The thought of trombones conjures up childhood memories for me of my grandfather. He lived with us and had a workshop in our basement. Everyday I would hear the excitement of big band music drifting up through the floorboards. It was usually very loud since he couldn’t hear very well. He had to have the volume cranked up so he could hear it above the noise of the electric saw.
I have grown to appreciate the sound of trombones, trumpets, and saxophones, along with the nostalgia their sound evokes, whether New Orleans jazz or Big Band. These gifts for trombone players will evoke that excitement for them as well. It’s ok if you get something for yourself too.
1. Music Festival Puzzle & Trivia
Fun gifts for music lovers
Musicians who love puzzles will really enjoy putting this 1000 piece puzzle together with friends. At the same time, they can quiz each other on music festival trivia from the fact sheet, which is included with the puzzle.
Music playing cards will make a hit with music fans as well. Each suit represents a genre of music: pop, soul & blues, rock, and folk & country. This makes a unique way to jazz up their next card game.
Or give them the mixtape card game. In this game, players have to figure out the best songs to match with their life events, creating a hypothetical soundtrack for their lives.
2. Newport Jazz Festival
Best luxury gift for trombone players
Plan a vacation to Rhode Island during July to attend the Newport Jazz Festival. Get a one day ticket or get a 3 day pass. Make sure to plan far enough in advance, as this is a very popular event. You will need to plan your hotel and transportation early too, since things book up quickly. If this trip isn’t an option, find a local jazz concert to attend instead.
You can get a luggage tag with a musical note and include it in the card with the festival tickets. Another gift idea for a trombone player is a ticket stub diary. This is a great way to keep track of those performances they attend or perform in. Start the collection with the festival tickets. My husband has one of these. He loves to pull it out once in a while to reminisce over good times at concerts.
3. Record Shot Tray
Trombone gifts for adults
Looking for a one of a kind gift for a trombone player? Have a custom record made for serving shots. Choose the trombone player’s favorite titles or make the record with songs he plays himself.
If they like to take their liquor with them, give them a trombone flask.
Beer drinkers will like this vintage record bottle opener. These are made from reclaimed 45’s. You can choose their favorite genre. This can be adhered to the wall of their man cave or patio.
Funny gifts for musicians
Have a caricature made for a gift for a trombone player with a good sense of humor. Choose a background and send a photo of the person you want drawn, for a silly keepsake. Some background options are plain, patterned, or concert venue.
Another funny gift for a musician is a set of mistaken lyrics coasters. Some options include lyrics from the 80s, 90s, or classic rock. We all know Phoebe’s mistaken lyric “Hold me closer, Tony Danza”, from Friends. As a gag gift for a trombone player get a silly clip on mustache for their mouthpiece. I don’t know who came up with these, but they are funny.
5. Modern Mute
Gift ideas for trombone players
For those of you who do not play trombone, a mute is a device that decreases the sounds the instrument makes in various degrees. They can give the instrument a muted jazz sound instead of the full sound of a brass band, or change the sound for other effects. Some almost completely silence the outgoing sound for use during practice. Some connect with a smartphone so the player can still hear their own playing at full volume. This is useful in avoiding complaints from the neighbors while practicing.
Another useful gift for trombone players is a cleaning kit. Get one that includes cloth, slide grease, slide cream, and a mouthpiece brush. The instrument won’t sound good no matter who is playing it, if it is not kept in good condition. Also, a metronome is helpful in keeping time.
6. Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise
Best gift for trombone lovers
Every trombone player will love visiting New Orleans, which is known for its jazz. There is no better way to enjoy the sounds of the trombone than by listening to a live jazz band, while lazily rolling down the Mississippi river. They can sit back and relax while hearing the brass and sipping a cocktail. The view of the sunset and city lights at night are unforgettable. There is even an option to add on a creole style dinner.
Another idea is to take a jazz brunch cruise. Eat traditional NOLA foods such as grits and beignets while listening to a jazz trio.
Of course, if they don’t live nearby you will need to get them a stay at a Hotel in the French Quarter. From here it is a short walk to the river cruises. Plus they will be right in the heart of the jazz clubs. Then it is just a quick trolley ride to many other famous sights.
7. New Gig Bag
Useful trombone gift ideas
A sturdy weather resistant gig bag is one of the best presents for a trombone player. Get one with plenty of padding to keep the instrument from getting damaged during travel. Check that the straps are also padded to reduce strain on the shoulders. Make sure to get one with side pockets to store accessories and music. This way everything stays organized and easy to find.
A portable trombone stand is useful for concerts and can hold extra accessories such as different mutes. A music stand is another useful gift for a trombone player to keep his sheet music organized during practice or a performance.
9. Pet Clothes
Trombone gifts for pups
They can dress their pooch in a trombone themed shirt to support them in their passion for music.
But that’s not all. They can also get Rover a jazz instrument pet bed. Fido will sleep soundly in his nest of trumpets and trombones. What jazz loving pet wouldn’t love this?
In addition, you can give them a musical notes collar for their pet.
10. Trendy Tie Clip
Trombone accessories for men
A trombone tie clip, tie tack, or cuff links are all unique accessories for the trombone player. This way he can display his love for his favorite instrument whether performing in a concert or going out on the town for a special occasion.
For a complete gift, get a set that includes a tie clip and cufflinks, and then choose from a variety of trombone ties. Ties are a great way for men to express their personalities when having to get dressed up.
You might want to take a look at gifts for other musicians too!
11. Song Book
Trombone related gifts
For someone that already knows the basics, you can choose a song book for a trombone gift. Choose from selections such as Christmas songs, movie hits, Disney, or jazz favorites.
For the beginning trombonist, give the gift of online lessons. They can learn how to assemble, care for, and identify parts of the trombone. This class will also teach how to read music, perform scales, and play numerous songs. For someone who likes to create their own compositions, a composition book of blank sheet music makes a creative trombone gift.
12. Trombone Shorty on Vinyl
Classic trombone gifts
Go retro and get some vinyls for listening to trombone music the classic way. The music of Trombone Shorty is a popular choice with trombone players right now.
What if the person you are buying for doesn’t have a turntable? No problem. Turntables are back in style. Most have built-in speakers, and some have Bluetooth and can record MP3s from vinyls. So they can take their music with them.
You could also get some classics from Glenn Miller. Then the recipient can enjoy comparing the sounds of then and now.
13. Soft Blanket
Trombone gift items
Choose a trombone themed blanket to cuddle under. This is a great Christmas gift for a trombone player for when the weather is cold. It is also a good way to buy a trombone gift that will be appreciated when you are unsure what actual trombone accessories they want.
You can also get a 3D trombone night light that changes colors to add some ambiance to a room. They come with remote controls for easy use. For additional home decor, pick out some wall art for the living room. It will be sure to be a conversation starter with guests.
14. Funny T-shirt
Trombone shirt ideas
A funny trombone shirt is a nice gift for a trombone teacher or anyone who plays this instrument. These shirts will be sure to get comments from passersby when the wearer is out in public.
For a complete outfit, add socks and a hoodie to wear during cooler weather. Hoodies are also popular with the highschool crowd. I even see local kids wearing them when it is 90 degrees out!
15. Cool Earrings
Trombone themed gifts
Themed jewelry always makes a unique gift for a musician. And earrings are not just for girls.
These make great stocking stuffers. So does a trombone pendant. For someone who doesn’t wear jewelry, you can get a keychain. Everyone needs something to distinguish their keys from everyone else’s. Why not stand out with a unique trombone keyring.
16. Phone Case
Trendy trombone gifts
Show off their style with a phone case decorated with jazz bands, trombones, or musical notes.
Or get them a laptop sleeve displaying trombones or trombone sayings.
For something a bit classier, give them a watch with a trombone player or trombone on the face.