Are you looking to purchase the perfect gift for a special violinist in your life or a violin teacher you know? Lucky for you, you won’t have to look any further because I have put together my recommended violin gifts.
Getting violin-related gifts is great because they are thoughtful and personalized to their hobbies. The gifts might even encourage the violinist to love the violin more! They are a special way to acknowledge someone’s hard work and love for music, and will definitely be appreciated by the receiver. However, as we all know, there are certain gifts that fall a little flat. After years of giving and receiving violin-related gifts, I know exactly what violinists like to receive.
Read on to see what gifts made the cut for both violinists and violin teachers!
12 Best gifts for violinists
In my opinion, the best place to start for getting your favorite violin player something is practicality. What do violinists need but at the same time hate spending their own money on? What’s a nice gift you can give them that they will actually use? I personally find joy in knowing that gifts from me get used and enjoyed.
Below I’ve compiled some of my favorite practical gifts, as well as fun music-related items that violin players with or without a teacher will love.
1. Nice rosin
I find that often violinists don’t experiment with rosin unless they have run out of it or they are gifted some. Going to your local violin shop and asking for some higher-end rosin can be a great gift your violinist is likely to appreciate and actually use. You can also find a variety of rosins online. They are affordable and will be a great reminder of your generosity.
I usually recommend Pirastro Gold but if that’s already in use, then some nice options are the Sartory rosin, Pirastro rosin, or the Cecilia Sanctus.
2. New set of violin strings
Another great option that will help your music lover sound even better is a new set of violin strings! They are guaranteed to use them if you find the correct size. If you know that the violinist likes to use a specific kind, buy that set, but if not, try something new like a Thomastik Dominant set, an Evah Pirazzi set, or a Pirastro Obligato set. Nice strings can change the sound of the violin completely and will encourage your violinist to practice more to try them out!
3. Music stand
Upgrading a violinists’ practice set-up can be such a thoughtful gift. Going from a wire stand to something sturdier and fancier can offer your violinist a change of practice view. Try a fancy, wooden-carved stand or a sturdy metal stand they can fold or even take to a gig.
4. Sheet Music Binder
Among very useful violin accessories is a sheet music binder. It helps to organize all the printed scores and doesn’t have to be huge – just to accommodate currently practiced exercises and pieces. You can choose a more elegant one or one with nice pastel colors here.
5. A Book – Physical or E-Book
I’d recommend buying a physical book that is really useful for a violin student (like the Kreutzer’s etudes), or when you know that the person who will get it really wants such a book, e.g. biography of a particular composer or violinist. Please remember that not everyone has a lot of space to store the physical books or might not be an avid reader, so buying an e-book, or audio-book in some cases, can be a good solution.
If you are looking for a nice set of pieces for a violin beginner, see what is in my Ultimate Songbook for Beginners.
The Ultimate Songbook
for Beginner Violinists by Julia Termeer
6. A Violin Mute
It’s always good to have an option of silent practice, so also a violin mute will be another useful gift. There are different types of mutes, and having one doesn’t mean that a second one will be redundant. In fact, different levels of muting are needed depending on the situation. For example, for someone joining a band or an orchestra, an orchestra mute will be needed instead of a heavy metal practice mute.
7. Metronome and tuner
Even though violinists have access to an app to tune their violin or work with an online metronome, having a physical device can be beneficial in reducing “screen time.” Moreover, using apps can be distracting so much just by simply showing notifications about new messages during the practice session. If one of these reasons apply, you may consider buying a physical tuner and metronome.
Before the online app, I used to use the Korg TM-60 tuner and metronome which I can recommend. Buying a mechanical metronome can also be a nice touch! Including a set of batteries to go with is a nice addition as well.
8. Geared pegs
Geared pegs are a relatively newer invention that allow violinists to tune their instruments by using pegs with precision, ease, and speed. They eliminate the need for fine tuners and are great for musicians who want to start using the pegs more regularly. A new set cost around $70-200 and will make their life so much easier!
9. Violin case
Violin cases are personal and can be pricier, so you might want to consult to see what will meet their needs best. A nice violin case upgrade might be a fancy Fiddlerman Oblong case, a Tonareli fiberglass case, or a Bam case to really go all out. The main things to look for are the amount of space, weight of overall case, colors, and portability. Click here to learn more about violin cases and check out a comparison of different products.
10. Concert tickets
What classical music lover wouldn’t love tickets to go see their favorite orchestra or band live in person? Being able to go to a concert with another person you care about is so special and creates an experiential memory that the two of you will share.
11. Practice log or customized notepad
If your musical player likes to stay organized, getting them a practice log or customized notepad can be a thoughtful gift. It is meant to be encouraging, kind, and perfect so that they can keep all their violin notes in one place. I like this practice log, but you can also look for some options to create a personalized notepad.
6 Best gifts for violin teachers
Does anyone else feel like getting the perfect gift for your violin teachers can be the most daunting task? Even though you spend hours with them in lessons, it can be hard to tell if they want gift reminders of what they do for a living. I find that instead of giving so many practical gifts, like a set of strings, I try to search for thoughtful gifts they will enjoy. Below are my favorite gift ideas for teachers.
13. Handwritten card
Truly, my favorite gift is a handwritten card. The cards are a gift in-and-of-themselves because the students took the time to write and express their gratitude. Most people will agree that getting stuff is nice, but receiving the gift of affirmation and appreciation is difficult to be topped.
14. Stationary Kit
A stationary kit is appreciated by those who love organization. This cute musical stationary kit comes with 50 cards and envelopes, as well as a decorative box. The notepad is great for teachers because they constantly write things down to keep track of. They could use these in lessons to sum up what they have covered, or simply write down grocery lists. Whatever the final use, this gift is thoughtful and affordable.
15. Picture frame
At first I was thinking that picture frames might be overrated, but similar to the handwritten note, I love a picture frame that has sentimental value. If the gift comes with a picture of you and your teacher inside, it can be extremely nice. The teacher likely will appreciate you and this gesture. Especially if you are graduating from this teacher or have studied with them for a long time, this is a great option. Depending on what you think your teacher may like, choose something like a music-related option or a classy, elegant non-music frame.
16. Favorite CD or vinyl
If you know that your violin teacher enjoys classical music, look for a recording of their favorite artist or orchestra. Even though now many, if not all, releases are available to stream, gifting a physical music memory is special. Vinyls often have beautiful covers, so at the very least the teacher will be able to appreciate the outside cover and be reminded of their favorite piece.
17. Music tote bag
Another great option for a present is a tote bag. Violin players often carry many items in their bag, ranging from sheet music and teaching materials to metronomes. Gifting a designating tote bag can be great so that they can separate their teaching materials from their other personal life materials. If you know that your teacher likes violin-related jokes, try this tote bag from Amazon.
Who wouldn’t want to be given some special treats? It can be a bottle of wine (for someone who drinks alcohol), a gift card to a great restaurant, homemade cookies, or some nice chocolate. Few people will be unappreciative of food!
Funny or Useless Gifts for Violinists
For me, there is a category in between a good, useful present, and a gift that I wouldn’t want to receive. There are some items which can be found as funny or cute by your fellow violinist or the teacher, or they might turn out to be useless. It all depends on the personal taste of the one who gets them.
My advice here is to be careful with the following items – before buying and giving, make sure that the recipient needs it or likes such items.
19. Violin-shaped clock
An addition to a violin teaching studio or musical room of a violin-lover is a violin-shaped clock. For anyone who’s taken an in-person lesson, they know how important it is for the teacher to keep time. The clock not only serves the practical purpose of keeping time, but also adds a nice touch to any musical room. On the other hand, if there is already a clock, or the recipient might not like such room decoration, better look for a different gift.
20. Violin mug
Most people also enjoy getting mugs to use. There are so many cute mugs to choose from and it’s likely that your teacher won’t have chosen a violin mug for him or herself. This mug comes with a cute violin as its handle and music notes on the side. It might be a nice gift for your teacher to use while they teach you in a lesson.
If the gift is supposed to be for someone who likes to bake, gifting them this music cookie cutter set can be the perfect gift. This 5-piece set comes with notes, a violin, a treble clef, and an electric guitar. Whether or not it is the holiday time, cookies are always a fun activity that many will enjoy. The music reference is subtle and not too overbearing with this gift.
22. Jewelry box
This violin-inspired jewelry box is a nice touch for a violinist who wears jewelry. Even a person who doesn’t can use it for storing some small objects that can get lost easily.
Items To Stay Away From
Even though the intention is very nice, there are some gifts I would like to warn you about getting. Even though violinists often love what they do, there are certain gifts that are received too often or are not that thoroughly enjoyed. Try to stay away from these and go with one of the options above.
1. Violin T-shirt
Buying clothes for someone can always be tricky. Especially if this is for a teacher, you probably want to stay away from it. You may not know your teacher’s size and it’s inappropriate to ask. Furthermore, it is unlikely that your teacher will want to wear a t-shirt that advertises what they do outside of teaching and performing.
2. A new instrument or a bow
I would absolutely recommend that you stray away from purchasing a new instrument, especially from online. Picking out the right instrument, even the bow, is extremely personal and receiving one from someone can make the recipient feel obligated to use the item. Better try violin strings, a gift card to a music shop or online music shop, a different violin accessory, or even an offer to go shopping with the person to pick out a new instrument.
Finding the perfect gift that violinists will love can be tricky because you don’t want to give something that they won’t love. You want to acknowledge their affection for the craft while being considerate. There are so many violin gifts to choose from that range in price point, time, and energy but I hope that you will find this list to be comprehensive and helpful.