Gifts for musicians and music geeks of all levels

gift guide for musiciansThat guy I married is a sound engineer at work, and a huge music geek at home. Most of my closest friends are professional musicians. This means I have years and years of music-related gift giving tricks up my sleeves. My fellow musician-lovers, you might want to get your credit cards ready, because I'm about to find all of your gifts for you…

Mojave Picker's Wallet -- $31.00
Mojave Picker's Wallet
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoes -- every musician I know is always in need of a new pair.
A new pair of Converse
Speaking of things musicians are always in need of: XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cables make great stocking stuffers.
XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cables
Crosley CR6019A-BR Executive USB Portable Turntable -- $99.95
The Crosley Portable Turntable
Pick Punch -- $25. (Psst: this also makes a good gift MAKER -- create custom picks for your favorite musicians.)
Pick Punch
Korg Kaossilator
The Korg Kaossilator Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer
Wedgie Pick Holder -- $6.99
Wedgie Pick Holder
 Aurulent Accompaniment Bracelet -- $11.99
Aurulent Accompaniment Bracelet
Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speakers -- they're colorful, they're small, and the sound is great.
Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speakers
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The AcousticSheep SleepPhones
 Theremin Mini Kit -- $39.99
Theremin Mini Kit
 Keys to the Kingdom Doormat -- $37.99
Keys to the Kingdom Doormat
Chuck Berry Early Rock 'N Roll Beverage Flask and Cigarette Case -- $20. Because nothing makes a crappy tour go by smoother than Chuck Berry, whiskey, and cigs. Bundle all those objects together for a super-custom gift like no other!
Chuck Berry Flask and Cigarette Case

Music nerds! What were your favorite gifts past, and what are some things you're hoping to get?

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  1. These are awesome ideas! I have a hard time getting gifts for my husband because his interests are so specific and he's been doing the same hobbies for 15+ years (guitar, origami, magic tricks), which means he is very particular about supplies, etc… Point is: finding good gifts that fit his specific needs is a pain in the ass. Thanks for this post!

  2. my husband very well may be getting a mini theremin for christmas. thank you!

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  3. A mini theremin. This absolutely solves my problem of what to get my husband for Christmas!

  4. There are other options for inexpensive theremins as well. I can't remember what brand mine is (I wanted to say Moog but I don't think mine is quite that nice), but I got a theremin for my birthday a few years back and it's one of the coolest presents I've ever gotten. Mine is small-ish and black plastic with only a couple of knobs, but it does the job– and it's super fun at parties! (Although you have to go with an expensive high-quality one for actual musicality– the small cheap ones are best for "woo I'm a ghost/alien" sound effects.)

  5. That wallet is pretty sweet! I also really like the idea of the Pick Punch, but alas, Mr. Chi is extremely particular about his picks and I doubt he'd ever use it–I just can't see him approving of any nonstandard pick material πŸ™

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  6. I have always wanted a theremin…

    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD NO MORE TCHOTCHKES WITH TREBLE CLEFS ON THEM. (that bracelet is pretty, I mean more of the cheese slicing board or wall plaque or notepad or picture frame variety. All of which I've received. AND DEEPLY APPRECIATED BUT STOP.)

    What I always want, as an elitist classical musician? SCORES. Or gift certificates to buy scores. They can be a$$pensive, especially if it's not in the public domain. It's not as sexy as all this awesomeness, but would make me exceedingly happy.

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    • Amen! We have been on the receiving end of giant metal wall art treble cleffs more times than I would have liked to be.

      But I stick by that bracelet. πŸ˜‰

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  7. I got my person the wallet. He has a pick holder keychain, but his wallet broke the day this was published. I also get him the sleep headphones. He watches movies every night, so this might be great. We'll see.

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