It can be daunting to shop for anyone, but music lovers can be especially tough. After all, how are you going to know what new releases they already have in their collection or what up-and-coming bands they’re already soured on. Here are five can’t-miss ideas that avoid both of those traps. And, best of all, they keep it local.
Vinyl is just back, and the length of its resurgence suggests it’s not going away. Musical artists from local favorites to big names such as Beyoncé and Metallica have committed to the format, not just with new releases but reissues. If you’ve got a special music fan who hasn’t yet made the leap, this may be just what they need. 1824 N Main Ave, (210) 733-5354.
Whether they’re in a band or just look like they might be in one, chances are your music-loving friend either wants a tattoo or is itching to add to their collection. Why not buy them another or at least pay for a portion of their body project with a gift card? After all, this is one gift that says “forever.” 4741 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 979-9877, elementtattoo.com.
Ticket to a touring show
By hosting an eclectic range of genres from Mexican folk and hip-hop to indie and post-rock, San Antonio’s Paper Tiger has proven itself to be one of the most exciting venues for hosting national and international acts. Browse the website, locate an upcoming show and spring for tickets. 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com.
Robot Monster Guitars
Used instrument or weird collectible
Has your musical friend got eyes on a vintage guitar or maybe a warm-sounding tube amp? Robot Monster’s got you covered. Or maybe they’re the type who collects odd items like horror movie action figures. Again, Robot Monster’s got you covered. 517 E. Woodlawn Ave., (210) 320-1710.
San Antonio Music Academy
Musical instrument lessons
Are you sick of seeing your music-loving friend play air guitar? Maybe it’s time for them to learn the real deal. Or maybe you know that they put their instrument down years ago and you want to give them a refresher course. Either way, treat your friend to some lessons. 9910 W. Loop 1604 N. Suite 103, (210) 681-7262, samusicacademy.com.
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