When shopping for a music lover, any gift relating to his love of music will automatically have the personalised touch. Your acknowledging his interest makes the gift more personal. However, you can also personalise most any gift with engraving. You can have his name engraved name directly onto the gift, or have an engraved brass name plate made, and mount the plate with screws.
Although it can be difficult to get a famous musician's autograph personalised to your music lover, just giving the autograph shows that you know and care about which musicians your music lover follows. One way, of course, is to attend a concert and attempt to go backstage for the autograph. The easier way is to buy the autograph at an online memorabilia site. At the I Rock N Roll web site, you can find autographed backstage passes, albums, sunglasses worn by the artists, signed guitars and guitar picks, concert programs and ticket stubs. There's even microphones and posters, some from bands that are no longer performing.
If your music lover is also a musician, then you can buy her musical instruments and have her name engraved or painted on the instrument. Have an artist make her instrument unique and a work of art, surrounding her name with a motif that's personal to her. If roses are her favourite flower, then the artist might surround her name and cover the base of the instrument with a climbing rose vine. Or for a more reserved look, mount a brass name plate to personalise the gift. Include special information, such as the date commemorating the gift or perhaps the event or reason for the gift. If the musician has a nickname, add that to the plate, too.
CDs and Videos
For a very personal gift, put together a mix CD of your music lover's favourite songs. If you don't have all his favourite songs, you can often find them at sites like iTunes. You can create a CD cover just for him, using most image-editing software. Alternatively, instead of a CD, think DVD, and create a music video for your music lover. With software like Windows Movie Magic you can take home videos of your music lover and put them together with some of his favourite music. Once you've burnt the DVD, print a cover with his picture, using a few effects, and you'll have a very personalised gift.
For something original and personalised, you can have a song custom-written for your music lover at an online site. The Song Legacy site promises completely original lyrics, written especially for the person you have in mind, in whatever mood you wish, be it romantic, humorous or serious. Song Legacy will use information you provide to capture the person's life in lyrics and write the song in any style favoured by your music lover. Professional graphics will be included on the music sheets and the CD jacket cover.
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