Trying to figure out what to give a kid just starting out with a ukulele can be daunting. But guess what?!? I’m here to take the guesswork out of it, and give you some great ideas for quality gifts that will really make a difference to the young player in your life. Let’s check out some ukulele gifts!
Ukulele Gifts for Kids
Shopping for a ukulele for a kid can be a daunting task. There are so many options with colors, sizes, brands, and places to buy a ukulele. Small ukuleles are always a good choice for kids because of their small hands. The Ohana SK-10-TQ Soprano Mahogony Ukulele is a great option. They come in a fun variety of colors and it comes with a starter pack full of items that are helpful for a beginning ukulele player. For example, it with a gig bag, strap, chord chart, tuner, sticker, and one strap button is already installed on the bottom of the ukulele. This will allow for a strap to be used, which will stabilize the uke for your young player while they are learning to play.
You can find the Ohana Sk-10-TW Soprano Mahogony at the Terry Carter Music Store and the best part is that it’s under $100!
A pineapple-shaped ukulele can also be a fun option for a child. The Ohana PK-10 Pineapple Soprano Ukulele would make any kid happy and excited to play it. Even though it is small, it has a giant sound. But don’t worry, parents: it’s still more melodious, even with a beginner, than lets say the drums or an oboe! It is also easy to carry and very durable. You get the Pros Pack with it, which includes a gig bag, microfiber cloth, candy pack, stickers, and a chord chart.
You can find the Ohana PK-10 Pineapple Soprano Ukulele at the Terry Carter Music Store.
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Beginning Ukulele Kids Course
And as long as you are looking at ukes, why not go further and look for instruction? Terry Carter developed the Beginning Ukulele Kids Course with little ones in mind. He is the father of elementary-aged twins, after all! The course consists of 18 easy and fun lessons with step-by-step instructions. You can download backing tracks and sheet music for each lesson for practice.
The course is taught in Open C Tuning which makes it easy for kids to play. Kids can learn songs like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Frere Jaques, and more! Terry covers everything the beginner will need to know. For more information, check out the Beginning Ukulele Kids Course page on Uke Like the Pros.
Beginning Ukulele Kids Course Songbook
The Beginner Kids Course Songbook makes a great companion to the course mentioned above. This book is appropriate for any beginner between the ages of 5 to 15. Songs like Itsy Bitsy Spider, This Old Man, and London Bridge are in the book. You can find the Beginning Ukulele Kids Course Songbook at the Terry Carter Music Store.
Best Ukulele Accessories for Kids
A ukulele strap would make a great gift for a kid. Straps are a way for kids to personalize their ukulele with fun themes, patterns, colors, and designs. They are adjustable in length and allow the child to have his hands focused on playing the ukulele instead of always trying to hold it (and hang onto it). This D’Addario Woven Strap with White, Brown and Pink Flowers at the Terry Carter Music store would be a great choice. This Flight Arcana Ukulele Strap also has a fun design. The geometric pattern creates a cool, three-dimensional look.
A ukulele tuner like this Kala Chromatic Clip-On Tie-Dye Tuner is very useful to a child just starting out with a ukulele. It’s important to start playing the ukulele when it is in the proper tuning. The battery lasts a long time and the head swivels so you can see it at various angles. You can also find it in different colors.
Now you have some great ukulele gift ideas for kids. One more gift that could really make a little musician out of someone is a membership to ukelikethepros.com. Not only will you get access to the kid’s course, but you will have access to the entire library of courses! You can be part of the Community and participate in challenges and Q and A lessons, too! Enjoy this season of gift-giving and making little ukulele players smile with delight!