Every household should have a ukulele (or uke)! I bought a Kauai soprano uke for my girlfriend to jam on when I’m playing guitar or mandolin but I’ve ended up playing it almost as much as her.
They are so easy to learn and as the most used chords can be formed with one or two fingers even complete novices can pick it up and make music. If you have kids and are bored of hearing recorder shrieking through the house then get one. If you always wanted to play an instrument but think of yourself as musically challenged then get one. Honestly I think everyone should get one. Even the £20 Ukuleles sound half decent but replacing strings for some higher quality nylgut ones (such as those in the link here) will make a huge difference in sound.
Aquila strings are the go-to strings for uke players both novice and professional. They also have the added benefit of reducing how often you need to tune the instrument as the stretch will settle down more quickly when new and the creep is more controlled. Talking about tuning you will probably need a tuner such as the one below, I have it and it works great. A soprano ukulele is usually tuned G4-C4-E4-A4. Some people tune to D but this (known as C tuning) is the most common. The Cherub tuner linked to allows either of these tunes to be selected but I suggest starting with C as most beginners books will be in C.
The petite size is obviously a huge advantage when it comes to the uke. A lot of people think of it as a small guitar but they are very different and ukuleles are usually strummed as opposed to plucked (they also have just four strings instead of six). That’s not to say they are any less an instrument than a guitar, check out Jake Shimabukuro on Youtube (in particular his incredible version of “While my guitar gently weeps“) to see what he can do! The tiny dimensions of a uke (a soprano ukulele is just 53cm from end to end) mean it can be chucked in a suitcase when heading on holiday. There is no excuse for not serenading the locals (at your own risk…).
For those looking to spend a little more for an increase in quality I have put together the following summary for a friend: