Make Music, Not Messes
Composing should be about melody, not calligraphy. This template, a great bargain gift for the budding musician, helps you keep your mind on the former without having to worry about the latter.
If music be the food of love, instruments are the silverware. While there's nothing wrong with using the same cutlery six days out of seven, sometimes an escargot fork or bonbon spoon is really what you need to serve up some particular delicacy.
Few people these days are willing to learn the art of creating a melody, yet those that do have a greater array of options to choose from than ever before. Between exotic instruments, modern technology and more cool accessories than you can shake a conductor's baton at, there's a whole universe of sound for you to explore.
If you regularly handle financial or legal documents, travel abroad or just have a healthy level of paranoia regarding digital security, you may want one of these in your laptop bag. Instead of software encryption, data is secured using a biometric fingerprint reader.
A sure-fire gift for any music therapist, producer, DJ or teacher, this book explains the effect of melody on the brain. A real eye-opener, it manages to deepen the mystery of how we perceive sound rather than dispelling it.
This cute, easy-to-use toy allows your young ones to start exploring the world of music using well-known and time-honored tunes from Mozart. Unlike a drum kit or recorder, it has the additional advantage of not driving parents insane.
The perfect gift for joggers, commuters and podcast addicts, this beanie lets you stay warm while listening to audio streamed from your phone. There are cheaper lookalikes available, but it’s worthwhile paying a little more for quality in this case.
Looking for a gift that will please a music-lover who’s constantly on the go? These lightweight yet surprisingly tuneful headphones are worth considering. Though on the expensive side and with a few drawbacks, their sound quality is second to none.
Some board games are so complicated their rule books resemble novels. Others are so pointless that you may as well watch paint dry. A few will always be won by people who’re good at something like math or spelling, but Spontuneous is simply a barrel of laughs.
Music teachers are often flooded with gifts from their students around the end of the year or term. These little note cards give you the option of showing your appreciation with something special rather than an impractical, characterless gift.
The Kalimba is played with just the two thumbs. This makes it mainly an instrument for playing two-note chords and harmonies, but that’s not a bad thing. It makes it a great instrument for kids, starting musicians, and anyone more experienced who wants something to play on when on the go.
Want to catch up with the news while you’re shampooing in the morning? Listen to something relaxing or upbeat when you get home? This splash-proof speaker allows you to do just that, and can also come in handy by the poolside or when boating.