Gifts for musicians and music geeks of all levels

Updated Dec 18 2015

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?

  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. 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.)

  3. 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 🙁

  4. 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.

    • 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. 😉

  5. 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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