27 best gifts for music lovers and musicians in 2023

Everyone is a music lover to a certain degree. But what do you get for an audiophile that makes loving music part of their personality? Below, we rounded up a handful of gift ideas for those who love music or are musicians themselves. If you were too busy to shop this season or still have a few people to cross off your list, we also rounded up the best last-minute gifts to consider.

The best gifts for music lovers

As shopping experts, we sought out the best gifts for music lovers by rounding up options we think your giftee will appreciate, considering factors like budget and product type. Some products Select staff members have tried themselves, some are from brands and retailers we’ve previously covered and others are highly rated items.

Pick-a-Palooza Make Your Own Guitar Pick Punch

This gadget allows users to take unwanted plastic — like expired credit cards or IDs — and punch it into a guitar pick. The tool is small enough to throw in a bag or instrument case, allowing your loved one to travel with it. Your recipient can also add a little hole to the top and thread them through a chain, creating necklaces, bracelets and keychains.

“1000 Record Covers” by Michael Ochs

“1000 Record Covers” is filled with a selection of rock album covers from the ‘60s to the ‘90s, curated by music archivist, disc jockey, journalist and former record-publicity executive Michael Ochs. The hardcover book, with an introduction from Ochs, is a welcome addition to any music lover’s library or coffee table.

Favorite Song Lyrics Vinyl Print

If you know a music lover’s favorite song, you can give them a print of those beloved lyrics in the shape of a vinyl record. The print is highly customizable — beyond the song lyrics, you can edit the size of the graphic, its framing and layout, and add additional text, like your loved one’s name or a special date. You can also opt for a Spotify or QR code on the print, which your giftee can scan to play.

Game That Song

Music lovers can play this interactive game with family or friends to test how well everyone can match songs to specific situations. To play, one person — the judge for that game — picks a card which describes a scenario where a certain song would be played. The other players play a song they think matches the scenario and the judge chooses a winner. The group keeps playing until someone wins five rounds, at which point someone else becomes the judge. In addition to an original pack of cards, Game That Song offers cards themed in the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s.

Victrola Suitcase Record Player

NBC Select updates editor Mili Godio gave this suitcase-style Victrola record player to her younger sister as a starter model. It has a three-speed belt and beyond playing music from vinyls, users can stream audio from their phone or other devices via Bluetooth. In addition to listening to music through the record player’s speakers, the device has a headphone jack for private listening. The record player is also designed with a switch that stops spinning records once they’re finished playing.

Loop Experience Ear Plugs

For music lovers, concerts and rehearsals may be part of their daily lives. But live music can often get uncomfortably, or even dangerously, loud. These earplugs from Loop can reduce noise levels by up to 18 decibels, according to the brand. Select reporter Harry Rabinowitz has used them at concerts and weddings and says they block out ample noise without ruining the music-going experience.

Fender Stratocaster Bookend

The perfect addition to a music lover’s bookshelf, these bookends from Fender are made from recycled wood and in the same factories as actual Fender guitars, according to the company. These bookends are perfect for holding their sheet music, song notebooks, music memoirs, and more. 

Marshall Willen Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Marshall’s Willen speaker is small and compact, so music lovers can bring it anywhere. It connects to phones, tablets and other devices via Bluetooth, and its battery offers up to 15 hours of playtime on a single charge, according to the brand. The mini speaker is also dust- and water-resistant, making it safe to use by the pool, beach or bath and in light rain.  

Spotify Premium Gift Card

Most of the Select team listens to music through online streaming platforms, and Spotify is one of our favorite options. Its premium subscription allows users to listen to music, audiobooks and podcasts free of ads and interruptions. This digital gift card offers three months of Spotify Premium, is delivered via email and can be redeemed digitally. And since it can land in the recipient’s inbox minutes after you send it, this digital gift card makes a great last-minute gift. You can also purchase a Spotify Premium Gift Card in physical form to gift in person.

LEGO Ideas Fender Stratocaster Set

This LEGO Ideas set, designed for adults, gives you all the bricks needed to build a 14-inch model of a 1970s Fender Stratocaster guitar and a Fender 65 Princeton Reverb amplifier. It has enough bricks to build the guitar in red or black and includes a foldable display stand.

Anecdote Candles Vinyl Records

Set the mood for a music-listening experience with this hand-poured candle. It has top notes of bergamot, jasmine and amber and a base of sandalwood and oud. You can purchase the candle in a tumbler (60 to 70 hour burn time), jar (40 to 50 hour burn time) or tin (25 to 30 hour burn time). All of Anecdote Candles’ products are made with a coconut-soy wax blend and cotton core wicks, plus they’re free from phthalates, additives and preservatives.

Valdivia Vinyl Record Coasters

The six coasters in this set are shaped like records, and they pair with an included storage box designed to look like a turntable. The coasters are made from a heat-resistant vinyl material so users can rest hot or cold cups on top, protecting their tables. There’s also a rubber pad on the bottom of the coasters to prevent them from moving around.

Gamago Guitar Spatula

If the music lover in your life is also a foodie, this spatula, shaped like an electric guitar, is the perfect addition to their kitchen. It’s made from silicone, dishwasher safe and can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the brand.

Oak and Luna Treble Clef Charm

Your loved one can show off their passion for music every day by wearing Oak and Luna’s Treble Clef Charm, available in sterling silver, gold vermeil and solid gold. You can purchase it with a chain for an additional fee and add gift packaging and a custom note. The dainty, elegant charm measures .61by15 inches, and beyond wearing alone, your giftee can add it to a necklace or charm bracelet they already have.

Victrola Retro Wood Bluetooth FM/AM Radio

With this vintage-looking device, music lovers don’t have to choose between listening to their favorite songs via streaming platforms or the radio. They can connect their phone, tablet or other devices to the speaker via Bluetooth or find their favorite radio station by turning the AM/FM tuner dial. The device also has a volume dial that doubles as the power button and a dial that adjusts bass and treble, allowing users to customize their listening experience.

Vinyl Me Please Membership

Music lovers can get a new record delivered to their door once a month through Vinyl Me Please, a vinyl subscription service. You can gift a three, six or twelve-month membership, and select what day you want your giftee to receive notice of their membership via email. Once the email arrives, your loved one can visit the Vinyl Me Please website and choose whether they want to receive essential, classic, hip-hop, rock or country records. Before their record gets delivered each month, they can swap it out if they don’t love the company’s selection, ensuring that they always get a vinyl they’re excited about.

Papier Brass Band Hardcover Notebook

This Papier notebook has a music-themed cover, so it’s only fitting for the music lover in your life to fill it with lyrics and song ideas. The hardcover notebook measures 6-by-8.5 inches and is filled with 96 leaves of lined paper.

Happy Socks Piano Crew Socks Gift Set

Happy Socks collaborated with FAO Schwarz to create these piano-themed socks music lovers can incorporate into their wardrobe. The set comes with two pairs of machine-washable, crew length socks with ribbed cuffs. The socks are made from a cotton, polyamide, elastane blend.

Music Lover Magnetic Poetry Kit

If they’re a songwriter needing inspiration, this kit comes with over 200 magnetic word tiles to help them craft a lyric, song or poem. They can connect the magnets to their fridge, locker or any other steel surface, according to the brand.

Yamaha F335 Acoustic Guitar

NBC Page Hannah Fuechtman has been teaching herself to play guitar on this Yamaha F355 acoustic guitar that’s perfect for beginners. With a sleek, lightweight design, the guitar is easy to hold and carry to lessons. It also comes in the colors brown and off-white. She also recommends this guitar case to go with it.

Play & Display Vinyl Record Display Frame

This frame helps display your loved one’s favorite album covers as wall art. The frame is designed to fit 12-inch vinyls and has a clear front window to display the cover art while providing UV protection to prevent it from fading, according to the brand. It also has a padded sponge-like back plate that adjusts to different thickness levels, which lets you display different-sized albums like singles, full LPs or double albums, according to the brand.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X

These Audio-Technica headphones are a favorite of Select reporter Harry Rabinowitz. “They have a very balanced sound signature, so musicians, podcasters and folks who record use them all the time to get an accurate-sounding mix,” he says. They come in a wired or wireless model and come with built-in Amazon Alexa, so your loved one can use their voice to answer calls, change songs and more. They provide up to 50 hours of listening time on a single charge, according to the brand. 

Blue Yeti Mic

If your giftee creates music content, streams games or even takes Zoom calls on their computer, this microphone can deliver crisp, quality sound, according to the brand. “Literally everyone and their mother uses this microphone to record whatever. It’s good, it’s not that expensive, and it’s been around forever,” says Rabinowitz. They can also adjust headphone volume, pattern selection, instant mute and more to personalize their recording and streaming process. 

Picnic Time Toscana Cheese Board & Knife Set

This piano-shaped cheese board comes with all the essentials to host a small gathering, including a corkscrew, a fork-tipped cheese knife and a cheese fork — all stored underneath the piano’s hinged lid. The board is bamboo and has ridges along the sides to keep small foods like cheese, meats, fruits and crackers in place.

Genius Music Playing Card

This unique playing card set comes with illustrations of big names in music history, including David Bowie, Beyonce, Bob Dylan and Madonna, to name a few. A different genre represents each suit: pop for hearts, rock for spades, folk and country for diamonds and soul, blues and R&B for clubs. 

Custom Music AirPods Case

If they have a certain song on repeat and want everyone to know it, consider this clear custom AirPods case that displays the song name, the artist name and the album cover. Compatible devices ​​include AirPods 1st and 2nd Gen, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro and AirPods Pro 2nd Gen. 

Rolling Stone Rock Trivia 2024 Boxed Daily Desk Calendar

Test their rock-and-roll knowledge and help them keep track of time with this calendar from Rolling Stone. The product includes hundreds of questions from six decades of rock music and all major U.S., Canadian, United Kingdom, Australian and New Zealand holidays & moon phases.

Why trust Select?

Zoe Malin is an associate updates editor and Mili Godio is an updates editor at NBC Select. They’ve written gift guides for years, including the best gifts for brothers, the best gifts for sisters and more. To round up the best gifts for music lovers, Malin and Godio chose items they think recipients will appreciate, including products Select staff members have tried and highly rated options.

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