Whether it’s to a romantic partner, a friend, or a family member, Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to let someone know how much they mean to you. If your Valentine is a music lover, then what better way to show someone you care than by affirming their love for music and their favorite artists? Here are 10 Valentine’s Day gift ideas that offer a musical twist to some classic gift items. 

Funny Music Card

The first Valentine’s Day item that you’ll need to check off your list is, of course, a card. Don’t wait until the last minute to go to your local drug store to choose from what’s left of the picked-over Hallmark cards. Instead, choose from these clever options:

Musician Felt Doll

Ditch the giant teddy bear idea and go for one of these handmade felt dolls, paperweights, or ornaments. With a choice of artists like Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Bob Marley, Ella Fitzgerald, and David Bowie (that’s him in the featured image at the top of this article!), these felt figureheads are a much more thoughtful gift, that is sure to become a treasured conversation-starter instead of a thrift store donation. Also a plus, the dolls are Fair Trade Certified and made by artists in remote regions of Kyrgyzstan.

Saint Candles

Okay these candles aren’t of actual saints, but they certainly are of admirable artists. Whether your loved one prefers Selena, Britney Spears, Tina Turner, or Stevie Nicks, this gift will provide them with some extra special ambiance when they listen to their musical hero.

Red Lipstick

The right shade of red lipstick is a staple in any makeup routine. Even though celebrity makeup lines are a dime a dozen now, there are a few artist brands that are absolutely worth the hype and money. This is a great gift because not everyone wants to spend more than $20 on themselves for a nice tube of lipstick, and it’s something that you need to refill about once a year.

Vegan Chocolate Bar by Billie Eilish

Billie ​​Eilish has been vegan since age 12, and she knows how difficult it can be to find vegan chocolate. That’s why she created her own vegan chocolate bar and named it after her album Happier Than Ever. On her website, she even includes a recipe for her mini vegan chocolate buckeyes. Whether your valentine is a Billie Eilish fan, vegan, or both, you can’t go wrong with this sweet gift.

Snoop Dogg’s California Red Wine

You’ve got to hand it to Snoop Dogg—he makes a good, and reasonably priced bottle of red and rosé with the label 19 Crimes. Not only that, it’s educational and entertaining. The wine brand is known for its bottles that share the stories of real convicts in history. Having served time himself, Snoop believes in the 19 Crimes mission, and he even brought his friend Martha Stewart on board to sell her own Chardonnay.

Dolly Parton Perfume

From speaking her mind, to being her authentic self, we should all strive to be more like Dolly. Now we can strive to smell more like her too, with her new perfume, “Scent From Above.” She says that she’s been blending her own fragrances for years with a combination of bath oils, powders, and perfumes, and in 2021 she decided to bottle it up and share with the world. It’s a great way to tell someone “I Will Always Love You.”

Berklee Online eGift Card

Okay, this may seem like an unabashed plug—and it kind of is—but if you know your Valentine wants to get serious about studying music, this is the way to do it. Help them attend Berklee College of Music from anywhere with a Berklee Online eGift card. Available at several pricing tiers, eGift cards can count toward Berklee Online’s 12-week courses and certificate programs. Although a $1,572 course is likely out of most Valentine’s Day gift budgets, even $100 towards a course might be the motivation your loved one needs to start learning music theory, guitar, music production, and more.

Create a Streaming ‘Mixtape’

Expressing your love through a mixed tape or CD is a lost art, but you can still get your sentiments across by curating a thoughtful Spotify or Apple Music playlist for someone you love. Try limiting your playlist to the length of a tape or CD, about 45 minutes to an hour, so you can offer an authentic old-school experience. This will allow you to be really intentional about the songs that you choose. To accompany the playlist, you could also include your own “liner notes,” sharing how each track reminds you of your special someone.

Write a Love Song or Poem

Last but not least, if you’re a musician or songwriter yourself, a love song or poem makes a really meaningful gift. Also it’s super budget-friendly if you’re in any degree of the proverbial “starving artist” category. The only thing it costs is your creativity and your time. You could opt to record the song or poem and send it on Valentine’s Day, or you could perform it live. What could be more thoughtful than this gift from the heart? Plus, if you need help writing a love song, Berklee’s songwriting faculty has got you covered:

 Published December 30, 2022