? A brand new rosin can be appreciated by every string player – no matter what instrument they play. And the best part (as a gift giver) – rosin calls for an incredibly small amount of wrapping paper.