- Entertainment and Media»
- Performing Arts
10 Gift Ideas for Guitar Players
Gifts for Guitar Lovers
Finding the best gift for a guitar player might seem tough at first. If you really think about what they’d like more than anything for their birthday, Christmas or pretty much any other occasion the answer you’ll likely come up with is: another guitar.
But guitars are pretty expensive, so you’re probably going to want to go with something a little less pricey. Guitar players always need inexpensive items like strings, straps and picks. Those are nice ideas if you know what to look for, but the problem is musicians are pretty choosy about the gauge, brand and even color of the accessories they use. You can ask, but you’re going to spoil the surprise!
The good news is that guitarists are drawn to just about anything that has to do with guitars. It really isn’t hard to find awesome stuff they’ll love, and this article can help.
I've been playing guitar for over 30 years. I didn't put anything on this list that I wouldn't want to get myself. In fact, I do have a lot of these things myself, so I know the musician in your life will dig them too.
Here are my top recommendations when it comes to gifts your guitarist will never forget.
1. Guitar Shop Gift Card
Quick, easy and your guitar player gets exactly what they want. Plus, you don't have to do any real shopping!
I love getting presents I can open just like everyone else, but it is pretty cool when someone gives a gift card for an online store or guitar shop. To me, this ought to be the first thought for anyone shopping for the guitarist in their life. Especially if you yourself are not a guitar player it can be tough to figure out exactly what to buy. With a gift card you can be sure your guitarist is getting exactly what he or she wants, with no returns necessary.
If you know your guitar player likes a certain guitar shop or local music store, consider a gift card specific to that establishment. Or, since many musicians shop online these days, you can go with a respected online merchant.
It might seem impersonal, but trust me: Guitar players love gift cards. It’s free money they can spend in their favorite place in the world, and what could be better than that? It’s easier for you, and a jackpot for them!
But, you may wish to have something for them to unwrap, and they'll love that too, Read below for a few more ideas, ranging affordable to over-the-top.
2. Guitar Tool Kit
Having the right tools for guitar maintenance is very important, but musicians aren't always known for their organizational skills. Help them out a little!
Guitar players are great at tinkering with guitars, but not always so good at keeping everything organized. Most electric and acoustic guitars need constant adjustments and care to keep them in top working condition, and musicians soon learn to give their instruments the proper attention.
My guitar supplies used to be everywhere. After far too many years of losing tools I finally came up with a way of managing everything in one easy-to-carry case. At the time I didn't realize there are already cases like that on the market, and they are pretty affordable. I could have saved myself some aggravation by simply grabbing one of these.
Providing your guitarist with some great tools to get the job done can make life much easier, not only for them, but for everyone who lives with them. Tools and guitar parts scattered around the living room aren't always appreciated by every family member. This I know from experience.
These neat and handy little kits should help them stay more organized. Some even come with cleaners and polishes too, which are very useful. Everything has it's compartment to store it in, and the case is small enough to fit in gig bag.
3. Mini Guitar Amp
Mini amps are affordable and make a great gift. They won't take the place of a real guitar amp, but sure are a ton of fun.
Guitar amps are pretty popular with guitarists. After all, someone with an electric guitar needs somewhere to plug it in.
Of course, guitarists are always limited to playing somewhere there is a power outlet, and most amps aren’t very easy to lug around anyway. But these cool mini-amps let your guitarist wander aimlessly and play, play, play until the battery runs out.
They clip onto belts or straps, and stash easily in a case or gig bag. They’re louder than you might think, too, and while they don’t sound as amazing as their big brothers the tones are very good for tiny little amps.
There are lots of tiny, battery operated amps out there that will let a guitar player practice just about anywhere. Many are based on versions of big, stage-worthy amps, recreated in miniature.
There are also some bigger battery-powered amps that are a bit more expensive, and packed with features. They're in a higher class than mini amps, but the idea is the same: Portable guitar playing anywhere. Take them camping, to the beach or just on the back deck.
4. Customized Guitar Picks
Custom guitar picks can be a novelty item, or the first step to becoming a rock star. As far as you are concerned they are an easy gift idea.
There are many perks to being a rock star, and probably a bunch that we don't even want to know about. One cool thing is that rock stars have their own personalized guitar picks, with their name or their band's name on them.
But in this case you don't have to be a rock star to get the rock-star treatment. Surprise your guitar player with custom picks with his or her own name on them! This is a gift a guitar player never forgets!
If you really want to go over the top, think about an engraved guitar pick or pick necklace. This is a piece of jewelry your guitar player can wear to show the whole world what they're about.
Possibly the most powerful guitar learning tool to date. I don't like guitar video games, but this is something more.
You’ve probably seen those guitar video games, where the player has to hit a bunch of buttons to replicate the playing of famous guitarists. They look cool, and I bet they’re fun, but they do little to really improve your playing or teach guitar.
Frankly, I don't like them very much. I don't understand why someone would spend time messing with a video game and virtually learning songs on guitar when they could be learning songs for real, on a real guitar.
Rocksmith is something different. Even though there are versions available for Xbox, Playstation, PC and Mac, this is no game. Rocksmith is a powerful and innovative method to learn and improve at the guitar, put together in a fun and interactive way.
If your guitar player is constantly struggling to improve at the instrument, Rocksmith may be the perfect gift. They can learn their favorite songs note-for-note and improve their skills all while playing a real guitar and following real tutorials.
A computer (or video game system) is a useful tool for learning guitar, and Rocksmith does a great job of providing a fun and interactive environment. I wish they had something like this when I was first learning to play, though I guess it would have had to be an Atari 2600 version!
From beginner to seasoned pro, Rocksmith provides an advantage when it comes to quickly progressing on the guitar. Why play games when you can become a great guitarist for real?
Rocksmith! The Fastest Way to Learn Guitar
6. Travel Guitar
Built for the road, these smaller instruments let you play anywhere the law will allow. A great idea for the guitar player on the go.
When your guitar player travels they may have trouble bringing their favorite instrument with them, and you know how cranky guitar players can get if they can’t play for a few days. In that case, a travel guitar may be the perfect gift idea. These are scaled-down guitars that can actually be played, plugged in and cranked up. Many are versions of bigger guitars made by the famous manufacturers.
Even without the traveling part, these little things are fun to play, and your guitarist can stash one somewhere in the house where there isn’t a lot of room for guitar gear. They also make great first guitars for kids or smaller people.
7. Mini Guitar Replicas
Little guitars, one of them a replica of the instrument played by the guy who wrote the song Little Guitars. A cool idea for a desk at work or a shelf in the home office.
These awesome little guitars are about the size of a Coke bottle, and will look great on a desktop or shelf. There are some cool Fender models, licensed by Fender and with typical Fender styling. They’re sure to attract the attention of every guitar player in the room. They are replicas of real-life guitars and the intricate detailing is pretty amazing considering their size.
This gift is especially impressive if you know the type of instrument your guitarist plays and can find a similar mini-model. Or, if they’ve always said someday they’d own a real Fender Stratocaster, now is your chance to make their dream come true! These things are getting tougher to find, so grab one while you can!
There are also some replicas of the instruments wielded by famous musicians like Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Slash and the Beatles. Many look really good, with impressive craftsmanship and attention to detail.
On a side note: I had a mini guitar on my desk at work for many years, and I could always tell when a guitar player came into my office because their eyes went right to it. Naturally a conversation about music would then follow. It was a pretty cool ice breaker.
Guitar players gotta play songs. If you are the one who has to hear those songs you may as well steer them in the right direction.
Guitar players need something to play, and tablature songbooks with lots of songs in them can keep them busy for months. Tablature is a simple, universal way for guitar players to understand the notes on the guitar, so even if they do not read music they can easily understand a tab book.
The Guitar Tab White Pages books are some of the best collections available with songs in all kinds of different genres and styles, from rock to jazz to metal to purely acoustic music. As a nice bonus, these books will benefit the entire family if you’re all tired of hearing the same songs over and over.
Enough with Smoke on the Water, already! Learn something new with a tab book.
Or, think about a lesson book. You may not know where your guitar player stands as far as skill goes (or, unfortunately, maybe you do) but one book I recommend for all levels of player is Fretboard Logic. Even after 20 years of playing it opened my eyes to some new ways of looking at guitar.
9. Guitar-themed T-shirts
Let your guitarist geek-out with a shirt telling the world exactly what they are all about.
When all else fails, it never hurts to go with a t-shirt. Guitarists love t-shirts with guitar stuff on them. Fender, Marshall and Gibson are among the top names in the guitar industry and a black t-shirt with one of their logos on it looks awesome.
Legend has it guitarists play better while wearing them too! If you can manage it, find out what brand of guitar or amp your guitarist likes best. If it's not one of these three, chances are you can find the right t-shirt with a little searching.
10. Guitarist Action Figures
Cool guitar-related collectible gifts for the home or office.
Every guitar player has heroes, and every hero deserves to be immortalized as an action figure! But these are not action figures for kids, the kind you send off to battle against your G.I. Joes.
These figures are lifelike, collectible models of legendary guitar heroes, designed to look great set up on a desktop at work or somewhere in the home where people will notice them.
They are made with incredible attention to detail and they come equipped with guitars, amps and other accessories the musicians use in real life. Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards and Jimmy Page are among the most revered players ever to plug in. Very cool, and your guitarist will surely love them.
Bonus: Essential Guitar CDs
If your guitarist is new to the instrument they may enjoy exposure to some of the best guitar players to ever walk the earth. For a young or new player, the discovery of great music can have a life-long inspirational influence, and thanks to you they may hear something they never would have known existed.
For veteran players these are essential guitar CDs, and if they don’t own them already they’re definitely on their wish list. For generations guitarists have honed their chops by emulating the masters, and these guys are definitely the masters.
Finding gifts for the holidays or a birthday or any other event is never easy, but if you’re shopping for a guitarist at least you know where to start. Any of the items listed above are sure to get a great reaction.
Musicians might be quirky, but they definitely know what they want, and guitar players want guitar stuff. But just in case you didn't find something you like, here are a few more articles with some great gift ideas for guitar players.