My favorite gift of all the ones my mother-in-law has given me—other than my husband, of course ;)—is the wind chime hanging in our back garden. It makes me look forward to windy days. Giving wind chimes for gifts is like giving someone music to relax.
One of the wonderful things about wind chimes is that there are so many different types. There are tubular ones, waterfall ones, bamboo ones, and they each make different sounds.
Wind chimes are also beautiful, but some are decorated to offer even more personality to gardens.
There are probably thousands of different types of wind chimes, so a wind chimes gift guide could go on forever. Here I’ve gathered some that have different types of sounds, plus a few decorated ones for fun.
If you’ve got a friend or loved one who likes nature and could use a little relaxing music in their life, check out these wind chimes.
Wind chimes aren’t just a bunch of tubes put together to make nice sounds. Good wind chimes are designed for specific tones. Music of the Spheres creates wind chimes for soprano, mezzo, alto, tenor and bass in 11 different styles, including Hawaiian, Japanese and Aquarian. Made of tempered aluminum alloy, they’ll never rust, according to the manufacturer. To prove it, each wind chime has a 30-day unconditional return policy and a 7- to 15-year warranty. Each wind chime is also handcrafted one at a time. The one in the picture is the small to medium pentatonic mezzo model. Check out the whole Music of the Spheres collection.
This beautiful wind chime has a wonderfully natural feel. The aluminum tubes are anodized in a light bronze, and the holder and the wind catcher are beechwood stained in mahogany. The tubes are 19 inches, and the whole wind chime is 38 inches, making it a great size for a garden. The striker is even adjustable so you can find the right tone. This must be why the model has such stellar reviews.
Wind chimes can make wonderful memorial gifts, especially this one, which features an engraved tree of life in the wind catcher. The wind chime is 36 inches long, and the tubes are tuned to the song Amazing Grace. You can even get a version that allows you to personalize the wind catcher. Every time the chimes sing, your giftee will be able to think of their lost loved ones. Beautiful.
The sound of bamboo hitting bamboo is so soothing. This handcrafted bamboo wind chime is 42 inches long from hook to wind catcher, with 16-inch tubes. The hook is stainless steel, and the tubes have a double coating of varnish to make them nice and durable.
For some added fun, this bamboo wind chime is topped with an adorable wooden birdhouse. The wind chime has 12 tubes, more than a lot of other models. The tubes are 11 inches at their longest, and the entire wind chime is 36 inches, including the bird house. I think one of the fun bonuses of the birdhouse is that, when birds land on it, they’ll set off the chimes. So you won’t even have to wait for a windy day to hear this wind chime sing.
This cascading wind chime has 18 aluminum tubes, which the manufacturer says “play as a piano in the wind.” Like many of the others, the whole chime measures 36 inches long. It doesn’t have a wind catcher but instead makes its sound in the tubes’ pattern.
This dream catcher wind chime makes sounds in multiple ways: 4 aluminum tubes, 5 iron bells and lots of acrylic balls that hit them to make the tune. It’s also a beautiful decoration, with a sweet elephant in the middle of the dream catcher. I love elephants, and this wind chime is a keeper.
This glass waterfall wind chime has a truly natural feel. It’s made of colored glass leaves hanging from a piece of found driftwood and comes in this Ocean Blue as well as an Amazon Green color. The entire wind chime varies in size depending on the wood, but reviews say it’s around 12 inches long. A video in the reviews shows the chime has a gorgeous tinkling sound.
These porcelain and clay koi fish bend and twist in the wind, making a deep, relaxing tone. They’re also artistic and beautiful. The 15-inch-long fish come in red, blue and green. In Japan, koi fish represent loyalty, friendship and love, so give these to friends and family you truly honor.
For a wind chime that’s also a gorgeous decoration day and night, check out this solar-powered hummingbird chime. Six plastic hummingbirds can be lit in up to seven light changing modes. The hanging base has solar panels to pick up energy for 6 to 8 hours of light, or the unit can be charged up via USB for up to 25 hours of lighted time. With only 3 aluminum tubes, this wind chime will no doubt have less sound than the others on this list. But let’s be honest, it’s the hummingbirds that are the stars here.
Have you given any wind chimes for gifts? What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments.