Here is a pretty cool article on recording hand percussion. By "hand percussion," this article means things like tambourines and shakes. They talk about different types of mics you can use, different ways to use those mics, how far to get from the mic, etc. Adding these sounds to your music recordings can really give it them that certain extra something that turns an OK mix into a really good one.
They even have a video in the article to help demonstrate their tips.