Christmas gift ideas for younger music lovers

By: Gold Coast Music   On: 15 December 2021 

Serious entry-level musical instrument suggestions and Christmas stocking stuffers for children, from toddlers to teenagers


Hello everyone!!

Chistmas is creeping closer! If you are pondering the perfect present for the younger members of the family, we have put together our pick of our most popular entry-level musical instruments - and some fun musical stocking stuffers too - to help you share your love of music with the kids in your life.

Musical instruments make excellent gifts for children! There are huge benefits to musical experiences in children's development. Exploring an instrument accelerates brain growth, social-emotional and language skills; builds motor skills; helps the body and mind work together; improves maths and academic achievement and just as importantly, it's fun and brings joy!

From cool skull shakers and xylophones to light-up keyboards to awesome child-sized guitars and drum kits that are the real deal (not merely toys!), we've got plenty of ideas for you, for toddlers to teenagers:

Enjoy the festive season!

All the best from the Gold Coast Music crew.


Keyboards for beginners

Image Yamaha PRS-E373 Image Hohner Ocean Blue Melodica

Yamaha PSR-E373 61 Key Digital Keyboard w/ free HPH50 Headphones

Equipped with a touch-sensitive keyboard and an amazing array of high-quality voices, the popular PSR-E373 is the new standard portable keyboard from Yamaha for learning and performing.

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Hohner 9432/32 Melodica Ocean 32 Key Blue

Hohner sets the benchmark for melodicas, a favourite learning instrument for kids around the world that even babies can play! The Ocean boasts a frictionless keyboard that makes rapid phrases and complex rhythms easy. 

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Alesis Harmony32 Alesis Harmony 61 MKII

Alesis Harmony32 32-Key Portable Keyboard
w/ Built-In Speakers

Don’t let the Harmony 32’s small size fool you – there are 300 high-quality tones packed into this pint-sized piano, including traditional piano and orchestral instruments, guitars, drums, sound effects and 40 songs. 

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Alesis Harmony 61 MkII Portable Keyboard package w/ accessories included

The Harmony 61 features piano-style keys, built-in speakers, 300 built-in sounds, 40 demo songs plus every accessory you need to get started playing - includes a stand, bench, headphones and microphone. 

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Ukeleles, guitars & amps

Kealoha Soprano Ukelele - Pink Valencia VC101K 1/4 Nylon Classical Guitar

Kealoha Soprano Ukulele with Bag - Pink

Perfect for the beginner player from babies to adults, Kealoha's wooden soprano ukele has tuneable machine heads, a pinned bridge and a colourful finish. Also available in yellow, green, purple, white, orange, natural, blue, red and black.

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Valencia VC101K 1/4 Size Nylon Classical Guitar

The perfect acoustic guitar for a young beginner, the VC101K is 1/4 the size yet retains the quality of a full-scale guitar. Package includes a gig bag, clip-on tuner, Uplay Guitar Guide and free online lessons. Also available in 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4 sizes. 

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SX VES34FR 3/4 Electric Guitar - Fiesta Red Ibanez RGM21 Mikro Electric Guitar - Black Night

SX VES34FR 3/4 Electric Guitar - Fiesta Red 

For the child who wants to rock, jump straight to an electric! The SX is a high quality, budget-friendly, 3/4 sized, vintage-style electric guitar. Comes with gig bag, UPlay Guitar Guide and free online lessons. Also comes in black, white and sunburst.

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Ibanez RGM21 BKN Mikro Electric Guitar - Black Night 

The Mikro is a smaller bodied electric that doubles as a youth axe and a travel guitar for pros. It has the classic Ibanez look with it's sharp RG shape, 24 fret Jatoba fretboard with sharktooth inlays and smart high gloss finish. Also in green and white.

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VOX AmPlug 2 Headphone Guitar Amplifier - Lead Fender Mustang Micro Amplifier

VOX AmPlug 2 Headphone Guitar Amplifier - Lead

Don't worry about the noise! Plug an AmPlug into the electric guitar, put the headphones on and your young Eddie Van Halen can enjoy serious sound and rock out like a demon while leaving the rest of the family in peace. It’s that simple!

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Fender Mustang Micro Amplifier

Mustang Micro features a wide selection of tones and built-in Bluetooth for playing along to your favourite tracks or instructional videos. Plug into the guitar, connect headphones and choose your amp and effects. Ideal for beginner to pro.

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Vox VT40X Valvetronix Guitar Amplifier

Vox VT40X Valvetronix Guitar Amplifier

Let rip! The VT40X guitar amp has 40 watts of power with eleven amp models, thirteen effects, user presets and the Toneroom app to customise and save your favourite tones. Integrates with a PC, Mac, iOS & Android via USB port. 

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Fender Champion 40 Combo Guitar Amplifier Fender Mustang GTX50 Combo Guitar Ampifier

Fender Champion 40 Combo Guitar Amplifier

Simple to use, the Fender Champion is perfect as a first practice amp or affordable stage gear. The 40-watt Champion guitar amp features one 12” speaker with great amp voices and effects. Simply dial up a sound from rock to country, jazz, blues, metal and more.

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Fender Mustang GTX50 Combo Amplifier

The Mustang GTX50 is a better, bolder guitar amp with an unprecedented feature set and unbeatable performance. A wide selection of accurate and versatile amp models, dozens of effects and 200 onboard presets give you the guitar tones you need for almost any type of music. 

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Drum kits for kids under 10 years


Pearl Roadshow Junior Kit - Black


Pearl Roadshow Junior Kit w/ Hardware & Cymbals & Throne - Black, Grindstone Sparkle or Wine Red

A complete drum set package scaled-down for smaller drummers, the Roadshow Jnr five-piece features real drums with quality shells, sturdy hardware and cymbals for totally tuneable and powerful playing. 

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DXP TXJ5 BK 5 Piece Junior Kit - Black Tama LJK48H4 Club Jam 4-Piece Drum Kit - Aqua Blue

DXP TXJ5 BK 5-Piece Junior Kit - Black

An excellent beginner kit for a young drumming enthusiast. Includes drums, stands, cymbals, throne and a pair of sticks. Also comes in Metallic Blue, Metallic Pink, Metallic Purple and Wine Red.

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Tama LJK48H4 Club-Jam 4-Piece Drum Kit - Aqua Blue

The Club Jam is a compact kit with an 18" kick drum. Its smaller-sized mersawa and poplar drums have a focused yet deep sound that's just right for smaller players and intimate spaces. Cymbals sold separately.

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Drum kits for bigger kids


Alesis Command Mesh 5-Pce All Mesh E-Kit with Kick Pedal Pearl Export Plus 20" Fusion Pack - 5 Piece - Grindstone Sparkle

Alesis Command Mesh: 5-Pce All Mesh E-Kit with Kick Pedal

The Alesis Command is a complete 8-piece electronic drum kit that includes everything the modern drummer needs to play like a pro. Ultra robust build and convenient collapsible design. Perfect for anyone living in a unit or with neighbours close by.

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Pearl Export Plus 20" 5 Piece Fusion Pack - Kit, Stool Cymbals, Overtone Killers & Sticks - Grindstone Sparkle 

The best selling drum kit of all time! Premium poplar and rich Asian mahogany shells for an incredibly lush and full-bodied tone. Durable and reliable. Everything you need is included in this package.

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Percussion fun!

LP Percussion Sugar Skull Shaker Red Percussion Plus 30-Note Glockenspiel

LP Percussion Sugar Skull Shaker Red

Kids of all ages will love these piratey skulls! LP's Sugar Skull shakers produce a quick delicate sound that will have young 'uns playing in style. Comes in black and glow-in-the-dark white too.

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Percussion Plus 30-Note Glockenspiel with Black Wood Folding Frame & Bag 

Percussion Plus traditional 30-note glockenspiel with silver metal keys, a black wood folding frame and natural metal coloured keys. Comes with beaters and a carrybag. 

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Percussion Plus 6 & 6-3/4" Wooden Bongos in Gloss Blue


Percussion Plus 6 & 6-3/4" Wooden Bongos in Gloss Blue 

Fun for kids from toddlers upwards, these Percussion Plus bongos come in a gloss blue lacquer finish and feature 6" & 6-3/4" natural hide heads, wooden shells and black powder coated hardware. Also comes in natural & gloss red.

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Toca Coconut Kalimba Thumb Piano Pearl Primero Box Cajon - The Raven

Toca Coconut Kalimba (Thumb Piano)

Made from a genuine coconut shell, this African instrument with gaily dancing lizards will fascinate children with its beautiful, unique sound. Create different sounds with 7 notes.

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Pearl Primero Box Cajon - The Raven

With rad graphics, a deep, rich bass sound and fixed snare wires for brightness, the Raven delivers a wider range of sounds than many other cajons and looks cool too. 

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Stocking Stuffers!

Hohner Kids Harmonica - Various Colours Scottys kazoo - Assorted colours

Hohner Kids Harmonica - Various Colours

Colourful translucent 10-hole harmonica in the key of C Major, for children 3 years and up. Easy to play, these harmonicas are fantastic value with a great sound thanks to their brass plate reeds. 

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Scottys Kazoo ED223 - Assorted colours 

Scotty's kazzoo is the best quality plastic kazoo available. Fun for everyone and virtually unbreakable, the whole family will have a hoot on Christmas day with one of these in the stocking!

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Percussion Plus Hand Bells LP Percussion LPA181 Aspire 8" Tambourine

Percussion Plus Hand Bells 

These Christmassy bells will make for a beautiful surprise in the Christmas stocking! Featuring two metal hand bells with a hand strap, your cheeky elf will be singing Jingle Bells and making Santa's sleigh sound effects in no time.

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LP Percussion LPA181 Aspire 8" Red Plastic Tambourine

Features a colorful plastic body, brightly toned jingles, and a comfortable, formed grip. Smooth edges are gentle on hands and very easy for beginners to play. Available in 8" and 10" and three colours.

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Print Music & Tuition Books

John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course - Part 1 Teaching Little Fingers to Play - John Thompson

John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course - Part 1

The easiest possible approach to piano playing, with amusing characters and illustrations. Part 1 focuses on note reading and is purposely limited to just five notes up and down from middle C.

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Teaching Little Fingers to Play

A series for the early beginner combining rote and note approach. The melodies are kept as simple as possible, yet are refreshingly delightful. All the music lies within the grasp of a child's small hands.

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Progressive Electronic Keyboard - Book 1 Progressive Electronic Keyboard - Book 2

Progressive Electronic Keyboard - Book 1  

Progressive Electronic Keyboard Method for Young Beginners Book 1 contains all you need to know to start teaching kids to play keyboard. Suitable for children aged 4 to 8 years and any electronic keyboard. 

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Progressive Electronic Keyboard - Book 2

Continuing on from Book 1, Book 2 extends the range of notes using carefully graded lessons and very easy arrangements of favorite children's songs eg. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, This Old Man and more.

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Progressive Ukulele Method for Young Beginners Book 1 Progressive Guitar Method for Young Beginners Book 1

Progressive Ukulele Method for Young Beginners Book 1

Book 1 contains all you need to know to start teaching kids to play ukulele without prior knowledge. Suitable for children aged 4 to 8, and all types of ukuleles including soprano, concert and tenor ukulele. 

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Progressive Guitar Method for Young Beginners Book 1

Book 1 contains all you need to know to start teaching kids to play guitar. Suitable for children aged 4 to 8 and all types of guitars including acoustic and electric. Introduces five notes and four easy chord shapes. 

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The Great Australian Songbook Easy Piano 2016 Let's Rock - Start Playing Now! Drums

The Great Australian Songbook Easy Piano 2016  

30 classic and contemporary Australian songs. Includes songs by Australia's biggest names, from John Farnham and Cold Chisel to Troy Sivane, from Tina Arena and Casey Chambers to Missy Higgins.

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Let's Rock - Start Playing Now! Drums

Let’s Rock Drums has everything you need to know, so your child can get seriously good, seriously fast. With over 100 audio tracks, guide videos and 12 lessons in 6 styles, they’ll be playing before you know it.

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