No idea what gift to get the violinist in your life?
Obviously, you can’t go wrong with a violin-related present.
The best violin gifts are something useful that helps the violinist pursue his or her craft. But violin-themed ornaments and trinkets can make good presents, too.
I’ve come up with a list of some great gift ideas for violin teachers, students, players or just fans who love this wonderful instrument.
At the very least, seeing these ideas should awaken additional ideas inside you. But ideally, one of the suggestions below will turn out to be the perfect gift for your player.
Gifts For Violin Players
Any violinist needs replacement strings, making the Prelude String Set from D’Addario the perfect gift. The set is available in light, medium and heavy tension and in all instrument sizes (1/16 scale, 1/8 scale, 1/4 scale, 1/2 scale, 3/4 scale and 4/4 scale).
These strings are the preferred choice of most teachers when they recommend strings to their students, because they offer a unique blend of durability, warm tone and low cost. The warm sound comes from the solid steel core construction.
The Prelude strings come in a sealed pouch that protects them until you need them. It ensures they last longer and do not corrode. The strings are made in the US and every one is inspected to make sure it meets D’Addario’s high quality standards.
Anyone who plays our favorite instrument will eventually need a replacement bow, making them one of the easiest violin gifts. And the Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Bow is easily the best quality bow you can get in this price range.
It is available in 4 sizes: 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4. It is made from carbon fiber and was designed to perfectly replicate the curve and the weight (about 60 grams) of an expensive Pernambuco wood bow. In fact, any wood bow that does not cost at least four times as much as the Fiddlerman will not come close to this level of balance and weight distribution.
It has a copper mounted ebony frog with a high-grade abalone inlay and it is made with high-quality Mongolian horse hair. This bow is an exceptional value: it costs so much less than other bows of similar quality, simply because it is made from carbon fiber and not wood.
Rosin For The Bow
Every player needs rosin, making it another of those excellent violin gifts. My favorite is the Jade L’Opera JADE Rosin which actually works great for the viola and cello as well as our instrument.
It’s not the cheapest rosin (if you’re looking for something less expensive, try the D’Addario Natural Rosin), but it is still quite inexpensive and you get a large amount that will last a long time. The Jade rosin gives you a smooth, but firm grip and it sticks without attracting dust. It is gentle enough that it won’t leave scratches, even on fine varnish.
This jar is 1.5 by 5 inches and it comes with a protective velvet cloth wrap. In addition to the single jar, there are also several value bundles available, as well as a version that comes in a Paris jar and another one that comes in a collector’s box. Both of those make excellent gifts for any violinist.
A Music Stand
A music stand, like the On Stage Folding Music Stand, makes a great gift for violin students or teachers. It comes in seven different colors and includes a durable carrying bag with a shoulder strap.
The On Stage stand folds up for easy storage and transport. A spring-loaded trigger release makes it easy to fold up. The stand is adjustable to standing or sitting positions (from 26 to 40 inches) thanks to a two section vertical shaft with a cam locking clutch.
The book plate can be tilted and the fold-out extensions can hold up to three standard 8.5 by 11 inch sheets securely in place. The return lip measures two inches. The tripod leg assembly has braces for extra stability and no-slip rubber feet.
The KLIQ UberTuner is a great clip-on tuner that works for a number of instruments, with tuning modes for violin, guitar, bass, ukulele, as well as a chromatic tuning mode.
The UberTuner has an advanced microprocessor and a Piezo sensor that work together to accurately and quickly tune your instrument. Its large color display makes it easy to see if you’re in tune or flat or sharp, no matter how dark the room or from what angle you’re viewing the display. You can also position the screen any way you like, since it has 3 points of adjustment.
The Piezo sensor detects the instrument’s vibrations, not the sound, meaning ambient noise will never interfere. The UberTuner is durable and can withstand even the heavy abuse of a touring musician. To prove that, KLIQ provides a 3 year manufacturer guarantee. If anything ever goes wrong, they’ll replace the tuner or refund 100% of your money.
Violin Ornaments, Jewelry and Trinkets
There are so many different violin-themed items that would make great gifts for violin lovers that I couldn’t possibly list them all here. Instead, the button below will take you to Amazon so you can browse their selection. You’re sure to find something there that would appeal to the violinist in your life.
The item pictured here is a 24k gold-plated rotating figurine with Spectra Crystals from Swarovski. As the instrument and base rotate, an 18-note musical movement plays. You wind it up by rotating the base.
The Swarovski figurine is 4.1 inches tall and 2 inches across at the base. The bottom is covered in felt. It ships in an attractive gift box and is a truly unique item that would make a great Christmas gift for a violin player.