What are some of the best Christmas gifts for guitar players for the 2021 holiday season? Guitar players always have gear-related things they want and need, which makes them somewhat easy to buy for this time of the year. But if you don't know much about guitar, how do you decide what to get them?
In this article, I'll give you some ideas for gifting the guitar player in your life, spoken from my experience playing guitar for over two decades.
I'll show you gifts for guitar players that they'll be happy to open and put to work.
In other words:
They're gifts that will actually get used.
If you have questions or suggestions of your own, feel free to drop in via the comments section below
1. PreSonus Eris HD10BT Wireless Headphones
Wireless headphones are both useful to guitar players and a bit of a luxury item. Most of us have wired headphones or studio monitors for recording and direct monitoring. However, a wireless pair like the PreSonus Eris HD10BT is a real treat for casual listening and for linking up to our phones. These sets will typically retail between $100 and $150. Read on if you're looking for gifts for guitar players that are cheaper.
2. TC Electronic Ditto+ Looper Pedal (great stocking stuffer item)
Guitar players like pedals, and many of us don't have a looper pedal like the Ditto Plus. This can make a great gift and stocking stuffer as this one is small and fits in the palm of your hand. It's also fairly cheap, under $100 in most markets. These can also work for bass and acoustic guitar.
3. Truetone MAM 1 SPOT mA Meter Cable Tester
I don't know of a single guitar player who actually owns a cable tester, but I can tell you for certain - we all need one. This is a fantastic gift for a guitar player because it's actually pretty cheap (just $32), thoughtful, and extremely practical. It's also from a reputable brand that we trust so you can be certain it will be well-received.
4. Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner Pedal
A lot of guitar players already own some form of a tuner. But the pedal tuner, particularly the Boss TU series, is a really nice upgrade. It allows you to tune directly from your pedalboard, which almost every guitar player will prefer, even if they already have a cheap handheld tuner. It's around $100 retail most of the time, so it makes a good mid-level gift or a stocking stuffer.
5. Guitar Picks (great stocking stuffer item)
Like cable testing, guitar players always need guitar picks. They're also just a fun and cheap item that make great stocking stuffers. You might go with a variety pack of different sizes, since some guitar players prefer certain gauges over others. Dunlop is my preferred brand of guitar pick so I've listed them here.
6. Ernie Ball Musician's Toolkit
This is another example of an item that guitar players like to have and can make good use of, but often don't take the time to buy on their own. As such, a guitar-focused toolkit in a handy zip pouch makes a great guitar player's gift.
7. Dunlop Rev. Willy's Porcelain Slide
Dunlop makes some really cool slides. Even if the guitar player in your life already has a glass bottle slide or something similar, he probably doesn't have Rev. Willy's porcelain slide made by "Mexican Lottery".
8. Shure SE215-CL Sound Isolating Earphones
This is a particularly good option for the performing guitar player, especially if you know they use an in-ear monitor of some kind. These headphones are under $100 and designed for direct instrument monitoring.
These gifts for guitar players give you some ideas that I think will actually be useful to the guitar player in your life.
If they're not, you can always return them and go with something else.
But I can tell you that as a guitar player myself, these are some of the things that I have received, or would like to have received over the years, that have actually been helpful and useful to me. In other words, they weren't just a throw away gift or a filler.
People who got me these things were getting me something practical and thoughtful and I genuinely appreciated it.
If you have questions about these gifts, or you want to share suggestions of your own, feel free to reach out via the comments section below.
We'll see you there.