From Concert Tickets to Signed Records: Top Great Gift Ideas for Music Lovers

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from concert tickets to signed records: top great gift ideas for music lovers
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Do you have any massive music nerds in your life? As in, some really audiophiles who know the entire background of a certain genre, or even how certain subgenres developed? Or maybe, they’re an old soul who loves their classical music, like Brahms, Chopin and Beethoven? Are they proficient in a particular musical instrument? Or do they have a band or two with whom they are absolutely obsessed? 

When it comes to music, we all know that music appreciation is really subjective, just like any art form. But there are certain levels of obsession that audiophiles can attain, from understanding musical theory and song structures, to just enjoying a good concert or a spirited boogie down to their favourite disco hits.

All the ways we enjoy music are valid, too – whether you’re studying hard at your piano or head banging at a rock concert. That’s because music brings joy, and more often than not, music appreciation and even music making becomes a way to bond with someone, a way to express our emotions, and a way to just be.

So when you think about giving sentimental gifts or even experience gifts, finding present ideas that pay homage to your recipient’s musical tastes is a natural connection to make. And to help you out, we’ll be sharing some of our top gift ideas for all the different types of music lovers out there below.

Experiential music gifts

These days, so many of us like to experience the excitement of live music, so buying concert tickets becomes about so much more than just hearing songs on a new album. 

Nonetheless, there are actually plenty of musical experiences that can feasibly be gifts to give to all the flourishing maestros in your life. From an intimate jazz lounge with lunch and drinks to the chance to see inside a recording studio and do their own recording session. 

Whether they’re the bass guitarist or the frontman singer, an experiential music-based gift is sure to be one that they won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

Gifting retro (or new-age) records

With the resurged popularity of records today, you really cannot go wrong with finding some of your recipient’s favourite albums or artists on vinyl. And thankfully, there are plenty of modern artists that are releasing their new albums not only digitally or on CD, but on vinyl as well! All you really have to do is either jump online and buy a record from the artist’s website, or even just head to your local record store to see what new-age sounds they have in their collection.

And what if your music lover doesn’t actually have a record player? For that new school audiophile who has only just discovered the quality of vinyl, to the old record lover who never forgot its charm, a new age 3-speed record player with some great records could be the perfect pairing and gift for them. 

Add in an extra special signed record or perhaps even a limited edition record from their favourite artist or band and they have the start of a promising collection. 

Personalised gift ideas for musos

While getting the muso or musician in your life, a gift can seem difficult, sometimes it helps to think about gifts that they’ll actually be able to use every day. From a name-engraved guitar pick for your guitarist friend to a reed holder for your saxophone-playing partner or even a personalised music gift that’ll be sure to get younger kids interested in music, personally picked gifts that are perfect for their hobby could be the perfect way to make sure your little present stands the test of time.

You can actually find personalised gifts for musos pretty easily now too. For instance, you could buy some guitar picks and get them laser engraved yourself, or simply find a hobby CNC engraver who’ll be able to do the job for you. Etsy is also a great place to go for some super reasonably priced personalised gifts.

Musical merch

Is there a show your friend has always wanted to see, or a band they adore, but they missed the event or couldn’t get tickets? If you know your friend, perhaps the next best thing from giving them your ticket is to get them some authentic tour or band merch from the gig?

With everything from T-shirts to programs or even headwear, there’s a wide range of musical merch out there to suit all types of fans. Nowadays, there are even opportunities to buy functional merchandise like monogrammed drumsticks or guitar picks that boast the logo of your favourite brands and artists.

A Marshall Bluetooth speaker

Has your friend ever wanted a large scale amplifier to blast their tunes, but haven’t been able to splurge on a concert-ready amp? Do they look at that Marshall™ amp in the music store and wish it was in their living room?

Well how about making a compromise with an official Marshall wireless Bluetooth speaker, that gives off the same sharpness and sound quality – all while being portable? These official Marshall branded Bluetooth speakers are the ultimate gift idea for any die-hard rock fans. 

And honestly they’re also just a thing of beauty all on its own, as they’ve all been designed to look just like a mini Marshall stack. Simply put, a Marshall Bluetooth speaker or two is sure to make a great functional addition to your music lover’s record rack.

Concert tickets

Of course, any music lover’s ultimate wish is guaranteed to be seeing their favourite acts live.  So if you know that their favourite band or singer is coming to town on tour, why not surprise them with tickets to the gig? 

Whether it’s an indie rock band, some great DJ sets, or Beyonce’s next concert, I’m sure you’ll win brownie points for some front row tickets or maybe even a VIP upgrade that includes a meet and greet.

And even if you weren’t able to score some VIP passes or front row seats, you can always just make sure you allocate some of your budget for the evening for spoiling your music loving friend with some concert merch. 

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Whether it’s a classic vinyl record, some music themed home decor or those elusive concert tickets to the artist they’ve always wanted to see, the gift of music can be given to someone in many different ways. So get to thinking about how you can really show your music loving friend you care for the next special gift-giving occasion that comes your way.

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

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