Do you need to finish your shopping in a hurry? Prefer to avoid the chaos of the malls after Thanksgiving? Whether you got invited to a Christmas party at the last minute or prefer to do your holiday shopping from the comfort of your own home, here are some easy, simple, and useful stocking stuffer ideas for violinists of all skill levels. Most of these items are easy to find, so you won’t have to worry about spending hours trying to track down the perfect gift. Even better, most of these items can be found on Music & Arts, so you won’t even have to leave this website to purchase your violinist the perfect gift! From hand lotion to strings, any violinist is sure to enjoy the gifts on this list.
You might think a humidifier is a boring gift, but we like to think of it as practical. The best thing about humidifiers is that every string musician needs one, violinists included. Even if your violinist already has one, it’ll need to be replaced soon enough. Plus, there’s always room for an upgrade. At $10-$15 a pop, it’s a small price to pay for something that helps protect your violinist’s $1,000+ investment. Typically available in two different varieties- sound hole humidifiers and case humidifiers- humidifiers are an essential for every violinist. If you aren’t sure which type your violinist prefers, ask one of their family members- they should be able to decipher between the two after taking a quick peek into their case.
‘Tis the season for non-stop cold weather, which means one thing for many musicians: dry, cracked skin that can make practicing and performing painful. To make this stocking stuffer even more specialized for violinists, opt for a size that’s small enough to fit inside their gig bag so they can easily carry it with them from rehearsal to performance and back home again. Additionally, skip shopping at Bath & Body Works and choose a no-frills, unscented lotion, instead. Why? Lotions with a lot of perfume can, over time, strip away the top layer of coating from instruments. In fact, there’s an entire line of hand care called Guitar Hands that’s developed for musicians by musicians. And yes, even violinists can use this line of high-quality hand care items.
Their Favorite Rosin
If you don’t know what rosin is, it’s a solid cake or block of tree sap that coats the hairs of the bow, allowing the bow to grip the strings and produce sound. If a violinist plays without applying rosin, the sound quality will be noticeably poorer. As you shop for rosin, you’ll probably notice there are a variety of brands, colors, and hardnesses available on the market. Although your violinist may have a preference, purchasing them a new or different type of rosin won’t be the end of the world. In fact, after trying it out, they may find that they actually prefer it to their usual. If one of your violinist’s family members can provide a recommendation, that would be your best bet.
A New Set of Strings
A spare set of strings is a necessity for every violin player, from amateurs to professionals and everyone in between. Inevitably, strings will break the most inconvenient time- before a performance or in the middle of a lesson- so having extra strings on hand at all times is a must. Contrary to rosin, many violinists are quite particular about their strings- once they find a brand and type they like, they tend to stick with it. For this reason, it’s only a good idea to purchase violin strings only if you know their preferred type or if the violinist is new and hasn’t had the chance to find their favorite, yet. Check with a family member for more information about which strings they may prefer.
Christmas Sheet Music
If you’re looking for something that can be combined with any of the other items on the list, you can’t go wrong with a book of Christmas sheet music. Available for a wide variety of skill levels and for a variety of instruments, including the violin, you can purchase a book of Christmas sheet music for a child who just started taking violin lessons, someone who has been playing their instrument for a decade, or someone in between. When purchasing Christmas music, or any type of sheet music for that matter, pay attention to the instrument it’s intended for. Some collections are made exclusively for pianos, guitars, violins, and other instruments.
If you’ve read through this list and are still stuck, you can never go wrong with purchasing a gift certificate to your violinists favorite music retailer- may we suggest a gift certificate from Music & Arts? With a massive online store and convenient brick-and-mortar stores across the country, they’re sure to find just what they’re looking for. While the amount is purely up to you, here are the average prices of various violin accessories that you can use as a baseline: a standard music stand averages $20, rosin is about $5, and a set of violin strings averages about $30. Available in increments ranging from $10-$2,500, simply purchase them the amount you desire and check out- it’s really that easy!