The holidays are here and it’s time to start shopping. What might the singer in your life like this year? Here are a few suggestions from the Voice & Swallowing Specialists at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A.

A humidifier or personal steamer

One of the best ways to keep your vocal folds functioning at their best is to keep them hydrated. If they are dry, they don’t vibrate as easily and it’s likelier you’ll strain your voice in an attempt to get good voice quality. A humidifier or personal steamer will keep the air moist and will help keep your vocal folds functioning properly. We recommend the CLBO Ultrasonic Mini Cool Mist Humidifier and the Vicks Personal Steam Inhaler.

A smart water bottle

Another way to stay hydrated is, of course, to drink water. If you have a hectic schedule, though, it can be easy to forget. That’s why a smart bottle that reminds you when to take a drink could be a great gift. We recommend the Foladion Smart Water Bottle or the Hidrate Spark 2.0A Smart Water Bottle.

A cookbook with healthy recipes

A healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, berries, seeds, and protein is good for the voice, especially one that helps reduce acid reflux. We recommend “Dr. Koufman’s Acid Reflux Diet.”

Breathing exercise equipment

Breathing exercises are very beneficial to a singer. The stronger their breathing, the stronger their voice will be. Stainless steel straws would actually be great, because voicing through a straw [LINK:] can help your vocal cords.

A portable massager

Relaxed neck muscles are a component of an ideal singing voice. A portable massager, like the Lockeroom Pocket Physio Muscle Trigger Release Tool, can help.

A microphone

If the singer in your life performs in noisy environments or teaches a lot, a microphone is a great gift. It will help amplify their voice, so they don’t have to do it naturally. This can save them from vocal strain. And while they might need one for amplification purposes, they still may want to record their vocals. Good portable, wireless microphones and amplifiers can be found on

A portable warmup box

Say your favorite singer wants to warm up their voice without bothering other people in the room. They might love a portable warmup box, like the Beltbox Vocal Dampener.

There are lots of gifts you can get a singer, but if they’re having issues with their voice, the best gift they can get themselves is to call CEENTA today to make an appointment with a Voice & Swallowing Specialist.

To make an appointment, call 704-295-3000. You can also request an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.