Looking for the perfect birthday, holiday or graduation gift idea for a violin player in your life? This challenging instrument attracts some of the most discerning personalities, so we’ve carefully developed a list of high quality items – from the classical orchestra member to folk fiddle players. After researching over 300 ideas, here are our top 19:
Stradivari’s Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection tells the story of Antonio Stradivari’s famous violins through the lens of 6 of his surviving instruments, including a cello currently played by Yo Yo Ma. Weaving together detailed historical research from the 1600s to present day, the magic of Stradivari comes to life in this well-written text.
In this new world of digital metronome apps, your violinist will be delighted to experience the “good old days” with a fun old fashioned mechanical metronome. We recommend the Tempi model for its 2 year warranty, great user reviews and authentic visual appeal — all at a good value.
Rising star Isabelle Faust’s 2016 recording of the Mozart Violin Concertos was hailed by the New York Times as one of the best classical recordings
of 2016. Whether new to this music or committed to memory, this rendition is fresh and ear opening.
A fantastic value for the price, this box set features eight CDs recorded by world-renowned violin virtuoso Joshua Bell. Even if your violin player already owns some Joshua Bell records, he or she is likely to find something new here. The music covers a diverse range of styles, from I Got Rhythm (“Girl Crazy”) to Vocalise.
For players living with others or in apartments, this is a life saver. Thanks to the headphone jack, it can be completely silent — saving others from the 109th rendition of Mendelssohn’s violin concerto in a row. Great as a complement to an existing violin, this electric violin is cheap and sturdy enough to bring on vacations or airplanes.
This finely crafted mini violin and case is a great way to add some musical personality to a desk or bookshelf. A great gift for a young musician after a recital or special performance. Also makes a fun gag gift for adults who need to deal with complainers.
One of the biggest challenges of playing violin is proper intonation. This handy clip-on tuner is made especially for string instruments, making it easy to see whether your notes are on or off the mark. You can even store it in the case with the tuner attached.
She will love this sparkly crystal violin necklace. Perfect accent for concerts or other special occasions where she wants to show off her musical talent. While the build quality is not perfect, it’s hard to beat for the price and sure to be met with oohs and aahs.
While violins are not as loud and annoying as trumpets
, they still project a lot of sound, even through building walls. If you live in an apartment or with family members who like peace and quiet, a practice mute is a must.
Winning rave critic reviews, this unique book tells a largely untold story of the violin’s role in the Jewish community during the holocaust. Did you know that violins were played constantly at the concentration camps? A tale of the enduring human spirit, this book chronicles the lives of six different violinists who kept hope through music.
Add some subtle flare to your formal concert attire with these fun violin cuff links. Great for other special occasions as well as the perfect conversation starter.
Your musician will love this whimsical violinist fox t-shirt. Made from high quality material and available in a number of colors, it’s a gift that shows off one’s unique personality.
Have a special photo of your musician to showcase? Place it in this great violin imprinted frame – a gift that will be treasured for years to come. Also a great gift idea for a violin teacher.
This unique Italian poster promoting a violin performance makes a great conversation piece. Printed on high quality paper with a matte finish, it would look nice framed or not.
Featuring interviews with 24 renown violin players from the early 20th century, this classic book is a great way to glean professional insights from a variety of perspectives. The advice remains relevant today, from improving bow technique to intonation. Especially interesting is an interview with Maud Powell, describing what it’s like to be one of the first female violin players.
It’s no secret violin layers are some of the most highly evolved creatures on planet earth. This funny t-shirt shows how the cave man evolved over time to perfection — that is, the violinist.
Looking for the perfect gift for an aspiring fiddler? While most students start out with standard classical fare, those folk-tune souls out there have another world to explore with fiddle music. Help you violinist on his or her musical journey with this highly-praised fiddle how-to book, featuring easy to play tunes along with tips to learn improvisation. Included is a helpful CD along with a dose of humor.
These genuine wood headphones get great reviews thanks to their cushioned ear pads, deep bass, and attractive appearance. Like the wood on violins, the wood on these headphones helps add to the acoustic resonance.
The famous Austrian Mozart candies are a rare treat. Chocolate hazelnut encases a delicious pistachio marzipan. Even rarer is this violin-shaped Mozart candy. A must have for any sweet tooth violins in your life.
Know a violin player who loves to read? These fun musical bookends are a great way to not only store novels, but books of music as well. They’ll look great in a practice studio. A great idea for both kids and adults.
What should you avoid giving a violin player?
1. “Best of” compilation CD – Stick to records featuring a single, well-regarded artist rather than a generic sampling of what may be mixed quality performances at best.
2. Violin case – Unless your violin player has specifically picked out a case he or she wants, avoid getting a new one without his or her input.