Christmas 2021 is edging closer, so it’s time to start thinking about the perfect gifts to get for friends and family. The good news is that you’ve just stumbled across the most in-depth list of Christmas gifts for guitar players on the interwebs. I’ve done the hard part, so that you don’t have to!
If you’re looking for gifts for brand new budding guitar and bass players, definitely check out my Newbie Guide for the best beginner gear recommendations.
What Do You Get a Guitar Player For Christmas?
This all depends on who your recipient is! If they’re just starting out they probably won’t have much use of a spider capo, and if they’ve been playing all their life they’ll probably already own everything they need.
So I’ve tried to include plenty of gift ideas for new players as well as for the guitarist who already has it all!
Christmas Gifts For Guitar Players
To make this mammoth list of killer gifts a little easier to digest I’ve split it up into 20 different sections, complete with links to actually buy the products.
If you can’t find the perfect guitar related gift within this page, I’ll eat my hat… seriously.
Gadgets and gizmos for guitarists. Many of these are absolutely essential!
- Ebow Electronic Bow – link
- G7th Capo – link
- Gripmaster Finger Strength Trainer – link
- GruvGear FretWraps String Muters – link
- Guitar Strap – link
- O-Port Acoustic Guitar Sound Enhancer – link
- Pick Holder – link
- Planet Waves Pro Winder String Winder and Cutter – link
- Slide – link
- Spider Capo – link
Everyone needs a capo, so why not upgrade your giftee to the Rolls Royce of capos with the G7th capo. If this is a little pricey, make sure to also check out my guitar capo guide for some more affordable options!
Another great option not mentioned here could be a handy metronome to help improve technique and rhythmic ability. Check out my complete metronome guide for some great options!
2. Mini Amplifiers
Crank up the volume! Check out my Newbie Guide for higher wattage alternatives.
3. Guitar Books
Who doesn’t love a good book? Here are some of my personal favorites, from guitar repair and maintenance to biographies of legendary players!
- Guitar Fretboard Workbook – link
- How to Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great – link
- The Guitar Player Repair Guide – link
- Zen Guitar – link
- Guitarist Biographies – link
4. Cables and Wireless Systems
A good, well-made cable will last for years and produce a better, interference-free quality of sound.
- Fender Performance Guitar Cable – link
- Hosa Cable GTR Guitar Cable – link
- Getaria Wireless System – link
- D’Addario Classic Series Patch Cables – link
If your recipient plays with a lot of guitar pedals then it may be worth considering a selection of patch cables so that they can neatly connect their board together.
Or for a high-tech and fun option, why not check out the Getaria wireless system and let them go completely cable free!
5. Gig Bags and Cases
A quality gigbag will ensure that you get from A to B safely. For the ultimate tech, be sure to check out Mono.
6. Maintenance Supplies
Keep those guitars in tip-top condition. Grab some lube to cut down on string breakages!
- Big Bends Nutsauce Guitar Lubricant – link
- CruzTools Multi-Tool – link
- Dunlop System 65 Guitar Maintenance Kit – link
- Fast Fret String Lubricant – link
- Humidification System for Acoustic – link
A humidification system would be my personal choice here! Find out how humidity and temperature can wreak havoc on a guitar in my guide to guitar humidity.
Otherwise, the Dunlop cleaning kit will never go amiss as us guitarists tend to get through a lot of products trying to keep our axes in good nick! The multi-tool from CruzTools will also be an excellent choice to help keep their guitar in good working order.
7. Headphones For Practice
For those late night practice jams or recording sessions. Don’t wake the neighbors! There are literally hundreds of great choices out there, but here are three customer favorites.
8. Headstock Tuners
Inexpensive, and incredibly useful. Free up a spot on your pedalboard. Everybody needs one of these!
- Snark Clip on Tuner – link
- TC Electronic Polytune Clip – link
- Roadie 3 Automatic Smart Guitar Tuner – link
The Snark is the go-to affordable tuner option (I have one myself and love it!), while the TC Electronic is pretty much the crème de le crème of headstock tuners. For the player who has it all, check out the Roadie 3, a clever gizmo that will tune their guitar for them automatically!
For other options including pedals, automatic options and pocket tuners, check out my guitar tuner guide.
9. Home Décor and Accessories
Deck out your house with some music themed accessories. A guitar calendar is a safe bet!
- Bar Stools – link
- Fender Bookends – link
- Fender Custom Shop 2022 Calendar – link
- Guitar Pillows – link
- Guitar Rug – link
- Fender Wall Clock – link
- Guitar Toilet Seat Tattoo – link
- Guitar Toilet Flush Handle – link
- Jack Rack Amplifier Key Holder – link
10. Kitchen Tools and Accessories
There is a surprising number of novelty guitar themed products for your kitchen!
- Amplifier Coffee Mug – link
- BBQ Guitar Spatula – link
- Fender Chopping Board – link
- Fridge Magnets – link
- Guitar Cheese Board – link
- Guitar Ice Cube Tray – link
- Guitar Shaped Skillet – link
- Bottle Opener – link
- Guitar Spoons – link
- Marshall Amplifier Fridge – link
11. Magazine Subscription
Buy a year of magazines for the gift that keeps on giving!
12. Novelty Items
Just for fun! These are sure to put a smile on your secret Santa’s face.
- Car License Plate Frame – link
- Musician Cufflinks – link
- Fretboard Neck Tie – link
- Guitar Necklace – link
- Guitarist Office Pen Holder – link
- Guitar Socks – link
- House Keys – link
- Stratocaster Sunglasses – link
- Musical Note Earrings – link
13. Picks, Picks, Picks!
Us guitarists are ALWAYS losing picks. Seriously, they seem to vanish into a black hole as soon as they hit the floor. This is a gift that will never go wrong!
- Planet Waves Assorted Pearl Celluloid Guitar Picks – link
- Fender Premium Picks Sample Pack – link
- Dunlop Pick Variety Pack – link
- Pick Punch (make your own picks!) – link
- TimberTones Exotic Wood Picks – link
For an unusual gift why not try a tin of Timbertones picks. Timbertones offers a variety of plectrums made using exotic woods, stones, bone, and other interesting materials.
14. Recording and Studio
All you need to get started on that next hit album!
- Focusrite Scarlett Studio Complete Recording Package – link
- Line 6 Sonic Port Interface – link
- IK Multimedia iRig 2 Mobile Interface – link
- Microphone Boom Stand – link
- Shure SM57-LC Cardioid Dynamic Microphone – link
Mmmm…digital goodness. Edit your next YouTube video or tab out song ideas.
16. Stands and Hangers
Don’t be that guy who props their guitar up against a wall. Make sure you have a safe spot to store your instruments when not in use.
- Closet Guitar Hanger – link
- Guitar Stand – link
- Hercules Auto-Grip – link
- Planet Waves Guitar Rest – link
- Hercules 5 Guitar Rack – link
- String Swing Wall Hanger – link
- Amp Stand – link
17. Hearing Protection
From 2000 to 2015 the number of people with hearing loss has increased by 44% worldwide! Don’t become a part of this statistic – band practice and concerts are WAY too loud. Save your hearing with a pair of inexpensive earplugs.
Grab a huge tub of disposable earplugs, or check out the Vibes option for a more premium reusable product.
Chill out between practice sessions with a music based game, or even improve your guitar playing in a fun and interactive way with a copy of Rocksmith!
So there you have it folks – the useful, the novelty, and the downright ridiculous Christmas gifts for guitar players. Choose wisely and have a great Christmas!
More Gift Ideas For Guitar Players
Oh, and if for some insane reason you still haven’t found the ideal gift…there’s a few more ideas here.