Ukuleles are enjoying popularity in big numbers as more and more people embrace the tiny stringed instrument. We have several ideas for ukulele player gifts, perfect for anyone who plays or enjoys the traditional sound of the Hawaiian Islands.
Choose from dashboard hula dolls, T-shirts, colorful buttons, professional business cards, cooking aprons, throw pillows, coffee mugs, trucker hats, refrigerator magnets, cotton canvas tote bags, and more unique ukulele gifts.
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Ukulele player gifts don’t get more fun than the traditional hula girl dashboard doll. Each doll measures 7 inches tall and is made of durable polyresin. No matter which color skirt you choose, your hula girl makes a great driving companion and conversation starter. Sticky adhesive on the bottom of the base keeps the doll in place.
First Act Disney Mickey Mouse Soprano Ukulele
Plastic ukulele has easy playing nylon strings for little fingers and a traditional body shape for great sound. It’s not a real instrument, but small kids get to enjoy playing music with rest of the family. Many Disney styles to choose from.
Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical ukulele gifts. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.
Mugs are one of our favorite ukulele player gifts. Everyone can use a few mugs. Click on any mug to see how the design looks from different angles. Choose from many sizes, styles, and colors to create a personal gift for your favorite ukulelist.
Colorful magnets are one of our favorite inexpensive gift ideas for ukulele players. Everyone needs at least a couple of them for their fridge. Standard size square magnets measure 2 by 2 inches, and round magnets are typically available in three sizes. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper. Scratch and UV-resistant Mylar keeps magnets looking fresh and new for years to come.
High quality professionally printed business cards are available in sets of 100 on your choice of eight types of premium card stock. The printed information can be easily customized for any ukulele player or instructor. Classic business cards measure 2 by 3.5 inches. Skinny and chubby profile cards are also available for some styles. Click on any design to see more options.
Colorful ukulele throw pillows are available in several style and size options. These 100% polyester pillows are soft and wrinkle free, for years of use and enjoyment in the home or music studio. They’re machine washable and Made in the USA.
Here’s an inexpensive idea for ukulele player gifts. Colorful buttons are printed on 100% recycled paper and covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar. Both round and square options are available for most buttons. Click on any design to see the choices. With some designs you can also change the background color for a customized button gift.
One of the most popular ukulele player gifts is a set of playing cards. Each comes packaged in a cardboard box for easy gifting. Poker size cards measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches, with 52 playing cards and 2 jokers per deck. Click on any design to see the available options. Standard cards are printed on smooth card stock, and premium quality Bicycle playing cards are printed on durable semi-gloss card stock.
Honolulu-born Jake Shimabukuro has been playing the ukulele since he was four years old. This song was written by George Harrison, and first recorded by the Beatles in 1968.
Jake Shimabukuro Bill Gates recently picked up the ukulele. And Warren Buffett is a huge ukulele fan. I even got to strum a few chords with Francis Ford Coppola. It blows my mind that these people, who have everything in the world they could want, have picked up the ukulele and found a little bit of joy.
The ukulele or uke is a member of the lute family. It has four nylon strings and is usually played with the bare thumb and fingertips or a felt pick. Common types of ukuleles include concert, soprano, tenor, and baritone. The soprano is the second-smallest and was the original size. It’s referred to as “standard” in Hawaii.
The diminutive string instrument has origins in 19th century Hawaii, when Portuguese immigrants who worked in the sugar cane fields introduced a small guitar-like instrument called a machete. Native Hawaiians incorporated elements of European music and Spanish guitar to the playing of their own songs, and the ukulele was born. The instrument was a hit with King Kalākaua, a patron of the arts who arranged for it to be performed at royal gatherings. Today the instrument is synonymous with Hawaiian music and culture.
A plastics manufacturer sold more than 9 million inexpensive ukuleles after WWII, which boosted the instrument’s popularity in the United States. In the sixties, entertainer Tiny Tim made a splash when he appeared on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and played “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.”
More Ukulele Facts
A person who performs on this string instrument is called a ukulelist.
Notable ukulelists include Troy Fernandez, George Formby, Gordon Freitas, Kalei Gamiao, Joni Mitchell, Amanda Palmer, Elvis Presley, Jake Shimabukuro, Taylor Swift, and Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam).
Who doesn’t love Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody?” But have you ever heard it played on a ukulele? Musician Jake Shimabukuro was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He loves the instrument and began taking lessons from his mother at the age of four. Jake was the first ukulele player to sign with Sony Music. He was also the subject of an award-winning documentary, “Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings.”
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