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4 Reasons To Give a Ukulele As A Gift

1: It's Simple To Learn

From kids to parents to teachers, ukulele is a simple instrument with only four strings. All size fingers can reach most chord shapes.

I recommend beginning ukulele with kiddos ages 6 and up. 

One of my favorite books for beginning adults is THE DAILY UKULELE.

2: The Price Is Right

Ukuleles are affordable and accessible. There are three popular sizes of ukuleles. Soprano, tenor, and bass. I recommend tenor ukuleles and swear by the brand Kala. Here are my uke gift recommendations:

Kala Soprano Ukulele $54.99

Kala Tenor Ukulele $74.99

Kala Tenor Acoustic-Electric (like mine) $229.00

*Tip: If you dip below spending around $50, you'll end up with a "toy" that won't stay in tune and will ultimately frustrate vs. inspire. It's worth the investment to give a quality gift.

3: Take it anywhere.

Ukuleles are durable and portable. You can practice in the backseat of a car, in a park, at school-everyone loves to watch! Plus, learn to play all of your favorite songs after learning about 4 chord shapes. 

Funny story: I began playing my Kala ukulele in a burrito shop in Boston! You can literally learn anywhere.

4: A Gift That Will Keep On Giving

At author/illustrator Ashlyn Anstee's NO NO GNOME book launch this spring at Once Upon A Time Bookshop.

At author/illustrator Ashlyn Anstee's NO NO GNOME book launch this spring at Once Upon A Time Bookshop.

Music is a lifestyle, a hobby, a communal activity. The gift of an instrument could be the start of a kid's future music career or lifelong appreciation for the arts. A ukulele could be the first step for a tired teacher to have a new excitement about her classroom for the new year. An instrument is an opportunity to add an extra bit of joy in someone's life. How can you resist? :)

 

 

 

Photos in article by Alex Crawford Photography.

Emily Arrow