Piano decorated for Christmas for Christmas gift surprise for family

The holiday season is a time of joy, togetherness, and creating lasting memories with our loved ones. If you’re searching for a gift that will bring joy into your home, consider the timeless and elegant gift of a piano.

How to Buy a Piano as a Gift

Even though the holiday season is well underway, there is still plenty of time to surprise your family a piano as a family Christmas gift. Here are some tips for helping choose the right piano—and some ideas for surprising your family with the gift of a piano on Christmas day!

1. Choose Your Style of Piano

Before diving into the purchase, you’ll want to choose the style of piano that will work best for your family. Grand pianos, upright pianos, and digital pianos each offer unique features. Consider factors such as space, budget, and the player’s skill level when making your decision.

2. Explore New & Used Piano Options

Deciding between a new or used piano is a common dilemma. New pianos offer the latest features and warranties, while used pianos may provide excellent value for money. Explore both options and consider factors such as the instrument’s condition and history when making your decision. A piano expert, such as those at Piano Gallery, can help you compare the features of new and used pianos as well as providing an honest assessment about the condition of pre-owned pianos available for sale.

3. Consider Space and Aesthetics

Pianos are not just musical instruments; they are also beautiful pieces of furniture. Consider the available space in your home and the aesthetic preferences of your family members. A piano that complements your decor adds an extra layer of charm to your living space.

4. Decide Who to Include in the Decision

A piano is a gift for the whole family, so some people who want to surprise their family with a piano for Christmas decide to involve their partner—or even their whole family—in the decision-making process.

*PIANO GIFTING TIPS: To keep the element of surprise, consider creative options such as wrapping a miniature piano with an invitation for a “piano buying outing” with the family, playing a “dating game” with your top 3 piano choices on Christmas day, or wrapping some accessories such as headphones (for a digital piano), a metronome, piano lamp, or piano books and letting the mystery simmer on Christmas day before you unveil that the main Christmas present is a new piano.

If you decide to make the decision on your own, consider the preferences and opinions of each family member to ensure that the chosen piano aligns with the musical tastes and aspirations of the household.

5. Explore Learning Opportunities

A piano is not just a beautiful addition to your home; it’s an opportunity for family members to learn and grow together. If some (or all) members in your family don’t yet play the piano, consider looking into local music schools, online tutorials, or private lessons to add to the gift and kickstart the musical journey of the family.

6. Accessorize the Gift

Enhance the joy of receiving a piano by including thoughtful accessories. Consider items such as sheet music, a comfortable piano bench, headphones for silent practice, or even a subscription to an online music platform to complement the gift.

Final Thoughts

This Christmas, give the gift of music and everlasting memories by surprising your family with a piano. With careful consideration of the type, budget, and preferences of your loved ones, you’ll not only be bringing a beautiful instrument into your home but also the gift of shared musical experiences that will last a lifetime. May your holiday season be filled with harmony and the joyous sound of music!

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About the Author

Mikelle Despain, Piano Insights Author at pianogallery.com, piano expert and former piano teacher

Mikelle Despain

Piano Insights Author

Mikelle is a classically trained pianist and former piano teacher who has been in the piano retail industry for over 20 years. Her dream piano is a Yamaha S5X. She currently provides expert insights for Piano Gallery to share information and advice for buying, playing, and enjoying the piano. When she's not writing or playing piano, she's spending time with her four kids, tending her vegetable garden, boondock camping, hiking, or cooking overly-extravagant meals for friends.

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