Piano players don’t get to practice at will – it’s not an instrument that you can readily lug around. Many of them practice on electronic keyboards, and a good percentage of keyboard players started out by taking piano lessons.
As you probably already know, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to owning and playing certain instruments, and pianos and keyboards are no exceptions.
Gifts for Piano Players - 20 Awesome Options
Know someone practicing endlessly to become the next Havasi or Jordan Rudess? – Here are some gift ideas that show you understand and respect their commitment to the craft.
Table of Contents
- Gifts for Piano Players - 20 Awesome Options
- 1. Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII MIDI Keyboard
- 2. Sony MDR7506 Studio-Ready Headphones
- 3. PreSonus Eris 3.5 BT Studio Monitors
- 4. Gator Padded Keyboard Gig Bag
- 5. Shure SM48
- 6. Yamaha PKBB1 X-Style Bench
- 7. Gator Cases GKC-1648 Keyboard Cover
- 8. Behringer Ultratone K450FX 45-Watt Keyboard Amplifier
- 9. Music Nomad MN130 Piano Cleaner
- 10. Kala LTP-S Ukulele
- 11. Fender Blues Deluxe Harmonica C
- 12. RockJam Xfinity Double-X Piano Keyboard Stand
- 13. M-Audio SP-2 Sustain Pedal
- 14. KLIQ MetroPitch Digital Metronome Tuner
- 15. AmazonBasics Sheet Music Stand
- 16. Dampp-Chaser Piano Humidifier Pad Treatment 16oz
- 17. New Bee Headphone Stand
- 18. Donner DPA-1 Pedal Power Supply Adapter
- 19. QMG Piano Stickers
- 20. Kootek Clip-On Music Light Stand
- Tips for Choosing the Right Gift
- Gifts to Avoid
You may also want to consider this as a birthday present for a fellow musician that likes experimenting with different sounds and effects. The comprehensive software should keep your friend busy for the better part of the year.
Comfortable, adjustable, and great-sounding, the Sony MDR7506 is an excellent pair of headphones for practicing any instrument. If you know a keyboard player who’s constantly complaining about not being able to practice at home, the MDR7506 makes a great gift.
The headphones have a 9.8ft cord, great noise isolation, and wide frequency response range. They’re also foldable which makes them easy to go places with. This is one way to make sure your friend gets all the practice time he needs to reach his goals.
Wireless studio monitors are getting more and more advanced each year. The Presonus Eris 3.5 BT is a very clear-sounding pair of studio monitors with a compact footprint and an affordable price tag. It also has Bluetooth-built in for extra flexibility.
But why is this important? – Because keyboard players can’t just rely on the built-in speakers on their instruments. Most keyboard speakers are no match for a good pair of studio monitors.
If you want to let a fellow piano/keyboard player know that you care, this makes an excellent gift. It’s easy to set up and the sound quality is almost unbeatable in this price range.
You don’t need to have a professional keyboard player among your group of friends to gift a keyboard gig bag. You can also get this for someone who carries their keyboard to a teacher’s house a few times a week for lessons.
Gator offers a wide range of cases or gig bags from 49-note to 88-note in size. There are also both slim and regular gig bags. Regardless of the type, you’ll find that the reinforced carry handles and the rugged material are worth every penny. Your friend or kid will certainly appreciate it.
5. Shure SM48
Shure microphones are used all over the world in recording studios and live performances. If you know someone who plays the piano or keyboard professionally, the SM48 could be an insightful gift.
It has a frequency response that emphasizes vocals, and a cardioid pattern which minimizes the effect of off-axis sound. It’s also rather affordable. There's also a slightly more expensive variant that features an on/off switch.
Practicing the piano for hours is not something that comes easily to everyone. If you have a friend or bandmate that’s constantly striving for excellence, this is something that might help them.
The Yamaha PKBB1 keyboard bench is fully adjustable and very sturdy. It promotes good posture and offers a comfortable padded seat. It also won’t burn a hole in your wallet and your friend will appreciate the level of quality and durability.
If a birthday’s coming up and you’re looking for something a keyboard player may enjoy, consider a keyboard cover. While a carry case or gig bag will offer more protection, they’re inconvenient for use at home.
The GKC-1648 is an elastic cover that can fit over a 76- or 88-note keyboard. It’s fully washable and easy to remove when the musician’s in the mood for practicing.
This is also an affordable way to show someone you care. Considering the usefulness of the gift, you won’t have to worry about looking cheap.
Keyboard players deserve their own amplification. They shouldn’t have to share with lead singers as it’s so often the case in small venues or rehearsal studios. If you know someone who’s struggling to be heard, consider the Ultratone K450FX as a present.
This triple-channel keyboard amplifier has enough juice to make even a low-end keyboard audible on a small stage. It has the durability one would expect from Behringer and enough adjustability to be viable for many musical genres. The 5-band graphic EQ system is fun to experiment with when trying to get that unique tone.
Some musicians are fortunate enough to own or have access to a piano. Others of course rely on keyboards to learn and perform. But what can you get someone who has a piano?
Consider something affordable and useful. Like an all-in-one piano cleaner. The Music Nomad MN130 takes care of all the cleaning, polishing, and waxing needs of an acoustic piano.
It contains anti-static agents and Brazilian carnauba wax, which helps to create a transparent protective barrier that maintains the gloss and integrity of the wood. It’s also biodegradable so if your musician friend is all about the environment, he’ll surely appreciate the gesture.
This sounds a bit unorthodox, but getting a ukulele for a piano player is not a bad idea. Piano players have a tendency to spend too much time learning classical music. It sounds amazing but it’s not often fun because of the technical difficulty.
Given that a piano player already has great finger dexterity, a ukulele shouldn’t be a hard string instrument to play. The Kala LTP-S has four strings, a durable body, and a very short scale length.
If you think someone you know is studying too hard and not having enough fun, this is one gift that will take them by surprise, while also being of use. After all, you can’t play everything on a piano and make it sound natural.
Did you start a blues band and feel like something’s missing from your sound? – Try adding a harmonica to the mix. Or, better yet, get a blues harmonica as a gift to one of your other bandmates. Why not the keyboard player?
When used with a mount, your guy can play two instruments at the same time while you can focus on your lead guitar or on your raspy vocals and exercising your breathing technique. Harmonicas and blues go hand-in-hand so it makes sense to pair one with a quality keyboard.
A proper keyboard stand is very important when practicing the instrument. If you’re looking for gift ideas for a fellow keyboard or piano player, then consider the RockJam Xfinity.
It’s adjustable between 4 and 38 inches, which makes it highly versatile. The metal construction is high-end. This should make it an impressive and thoughtful gift for someone who prefers heavier electronic keyboards.
And, better yet, the stand comes with strong support straps, making it stage-ready.
If there’s one thing most keyboard players complain about, it’s how different it is to play an electronic instrument compared to the real deal. If you have such a friend, you might want to consider getting him or her a sustain pedal.
The SP-2 has piano-style action and works with pretty much any electronic keyboard. The feedback is just what you would expect from an acoustic piano. It’s one way you can make your friend’s practice sessions more exciting.
Do you know someone who just started taking piano or keyboard lessons? – A keyboard also needs to be tuned and have its tone adjusted. If you want to help out an actual beginner, the MetroPitch is a very handy gadget.
Not only does it act as a tuner and tone generator, but it also works as a metronome. It can help your friend nail down the tempo. It also comes with various beats pre-programmed so that a keyboard player can practice improvising in various musical genres.
It also helps that the MetroPitch comes with a 3-year warranty.
Assuming you know someone who can read sheet music and you want to help enhance their study sessions, a very nice sheet music stand can often be a thoughtful gift. Mind you, not everyone has a keyboard stand or keyboard that supports sheet music.
This item has a welded steel base and non-slip feet, as well as amazing balance. It’s as sturdy as they come, which makes it completely viable for live performances. Therefore, there are a lot of musicians that can benefit from it, piano and keyboard players included.
It’s funny sometimes how something so cheap can help to maintain extremely expensive instruments in fine working condition. Do you have someone in mind that is a complete freak about piano maintenance and instrument maintenance in general?
Ask them if they use the Piano Life Saver System. This humidity monitoring and control system helps to keep piano pads in pristine condition. The next time you go visit, you can grab a couple bottles of the Dampp-Chaser Piano Humidifier solution.
It’s essential to the humidifier system and something your friend will definitely need. Maybe you’ll even be able to make a request or two after catching up.
Know anyone that’s complaining about a lack of storage options for their headsets? Maybe you know a keyboard player or piano player that’s tired of having to take the headphones out of their case before each study session.
A headphone stand can be a very nice gift. It’s the same concept as a guitar, bass, or keyboard stand, only this is for accessories and not instruments. The New Bee headphone stand is affordable yet highly useful if you know someone who studies or records with headphones.
Daisy chain adapters are very useful gadgets for any professional musician. If you know someone who uses lots of pedals for their guitar, the Donner DPA-1 is almost a must-have item. But this 9V adapter is also good for powering negative tip keyboards.
If you’re running out of gift ideas and you know someone who has a Casio, Korg, Boss, or any other negative tip keyboard, the DPA-1 is something they can use. With the sturdiness and amazing cable quality, it’s a multipurpose gadget for beginner and professional musicians alike.
Do you know someone who’s struggling to learn the piano or keyboard? Maybe someone who can’t afford to take lessons or would rather be self-taught.
A very supportive gift can be a set of piano stickers. These ones from QMG come for all keyboards from 49 to 88-note models. They’re transparent and easy to attach. The stickers offer visual cues that help beginner players pick up the notes faster and develop muscle memory quicker.
They help make practicing much more fluid and they also come with an eBook of easy-to-learn piano songs.
Is someone you know having a hard time learning to play the piano or keyboard? Maybe there’s just not enough time during the day for study. Keyboards aren’t that hard to practice quietly but lighting is required if nighttime study becomes mandatory.
Consider this Kootek music light stand as a gift. This rechargeable light stand houses 10 LED bulbs. It will emit more than enough concentrated light so that your friend can practice on the instrument without disturbing other household members.
Tips for Choosing the Right Gift
Choosing what to get someone as a gift can often be a bit challenging. You’re not sure what they might like, if they need it, if they’ll hate what you get.
To help you decide on a gift, try doing a bit of detective work to get clues as to what they might like or need.
The best way is probably to ask other people that know the person you’re buying a gift for. Friends, siblings, parents, a significant other, someone might be able to give you an idea of what to get them.
This way you can also avoid getting the same gift as someone as. Double gifting can be embarrassing for the gift givers, and maybe a bit awkward for the person receiving the gift.
Look for things they have/need
Another tactic you can use is to look for clues the next time you visit them.
Take a look around their home or studio to see what types of things they like or things that they might need or could use.
This sounds like ‘snooping’, but I’m not talking about going through their things. I’m talking about simply looking at things you can see around their house.
Try picking up hints in conversation
Sometimes people drop subtle hints during conversations as to gifts they might want leading up to birthdays or holidays.
Try picking up on these hints, or try getting them to give you hints. You can try asking them what they think of certain piano related things or showing them pictures of piano related things.
The way they react can be a clue if it’s something they might be interested in.
Gifts to Avoid
As I mentioned above, avoid buying the same thing as someone else if you can. No one wants to double gift, and no one wants double gifts.
Another thing to avoid is joke or ‘gag’ gifts. Unless you’re absolutely sure the person you’re buying the gift for would find a joke gift funny, it would probably be best just to avoid joke gifts.
The person might not find it funny, but more importantly, the novelty of the gift will probably wear off quite fast.
A gift doesn’t have to be expensive for someone to appreciate it as long as they can put it to good use. Musicians are in constant need of gadgets and accessories to enhance their performance or to make learning easier. As you can see, there’s no shortage of cool stuff that you can get for them.