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Great Gifts for Kids and Teens Who Love Music
If you have or know a child, tween or teen who's obsessed with music, these are some great gifts to consider for birthdays, graduations, Christmas and other holidays. Some are great listening gifts and others are great playing gifts. These gifts would be appropriate for about 8 years old to 18. The prices range from $10 to about $200.
Speaker with Disco Lights
These are an affordable and fun gift. They are small speakers that can be plugged into an iPod or smartphone. Kids can listen to music while enjoying fun disco lights. They usually cost about $15 to $30. Get one that can be recharged using a USB cable like the SYNC-IT Bluetooth Portable Wireless Party Speaker With Disco Light Show.
They're are all kinds of earbuds on the market and they make a great gift. If you're looking with something with good bass for a low price, the G-Cord In-Ear Earbuds are a great choice.
The Echo Dot is a mini and more affordable version of Amazon's Echo speaker. The device uses voice commands to do many things, including playing music. Only a limited number of music streaming sites work with the device. If you're buying for your own child and you subscribe to Amazon Prime or the family of the child you're buying for has Prime, then they can listen to Prime Music, which has about two million songs. Spotify Premium also works with the Dot. There's also a special streaming plan available specifically for the Echo or Echo Dot that costs $3.99 a month.
The Dot is a lot of fun to use. If you're relaxing on the bed, you can call to it and ask it to play a particular song, the shuffled songs of a particular artist, a playlist you've created, or a radio station with songs similar to an artist you like. You can use voice commands to increase or decrease the volume. The Dot can also be used for homework help because you can ask it questions.
At this time, Apple Music and Google Play Music aren't available for use on the Echo or Echo Dot. Google does have a similar product that will play their Google Play Music streaming service called Google Home but it doesn't come with a cheaper mini option at this time.
Record players that play vinyl albums have come back into style. And you can get a good one for about $50. Some come with built-in speakers while others need external or bluetooth speakers. If you want one with built-in speakers, make sure that's what you'll be getting before you buy. You don't want to give a gift only to find that the recipient will need to buy speakers for it. One thing to consider when thinking about getting a record player as a gift for a child is that vinyl records aren't cheap. A vinyl album usually costs around $25. Some positively reviewed and affordable record players with built-in speakers are:
- 1byone Belt-Drive 3-Speed Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers
- Tyler 3-Speed Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers
- Jensen JTA-230 3 Speed Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers
Music Streaming Gift Cards
Music streaming services with usually around 30 million songs are becoming an increasingly popular way to consume music. A single account usually costs $9.99 a month. You can buy gift cards for subscriptions to these services. A 3 month subscription to Apple Music costs around $30 while a year long subscription is about $100. Spotify sells gift cards starting at $10 for a one month subscription. The streaming radio service Pandora also sells gift cards for ad free listening with more song skips. A three month subscription gift card is about $15.
Music Gift Cards
If the gift recipient likes to buy digital songs and albums, gift cards for iTunes, the Google Play Store, and Amazon are a great gift idea.
A ukulele is a great beginning instrument for a young child or a teen. They're easy to hold and can be a good way to prepare little kids to learn to play guitar later on. They have four strings, so chords and finger picking are easier to learn. Some guitar teachers will also teach ukulele. Older kids and teens could probably learn to play simple songs without any training. And they're a very affordable instrument. You can get a good ukulele for around $40 to $50.
Squier Fender Mini Strat
Electric Guitar Kit
An electric guitar can be a fun instrument to get for a kid. They're easier to play than acoustic guitars because less finger pressure is needed to hold down chords. And they aren't as expensive as you may think. If you're buying for a tween or younger teen boy or girl, you have to consider instrument size. Electric guitars for adults are quite heavy. Yet adult sized instruments are often recommended for kids 12 and up.
You really should consider the size and estimated strength of the recipient before making a purchasing decision. I got a 3/4 sized guitar for my 11 year old daughter because I didn't think she would be strong enough for a full size guitar until about her mid-teens. Some adults actually buy 3/4 size guitars if they have shorter fingers because they are easy to play. So consider the height and strength of the person you're buying for.
An excellent starter electric for kids is the Squier by Fender Mini Strat Electric Guitar Bundle with Amp. It's costs about $180 and it comes with the amp and other accessories. The only thing missing from the kit is a case. As you'll see in the posted video even an adult can comfortably play it. If you think your recipient is ready for a full size guitar you can buy the Squier by Fender Affinity Stratocaster Beginner Electric Guitar Pack for about $200.
Keyboards are another great instrument for music fans to play around with. They usually come with lots of sounds, rhythms and built in songs. The great thing about keyboards is that they aren't two expensive. You can get a pretty decent instrument for around $75. However that usually doesn't include a stand or stool. It is possible to play keyboards by putting them on a bed or table but it's much easier to play with a stand. You can sometimes get sets. The RockJam 61-Key Digital Piano Keyboard SuperKit with Stand, Stool, Headphones & Power Supply costs about $120.