What NOT To Buy Guitarists For Christmas

Buying guitar-related gifts can be extremely tricky when you’re not a guitarist yourself. So cut the family some slack! They’ve never had a good guide to follow… until now.
At the same time, if you’ve ever bought someone a guitar keyring, you definitely need to up your present game.

Cian Hodge

Cian Hodge

Nobody wants to see that awkward initial reaction of disappointment when a family member opens the Christmas present you’ve given them. We’ve all been there. Don’t fret, we’ve done you the favour of listing the worst presents for guitarists you need to avoid at all costs. Followed up are some great gifts around the same price, which will show you’ve really been paying attention to their confusing guitar rants.

Everyone wants a present they’re actually going to use – musicians are no different. We would prefer something genuinely useful for making music instead of a novelty item. Here are five terrible gifts and five much better ones in time for Christmas.

DON’T buy: guitar pick puncher

Guitar pick puncher christmas

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 pick puncher tucked away in a dusty box in the attic. And the picks you punch out of card don’t feel or sound good in any way, at all.

Better to get tried and tested picks you know they’ll like than this flimsy mess of a present. Most picks will have a name or brand printed on them, so take a quick peek at what they use already.

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DON’T buy: guitar toilet handle

guitar toilet handle christmas

DO buy: a mini guitar pedal

Yes, for the price of a toilet handle, you could get a guitar pedal. Something that’s actually fun and helps you make music.

There’s a surprising amount of choice in the matter too. So if you’re a musician and you’d like to drop in a hint for the gift giver, the likes of Tone City and Landlord FX mini pedals all come in under £50. Loads of effect choices, plenty of experimentation to be had and all in a Christmas stocking filler size. I’m sure there’s a joke about hitting a bum note in here somewhere.

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DON’T buy: guitar spatula

guitar spatula christmas

DO buy: patch cables

Unless you’re a keen cook (in which you’d never use a guitar-shaped spatula in a million years) a guitarist is going to spend more time in front of an amp and a pedalboard than in the kitchen.

Flip off the spatula and get some trusty patch cables to connect your guitar pedals. Guitarists always need new cables as old ones eventually become unreliable and break. Most players are also likely to add a few new pedals to their setup over time, so it doesn’t even matter if they don’t put them to use straight away.

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DON’T buy: guitar-shaped backpack

guitar backpack christmas

DO buy: a real guitar

On the one hand, you can buy a leather bag in the shape of a guitar, which looks pretty stupid. On the other, you can buy a brand-new acoustic with quality specs, sound and design. The choice is pretty obvious.

Alvarez and Sire guitars don’t quite fall under the stocking filler category, but nevertheless, they’re exceptional choices for the price. Especially if you’re looking to spoil your budding guitarist this Christmas. Beginner models start around £250. More a reflection of how ridiculous the bag is.

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DON’T buy: guitar tie

Guitar tie Christmas

DO buy: a guitar strap

The novelty of a guitar tie wears off before you even put it on. Instead of this abomination of a present a wacky science teacher would feel embarrassed to clip on, get your loved one a much cooler looking and useful guitar strap. It’ll help them play comfortably standing up and might even get them off the couch this Christmas.

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Cian Hodge
Cian Hodge
Cian is a copywriter for the Andertons web team. He shares his birthday with Muse frontman Matt Bellamy and believes he will one day reach the same level of stardom. Cian is a big prog/modern metal fan so naturally loves Bare Knuckle pickups and headless or pointy guitars.

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