The Best Music Boxes: a Round Up
I get email asking me for gift ideas for newborns and birthday presents for three year olds and I have to be quite honest here. I am the worst at buying gifts. I will do a round up of some good baby presents at some point in the near(ish) future, but until then, consider this round one. Music Boxes make excellent keepsake gifts. I remember loving mine as a child, the dancing ballerina the Swan Lake music, and it was from a yard sale.
Isabel turned me onto Trousselier (There is an English option in the upper right hand corner.) They have beautiful music boxes. I usually try to pick a favorite from each store and then let you browse the rest on your own, but the site is a little difficult to navigate and I love so many I’m showing you a few from the site.
Growing up, my neighbor Kelly had a music box where two figures would dance on top of a mirrored surface as the music went. I am ashamed to say I had envy in my heart for that music box. It seemed like magic and we’d watch it for hours. The best was when we realized you could make refrigerator magnets dance to the music as well. This cat and mouse version is adorable. The design on the box is a little more whimsical than the cat and owl box.
I’ll share just one more from Trousselier, this Rocket and Spaceman box is so unique. Most of the music boxes I’ve seen are very girl oriented, this one works for both. But if a space guy and his ship are dancing together this could be very very bad for NASA.
Here is a sweet little hand wound music box featuring erzi mouse snoozing on his cheese. Kids love to turn the crank themselves making the music go faster or slower. Again, it’s wood so little hands can’t do too much damage, unless they’re the hands of a woodchuck.
This Pianola music box would be great for the kid who wants to know how things work. Feed the playing sheet through the machine and it clinks out a tune. A special hole punch and blank sheets allow your child to create their own tune. I wonder if you could get refills for that because judging by the way my kids experiment with the piano, it would take some trial and error for them to create something recognizable as music.Published April 17, 2007. Last updated August 24, 2018.