Say it with…cellos? Behind every cellist, there is at least one person who paid for and/or transported them to their lessons, made sure that practice happened, and gave support and encouragement whenever needed. No matter the stage of your cello journey at the moment, here are five gift ideas that you, as a cellist, can give others this holiday season or at any special moment.
1. A Card
A handwritten card. The Cello Museum gift shop has you covered if you’d like some pre-printed holiday cards with cello-themed designs. You can also be creative and make your own (bonus points for including a picture of you with your cello). Take some time this season to give the gift of appreciation to your original fan(s) who have supported every note.
2. Create an Album – of You
Recording of your music. Whether you play one song well or several, make a recording of your favorite(s) to share with your loved ones. Not only will you show your appreciation for their support with this musical gift, but you will also start to see your own progress over time by making this an annual tradition. You can burn your own CD (or keep it simple with a digital version), create cover art, and dedicate individual messages to each special recipient.
For younger cellists, parents can help create this album. Record pieces that he/she/they learned this past year. Have him/her/them create the album art, write a short biography, and program notes. Keep in mind that these can be as simple or detailed as suits the student. Once complete, create a CD or digital album to share with family members as a unique holiday gift.
3. A Cello Mom / Cello Dad / Cello Parent Gift
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4. A Books
Books for Adults
Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason – House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons
We couldn’t put this one down. This is a wonderful book about a remarkable family, written by a brilliant and understanding mother. Read what it’s like raising not one, but seven musical prodigies. This is a great gift, especially for music parents. Read our review here.
Maureen and Leora O’Carroll – A Musical Memoir of an Irish Immigrant Childhood
This beautiful memoir is difficult to put down. Please see our review here. Read what it was like to grow up as an Irish immigrant in Sydney during the 1930s and 40s, as experienced by the young cellist, Maureen O’Carroll.
Books for Kids – or to Enjoy Together
The Enchanted Cello Case by Hilary Wang, Illustrated by Julian Wang
This book for 6- to 11-year-old readers will delight adults as well. Read our review here.
Please note that 100% of the profits from the sale of The Enchanted Cello Case are donated to the International Rescue Committee if the book is purchased through this Lulu Press website.
Kittie Lambton – The Cellist’s Notebook
This novella is a charming story about the positive influence of music on a multi-generational family. It centers around ten-year-old Emily Peters and her love of a family cello and mysterious fragment of music. We don’t want to give you any spoilers, but we enjoyed this quick read. It makes a great stocking stuffer for a music-lover who also loves to read. Read our review here.
5. Recordings of a Cellist Who Inspires You
An all-time favorite cellist for many is Yo-Yo Ma. Here is a fantastic collection of many of his albums at a very reasonable price.
We’re so happy this next album was released in time for the holidays. Brother and sister duo, Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason are two of our favorite young superstars of the music world, and they are playing some of our favorite cello repertoire on this album: Muse.
We love The Piano Guys, and so do many of our students. This autumn, they released not one, but two new albums!
Looking for something fun for everyone to enjoy? Try The Kanneh-Masons: Carnival of the Animals. This album was created by an incredibly talented family of musicians.
It comes in a deluxe version, too.
Enjoy your holiday shopping!
What gift(s) did you choose? How were they received? Please tell us in the comments.
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