Here’s a range of music gift ideas for the music fanatic in your life, whether it’s a friend, sibling, parent or partner.
From music-inspired bookends to a toy accordion for your budding maestro, we’ve got it covered
7 gifts for music lovers, young and old
by Fiona Maddocks Music for Life – 100 works to accompany you
Whether you’re a contemporary music enthusiast or prefer basic repertoire, Fiona Maddocks’ book tells you all you need to know about what excites you when listening.
By choosing one hundred pieces of music – all tailored to different stages and moments in a person’s life – Maddocks explores what in each of them inspires, delights or consoles. With facts, images and quotes on each track, it’s a fascinating reflection on the power of music, and a great read for classical music newbies and diehard enthusiasts alike.
2000 piece orchestra puzzle
This 2000-piece triangular puzzle will provide hours, if not days, or even weeks, of enjoyment for instrumentalists and non-instrumentalists alike thanks to its size and intricate design. The image – courtesy of popular 20th century French cartoonist Jean-Jacques Loup – is lovely and once the puzzle is complete it should look very striking in a frame. A word of warning: you need a big table to spread it all out.
These new vintage looking shelf organizers are an attractive addition to anyone’s bookshelf and as they are made from a resin (weighing around 1.7kg in total) they are strong and sturdy enough to hold anything from books to vinyl records. With a hand-painted finish, they’re also packed with beautiful detail; pianists can even try their hand at reading the notes on the miniature music stand! A beautiful, unusual gift for musicians and non-musicians.
Empire Junior 6-in-1 Bluetooth Record Player
With its beautiful dark wood design, this turntable music center has plenty of vintage appeal. Yet it has a 3-speed turntable (33 1/3, 45, 78 rpm), Bluetooth connectivity to stream your favorite music, FM radio, CD player and cassette – with a user-friendly and refreshing design.
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You can even connect it to your laptop to transfer vinyl to digital formats. In addition, it is compact, portable, relatively affordable. And, by most accounts, the sound is excellent.
Colored music stand
If the music is colorful, there’s no reason your music stand shouldn’t. If you want to add a little more va va voom to your gig, orchestra rehearsal or solo practice session (and who doesn’t?), this music stand is a great place to start.
A bright and fun starter accordion to help children begin to explore melody and rhythm. With seven keys and three bass buttons, it’s easy to play and produces a surprisingly powerful sound for a fairly small instrument. Plus, it’s durable enough to withstand many crashes.
The Musical Theater card game
“Made in London by theater freaks, for theater freaks” (as its creator Stage Insider puts it), this game puts Broadway fans to the test, testing their knowledge of 52 musical classics like Wretched and my lovely lady (some best musicals of all time) to modern tubes such as Six and Hamilton.
Luckily, though, you can choose whether you want intense one-on-one battles or a more laid-back test of group knowledge. After a full Christmas dinner, I know which one I would choose. Suitable for ages 4 and up.