This petite instrument carries with it thousands of years of African musical tradition. Called a kalimba, mbira, mbila, or mar?mbula depending on the region in which it's played, the first version of this handheld thumb piano originated in Africa over 3,000 years ago! Lightweight and portable, the thumb piano was the chosen instrument of traveling troubadours, who would retell the history of their tribe in song. Whether you use it to strike up your own story or to teach little ones about music,
All the usual suspects were there. The conversation felt...flat. A guest glanced at her watch. Then we brought out the Musical Wine GlassesTM. All hell broke loose.?? Our Musical Wine Glasses have saved many a flagging party. They turn the sophisticated pleasures of wine drinking into an experience that's musical, memorable, and above all, fun. Just fill our goblet to the desired note, and run your moistened finger around the rim of the glass. Soon, like a bow on the strings of a violin, your fi
Set the party spinning with these classic LPs turned into decorative bowls by artist Jeff Davis. Choose from Rock & Roll, Showtunes, Crooner, Diva, 80's, R&B, Disco, Jazz, Hip Hop, or Folk bowls. All bowls come in either the traditional smooth design or the modern stepped design. Completely sealed. Handmade in Philadelphia. Due to the reclaimed nature of the records, we cannot recommend serving food directly from the bowls. Not dishwasher safe. Sorry, no choice of artist. California Residents cl
A finely cooked meal and a well-tuned symphony share many of the same ingredients. Keeping this in mind, artists Bonnie Bond and John Caraberis have created a clever set of measuring spoons that bring balance and harmony to the kitchen. Cast from lead-free pewter, each eighth note-shaped spoon hangs from a musical staff and doles out quarter, half, full teaspoon, and tablespoon measurements. Handcrafted to order, spoons are individually finished to strike the perfect chord no matter the recipe.
In search of a unique shape, Naomi Celestin pinched either end of a springy circle of bronze and steel guitar string, creating an organic pod that cradles a collection of turquoise-dyed Howlite beads. Naomi's primary interest is art, but she was born into a family of New Orleans musicians. So she combined her interests and influences in her reclaimed guitar string jewelry designs. Her wearable riffs on blue and gold make striking accessories for music and design lovers alike. Seven-inch gold-fil
Track your travels with a handsome scratch-off-where-you've-been map that charts globetrotting in a fun, colorful and innovative way. Scratch off the areas you've visited to reveal adventurous pops of color that turn traveling into a "domestic" treasure hunt of on-the-fly geography lessons. Its brilliant colors and worldly charm is sure to enliven any room?just be sure to keep a coin handy for easy scratching. Made in the UK.
If you are not sure which experience to give, try a Gift Certificate from Cloud 9 Living and let your recipient choose for themselves. They will be able to apply their certificate towards any of our 1,700+ experiences nationwide ranging from stock car racing and romantic dinner cruises to golf lessons and wine and food tours. This will be the most exciting Gift Certificate they will ever receive!
Never forget those front row seats at a Bruce Springsteen concert, the standing ovation at the premiere of the Lion King or the roar of the crowd when the Red Sox won the World Series. With this Ticket Stub Diary you can preserve your precious memories from concerts, museums, movies, sporting events, Broadway shows and more. This book comes with clear sleeves that fit a variety of ticket sizes, plus space in the margin to write down your memories from the event. Acid-free pages will preserve you
Timbrefone is a handcrafted wood amplifier for your phone. Through the magic of good old-fashioned physics, the sound from your phones internal speaker is amplified through the sculpted acoustic cone. The result is a warm and full tone unmatched by other passive amplifiers of similar size. The Timbrefone Strata is handcrafted from Baltic Birch plywood and a layer of Walnut creating an acoustic work of art. The Timbrefone is not a replacement for powered speakers but rather a cord free, e
You may not be best buddies with Mike Tyson but we bet you have at least one buddy, family member, or coworker who occasionally gets mad enough to bit someone’s ear off. Protect the public at large by giving your frustrated friend a much safer outlet. Satisfy slugger’s baser urges with this Desktop Punching Bag and you’ll turn their cozy little cubicle into a ring of rage-fighting fun and no one has to get hurt.
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Work can be boring. Between asking four different bosses to sign off on the same stack of TPS reports and trying to muster through the monotony of yet another day trapped in a cubicle, office life is enough to drive a sane person thoroughly cuckoo. Somewhere between a 9 am meeting and happy hour, worker bees need an outlet, or at least something that’ll make them smile. Give your co-worker, friend, or family member dedicated to the 9-5 grind something to grin about with this playful Crumple
7 Ways to Compose Gifts that Play to Your Musician's Heart
Musicians often play to their own tune when it comes to everything from style to work hours. (Hey, if you feel inspired to jam, it may not be in the 9-to-5 window!) From a nonconformist bass player to some rockin drummer, you may be feeling out-of-tune with what to get as gifts for musicians. Start by riffing on what you do know: your musician loves music. We've got the tips for shopping the best gifts for musicians. Then jump in with presents to please the whole band.
Before gifting any music to add to their collection, know what types of music (and specific bands) are true-blue favorites. Snoop around playlists on their iPod, check what CDs are in the stereo or what’s on their Pandora queue. Think on ways to give your musician unlimited access to exploring music, like giving a Spotify or Amazon Prime subscription.
Whether it’s the guitar or oboe, know what instrument is your musician’s main bread-and-butter, and then pop over to a local musical instrument shop. Some instruments need accessories and upkeep (from reeds to being restrung) that can get pricey — helpful gift idea! Get advice on what could be a practical gift for your musician (new set of guitar picks?).
The go-to gifts that surround musicians with music at all times — like portable speakers and headphones — are still crowd pleasers. Just be sure to find out what they already own. Short of becoming a groupie, talking to your musician’s significant other can help the cause.
One way to come up with unique gifts for musicians is finding out who inspires them. Is there a musician who’s stood out as a longtime idol? Short of talking to your musician, you can ask family. Then think on a book, poster print, or memento related to that musical genius. (The marketplace Etsy often has indie art and memorabilia around famous bands and musicians.)
Musicians are creative professionals who most certainly know their way around a Facebook feed or share backstage snaps on their Instagram. Follow and snoop and you shall find some clues into what they’re loving, what they’re dissing, and what could be a rockin’ gift idea.
The saying, “do what you love”, certainly applies to musicians who listen to everything under the sun and love live music. Ask your musician’s besties about past shows that he couldn’t stop talking about — maybe there’s memorabilia from the show you could find as a gift. Or think to the future. The best gifts for musicians include tickets to experience the next show on tour.
On the Road
Think beyond the headphones and ways us non-musicians travel. Because after all, musicians are creating music. Chances are, they’re heading to a studio, collaborating at their friend’s place, or touring around and need gear to save and backup their musical melodies. You can even find pocket-size drives for your recording musician.
Looking for gift ideas for other creative types?
Here are gifting guides for all those artsy people: