#72- Holiday Gear Gift Ideas 2017
We are getting closer and closer to the holiday season, which means corporate holiday parties and college commencements will soon be in full swing. Catering company boxed lunches, 16+ hr days, last minute online shopping & all of the other general holiday cheer and merriment.
It can certainly be a struggle to think of reasonably priced gear to suggest to family and friends when asked, or even worse when you’re looking for simple affordable gifts for other audio & production crew on your shopping list. Not to worry though, as this year I’ve worked up a quick Top-5 list of practical, affordable gear gift ideas.
Custom Leathercraft “Handyman Gloves: My favorite are the CLC Handyman model. They are comfortable, durable, and priced cheap enough that you can lose a few. We all know gloves can be a life-saver, so it never hurts to have an extra pair or two. This is a quick and easy gift for anyone in the business.
Mobile Audio Breakout Cable: We are never without our mobile devices, so why would you be without a breakout cable? This one can easily pair with devides and apps you already own and use. It can even be paired with a lighting audio breakout cable to satisfy all of your audio dongle needs.
Rat Sniffer Sender XLR Tester: (Check out #58 Rat Sniffer for a full review of this product) This really is a great tool to have in your bag. I’d go for the XLR version to start, but RatSound has a whole bunch of other types, including NL-4 and NL-8, 1/4″ and even DMX for the lighting folks.
Pedco Clamps: If you or someone you know works on a lot of corporate gigs, this is the perfect addition to their kit. Super flexible, light to carry and extremely durable over the years, the Pedco clamp works well on lecterns, railings, drum hardware and all sorts of other places you might need to mount a mic or antenna.
You’ll also need to grab a 1/4″ – 20 thread to 5/8″ – 27 – as the newer listings for the Pedco clamp do not seem to include them.
Shure A57f Small Mic Clip:This is my go-to clip for smaller diameter microphones. While you can typically find what you need for regular sized and wireless sized mic clips in every workbox, it always seems that the smaller ones are the ones that go missing or get broken easiest. Pairing these with the Pedco Clamp, gives you a really nice clean look for mounting a lectern mic, or for under-micing cymbals or other instruments with mics like the sm-81.
Work Lights – Nothing is worse than struggling through a gig because you can’t see what you’re doing in the dark. I’ve got three price point options that will keep things LIT on every gig.
Cheap Clip Light – These LEPOWER LED stand lights are cheap and easy to fit in any bag.
USB Powered Lights – These Basic USB LED are super cheap if you’ve already got a 5V USB power source on hand.
LittleLite Pro Worklight – These are an industry standard found around the world. This model allows you to mount it however you like, I use a simple clamp.
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Facom Pozidriv PZ-1 screwdriver
A USB battery pack is a must have for anyone working on the go these days. If you don’t already carry one, do yourself a favor and grab one now, they come in all different shapes and sizes. The Pozidriv PZ-1 is the correct screwdriver for assembling Speakon cables and has become an extremely popular fastener in electronics products in recent years. It’s always a handy tool to have in your kit.