The best gift you can ever give anyone is to build up their interests. Also socks, but one could argue that socks help you do the things you need and want to do, too. Do you know someone who can't stop talking about their podcast, or constantly seems to have their head stuck in their editing software? Need to get them a gift? Good. In that case, our guide to Gifts for Podcasters is right up your alley.
Gear Gifts for Podcasters
If a podcaster you love has asked you for a particular piece of kit, then of course, by all means, get it for them as a gift. But, if you think, “well, they're a podcaster, they must need a microphone, headphones, or something similar,” then I'm here to warn you that careful consideration is your friend.
Ask them about where and how they make their podcast. Do they work at home, at a desktop computer? Do they use a device to record out in the field? Have they interviewed people at a distance? This helps you narrow down the wide selection of gear.
We have a great article about the best podcast microphones for all budgets. Different podcasters have different needs, though. Someone who wants to record on the go might want lavalier mics, or to record with their smartphone. A digital recorder always provides flexibility, and some are more convenient than a tv remote control. Headphones are always a plus, and never go out of style.
The important thing is, ask your podcasters how they work on their show, and listen for what they might need.
Most podcasters start out with free software, such as Audacity, to produce their podcast. When they need it, they upgrade to a software with more flexibility. Our Guide to Podcast Editing Software has options for every budget and skill set. Your favorite podcaster can make it sound like their show takes place anywhere from here to Saturn.
If you want to make life truly easy for any podcaster, have a look at a subscription to Alitu. This web-based tool cleans up audio files, adds music, and publishes your podcast for you. Whether you want to give a gift to a podcaster who is just starting out, or has been recording for years, Alitu can relieve a lot of the heavy lifting.
You might choose to gift your podcaster the opportunity to have their show reviewed by us. We offer that with our Podcast Healthcheck service. This is where we can review one of their episodes, send them a full report of suggested improvements and next steps, so they can go ahead and make it even better in future.
Another gift of stress relief is to pay for a month or more of their podcast's media hosting. This is a necessary item for every podcaster. A media hosting service is where the sound files live. The cost can be as little as ten or fifteen dollars a month. This depends on the size of the podcaster's files, and what benefits the media hosting company offers. Our guide to podcast hosting services can show you a little bit more about what different companies offer, and how much it costs. If you're looking for a gift for someone who needs help getting their podcast published, helping them with media hosting is very generous.
Still another gift is to help them promote their podcast. Buying ad space on Overcast promotes their work to people who are serious about podcast listening. Giving your podcaster the gift of more listeners won't be forgotten.
The Gift of Knowledge
We all know that knowledge is power. The more a podcaster knows about how to make their podcast, the more unique and interesting their content can be. Giving the gift of a podcasting course provides expertise and confidence.
The Podcast Host Academy provides courses, downloadable resources, and weekly live coaching sessions to become well-rounded in all aspects of podcasting. Not only is the Academy a good way to get started, it can help experienced podcasters improve their skills.
The Academy isn't the only podcast education platform on the market though. Our guide to 6 of The Best Podcasting Courses On The Market can help you choose what kind of course would be a good fit. Whether your podcaster is interested in audio engineering and sound design, or passive income generation, you can help them learn how to make a better podcast. Headphones might wear out, eventually, but knowledge lasts forever.
Books about podcasting are a good way to inspire your favorite podcaster, and let them get their eyes away from screens for a few minutes.
Again, if you know someone who wants to make a podcast, and you want to support them with a gift, the best thing you can do is to ask them about their work, and listen. Find out why it's important to them, what they enjoy about it, and what they have trouble with. The best gift for podcasters is whatever makes it easier for them to get their voice out into the world.
We want people to be able to share their ideas in audio form, but we don't disappear once the podcast is launched. For example, our 30 Days of Growth course can help a podcast engage with its audience, generate positive word of mouth, and get new ideas to make more podcast episodes. Podcasting is a long game, and we're here to help.