5 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Violinists 2020

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. All of these items are available from Music & Arts, so you won’t even have to leave this website to purchase your violinist the perfect gift! From humidifiers 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.

Dampit Violin Humidifier The Dampit humidifier provides long term humidity protection, guarding against cracking and warping. For violin, viola, cello or bass. Learn More

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.

Bellafina Wood Block Rosin DarkA light rosin for violin and viola with a protective case well suited for students.

A New Set of Violin Strings

A spare set of strings is a necessity for every violin player, from amateurs to professionals and everyone in between. That makes this one of the most useful stocking stuffer ideas for violinists. Inevitably, strings will break the most inconvenient time. It could be 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 string. Once they find a brand and type they like, they tend to stick with it long-term. For this reason, if you’re going to purchase violin strings be sure to know their preferred type.  Check with a family member for more information about which strings they may prefer or be sure to snag a gift receipt!

This set of D’Addario Ascente Violin Strings is scaled to fit a 4/4 size violin with a playing length of 13″. Learn More

Christmas Sheet Music for Violin

If you’re looking for stocking stuffer ideas for volinists that can be combined with  other items on thia list, you can’t go wrong with a book of Christmas sheet music. Holiday sheet music is available for a wide variety of skill levels and instruments. Easily purchased for beginners, seasoned players, or someone in between…sheet music is a great option for all. When purchasing sheet music, be sure to pay attention to the instrument it’s intended for. Some collections are made exclusively for pianos, guitars, violins, and other instruments.

Hal Leonard Christmas Favorites Violin Essential Elements Standard A collection of Christmas arrangements which can be played by the entire string group or by individual soloists with optional CD accompaniment.  Learn More

Music Lessons for Violinists

Possibly one of the best stocking stuffer ideas for violinists! Giving the gift of music (literally) is the gift that keeps on giving. After all, everything else on this list won’t matter if they don’t know how to play. Write them a check, send them a gift card, or pay for their lessons in-person or online. Either way, your musician will love that they’re saving money while still getting a premium music education. Music & Arts is the nation’s largest private music lesson provider and teaches over 1 million lessons each year, so it’s a great place to start. For those who truly are impossible to shop for, we also sell gift certificates just choose any amount between $10 and $2,500.

Shop with Music & Arts

Music & Arts is the #1 holiday destination for musicians and music-lovers this season. From holiday songbooks to instruments, accessories, pro audio gear, and much more, we’re here to help make your holiday merry, bright, and musical this year. Stop in and see us at your local Music & Arts location, or shop online today!

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