This month’s highly anticipated NBC special The Sound of Music, Live! featuring Carrie Underwood has many humming “Edelweiss” and waxing nostalgic for the beloved film that has captured hearts for nearly half a century. During my extensive interviews with the original cast from the 1965 film, I quickly learned that the world can’t get enough of The Sound of Music. So why not consider the popular theme during your holiday shopping expeditions? Below are a dozen Sound of Music ideas to tuck under the tree for fans on your gift list.
1. The Sound of Music (Music from The Sound of Music, Live!) – For the theater lover, this CD featuring Carrie Underwood and the cast of the NBC special, offers 22 tracks of beautiful vocals with a fresh spin.
2. The Sound of Music (45th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD Combo Limited Edition) – In addition to the Blu-ray and DVD versions of the iconic 1965 film, additional features include singalongs, screen tests and interviews, a hardcover book, a hand-painted music box, and a reprint of the 1965 theatrical souvenir book. Sounds like a gift that keeps on giving.
3. Home: A Memoir of My Early Years – This book provides a glimpse of Julie Andrews before she became Maria. Her thoughtful memoir will be a winner for those who have come to adore the legend.
4. Yodeling lessons - For the person who loves to step outside of the box, a little plunge into the world of yodeling might be in order. You could scour town for a yodeling expert, but if that’s not easily done, consider a yodeling gift book and CD.
5. Edelweiss Seeds – I thought Amazon sold everything, and now I have proof—pick up some Edelweiss seeds and your giftee with the green thumb will soon be channeling their very own Sound of Music moment.
6. Autographed Cast Photos – If there’s someone on your gift list who still carries a major crush or collects all things SOM, autographed cast photos might be an easy answer. Check TheSOM7.com (the official website of the “kids” of the 1965 film). (Note: Prices range from $35 to $300 for original autographs.)
7. The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook – This coffee-table book offers a beautiful inside glimpse of the making of the 1965 film via the stories and memorabilia of the seven child actors who played the von Trapp children. Also available—autographed books signed by all seven of the original child actors (additional cost).
The Family von Trapp Poster. (Debbie Turner)
8. The Family von Trapp Poster – Designed by artist Debbie Turner, who portrayed Marta von Trapp, this Warhol-esque poster celebrates the upcoming 50th anniversary of the iconic film and is signed by the artist. Two sizes are available ($60/$150). Autographed copies signed by all “von Trapp kids” are also available (additional cost).
9. Braids – If the person on your gift list has already bought a dirndl skirt and can’t stop humming “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” grab a gift certificate at her salon for an “up do.” In the memo line, write “Sound of Music Braids.” If that’s beyond your budget or too risky, there’s always the faux braid hairband available at the same place you snagged the Edelweiss seeds.
10. Climbing-wall membership – If someone you love wants to climb every mountain, give them the opportunity to practice first at a local climbing wall. Many facilities have unlimited monthly passes that will get your recipient some pre-alp practice.
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11. A von Trapp Moment in Stowe, Vermont – Run by the original von Trapp family members, the Trapp Family Lodge (located in Vermont) offers a European-style getaway with an Austrian flair. With 2,500 acres, the property offers plenty of open space for everyone’s rendition of “the hills are alive.”
12. Roundtrip tickets to Austria – You might score a home run with this, but check budget, weather, schedules, and level of interest before you break the bank. Remember, a pricey gift is only perfect if it’s on the recipient’s list of favorite things.