If you’re looking for the perfect music-lover’s gift, you’re in the right place. From quirky apparel to hard core gear at all price points, this list should have something for every musicophile in your life… or you!
1. Wireless earbuds
For the music-lover on the go, Bluetooth earbuds allow for hand-free listening so they can workout, do the dishes or go for a hike all whilst enjoying their favorite music.
2. Live, local music
With a gift certificate to a restaurant that features live music, you’re supporting your local economy, local musicians and giving the gift of a night out on the town!
3. AM/FM Radio
In the digital age, a return to radio is a refreshing experience and a nice way to fill the home with a variety of music as well as the news, weather, and local perspectives. Find a retro-styled model for a vintage vibe.
4. Membership to a local public radio station
Help to support free public radio and the rich, diverse musical exposure it provides with a membership to a local radio station. This often includes special passes and goods, so you’ll have something tangible to wrap as well.
5. Music lessons
A set of music lessons makes a fine gift for aspiring and experienced musicians alike. By giving a package of music lessons, you provide just enough instruction for them to gain some traction and decide if they’d like to commit long-term.
6. Gift card
It might be the easy way out, but it works! Gift cards make fine gifts that allow a music-lover to buy their own sheet music, gear, songs or albums. Find a small, local music business and hook it up!
7. Professional photos and business cards
Help a musician promote themselves and their work with a professional photo shoot and/or business cards. This is especially nice for someone who might not splurge on it him/herself but is sure to make use of it as they grow professionally.
8. Musical wine goblets
These major scale musical wine glasses are pretty darn cool. With some simple sheet music, you could turn the next dinner party into a miniature concert.
9. Supplemental instruments
Help a musician expand their repertoire and experiment within their expertise with these supplemental instruments ideas:
For the brass player: a plastic trombone is a low-maintenance, low-cost, lightweight option that allows them to bring their music along with them wherever they go. The EVI, an electronic valve instrument, also allows for practice on-the-go. Hooked up to a computer, it uses the same fingering of brass instruments without the worry of the correct embouchure.
For the guitarist: a ukulele makes a great gift, as it’s essentially the same instrument, just smaller, lighter, and simpler to play. An acoustic backpacker guitar or pocket strings also make fantastic gifts for a guitarist.
For the drummer: the cajón, a Peruvian box-shaped drum is easily transportable and requires only the hands for playing acoustically beautiful rhythms.
For the pianist: a silicone roll-up piano allows a musican to take their keys out and about without hiring a piano mover!
10. Studio time
Seek out your local recording studio for a gift certificate, and allow your musician friend or family member to professionally record their best (or favorite) work!
11. A game
12. An app
There’s an app for that… it’s usually true. For any level and type of musician, there are endless apps for musical learning, creation, recording and experimentation. Staff Wars helps beginners work on note names, while Amplitube “turns your iPad into a multi-effects processor.” Streaming apps also provide non-stop access to enormous music libraries.
13. Concert tickets
Scan the calendars of area venues and theaters to see what stands out over the coming months and year. This is a great way to provide something to look forward to as well as a memorable musical experience.
14. Bose Speaker
The Soundlink Mini Speaker by Bose is pretty hard to beat. It provides exceptional sound quality, takes up almost no space, can be used wirelessly, and travels easily.
15. Sheet-music Carrier
For the performer on the go, find a stylish satchel or shoulder bag for carrying for sheet music.
16. A book
Books of all genres can provide an escape into music history, technology and a look
behind the stages and personas of legendary musicians and bands.
17. Pocket Mixer
A pocket DJ Mixer allows for on-the-go, anytime music mixing - no power source needed!
18. Nice picks, bow, mallets, or drum-sticks
They can (almost) never have enough!
Help the concert goer keep a visual record of their experiences with a concert ticket album, which works like a scrapbook in holding treasured musical memories.
Particularly well-suited for a musician’s studio or office, artwork can make a fantastic gift that keeps on giving.
Enhance at-home and in-office listening by giving the gift of high-end headphones. Beats By Dre and Bose dominate this market but there are plenty of other options.
Get them on the band t-shirt bandwagon, keep them warm with a beanie hat, showcase their insider status with an industry hoodie, help them express themselves with a saying t-shirt, or encourage them to geek out with an instrument patent tee.
24. Ear Plugs
Protect a musician's precious ears with quality ear plugs for those high-decibel scenarios.
25. DJ Gear
26. A Tune-Up
27. Magazine subscription
Help a musician stay up on their craft and informed of the scene with a magazine subscription. Consumable and low-maintenance, it’s a great gift for the musician who has everything.
Visually appealing and true collector’s items, vinyls make fantastic presents for musicians and music appreciators alike.
Hopefully somewhere above is the perfect gift for the musicophile in your life!