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Gifts For Piano Players Of All Ages
If there is a Pianist in your life, you might find this helpful
To say that I absolutely love playing piano is an understatement. I do believe that among the many, many gifts - both material AND emotional - that my parents gave me was not just the gift of having a nice voice and the love of music, but they also gave me my first piano.
Now, the piano here in this intro photo is not of my original piano (my very first piano found its final home at my sister's house, and you can see it if you scroll down a little on this page). This photo is me with my antique square grand piano (it's an Emerson, circa 1853 or thereabouts).
You may find this hard to believe... but THIS Emerson square grand piano was also a gift! Some very dear friends of ours gave it to me. I love it. (Scroll down to see a photo of my piano tuner at work on this beast!) :)
I was thinking about giving in general (I'm one of those people who - like a little kid - really loves receiving presents. But, I also really love giving them... so it works out great!)
And I love piano. So... if YOU are looking for some creative gifts for the piano player in your life, I hope that my own perspective will help you. As a gal who understands that not everyone can buy a Steinway for someone they love, I am keeping in mind a variety of budgets. I'm also fairly creative, so it is my dearest hope that you find something for the pianist in your life!
Also, as I write this page, I'm away from home, so I can't take some of the photos I'd like to for this page (but I can add to it later - so please bear with me).
PS: If you do NOTHING ELSE on this page... please scroll down and watch the Piano Guys...they are a talented bunch of guys doing things with pianos I had never thought of!
Photo: Me. My piano. Taken by me. Holding the camera as far away as I could.
A special holiday treat from my favorites: The Piano Guys! - I just saw this YouTube video and HAD to include it here...
If you look at nothing else on this page today, treasure a few moments of musical genius as The Piano Guys offer one of the most intriguing and creative renditions of "Angels We Have Heard on High." *Sigh*
This was my #1 choice for a Christmas Album: The Piano Guys, A Family Christmas
Always with a marvelous sense of humor, this quirky group makes me smile and sigh and swoon -- all at the same time! I'm including a link to this album, below. Enjoy! If a piano player in your home would NOT like this album, I would be extremely surprised. These guys are so amazing, so beautiful in their inspiration and renditions of just about everything they lay their gifted hands on. I hope that you will listen to "Angels We Have Heard on High" in the video clip above, and agree that this is one inspired album. :)
I don't know what else I can possibly say about this album or this wonderful and talented group. Just listen... if you don't just melt, I'd be surprised.(As it turns out, my husband did get me this particular Piano Guys CD. I didn’t even really hint… well, not that much.) It is an excellent gift, and even non-musicians enjoy it. This one is a winner.
My own love of music started VERY young
Thank you Oh, My Papa!
I've written about the influence my father and mother had on me in my webpage here, at "Songs I Love," where it's part tribute, part Memory Lane. So, I won't repeat myself (too much!)...
Anyway, somewhere in the piles of boxes at my Dad's house, there are early 8mm home movies of me plunking away at my first toy piano. It was red. I loved it! I had NO IDEA what I was doing, but I was somehow able to pick out tunes on it by ear.
Turns out, that really is about my only talent on piano, other than being able to compose some as well. After sounding out some songs on our neighbor's piano one day while visiting, I vividly recall my parents saying that they needed to find me a piano.
The photo at the right is my first "real" piano - an old Weber upright. I will never forget the day it came home.
To this day, it is one of my strongest memories about my parents coming together to get something JUST FOR ME!!! :)
One of my dearest gifts. It introduced me to a life-long hobby that never, ever ceases to bring me joy.
(Image: Courtesy of my beautiful sister, Jane)
Now, I'm not saying that you need to buy a piano for someone... - But if THAT is what you're looking for, I can help.
My niece plays piano beautifully. My sister had our family's original upright (pictured above) but wound up getting their daughter an electronic piano after the old Weber starting becoming more and more difficult to maintain.
I have played the electronic piano at their house, and have to say that it's really nice! I think that, as a child, I never really appreciated the value of being able to TURN DOWN the volume of an instrument! :)
This Electronic Piano Sounds Pretty Good
Today's electronic pianos have come a long way from the earlier models that just didn't sound close to the tone of a real piano. This Yamaha model is only about $280 (and includes free shipping). Even though it only has 76 keys instead of the standard 88 that you get on a real piano, really... how many of use use all the extreme lower or higher keys? :)
Acoustic Piano vs Electronic Piano - What are your thoughts?
Some people swear that they just cannot use an electronic piano; others don't care. How do you feel?
Do you prefer a traditional, acoustic piano? Or do you prefer an electronic/digital one?
Remember... Children have tinier hands!
I didn't start out on a "big girl's" piano...
I started out on a toy piano. Then, my parents got me a little Emenee Organ (see the eBay pics below! Yeah... now it's "vintage.").
I cannot count the number of times I played "The Little Drummer Boy" on that thing. :) Again, I'm not sure HOW I learned it - but playing by ear just came naturally to me.
So, in the next part of this page, I'm going to share with you some vintage AND newer items that might be appropriate for your own little one!
My personal blast from the past - This little organ is EXACTLY like my old one!
My own old Emenee organ is long gone, and this person is playing "The First Noel" instead of "The Little Drummer Boy," but you'll get the gist! I loved this thing...
Vintage organs or pianos on eBay - A gift doesn't have to be NEW to be appreciated.
I thought some of these might be cool gifts for piano players! Maybe the vintage ones might not be appropriate for little kids, but we'll get to that...
Back to the Future now... Here are some lovely toy pianos for kids... - Some for a variety of age groups!
Having watched at least half a dozen kids come through our house over the last few years, banging away on a little toy piano we got (in order to keep them from banging on the antique Emerson), I realized quickly that they make some of these toy pianos the way they do for a reason. :) Let's get them started on a few less expensive models before they get to the Steinway... I have a photo somewhere of some of the kids at our house, and when I find it I'll add it.
30 Key Toy "Grand" Piano
Now we're talkin'! THIS is more along the lines of what I had as a child (except that I didn't get the "grand" piano style). But the sound is very, very similar! (One parent loaded a video of their baby playing this one that is featured in the Amazon page, which I think is pretty cool. This way you get to actually hear how it sounds.)
This one's for real little tykes
To me this cute piano fits the bill for an introduction to music, as well as having numbers and bright color-coded numbers above the keys. Note: The "red" keys are non-functional, and are for looks only.But, most babies aren’t going to be so discerning. They just want to make some noise and have fun!
I treasure the memories of some of the gifts I received...
As someone who loved playing piano, piano-inspired gifts where welcome!
After the actual piano came, I was given other gifts - and to this day I recommend them. For example, my mom gave me sterling silver charms for a really cute charm bracelet she got me. At some point, I handed this down to my niece, and I was hoping that my sister would send me a photo of my favorite charm (of a grand piano); unfortunately, she was unable to find it. So, yes, I'm a little bummed out and disappointed about that. But, there's not much I can do about it.
At any rate, for people who love piano, any variety of jewelry might be a welcome gift. I'll show you the best one I can find that reminds me of my own collection.
Pretty Sterling Silver Piano Charm
This lovely charm is as close as I could find to the one my mom gave me. (As I write this, I sniffle a little... When I originally wrote this whole article, it was 2/26/13, and she would have been 81. I love and miss you Mom!). Because hindsight is always 20-20, had I known that my old charm bracelet wasn't going to make it long-term as a gift, I probably would have kept it. I will console myself by recommending this one to folks.
Give the Gift of a Piano Tuning!
Nice Jewelry Gifts for Guys who Play Piano! - I always think of my old high-school friends who played really well...
And of course, let's not forget Sir Elton John, Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby and a slew of other awesome piano players in the media...
Now, I couldn't possibly stretch my imagination far enough to find something that Sir Elton might sport... I'm a tad toned down from that (I guess I lack the confidence!). But, I found a few items that I would personally consider giving a guy who plays piano.
You'll notice cufflinks... I'm a bit of a cufflink nut.
These are a little more subdued - but can't you see your guy playing while wearing a gorgeous, crisp shirt with these shining above the keys? Please note, however, that these are NOT silver. But, I still like them, and these would be a really thoughtful gift for a groom or best man who plays.
And... a Piano Jewelry Box to keep all the trinkets!
I have a piano jewelry box a bit like this -not exact, because, well... it is over 40 years old! But put it this way: I don't KEEP "stuff" from my childhood with only a couple of exceptions. My little jewelry box is one of those exceptions. :) So, I did my best to find the "ONE" I would buy someone this very day. And here it is. :) This style actually comes in a lovely walnut finish as well - but I chose to highlight THIS one because the design on the top of the piano includes a guitar - and I love my guitar as well!
Yes, this is a little pricier than your ordinary jewelry box, but isn't it gorgeous!!!!
Some other ideas
If your pianist has a music room...
Or, perhaps if your pianist is a college student... I had music posters when I was younger, and if I had a music room now, I would probably have a couple of framed items.
Some music downloads from Amazon or iTunes
A lot of people listen to downloaded music these days - so why not surprise someone with either a selection of downloads? Most people can listen on their phones or iPods now, and this would be an easy gift - especially if the recipient doesn't live nearby.
Piano Themed Clothing
I've seen tons of cools stuff on Amazon and Etsy. Just search "piano t-shirts," or socks, neckties, or scarves, and you will be surprised at how much you can find. The nice thing about Etsy is that you're going to get some beautiful hand-made pieces that you really just cannot find in a regular store. It's like an online craft fair.
Stationery and Note Cards
Yes, I know we live in an era of email and texting, but there is nothing like a real card! Again, you can find some gorgeous examples at Etsy. I'm not an artist, so I can't show you anything of my own. But, you'll have no trouble finding some really lovely collections.
Covers for iPhones or other Smart Phones
In a world not so long ago, I would never have dreamed that the words "piano," "cell," and "phone" could ever be used in the same sentence. But, there ya go... All you would really need is to find out the model of the phone your intended recipient owns, and voila! They have them on Amazon and eBay.
Goodness... Listen to this... - Let's take a QUICK BREAK...
Please...please... If you do NOTHING ELSE on this page. PLEASE listen to The Piano Guys... My eyes are filling with tears with sheer admiration and joy for this beautiful music. (Most of the stuff I've heard is with 1 Piano Guy and Cello Guy... it's all glorious and haunting!)
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