Best Christmas gifts for piano players 2023: the ultimate festive gift guide for pianists

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Best Christmas gifts for piano players 2023: the ultimate festive gift guide for pianists

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1. Accessories
2. Benches
3. Headphones
4. Stands
5. Pianos
6. Last minute gifts
7. Where to shop

Well, it’s coming up to that time of year again and you need to think of the ultimate gift for that special piano player in your life. Now, trust us, we know how hard it is to think of the perfect present for a musician. The wonderful world of keys can seem completely alien to anyone who is unfamiliar with the specifics of digital pianos and 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 Christmas 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 Christmas present from a trusted source. 

Daryl Robertson
Daryl Robertson

Daryl is a Senior Deals Writer at MusicRadar, and is responsible for writing and maintaining buyer's guides on the site as well as testing out products for reviews. Before writing for MusicRadar, Daryl worked for many years in music retail, helping musicians of all ages find the best gear for them. Whether it was a beginner's first keyboard or a top-of-the-range digital piano for the pros, Daryl was there to help steer players in the right direction.

Best Christmas gifts for piano players: Accessories

Not sure where to start? Well these piano and keyboard essentials is as good a place as any. 

Best Christmas 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 are looking to give them something practical. Below are our top three choices at three price points. 

Best Christmas 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 Christmas gifts for piano players: Stands

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

Best Christmas 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 Christmas 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.

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 Christmas 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

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. I have a massive passion for anything that makes a sound, in particular guitars, pianos and recording equipment. In a previous life, I worked in music retail, giving advice on all aspects of music creation, selling everything from digital pianos to electric guitars, entire PA systems to ukuleles. I'm also a fully qualified sound engineer with experience working in various venues in Scotland.