It’s that time of year again. Time to decorate the Christmas tree, put up the stockings, and buy all the Christmas presents. If you have a viola player in the family, finding the right viola gifts for them can be tough, but don’t fear! Below are the hottest Christmas gifts for viola players that your favorite viola player will absolutely love.
1. An Electric Viola
Every viola player who has every dreamed of being in a rock band or orchestra will love this. Electric violas combine the beautiful sounds of violas with the cool factor of being able to hook up to an amplifier and jam out. Most of the beginner electric viola outfits come with everything your viola player needs to get started so there’s no need to buy anything else. We’ve even done a review of the best electric violas for you.
2. New Strings
The rising cost of viola strings over the last decade has made many viola players unwilling to replace their strings on a regular basis. They’ll be very grateful for this gift and they might even play you a song with their new strings!
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3. Viola Jewelry
If your viola player loves jewelry, you can always buy them a viola necklace or earrings.
4. Viola T-shirts
Violists are notoriously proud of their instrument and will love the chance to show off the fact that they play the coolest instrument (and not the butt of viola jokes). Get them one of these t-shirts and they will love wearing it around school and everywhere else they go!
5. Viola Christmas Ornaments
No list of top viola Christmas presents would be complete without actual Christmas ornaments. Give a gift that your viola player can immediately hang on their Christmas tree for everyone to see.
6. Pickup for Viola
If you can’t afford an electric viola, this pickup is the next best thing. When paired with an amplifier, this pickup will make a standard acoustic viola sound like an electric guitar. Let your viola player wow your family with an intimate rock concert.
7. Viola Mug
This will be a cute addition to any viola player’s office desk. Every time they sip some mocha, they can show off their viola pride!
8. New Viola Case
Most viola kits come with only a cheap hard plastic viola case that doesn’t look very attractive. Your violist will probably appreciate a nice new cloth covered case like the one below to show off to all their friends. Make sure to ask your viola player what size instrument they have so that you can get the right size!
9. Tickets to See Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is the ultimate rock orchestra. They frequently tour during the holiday season performing Christmas stories around the globe with an amazing laser and pyrotechnics show. Your viola player will love seeing these guys in concert. See when they’ll be in a city near you.
10. Viola Tuner
Every viola player needs a tuner to make sure their instrument sounds right. The Snark tuner below will suffice for tuning a viola, but the Korg offers additional features such as a built-in metronome to make sure your viola player stays with the beat.
Bonus: Gift Card to Music Store
Since most viola players have their own tastes for strings, rosin, etc. it might be a safer bet to just get them a gift card to a music store. You can try going to your local music shop and asking for gift cards or try giving them an Amazon or Shar music gift card if they’d prefer to shop online.
Another thing I think violists (or just me) like keychains or cute little charms (viola related) to add to the zippers on your viola case.