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Musician Gifts

Updated on November 7, 2013

Gifts for Music Lovers!

Is there a musician in your life? Musicians are unique people who like unique things! People have frequently ask me what types of presents they should get for their musician family and friends.So many great gifts! I've gathered some gift ideas from a couple angles. The practical side of me as a music teacher, and the artistic side of me as a musician have different thoughts on the topic, so, here is a variety of both things musicians need and want.

Presents to Get the Musicians on Your List!

Practical side ~ Times are tight with finances. I love giving presents to my loved ones, yet I want to spend the money wisely. So, I ask myself, "What is something I can bless a person with that they will really like, will be beneficial to them, and yet at the same time be a good steward of the resources God has blessed me with?"

Artistic side ~ I love creativity and imagination! What can I find to make a person smile ear to ear? Get the creative juices going? Encourage their uniqueness? Tell the world they are a musician? Find something that is really different than other things they might receive?

Hhmm ... let's start searching together to find fantastic musician presents that are artistic, practical, or both. I'm sure we can find something more interesting than a pair of socks for a birthday. Although ... I wonder ...

The Practical Side

What does a musician need?

Give the Gift of Music!

Great Places to Purchase Sheet Music for Your Musicians

I'm always purchasing new sheet music for myself and my students to play and perform. I have a favorite local music store that I frequent, but sometimes I just don't have the time to drive, find a parking spot in the business district of the town, walk the rest of the way to the store, make my selection, and return home. You all know an hour+ of time is precious, sometimes it is just easier to sit and order what I need from home. It is also impossible for local stores to keep the selection of different books I would like in stock. There are many times I have to order it anyway. Why not order directly and have it delivered to your home? It sure is helpful to me!

There are many places online to find quality sheet music ~ here is one of my favorites. (Check the bottom of the page for many more music retailers.) They each have an excellent variety of music publishers and materials both educational and pleasure for you to select. Pick a few new music books of their favorite types of music or artists for them to enjoy playing!

Music Stands - Basic, yet necessary for all musicians!

Let's face it, there are quite a few things that are helpful to musicians. Top of the list would be great instruments, of course, but a little more in most people's price range would be: metronomes, tuners, cleaning kits, music stands, instrument stands, and repair kits.

Having a music stand at home makes it easier for musicians to practice with proper posture whether this is for young music students through professionals. They are also essential for rehearsals and performances. These musical stands are fantastic for orchestras, bands, chamber ensembles, guitarists, and vocalists.

Manhasset Model #48 Sheet Music Stand
Manhasset Model #48 Sheet Music Stand

Music stands are helpful to all musicians no matter which instrument or vocal part! Manhasset music stands are one of the best known brands which are used by schools as well as world class orchestras. They are sturdy and long lasting for hard working musicians.

Additional accessories to consider purchasing with a music stand (or to give to someone who already has one) are a stand shelf and a music stand lamp.

1) A music stand accessory shelf is helpful to hold necessary items such as pencils, tuners, and metronomes while not disturbing music books and loose sheets of music. The one I have is small and is easy to slide on and off of my home stands and is portable tot attach to stands at rehearsals and performances. I use mine to hold my piccolo when I am playing my flute. I have also seen violin players use them to hide their bows. They cost only about $6, but are so very beneficial!

2) A music stand lamp makes it easier to see one's music. Many times when I have performed in orchestras, musicals, and even weddings, I have found them to be valuable commodities.

 

Instrument Cleaning Supplies - Similar sets for every instrument are available.

Keeping an instrument clean not only extends the life of an instrument, but also helps to prevent repairs, produce better tone, and avoid germs and odor which could cause illness. Separate cleaning cloths and tools may be purchased, or cleaning kits are also available for many instruments. The following are a few of the top brands of instrument cleaners.

Gemeinhardt Flute Cleaning Kit
Gemeinhardt Flute Cleaning Kit

From one of the top named brands of flute, Gemeinhardt provides flutists with a pull through cotton cleaning swab, a pre-polished hand mitt for shining the surface, a dust brush for the hard to reach places, small cleaning clothes, and hinge oil. (As a professional flutist who has played for over 35 years, I would recommend NOT using the oil on the flute unless you have been trained in using it.)

 
Conn-Selmer Saxophone Care and Maintenance Kit with Bonus Keychain Instrument Tuner
Conn-Selmer Saxophone Care and Maintenance Kit with Bonus Keychain Instrument Tuner

Conn-Selmer has created this kit for saxophones including a polish cloth, cleaning swab for the body, neck, mouthpiece, and duster brushes, plastic reed protector, cork grease, a tiny tuner, and instructions to help you maintain decent instrument care.

 
Yamaha Trombone Maintenance Kit
Yamaha Trombone Maintenance Kit

Yamaha is one of my favorite brands of instruments and supplies! I gave this kit to my son when he started playing trombone. It contains a polishing cloth to keep that brass shiny, a long tube for cleaning the slide, small brushes for the mouthpiece and other details, and directions for use.

 
Dunlop 6504 System 65 Guitar Tech Kit
Dunlop 6504 System 65 Guitar Tech Kit

Polish your guitar with the body cleaner, clear off any dust from the fretboard, and keep your strings in top shape with this set of cleaners, 2 polishing clothes, and a peg winder.

 
Music Nomad MN112 Premium Drum and Cymbal Care System
Music Nomad MN112 Premium Drum and Cymbal Care System

Take care of polishing your drum and cymbals with these top notch cleaners and cloths.

 

Violin & Guitar Strings are Always Helpful! - String Instrument Accessories

Fender 3250 Super Bullets
Fender 3250 Super Bullets

How about violin, guitar, or other instrument strings? String players of both orchestral and popular instruments are appreciative to have extra strings to be prepared for broken ones. There are many types of strings and brands, so if this is for a gift, you may want to find out what kind that your musician prefers or uses. For instance, guitar strings are different for acoustic versus electric guitars. Obviously electric guitar strings are different than classical guitar ones, also. Consider favorites, too - sometimes a musician just prefers a certain feel or sound of a type of string.

 

Instrument Stands! - Available for most instruments!

Whether used at home between practice sessions, or on the stage to hold extra instruments that are used in different parts of a concert, instrument stands of all kinds are extremely helpful! I have a Hamilton woodwind stand that holds my sax, clarinet, and flute all at once. It is wonderful in performance when I am switching between them frequently. I always have a safe place to store them until the next time I need them. I also like to use it in my studio as I change instruments between students. Instrument stands are made for brass and woodwind instruments, orchestral strings, guitars, percussion, and keyboards. Perhaps your favorite singer would like a new mike stand for performances. It's one of those gifts that will be enjoyed and appreciated!

On Stage Classic Single-X Keyboard Stand
On Stage Classic Single-X Keyboard Stand

The X-Stand is easy to take from gig to gig and quick to set up at performances or at home.

 

The Artistic Side

What makes a musician sing?

Jewelry for Musicians!

After clicking on any of the following, put "music jewelry" in the search box. You will find almost every kind of instrument necklace, pin, earring, bracelet, key ring, and so on.

Stradivarius Violin Earrings
Stradivarius Violin Earrings

Violinists will be pleased to wear these earrings along with the matching necklace and pin.

 
Planet Waves Pick Holder with LED Light
Planet Waves Pick Holder with LED Light

Always have 4 guitar picks and a small flashlight with you with this keychain for guitarists!

 
Grand Piano 8 Inch Music Box with Jewelry Compartmant
Grand Piano 8 Inch Music Box with Jewelry Compartmant

Listen to "Candle in the Wind" while putting jewelry in this spectacular musical jewelry box. See my Melodious Music Boxes page to see other music boxes you may enjoy!

 

When you are choosing a present for a loved one, what do you prefer to do?

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Artistic & Practical

Gifts that can be both!!

Music Bags & Portfolios

I am constantly using musical tote bags to keep my sheet music organized and ready to go to a rehearsal or gig. In fact, I have several to keep different materials separate ~ one for church music, one for choir practice, one for instrumental music, one for wedding music, etcetera!


Fashionable to Wear - Everyone needs socks!

Ladies White & Black Music Gift Set: Piano Keyboard Oblong Scarf & Socks
Ladies White & Black Music Gift Set: Piano Keyboard Oblong Scarf & Socks

These socks and scarf will keep your favorite musician warm and toasty through the cold season.

 

Can't Go Wrong with a Gift Card! - So many things to choose from at Amazon

Amazon.com $50 Gift Card (0109)
Amazon.com $50 Gift Card (0109)

Can't choose? Perhaps your loved one would like to pick out some of their favorite tunes on DVD, sheet music, instruments and instrument gear, poster, clothing, or other musical gadget! Gift cards come in various amounts so you can pick something for your planned budget. Guaranteed to please your musician!

 

Wrapping It Up! - Of course, you need music wrapping paper!

Mozart White Gift Wrap, pack of 3 sheets and 3 tags
Mozart White Gift Wrap, pack of 3 sheets and 3 tags

I picked this one because it is called "Mozart" Gift Wrap, but other colors and designs are easily found.

 

What kind of gift would you choose to give a musician?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Have you heard of My Song Alive? I just bought this for my daughter and it seems awesome - no jewelry or toys, but the actual gift of music. You should add it to your list...

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      BestMusicGear 5 years ago

      Awesome ideas!

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      JamesSong 5 years ago

      Great info, gifts ideas are great.

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      miha188 5 years ago

      Great

      and now we must just dance

      Click here for good dance song

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      JohnGcorner 5 years ago

      Metronome lol

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      nata86 5 years ago

      nice info, thanks for the reference

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      Shari O'Leary 5 years ago from Minnesota

      My husband is a drummer. He usually buys everything he wants himself. There are a couple of cymbals I would love to be able to afford for him.

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      Churchmouse LM 5 years ago

      a CD, calendar, or best of all, an instrument if I could afford it

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      adamfrench 5 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      rewards4life info 6 years ago

      My Dad plays guitar and piano so something relating to these. You have some lovely products here, a few I will be looking at in more detail. Nice lens some really cool music gifts.

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      Jessi 6 years ago from United States

      Great lens! I usually get something that can be used but also decorative. :)

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing nice lens! PRAY FOR JAPAN Please

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @John Dyhouse: Sounds great! Let me know when it is done and I will link to it from here! : )

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      I vote gift of music, or gift card. Nice lens!

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      Like it, I have been trying to put together a similar lens, "gifts for artists", hope you don't mind if I am inspired by this lens to sort myself out

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great ideas

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I don't know, but music gift cards or cds always will win me over!

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Really Fantastic Christmas Lens and Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

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      Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

      Lovely gift ideas for the musicians amongst us. Love both your angles. Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Cool music gifts!

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      This is a "note" worthy collection of gift ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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      momto4 lm 7 years ago

      I really liked the Music Gift Basket! Lots of great gift to choose from here! Great lens!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love these gifts! My husband and daughter are both musicians - I'm sure they'd be happy if i shopped here for them.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      These are all wonderful ideas! That umbrella is totally awesome and I like that portfolio bag too.

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      Laniann 7 years ago

      Very nice selection - things that anyone would be happy to receive.5*

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      lakern26 lm 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Great selection of gifts - I married into a family of musicians, so I'm favoring this one for the future!