Nobody wants to see that instinctive reaction of disappointment to the Christmas present you picked on a hunch. “Thanks, it’s great!” they’ll say behind a forced smile, which really means “I would have preferred the cash instead…” Secretly, we’ve all been there.
Guitarists want something useful in making music rather than a throwaway novelty item. But don’t fret, we’ve done you the favour of rounding up the worst, tackiest guitar-related presents you should avoid at all costs — followed by some genuinely great gifts around the same price. You’ll totally be able to fake how you’ve been listening to their confusing guitar rants and earn yourself some brownie points in the process.
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 or in the washing machine 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. Trust us, we’ve tried!
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.