Do you have a musician in your life who deserves a special gift? Maybe for a relative, partner, friend, or coworker who loves to play an instrument or sing. This article will help you find some of the best gifts for musicians at several budget levels ($50, $100, or $200).
Whether you’re searching for a birthday gift, anniversary, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or simply to show appreciation, there are many unique and interesting musical gifts for a variety of tastes. Unique artwork and decorative fixtures, trendy new gadgets, tool kits, or effects pedals, there is bound to be something on this list for those whose heart belongs to music.
Unique Gifts for Musicians Under $50
A $50 price point seems to be a sweet spot when it comes to gift giving. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the top gifts below!
1. French Horn Art and Saxophone Art
These two pen drawings are with black ink on a simple white background. Perfect for the French hornist, saxophonist, or someone who loves these instruments, either of the two drawings are elegant and would complement a music studio, office, or living space.
An 8×10” size, the drawing comes unframed, so that you can choose a frame that best matches. The artist, Jennifer Jackson, is available to do a custom order. If one of those instruments is not what you’d like, you can request another instrument drawing instead.
Best For: This type of gift is for the minimalist, the person who loves a clean and uncluttered home, and the simplicity of this type of artwork to go with it.
2. Leather Drumstick Holder
For the amateur or professional drummer, this leather drumstick holder is made from quality British leather (outside) and woolen inside, and has both form and function. Create of a short message (maximum of 25 characters) that can be added embossed in one of three fonts and colors. There are several colors to choose from for the woolen inside as well.
Best For: This gift is great for the newer drummer who is just getting into music, or for the seasoned veteran drummer who has that one special pair of sticks to protect. Adding a personalized message makes this gift all the more special.
3. Vintage Guitar Strap
The Vintage Guitar Strap provides good support as well as an appealing look to add to any guitar. This guitar strap is versatile and adjustable for many sizes of player and guitar types. The strap fits comfortably on the shoulder to allow the player to be relaxed, playing without tension. The strap comes with all the parts necessary to attach to an acoustic, electric, or bass guitar. There is also a small pocket for picks and a strap locker included.
Best For: Buy this strap for the avid guitar player who appreciates an unusual strap to add to their collection. It’s the perfect gift for a student or adult who loves playing their guitar on a weekly basis.
4. Musician Practising Sign
Cute little guitar pick is perfect for a guitarist who enjoys a handmade trinket to add to their collection. You can choose the exact wording you’d like on one side and have a photo put on the other. The example shows ‘Happy 5th Anniversary Jack’, but the pick can be customized to your specifications.
5. Musician Tote Bag in French
Ooh la la, for those who love French and music this is just the tote bag to buy!
“J’peux pas, J’ai concerto en ré mineur” which loosely translated means, “I cannot, I have a concerto in d minor.” The tote bag is a simple design with f holes on each side of the quote, to represent a stringed instrument such as violin or cello. This design is très chic and the perfect size for holding sheet music or other necessities for the musician on the go.
There are two styles available, a tote bag style or backpack style.
6. Ernie Ball Musician’s Tool Kit
by Ernie Ball
For any serious guitarist, it is useful to have a few tools on hand. The tool kit holds all the tools needed in a compact, black case. The tools can assist with changing strings, adjusting the action on the fingerboard, checking the string height, and more. Each kit comes with a microfiber polish cloth, string cutter, peg winder, 6-in-1 screwdriver, ruler, hex wrench set, and wipes.
7. Cradle Cube String Instrument Neck Support
by Music Nomad
The Cradle Cube is for the person who likes to tinker and adjust their instrument, and for someone who owns and keeps up several instruments. It supports the neck of any stringed instrument while you change strings, polish the instrument, or do any work to the instrument. The cube fits all types of guitars, banjos, ukuleles, and bowed stringed instruments such as violin or viola, too. This support allows for the instrument to be secure and supported while changing strings or doing other work.
Unique Gifts for Musicians Under $100
Got a bit more cash for a special music gift? Here’s our roundup of unique gifts under $100.
8. Spider Classic 15 Modeling Amplifier
by Line 6
This amp is perfect for the performer who wants to amp up their sound without too many bells and whistles. With 6 effects including reverb, tremolo, and sweep echo, and 4 presets, it’s easy to get the sound you want with a few twists and turns. The Line 6 Spider Classic 15 is best for practicing or when not needed to be heard above a full rock band and a great value for the price. It is an excellent gift for an up and coming player or for someone who might like a travel or practice amplifier to use.
9. Pocket DJ Mixer
by Pokket Mixer
Do you know someone who loves the latest gadgets and also loves to be the life of the party? Then the Pocket DJ Mixer is just the gift for them! It plugs into any device with a headphone jack, so it could be used with a phone, Ipod, tablet, or laptop. Plug into two different sources and then adjust with several knobs for each source. No need for fancy equipment, as the name suggests, it is the size of a pocket so it can be easily transported to any party or event with friends.
10. Wine Barrel Guitar Rack
Like a fine wine and cheese, pair up this unique wine barrel rack with a guitar! Love the look of reclaimed wine barrels turned into functional art. This rack is designed and individually handcrafted in Colorado by artist/owner Brad and his team.
Unique Musician Gifts Under $200
If you’ve got a bit more of a budget, check out some of these unique handcrafted items below.
11. Custom Song Lyrics on Copper – Wall Hanging
Hand-stamped metal is a popular item in jewelry and home goods. A creative gift is to think of a song special to both you and the gift recipient that you’d like to memorialize for them with this customizable project. A song from your wedding, your childhood, or any special memory would make a very unique gift. The maker can work with you directly and there are twelve different fonts available. This would be appreciated by many types of musicians, of any style or genre, as there are so many song lyrics that could be chosen and turned into a special gift.
12. Repurposed Clarinet, Bugle, or Trumpet Table Lamp
What better example of reusing and recycling than taking an old instrument and turning it into a functional and elegant table lamp to be admired? Choose from a vintage clarinet, bugle, or trumpet to decorate your home or office. An unusual upcycled gift most appreciated by someone with a quirky style who likes one-of-a-kind pieces.
13. Fender Mirror Image Delay Electric Guitar Effects Stomp-Box Pedal
The latest from Fender, any guitarist would love to experiment with this guitar effects pedal. With digital, analog, and tape modes, there are an abundance of effects and sounds to try. One of the best brands in the business, you can’t go wrong giving the Fender brand as a gift. It is sure to delight and inspire any guitarist to new playing heights.
by Take Lessons
When all else fails, more lessons for a chosen instrument are a good option!
Choosing a gift for a musician (or even yourself) doesn’t have to be a chore, it can be a delight! Think of the recipient and what they would appreciate the most – artwork, accessories, or perhaps something more practical. This list of best gifts for musicians shows the many possibilities for any music-lover whether student, amateur, or professional.