Best gifts for piano players 2024: the ultimate gift guide for pianists, covering all budgets

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Trust us, we know how hard it is to think of the perfect present for any type of musician, and the wonderful world of keys can seem completely alien to anyone who is unfamiliar with the specifics of digital pianos, beginner keyboards or stage pianos, the vast array of piano benches on the market or the latest piano-related gadgets. Well, you needn’t worry, MusicRadar is here to help. We’ve put together this guide to the best gifts for piano players, taking all the stress out of choosing a thoughtful present for your keys-loving partner, family member or friend.

We know it may be tempting to buy a piano-themed mug and be done with it, but frankly, you can do better - and the recipient of this gift deserves better. We’ve made sure to populate this guide with useful products that will transform their practice routine, help them carry their beloved instrument to and from rehearsals and even make them sound better. 

We’ve selected a wide range of products covering various price ranges, so whether you're looking to splash out on a state-of-the-art piano or keep costs down with a modest accessory, you’ll be sure to find something here to fit your budget. In addition, we've also included a list of reliable online musical retailers at the bottom of the page to hopefully give you further options to grab a great present from a trusted source, whether it's their birthday, Christmas, or some other special occasion. 

Best gifts for piano players: Accessories

Not sure where to start? These piano and keyboard essentials are as good a place as any. 

Best gifts for piano players: Benches

A solid, comfortable piano bench is a must-have accessory for any piano, so it's an ideal gift if you're looking to give them something practical. Below are our top three choices at three price points. 

Best gifts for piano players: Headphones

If your loved one has a digital piano or a keyboard, then a good quality set of headphones is a brilliant gift. Not only will it allow them to practice day or night, but the right set will actually make their piano sound better!

Best gifts for piano players: Stands

A high quality stand would make a welcome gift for any piano or keyboard player. Below we've selected three stands which are sturdy, reliable and affordable. For more options, check out our guide to the best keyboard stands.

Best gifts for piano players: Pianos

Now, if you're looking to really spoil them, a brand new piano is the way to do that. Below you'll find three of our favourite models, from beginner-friendly to an affordable upright. 

Best gifts for piano players: Last minute gifts & subscriptions

Pianote lessons subscription: From $20 a month

Pianote lessons subscription: From $20 a month
Pianote is aimed mostly at beginner to intermediate players via friendly tutors, great quality video and a structured approach to learning. It's one of the freshest approaches to piano lessons online right now. Hit the link to enjoy a 30-day free trial.

Music software: Various

Music software: Various
Recording and creating music at home or on the go is becoming increasingly easy thanks to powerful laptops and formidable recording software and plugins available to anyone with a bit of spare cash. Software is a great last-minute idea as it’s an instant download. Why not tell your giftee what budget you have for them and set them free on sites like Plugin Boutique or Waves? They’ll be able to fill their basket with loads of great piano recording software - often at bargain prices - and get started with creating new music.

Concert tickets: Ticketmaster

Concert tickets: Ticketmaster
If you’re shopping last minute for someone who loves live music, then e-tickets for a concert or a voucher to put towards their next gig is a no-brainer. Ticketmaster is our vendor of choice because of the vastness of events on offer plus you can spread the cost of tickets. Our friends at Louder rate it so much they placed it number one in their best concert ticket sites guide.

Gift cards: Any amount

Gift cards: Any amount
Ok so gift vouchers aren’t the most inspired present idea, but sometimes you run out of time to get something delivered, or you’re buying for someone who seemingly has everything. Buying vouchers for their favourite shop gives them the option to choose what they want, when it suits them. Plus, you can usually get them delivered straight to an email address; ideal if you’re shopping on Christmas eve. Our recommendations would be Thomann and Andertons in the UK and Guitar Center, Sweetwater and Musician’s Friend in the US.

Music magazines: subscribe and save!

Music magazines: subscribe and save!
Sometimes nothing beats sitting down with a good book or magazine and ditching the tech for a while. You can subscribe and save on music-making magazines right now from Future Music and Computer Music, to Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World and Guitar Techniques. Head to our subscriptions site or call 0330 333 1113.

Best gifts for piano players: Quick links

Looking to shop around? Save cash on piano and keyboard accessories, as well as unique gifts at these trusted retailers:

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

I'm a Senior Deals Writer at MusicRadar, and I'm responsible for writing and maintaining buyer's guides on the site - but that's not all I do. As part of my role, I also scour the internet for the best deals I can find on gear and get hands-on with the products for reviews. My gear reviews have also been published in prominent publications, including Total Guitar and Future Music magazines, as well as Guitar World.

I have a massive passion for anything that makes a sound, particularly guitars, pianos, and recording equipment. In a previous life, I worked in music retail, giving advice on all aspects of music creation and selling everything from digital pianos to electric guitars, entire PA systems, and ukuleles. I'm also a fully qualified sound engineer who holds a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay and I have plenty of experience working in various venues around Scotland.