Mandolin gifts can be practical or just plain fun. Parts and accessories like picks and strings are always appreciated by musicians. Fans of the instrument will love the many artful depictions on T-shirts, posters, refrigerator magnets, coffee mugs, cooking aprons, trucker hats, colorful buttons, cotton canvas tote bags, and more unique mandolin gifts. We’re always looking for new music releases and gift ideas featuring the mandolin, so check back frequently.
Keith Moon (The Who) Give me a mandolin and I’ll play you rock ‘n’ roll.
Still Life with Mandolin
French Post-Impressionist Artist Paul Gauguin
High Quality Poster Art Print
North Carolina musicians Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin are known worldwide as Mandolin Orange. Emily plays guitar and Andrew is a master mandolinist. Enjoy their unique combination of bluegrass, country, and folk music.
String musicians are always misplacing their picks. You can’t have too many of them. These beautiful tortoise shell look picks are available in sets of 10 or 12. Picks also make great stocking stuffers during the holidays.
You can’t go wrong with T-shirt mandolin gifts. Especially with so many style and color options to choose from. Click on any design to see how many choices are available for everyone from infants to adults.
Magnets are one of our favorite inexpensive mandolin gifts. They come in very handy for organizing notes on a fridge or file cabinet. Standard size square magnets measure 2 by 2 inches, and round buttons are usually available in three sizes. Decorative magnets are printed on 100% recycled paper and covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar for many years of use.
When it comes to a super practical mandolin gifts, mugs are the way to go. There are so many styles to choose from. In addition to ceramic coffee mugs, we’ve got stainless steel commuter mugs and beer steins. Click on any design to see all views, as most graphics circle the mug.
High quality printed business cards are available in sets of 100 on your choice of eight types of premium card stock. The printed information can be easily personalized for any mandolinist or music teacher. Classic business cards measure 2 by 3.5 inches. Trendy skinny and chubby profile cards are available for some styles. Click on any design to see more options.
Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical mandolin gifts. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.
Colorful buttons are a fun and inexpensive gift idea. Standard sized square buttons measure 2 inches by 2 inches. Round buttons are available in several sizes. The designs are printed on 100% recycled paper and covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar for added durability. Some styles allow you to choose from a rainbow of background colors for a customized gift.
One of the most popular mandolin gifts is a set of playing cards. Each comes packaged in a cardboard box for easy gifting. Poker size cards measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches, with 52 playing cards and 2 jokers per deck. Click on any design to see the available options. Standard cards are printed on smooth card stock, and premium quality Bicycle playing cards are printed on durable semi-gloss card stock.
We love the folk music of Mandolin Orange. With several albums under their belts, North Carolina musicians Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin continue to create even more wonderful songs while out on the road. Their tunes are a combination of bluegrass, country, and folk. As you can guess from the name of the group, their unique sound features the mandolin.
Kim Ruehl, NPR Music There is no shortage of folk and country songs about booze. But what makes the Mandolin Orange tune “Waltz About Whiskey” so enchanting is its effortlessness. The words seem to fall right into one another, like cheery drunks into so many bar stools.
A mandolin is a stringed musical instrument in the lute family. It’s usually plucked with a plectrum or pick. Mandolins evolved in Italy and first appeared during the 15th century. Deep-bowled mandolins were produced mainly in Naples, and became popular during the 19th century.
Similar string instruments around the world include the traditional Russian balalaika, the Greek bouzouki, the Puerto Rican cuatro, the Brazilian bandolim, and the Arab dambura.
The mandolin’s sound is popular in many types of music, including bluegrass, country, folk, rock, ethnic, jazz, and classical. Ludwig van Beethoven composed music specifically for the mandolin and also enjoyed playing it.
Players are drawn to the mandolin because it’s versatile, accessible, and relative easy to learn. It also offers an excellent introduction to the world of music. Mandolin playing skills can easily be applied to many other folk instruments.
More Mandolin Facts
A person who performs on this string instrument is called a mandolinist.
Notable mandolinists include Carlo Aonzo, Dave Apollon, Avi Avital, Jethro Burns, Jacob do Bandolim, Ry Cooder, David Grisman, Caterina Lichtenberg, Andrew Marlin (Mandolin Orange), Mike Marshall, Bill Monroe, James ‘Yank’ Rachell, Johnny Staats, Andy Statman, Adam Steffey, and Chris Thile.
The sights and sounds of Venice, Italy come to life in an homage to the beloved Italian composer, Antonio Vivaldi. Joined by the Venice Baroque Orchestra, mandolinist and composer Avi Avital performs Vivaldi’s Mandolin Concerto In C Major from his album Vivaldi. The young musician is well known for his renditions of Baroque and folk music, much of which was originally written for other string instruments.
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