Help a loved one indulge in their passion for this most romantic of instruments with our gift ideas for violinists.
My Top Gift Choice For Violinists And Fiddle Players
Every violinist always needs extra supplies of rosin to create friction between the bow hairs and the strings of their violin, and this one by Jade L'Opera is ideal as a gift, as it comes in a violin shaped collectors box.
The violin is a beautiful instrument capable of creating the most romantic and wonderful sounding music that is a joy to the ears.
And learning to play the violin is a wonderful thing too, as it's a challenging yet rewarding instrument to master, and playing can help to relieve stress and improve a violinist's focus, mood, and concentration skills.
So if you have a friend or loved one who adores their violin, how about getting them a gift that they can use to improve their playing experience.
As the following gift ideas for violinists and fiddle players are all things that will help them in one way or another as they play.
Whether that is by improving their timing and technique, keeping their violin safe and well maintained, or making them more comfortable while playing.
1. A New Set Of Their Favourite Violin Strings
Buying a violinist or fiddler a new set of strings for their instrument is a fantastic gift idea, but it does come with it's problems.
As there are many different makes and types of violin strings out there, and every player will have their own personal favourite.
So it's best if you check with them what strings they want being buying them, as this way they'll get the set they use.
And any violinist will be delighted to get a new set of strings, as they'll need to change them at least once per year, and even more if they play regularly.
But if you do want to buy a set of violin strings off the cuff, some top brands are Evah Pirazzi, Obligato, and Larsen.
2. Rosin To Create Friction In Their Bow Hairs
Rosin is an essential part of a violinist's kit, as it's a solid resin that they rub on to the hairs of their bow to create friction and increase the quality of the sound from the strings.
And they'll need to do this a few times per week, so receiving some rosin as a gift will always be welcome.
And the Jade L'Opera rosin above makes for the perfect gift choice, as this comes in a really cool violin-shaped collectors box that they'll be sure to love.
3. A Digital Tuner For More Accuracy
Tuning your violin up correctly is tantamount to being able to create the beautiful sounds and melodies you want.
And while many experienced violinists have such a well trained ear that they can tune their violin perfectly with a tuning fork, for others it's a good idea to use a digital tuner instead.
As this way they can be sure to get their violin tuned up as accurately as possible.
So for a beginner or intermediate violinist, the KLIQ Ubertuner makes for a great gift idea.
4. A Metronome To Get Their Timing Right
Getting their timing and tempo right is crucial for any musician, and violinists are no exception.
So it's really help for them to practice along to a metronome.
As this will train them to keep to the right beat and rhythm until it becomes second nature to them.
So you could get them a traditional mechanical metronome as a gift, as these have ticking hands like a clock that help them play more accurately.
But I'd recommend getting them the Boss DB-90 digital metronome instead, as this one has a lot more options, including a rhythm coach and four training modes to practice along to.
5. An Audio Recorder To Play Their Music Back On
While a violinist will get a good idea of how they're sounding while playing by ear, the only true way to tell is by listening to themselves back on an audio recorder.
As this will pick up every sound they make with real clarity as they practice, and be able to guide them on what they are doing well, and areas they need to improve in.
So getting a violinist a good quality audio recorder such as the Zoom H2n is a top gift idea.
As this recorder has a variety of microphones and recording modes to choose from, and is able to record their music as MP3s, so they can play them back or share them with friends.
6. An Urtext Sheet Music Book
Most violinists practice and play along to their favourite compositions by reading from sheet music.
So why not treat them to a really lovely gift by buying them an urtext sheet music book by one of their favourite composers.
As these books reproduce the original composition in its most accurate and truest form, just as the original composer intended it to be.
And for a great option check out the sheet music books by G. Henle Verlag such as the one above, as they have a variety of composers and different compositions for violinists to attempt to replicate.
Or if you want less complex violin music books featuring more contemporary music from the pop charts, Disney, and movies, you can check out the Hal Leonard range of violin books.
7. A Music Stand To Put Their Sheet Music On
Having a reliable and sturdy music stand to put their sheet music on as they play is important for a violinist.
So why not treat them to the On-Stage professional grade sheet music stand as a gift.
As this one is fully height adjustable, meaning they can get it into the perfect position to read from as they practice.
And it's strong enough to hold heavy music manuscript books as well as sheet music paper, without buckling under the weight.
8. A Leather Folder To Keep Their Sheet Music In
It's easy to lose or damage your sheet music if you practice regularly, especially when using single sheets of paper.
So a really useful gift idea for a violinist is to get them a sheet music folder, such as the one above by Eastar.
As this is an attractive leather folder that has pockets to hold loose sheets in place, and a ring binder with plastic sheets for even greater protection.
9. A Tablet Holder For Sheet Music On Their Devices
Many modern violinists now choose to read their sheet music via apps on their smartphones and iPads, as this gives them greater choice and convenience.
So if you know a violinist who practices this way, getting them the Manos universal tablet holder makes for a great gift for them.
As this way they can clip their iPads securely onto their music stand or microphone stand, and position it in the perfect place to read the music as they play.
10. A Bluetooth Page Turner Pedal
One of the biggest bug bears for musicians that read sheet music as they play is when they come to the end of the page and have to turn over.
As they will usually have both hands full playing their instrument.
So an ingenious gift idea that can help them resolve this problem is the AirTurn Duo 200 page turner pedal.
As this links up to apps on their smartphone or iPad and allows them to either turn the page of sheet music, or carry on scrolling down, by pushing down on the pedal.
So no worries and uninterrupted playing when using one of these.
11. A Violin Case To Carry Their Instrument In
Violins are very delicate and expensive instruments, and as such a violinist really needs to take care of them when carrying them around.
So getting them a protective violin case can be a really good gift idea.
However these can be eye-wateringly expensive, and you have to choose between whether they'd want a hard case or a soft case.
But you can still find high quality and more affordable cases to get them for everyday use, with the Bam Saint Germain Classic 3 violin case being a great example.
As this one looks stylish on the outside, has shoulder straps on the back to make it easy to carry, and has inner compartments with soft protective padding that will keep the violin safe and secure.
12. A Violin Stand For Display And Easy Access
Our final gift idea for violinists is to get them a smart violin stand to rest their violin and bow on at home when they're not using it.
Because displaying the violin in this way not only looks great as a decoration in the room, it also makes it quicker and easier to access than when they put it away in a case.
So they'll be more likely to pick it up and practice when it's just sitting there ready to go.
And for this I'd recommend the Hercules violin stand, as this is sturdy, secure, and has padded grips to keep the violin in place.
The violin is an instrument capable of making beautiful and romantic music that really tugs at the heart strings.
So if you have a violinist in your life, you should treat them to a little gift to encourage them to play more.
And I hope you've find something suitable among our list of gift ideas for violinists here, as these are all things a violinist or fiddle player would love to receive.