24 cool gift ideas for the music lover in your life

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  • The music lover in your life can likely always be found listening to or playing music.
  • Here are 24 gift ideas to fuel their passion for songs, bands, instruments, and any genre.
  • For more gift ideas, check out all of our gift guides over here.

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Most of us listen to music in some capacity and can say we like it.

There are the people who just listen casually to whatever happens to be on the radio, and then there are the people who spend hours carefully curating playlists, filling their calendars with concerts to attend, and even playing music themselves.

This gift guide is for the latter group, who don’t just like music, they love it.

To fuel their passion, you can gift them something that elevates their listening experience, teaches them something new about music, or puts them right in front of their favorite singer. Due to the impact of the pandemic on the music industry, we also suggest looking at their favorite local music store or live event venue for merch and gift cards. Or, you can make a donation to local musician funds and venues in your recipient’s name.

The 24 best gifts for music lovers:

A microphone that will bring karaoke to their home

Uncommon Goods Karaoke Microphone

Karaoke Microphone Speaker, available at Uncommon Goods, $50

This karaoke speaker will help liven up all special events and get-togethers. They’ll need to download an app to connect the microphone to their phone and then they’ll be all set to sing their heart out all night long.

A fun music association game

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Game That Song Music Card Game, available at Amazon, $19.99

The rules of this card game are simple. Everyone must choose a song based on a random card prompt, such as “a song to play that brings back good memories” or “a song to play about time.” Then everyone playing will vote on the best song selection. They can play this fun but challenging game with their family, friends, or other loved ones to learn more about everyone’s music preferences.

A custom plaque of a song they love

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Personalized Glass Acrylic Music Plaque, available at Etsy, from $21.49

Submit your recipient’s favorite song to make this eye-catching acrylic plaque. You can use an album cover or a personal picture to make this gift feel even more special. You can also opt for a stand so they can keep the plaque close by on their desk or any other surface.

A customizable record doormat

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Personalized Record Doormat, available at Uncommon Goods, $35

Turn their favorite record into a treasured home decor piece with this thoughtful gift. Personalize this doormat with their favorite record title and their name to make this gift feel like it was made just for them.

A Cameo appearance from their favorite musician

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Cameo appearance, available at Cameo, from $50

Make their day by gifting them a special video message from their favorite musician. With hundreds of artists to choose from, you can filter artists by your recipient’s favorite music genre. If you want to go the extra mile, some artists offer availability for one-on-one chats and Zoom calls. Some musicians you can find on the site include Snoop Dogg, Kenny G, and rapper Ice T.

A turntable that doubles as a bluetooth speaker

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Sony Bluetooth Stereo Turntable, available at Best Buy, $199.99

No music lover’s vinyl collection is complete without a turntable that can play their favorite records over and over again. This turntable from Sony not only has incredible sound quality but also doubles as a bluetooth speaker, allowing them to play music from their other devices.

Pasta shaped like music notes

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Pastabilities Music Pasta (2-Pack), $12.99, available at Amazon

If they like playing music as much as they like playing with their food, here’s a fun, edible gift they can cook right away. 

A vintage band tee

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The Rolling Stones Tie-Dye Tee, $39, available at Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters offers tons of graphic T-shirts featuring the logos and designs of classic artists and bands like Def Leppard, Nirvana, Prince, and Snoop Dogg. 

A pair of warm socks

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Foot Traffic Novelty Socks, $11, available at Amazon

These soft and comfortable socks come in a variety of music-themed patterns, from a simple but striking piano keyboard to an ensemble of orchestral musicians. 

A poster of famous guitars

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A Visual Compendium of Guitars 18″x 24″ Print, $30, available at Pop Chart

Can they identify all the guitars held by famous rockers in this eye-catching print? They’ll find the musical companions of  Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty, Kurt Cobain, and Joan Jett, among many other iconic musicians. 

A vinyl record membership

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Three-month Gift Membership, $119, available at Vinyl Me, Please

Record owners experience no greater joy than when they get to add to their collection and play a new vinyl for the first time. Your recipient will choose from three different types of tracks each month and will also receive extra goodies in each package. The three-month membership includes one bonus record. 

A cocktail recipe book that pairs good music with good drinks

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Booze & Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks, $22.49, available at Barnes & Noble

Combining two great pastimes, the fun guide features 70 albums from the ’50s through the ’00s and an A-side and B-side cocktail for each one. They’re organized by mood, so your recipient will know just what pairing to use for the night.  

A cool music mixing game

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DropMix Music Gaming System, $39.99, available at Amazon

DropMix is a fast-paced game that challenges them to make new and unexpected mixes with popular tracks they already know and love. It’ll be a hit among competitive music lovers and experts.

A pair of stylish over-ear headphones

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Bowers & Wilkins PX Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones, $309.45, available at Amazon

A music lover wouldn’t be caught dead without a pair of headphones, whether they’re just running a quick errand across the street or settling in for the long-haul. These Bowers & Wilkins ones not only bring out the best of each song and have three noise-cancelling modes, but also simply look great

A pair of wireless earbuds

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AirPods with Charging Case, $129.99, available at Best Buy

Apple AirPods are far from perfect, but we have to admit they’re really convenient. They’re the easiest earbuds to pop into their ears since they’re light and pair automatically with their phone, and they’ll stay in surprisingly well. 

A high-end visual speaker

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Cotodama Canvas Lyric Speaker, $1,900, available at Amazon 

This sleek WiFi-enabled speaker, which integrates seamlessly into their living room or bedroom, recognizes and artistically displays the lyrics of the song as it plays. The sound quality is also top-notch, which isn’t a surprise since the company behind it is part of an incubator run by the famous Abbey Road Studios.

Pencils they won’t be able to stop drumming on their desk

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Suck UK Drumstick Pencils, $6.47, available at Amazon

These clever pencils are an easy stocking stuffer for budding and experienced drummers alike. 

An online class taught by a film-scoring legend

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Hans Zimmer Film Scoring Class, $90, available at MasterClass

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard the work of film score composer Hans Zimmer. Through lessons on tempo, character themes, sound palettes, and more, the composer of over 150 movies including “Inception” and “The Lion King” shows students how he makes movie score magic. 

A waterproof portable speaker

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Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, $139.99, available at Amazon

The loud and powerful UE Boom 3 delivers 360-degree sound and has a long battery life, perfect for outdoor hangouts. They can even continue being DJ at the beach or in the tub because the speaker is waterproof. 

A book about why humans love music

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This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, $14.57, available at Amazon

This fascinating book delves into why music is so important to us and is written by someone with a firm grasp on both the artistic and scientific sides of it: a neuroscientist who previously worked as a session musician, sound engineer, and record producer.

A smart speaker

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Amazon Echo (4th Generation), $99.99, available at Target

They’ll be able to stream music from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, and more, without even lifting a finger. The newest version of the popular Echo device has even better audio features than before: 360° Dolby-powered audio, dynamic bass response, and personalized equalizer settings. 

Wine glasses they can play songs with

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Major Scale Musical Wine Glasses (Set of 2), $68, available at UncommonGoods

These special wine glasses have lines labeling different notes of the scale, so they can play a tune with their finger while enjoying their favorite red or white. 

A way to organize their concert ticket stubs

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Just the Ticket: Ticket Stub Organizer, $9.24, available at Amazon

Videos and photos aside, a way to remember their concerts, down to the exact seat in the venue, is this ticket stub diary. There’s also space on each page to jot down notes and memories to look fondly back on later. 

Cufflinks shaped like a sixteenth note and treble clef

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Cufflinks, Inc. Music Notes Cufflinks, $55, available at Cufflinks.com

These small accessories are the perfect finishing note on their ensemble, whether they’re heading to work or the symphony. 

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