A few musicians are born naturally gifted, but most learn to love playing and listening at a young age, encouraged by the adults around them.
The holidays are a perfect time to show that support with a thoughtful, musically themed gift.
Whether you’re buying for a 5-year-old who has never touched a piano or a 17-year-old with a garage band, here are the perfect gifts for every music-loving young one.
Sonos Move Speaker
Kids who rock out don’t always play nice with their things, so their audio equipment needs to be tough to stand up. The Move speaker from Sonos combines durability with superior sound quality. Designed for use indoors or out, at home or on the go, the speaker can withstand anything your kid throws at it. Plus with built in voice control through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, the smart speaker can probably outsmart your little one too.
Purchase on Sonos for $399
John Lennon Poster
You may not know who the hot new artists are in 2019 (what, praytell, is a Migos anyway?), but you do know the Beatles are forever, and soon enough one more kid will learn the enduring relevance of John Lennon. This framed poster will look great on any kid’s wall, whether they’re 6 or 16.
Purchase on Society6 for $18.89
If you know a kid who has never played music on anything other than an iPhone, this turntable is a great gift for kickstarting an LP passion. In a few attractive colors and built for ease and portability, the Cruiser Deluxe Turntable is an easy win. It’s even enabled with bluetooth to take advantage of an existing audio set-up.
Purchase on Overstock for $55.09
Few audio brands command quite as much cultural cache as Beats by Dre. Anyone who buys these headphones for a kid will instantly become the coolest grown-up in their life. They boast great sound quality, wireless connectivity, smart speaker voice commands, and they look pretty fine to boot.
Purchase on QVC for $279.95
Toy Drum Set
You can never start off a kid too early on the drums -- said every “fun” uncle and zero parents. This colorful drum set, designed for babies over 36 months, includes several drums that flash lights and play sounds to keep young kids interested. There’s even a microphone for impromptu vocal solos.
Purchase on Overstock for $41.99
The best way to encourage excitement for the musical arts is to get the whole family involved. This karaoke system, which comes equipped with a mic and bluetooth connectivity, is perfect for a family night in. You can show off your own vocal range while embarrassing everyone with your in-depth knowledge of ‘80s tunes.
Purchase on QVC for $79.96
Cassette iPhone Case
Old-school meets new-school in this retro cassette iPhone case, which transforms the latest smartphone into a mix-tape straight from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Just be prepared: There’s a good chance your giftee won’t even know what a cassette is.
Purchase on Society6 for $18
Duanswa Gourd Bits Shaker
Not all instruments around the world look alike. Broaden your kid’s multicultural awareness while building on their love of music with an instrument from another people. This shaker hails from Ghana, brought to the U.S. by the brand Jamtown, which sources instruments from around the world that combine traditional building techniques and sustainable materials.
Purchase on Overstock for $23.99
As headphones become increasingly portable, they also become increasingly loseable. If your kid has a habit of misplacing their AirPods, gift them this handy carrying case, which slips right over the standard AirPod case and adds a handy carabiner for secure transportation.
Purchase on Overstock for $11.99
Sonos Two Room Set
If your little baby isn’t so little anymore and is getting ready to move out, this Sonos speaker set is the perfect way to ensure their dorm room or first apartment is outfitted just right. Wrap it up along with a “Missing Home” playlist of your favorite songs to remind them to visit home a lot.
Purchase on Sonos for $338
If you can already tell your newborn was born to be a music star, hang this musical mobile above their crib to ensure harmonious dreams. The stuffed elephants on the mobile slowly rotate as Brahms' Lullaby plays softly, soothing any fussy future rockstar to sleep.
Purchase on Overstock for $45.45