Music gift ideas are almost always a safe bet when you’re in the spirit of gift-giving. Whether the recipient is an accomplished musician, a tune-humming toddler, a speaker-cranking teen, it’s likely that everyone on your list listens to their fair share music. It’s no wonder, then, that there are countless music-themed gifts out there. We’ve rounded up the best of the best to save you hours of searching, so go ahead and take a rest for a few beats (get that cheesy music pun?).
The songbird(s) in your life are in for an epic surprise. We’ve rounded up the best music gifts for kids, teens, and adults so you can keep the tunes flowing. From a portable Bluetooth speaker to a mom-approved drumset, to an avocado guitar for toddlers (aww!), these musical gifts for kids are guaranteed to hit the mark.
Music Gift Ideas for Babies & Kids
This multifunctional Pound & Tap Bench with slide-out xylophone encourages kids to explore music while developing hand-eye coordination! At last, a toy that can actually be pounded on, amirite?! Anything to keep them from playing with the fine china… For toddlers who can’t sit still for more than five minutes, the medley of bright colors and sounds is sure to keep them entertained. Whether they play with the xylophone portion or fetch the rainbow balls as they come tumbling down, this award-winning toy won’t disappoint. Hopefully, the result will be music to your ears as you get sh*t done around the house.
Oh, happy day! You can now turn a musical moment into an excuse for physical activity by gifting this insanely cool keyboard play mat. Kids can turn up the volume, stomp out songs, swap their instruments (piano, trumpet, violin, flute, saxophone, banjo, guitar, and a xylophone), and even record a true masterpiece. It requires four AA batteries to activate the 24 touch-sensitive keys. Our favorite part: You won’t even have to leave the home to reap the benefits of this toy. Simply set the gigantic keyboard playmat in the kids’ room and watch them squeal in delight. (We think the kid rocking the cool shades in the photo above has the right idea.) Beyond playtime, it’s also great for birthday parties.
Got a singer in the family? Your child will love belting out tunes from Disney’s Vampirina. This portable boombox set has a real working microphone and connects to most MP3 players (allowing you to listen and sing along to anything on your playlist). Little girls will especially get a kick out of this toy. She’ll feel like a BIG kid stowing this boppin’ boombox to her next gig — er — birthday bash. Whether she’s “pretending” to audition for The Voice or just wants to sing along to her favorite songs from the popular vampire series on Disney+, what better way to develop confidence at an early age?
This set of toddler musical instruments from Ehome (22 pieces) will help your L.O. develop rhythm from day one. The array of inspirational instruments, ranging from a recorder to maracas, will get them movin’ and groovin’ to the beat in no time. Here’s an idea: If you have multiple little ones or a big neighborhood of kids, start an instrumental parade! Ultimately, the purpose of these instruments (besides having fun, of course) is to help kids develop their music senses. Whether it involves shaking a tambourine or using a mallet to tap on a xylophone, the process of playing an instrument will develop an awareness of cause and effect.
Uh-oh, noisemaker, right this way. While we’d normally recommend steering clear of “noisy” toys, this one just may be an exception. (Plus, it’s not like they’re old enough to go play any house shows yet… these drums can be safely set up right at home.) How rad does this VTech KidiBeats Drum Set look? Thankfully, these are just toy drums and not the real deal. It comes with three drum pads and accompanying cymbals that make their own unique sound. As you know, sensory development is so crucial when they’re young, so you might as well get them started ASAP. In addition to a freestyle mode, these drums (bright orange drumsticks included) also have a follow-along mode in which they can play along to nine melodies from four different music genres. Oh! And we can’t forget. You’ll be happy to know that there is a volume control. If it’s been a long day, and the last thing you want to hear is damn drums in the background—or worse, you just put your other sleeping baby down for a nap—don’t hesitate to adjust for quieter play.
Holy guacamole! Yep, exactly what your little cutie patootie needs: an avocado guitar. We digress. Pair this Skip Hop Baby Guitar alongside their cheekiest onesie for the cutest sight you’ll ever see. We hate to be that mom who posts approximately 1,456 videos of baby crawling or saying da-da for the first time to IG Stories, but this is too good. Besides, they grow up SO fast. Recommended for ages six months or older, this baby guitar toy can play six songs. It runs on 3 AAA batteries (included) and lights up.
One of the silliest (so duh, one of our fave) games on the market for kids is Spontuneous. Let it rip with this board game that inspires belting out tunes from start to finish. It’s the perfect gift for the aspiring American idol or choir junkie. Here’s how the game is played: Once you hear a word, you “spontuneously” burst into song and sing the first thing that comes to mind. And yeah, you basically just keep doing that to make your way along the treble clef-shaped board. Remember, mamas, no talent whatsoever required to play (don’t fret if you can’t hit those high notes!). The kids will be laughing with you, not at you. Perfect for family game night or a rainy day, it’s guaranteed to keep kids of all ages occupied for hours.
If your greatest goal in life is to raise a little musician, then run, don’t walk, to snag this Band-in-a-Box (contains a tambourine, cymbals, maracas, a clacker, tone blocks, and a triangle) from Melissa & Doug. Anything that’s educational and keeps the kids happy is good in our book. If you’re sick of your kids spending too much time on their tablets, then this instrumental set is just the thing to bring forth imaginative thinking. Even children who are easily bored will be able to put their creativity skills into practice through clapping, clanging, and tapping. Once your child feels comfortable playing with the instruments on their own, they can try harmonizing with a friend.
Okay, so this gift is more for the parents, but any budding rock star will look adorable in this set of music-inspired body suits. They’re made of 100% cotton and are perfect for both boys and girls!
Tiny maestros will love this 6-sided cube which plays different instruments and illuminates with the rhythm. Made with big buttons and round corners, this stimulating gift is great for even the littlest babies.
A must-have for mini jewelry fanatics, this sturdy jewelry/music box comes with your choice of a twirling ballerina or unicorn inside. Also included are a rose gold necklace and bracelet set for starting their collection.
Know a kid who’s obsessed with stories, fairytales, and all things Disney? The Toniebox starter set is the gift that keeps on giving. It comes with one character Tonie plus a customizable one for storytelling, music, and screen-free fun. (Ps. Additional Tonie audio characters make great stocking stuffers and future presents.)
Music Gifts Ideas for Tweens & Teens
Gift your favorite (albeit, hormonal) teen a gadget they’ll actually use. This insulated stainless steel water bottle doubles as a speaker, making it a must-have accessory for working out, sports practice, beach trips, pool gatherings, and more.
It’s not that they’re afraid of the dark (so they say), but having a nightlight comes in handy every now and again. This cool LED lamp magically illuminates into a music note that looks 3D and can glow in 7 different colors or continuously rotate through the rainbow.
They’ll want to ditch their posters for this sweet set of prints. In fact, this duo may accompany them to college to decorate their dorm room. Available in 6 colors, you’ll just need to find some affordable frames and they’ll look much more expensive than they are.
This bracelet isn’t just cute, it’s handmade with real guitar strings for a unique gift to suit teens (or anyone) who like to strum. Ps. It’s a unique stocking stuffer, come the holidays.
A hat they’ll actually want to wear! This beanie is equipped with Bluetooth headphones that are rechargeable and can be removed when the hat is washed. There’s also easy-to-use control buttons on the side of the hat.
Any concert addict will appreciate this mini-album for archiving their ticket stubs. In addition to storing stubs, there’s space to take notes to record favorite memories — they can keep track of movie and sports tickets, too. Consider it an upgrade from that dusty shoebox under the bed.
This handy silicone AirPods charging case is so affordable, you can go ahead and grab one for every music lover on your list. (BTW, getting an AirPods case is a good investment, considering how easy it is to lose these tiny, expensive gadgets). These cute cases come in 24 color options.
Music Gift Ideas for Adults
A cute, yet practical, trinket for music lovers! These notecards are just right for jotting down a “note” and would make an adorable addition to a gift basket or Christmas stocking.
Combine their musical passion and their favorite memories with this creative picture frame. Bonus points if you fill it before wrapping!
The recipient can have their love for classic tunes on display with this cool wall clock. It’s decked out with the spines of records and available in natural, white, or black wood finishes. Whether mounted in the office, kitchen, or living room, it’s bound to be a conversation starter.
Musical glassware that encourages you to drink? Yes, please! Music fanatics will be awed by these glasses, which play different notes depending on the level of liquid in the glass. These quality glasses are made in Germany, decorated in Nevada.
Know someone who’s always dropping a beat in the kitchen? These drumstick/spoon hybrids will have them bopping around the kitchen every time they cook a meal. This set is made from solid beechwood for optimum performance when cooking and rocking out!
Sure, drinks pair with food, but did you know they can be matched to music, too? This is a fun and interesting gift for your favorite (age 21+) musical foodie. It’s also bound to become a decorative coffee table staple.
A musical gift idea for the hostess with the mostess! Get this clever gift for the recipient who loves to play tunes and entertain. Lift the “needle” to reveal a built-in slicer. Now all that’s missing is a playlist!
For your favorite lyricist who can’t resist a good pun, this silly coffee mug is a must. It’s especially perfect for hard-working music teachers who could always use more caffeine to fuel up.
These guitar-shaped wall hooks help with organizing and double as decor! Made of resin and metal for durability, they can be used to mount bags, hats, coats, towels, and more. Needless to say, it’s a music gift that’s ideal for a musician who’s a little — er — sloppy.
Give this cute embroidered pillow to someone who needs the friendly reminder. Whether placed on a couch, chair, bed, window seat, or bench, it’s the chicest way to encourage someone to sit back for a few beats.
The ultimate gift for any music lover who needs jams anywhere they go. The Flip is waterproof, so it’s ideal for anyone who loves hangin’ by the beach, pool, or is especially spill-prone; it can even be safely submerged. Available in 11 colors, it’s a musical gift that’s guaranteed to please anyone.
Keep your music-loving giftee warm and cozy with this music note blanket! One happy customer said, “Bought this as a gift for a friend and it was so nice, my son decided he wanted one, too. They are double-layer and very warm. They make a perfect gift for a music lover.”