Nobody wants to see that awkward instinctive reaction when your gift receiver opens the Christmas present you’ve picked on a hunch. “Thanks, it’s great!” they’ll say. Secretly, we’ve all been there. Not to fret though, we’ve done you a favour rounding up the worst guitar-related presents you should avoid at all costs, followed up with some great gifts around the same price. You’ll totally be able to fake how you’ve been listening to their confusing guitar rants.
Everyone wants a present they’re actually going to use – musicians are no different. We’d prefer something genuinely useful for making music rather than a throwaway novelty item. Here are five terrible gifts and five much better ones in time for Christmas.
DON’T buy: guitar pick puncher
DO buy: guitar picks
Literally every guitarist has a plectrum lying around somewhere. You’re more likely to find a pick down the back of the sofa than this rubbish pick puncher you’ll use once and never again. The picks you punch out of card with this thing don’t feel or sound good in any way, at all.
You’re much better off buying tried and tested plectrums you know they’ll like instead of this flimsy mess of a present. Most picks are printed with a name or brand, so take a quick peek at what they use already to get an idea.