Every single year, my shopping list for holidays and people’s birthdays is absolutely loaded with genius gifts for music lovers. Picture that scene from My Cousin Vinny where Marisa Tomei is talking about her family of car experts, and replace every instance of “mechanic” with “musician.” It'd sound like, “My father was a musician. His father was a musician. My mother's father was a musician. My three brothers are musicians; four uncles on my father's side are musicians… ” This is my life.
Consequently, I can be the first to tell you that when you’re looking for gifts for the musician or no-fail ideas for people who love music, a little bit of research is in order. If your friends and loved ones are anything like mine, they’ve already got the best amps, recording software, instruments, and speakers around — not to mention tickets for great concerts and monthly subscriptions to Spotify. Nothing generic is going to cut it here. In order to give them something that they don’t already have and will genuinely love, these musical gifts have to be innovative, creative, and original. Check out these ideas that make any music lover’s life just a little bit easier and a lot more fun.
1. High-Fidelity Earplugs That Filter Acoustics To Prevent Ear Damage
These Vibes high-fidelity earplugs have been specifically designed to filter acoustics to stop ear damage without stifling the sound, so you can enjoy your concert in comfort.
2. An Echo Dot So They Can Easily Listen To Their Favorite Music
For hands-free control of your music and Bluetooth speakers (as well as other things like the weather, lights, and to-do list) the Amazon Echo Dot is any techie’s first step to a smart home.
3. A Flash Drive USB Shaped Like A Mixtape
Fill this adorable cassette USB flash drive with your favorite tunes and give it to the love of your life for a good old-fashioned mixtape without the hassle of finding a cassette player.
4. A Shower Speaker
Singing in the shower takes on a whole other level when there is a speaker outfitted with a backup chorus in mind. Designed with a suction cup on the back, you can attach this waterproof speaker to your wall or hook it on a shower caddy to play your favorite playlist.
5. An Old School Turntable For More Than Records
This three speed Victrola nostalgic Bluetooth turntable suitcase plays your whole vinyl collection, but it’s a little more practical than most because of its aux-in and Bluetooth-enabled speakers. Play all your favorite music and playlists from your phone or tablet.
6. An Amp-Style Key Holder So You'll Never Misplace Them Again
This epic Jack Rack guitar amp key holder adds a little functional rock and roll to your house with plug-in guitar cable inputs that ensure you always know where your keys are hanging.
7. A Cozy Headband That Has Built-In Headphones You Can Sleep In
If you need music to sleep, these sleep headphones cover your eyes while they deliver clear, adjustable sound through memory foam ear cushions.
8. This Mug Stand Is Actually A Bluetooth Speaker
Ideal for the person with a cooking playlist, this CTA digital bluetooth speaker mug stand gives you one clear Bluetooth speaker disguised as a mug, as well as a stand and two real porcelain mugs that compliment any kitchen.
9. A Portable Thumb Piano For Practicing Or Playing When You're On The Go
This portable thumb piano makes it easy to practice piano when you're away from your keyboard, and is even suitable for all skill levels. This one comes with a tuning hammer, as well as a quick instruction guide to help get you started.
10. A Best-Selling Bluetooth Speaker That's Water-Resistant
This water-resistant gadget plays your music for 14 full hours of satisfaction. There's even a microphone for if you'd like to make hands-free calls on your portable speaker, too.
11. A Fun Singing Game That Any Musician Will Love
My family (all musicians) breaks out Encore every holiday because it’s the best game for anyone who loves music. Pick a card, get a word, and sing a song with that word in it to get points for your team.
12. A Bluetooth Karaoke Mic That's All You Need For A Night Of Singing
This karaoke microphone has everything you'd need to host your own karaoke night. You can use Bluetooth to connect to your phone, and the battery lasts for up to eight hours when fully charged.
13. Bluetooth Headphones That You Can Fold Up & Travel With
The Bluetooth over-the-ear headphones has features you’re not getting anywhere else for this price, like a travel-friendly folding design, a built-in mic, passive noise isolation, and absolutely zero wires.
14. Guitar-Shaped Teaspoons For A Music Lover's Kitchen
Adorable and functional, these guitar-shaped coffee teaspoons are a cute kitchen tool made of high-quality stainless steel. This set of six comes in a range of colors.
15. A Hole Punch You Can Use To Make Your Own Custom Guitar Picks
If you’re a guitar player, you know full well that a pick has a lifespan of a week and a half before it disappears into thin air. This Pick-a-Palooza DIY guitar pick punch has a sturdy stainless steel blade that lets you punch new ones out of the included plastic sheets, credit cards, and old key cards.
16. A Set Of Vinyl Record Coasters
This set of six vinyl record coasters are a great conversation starter, and are also designed with a non-slip grip that will keep your tabletops safe and your drink from spilling.
17. A Headphone Amplifier That'll Improve The Sound Quality Of Your Music
Play your music through this innovative FiiO A3 portable headphone amplifier, and experience clarity and balance like you never have before. “If you think the only purpose of headphone amplifier is to make a sound louder, you will be in for a big surprise to discover how much it can shape the sound and contribute to improvements in details, soundstage, etc.,” says one excited reviewer.
18. Guitar-Shaped Cooking Utensils
Complete with a spoon, a fork, and two spatulas, this 100 percent bamboo guitar neck utensil set is a creative and useful gift for anyone who loves both cooking and guitar.
19. A Portable Lavalier Microphone From Sony
If you do any kind of recording on the go, the Sony Omnidirectional Stereo Microphone is one of the best portable lavalier microphones you can get. It’s super clear, clips onto anything, and rotates any which way.
20. A Music-Themed Doormat To Welcome Guests
This handcrafted piano-key doormat is durable and fade-resistant. It'll easily remove dirt, moisture, and grime from the shoes of your house guests and is the perfect gift for anyone music-obsessed.
21. Decorative Hooks That Are Shaped Like Guitars
This set-of-three decorative hooks are the perfect accent to a musician's home. They can bear a weight up to 55 pounds, so you'll be able to hang coats, scarves, and bags off of them.
22. A Musical Night Light So They Can Wake Up To Their Favorite Song
This musical night light is built with Bluetooth so you can wake up to any music or blast your favorite tunes. Not only can this night light change between 48 different colors, but it's also dimmable so you can customize it.
23. Speaker Lights That Can Adjust With Your Soundtrack
This awesome VONGEM LED speaker light plays all your music from your phone, and lets you choose from any color you can think of for some adjustable mood lighting.
24. A Musical Cutting Board Made From Tempered Glass
This cutting board isn't just great for chopping up ingredients. Since it's made from tempered glass, you can also use it as a serving tray for cheese, vegetables, fruits, and more. It's scratch- as well as stain-resistant, and it even works well as a chic tabletop decoration.
25. A Ukulele Kit Perfect For Beginners & Experts Alike
For the aspiring musician, you’ve got this Kala learn to play ukulele starter kit, which comes with a mahogany instrument, tote bag, free online lessons, and a tuning app.
Bustle may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Bustle's editorial and sales departments.