Giving the gift of music this holiday season

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Music can enhance the holiday spirit with a few unique gift ideas.

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What’s your favorite song? Are you thinking of it now? How does it make you feel? Music is powerful. It can encourage, inspire, motivate and bring joy. There is even scientific evidence that music can ease anxiety, improve cardiovascular health and contribute to mental acuity.
There are some crazy great benefits to be had from something that almost everyone already enjoys. This holiday season consider some creative ways to share these incredible benefits. Give the gift of music.
Here are a few thoughtful holiday gift ideas to bring music, joy and much more into someone’s life this season.

Make Music
Considering all the great things music can do for someone, why not help them make their own? Give the gift of music lessons from a local studio or teacher. Buy an affordable instrument like a ukulele or a cajón (drum box) for a beginner. For a guitarist, some cool picks or new strings are always welcome gifts.

Big Sound, Small

For a fun, whimsical, portable and powerful way to listen to music anywhere your gift recipient goes, consider the My Audio Pet speaker. There are 17 designs, from unicorns to pug puppies to pandas to monkeys and owls, there is something for everyone. At just larger than a golf ball, these Bluetooth animal shaped speakers are small enough to be the perfect stocking stuffer with a big enough sound to power the party.
Their wireless Bluetooth technology works with iPad, iPod, Samsung, tablets, Apple, Android and more and features a built-in mic so you can take calls through them hands-free. The speaker will also work as a selfie remote when paired with your phone. They even come with a downloadable app, Hide & Speak, a ridiculously fun interactive family game.

Hear it Live
Concert tickets to see a favorite band or artist, can provide a lifetime of memories and be the highlight of the year.

Their Faves
A gift card or subscription to a music streaming service can allow the music lover in your life to pick and keep their favorite tunes. With a resurgence of musicals like “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman,” or classics like the “Sound of Music” or “Mary Poppins,” a DVD that features awesome music makes for a fantastic gift.

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to show you care, and what better way to do that than with a gift that can add so much to life? Give the gift of music this year and share all the benefits it has to offer.

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