Do you have a piano student or piano fan you’re shopping for this holiday season? I’ve come up with a list of gifts that are perfect for any piano-loving person in your life!
If Santa is going big this year, pianos and keyboards are such fun gifts that keep on giving. I highly recommend the Yamaha P125. (I have 2 in my studio and tons of my students have this keyboard.) This is the bare minimum that I recommend – smaller keyboards will feel and play more like a toy.
Returning To The Piano
Returning To The Piano by Wendy Stevens is my favorite book to recommend for adults who may have some sort of piano or music experience in their past. It doesn’t assume you remember everything and it gives terrific explanations of all of the musical concepts and skills that it introduces and reviews. The music selection is a mix of a lot of different genres so you can try out a little of everything.
Giving piano lessons as a gift is such an awesome idea, but I understand that logistically it doesn’t always make sense. And, it’s a pretty big investment to gift long-term piano lessons. Flowkey is an excellent alternative. It’s an online app that has tutorials for hundreds of songs and courses for to teach the piano basics. My students and I use this app regularly and it’s a great way to learn piano. If it’s something you’re thinking about, you can read my beginner’s guide to flowkey here, and my review of flowkey here.
Piano Tote Bag
Anyone who plays the piano needs a good tote bag to carry their music in. There are a lot of papers and books to keep track of, so having a sturdy bag is really important. Most of my students carry a bag into their lessons, but they go through a lot of wear and tear. A fresh bag is always welcome!
For students on sports teams and in many other activities, there is usually a t-shirt that comes along with participating. Piano lessons usually don’t have a t-shirt, but there are tons of cute t-shirts out there that can help pianists connect to each other. Here are some good ones to browse.
Headphones are staple in my piano studio. They’re great for pianists for silent practicing on a keyboard or digital piano, working with music apps or listening to music to learn. Headphones definitely fall in the “you get what you pay for” category, so I’d stay away from the cheapest options. I have 6 sets of these Yamaha headphones in my studio. They’re pretty basic, but they’ve held up really well with a lot of daily use from my students over the years. There are definitely some fancier options out there, though, if you’re looking for something nicer.
Getting new sheet music is always fun for a pianist. You might enjoy browsing your local music store for music. Amazon has a huge selection of books. Sheet Music Plus is one of my favorite spots to shop for sheet music online. From their website, you can see at least the first page of most music to make sure it’s the right level for your piano fan. If you’re not sure what music to get, piano teachers are full of ideas, or you could always go with a Sheet Music Plus gift certificate. Or, If you know of books your pianist is already playing from, type the title of that book in the search bar of Sheet Music Plus and see what similar books it recommends.
Some of my students have awesome piano phone cases and these would make a great gift for someone who loves piano!
A bluetooth speaker is really handy to have near the piano. They’re great for playing backing tracks to play along with, for listening to musical examples while practicing and just for listening to music in general. Similar to headphones, there is a huge variety of quality, so I wouldn’t opt for the cheapest option here.
If you’re looking for something beautiful for your pianist, Etsy is the place to look. You can find all kinds of handmade music-themed jewelry there.
Pianists always need a good collection of music that they enjoy and that inspires them. You can’t go wrong with classics, like the Beethoven Sonatas. Or, the Piano Guys and the Five Browns are fun to listen to. If you’re not sure, you could always go with an iTunes gift card.
Hopefully this list got your wheels turning. I hope you find the perfect gift for the piano fan in your life!