What NOT To Buy Guitarists For Christmas

You're probably well aware how difficult it is buying Christmas for a guitarist - whether it's your loved one or yourself! Let's cut the family some slack and up that present game...

Cian Hodge

Cian Hodge

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 behind a forced smile that really says “I would have preferred the cash instead…” Secretly, we’ve all been there. Don’t fret though, we’ve done you a favour by 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 and earn yourself some brownie points too!

Everyone wants a present they’re actually going to use – musicians are no different. We’d prefer something that is genuinely useful for making music rather than a throwaway novelty item. Here are our pick of the worst, most tacky gifts for guitarists and some much better alternatives to spare you any awkward looks this 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 or in the washing machine than use this rubbish pick puncher that 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.

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DON’T buy: Guitar toilet handle

guitar toilet handle christmas

DO buy: Mini guitar pedal

Yes, for the price of a tacky toilet handle, you could get the guitarist in your life a new guitar pedal, something that’s actually fun and helps you make music!

There’s a surprising amount of choice in the matter too. If you’re a musician and you’d like to drop in a hint for said gift giver, the likes of Tone City and Landlord FX mini pedals are a great shout and come in under £50 a pop. 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 they’re a keen cook (in which they’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: 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 guitar with quality specs, sound and design. The choice is pretty obvious, right?

Alvarez and Eastcoast 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 from as little as £79, which really only emphasises just how ridiculous the bag is!

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DON’T buy: Guitar tie

Guitar tie Christmas

DO buy: Guitar strap

The novelty of a guitar tie wears off long before you’ve even had a chance to wear it to your work’s Christmas party! And let’s be honest, that’s really the only time you could get away with it, right?! Instead of this abomination of a present that even a music teacher would feel embarrassed to throw on, get your loved one a much cooler looking and far more 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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DON’T buy: Guitar shaped lunchbox

DO buy: Gigbag

If you’re luck enough that your other half makes your lunch for you, you might not be quite so smug when you have to take your sarnies into the office in this bit of kit! It’s an awkward shape, you can’t throw it in the dishwasher and most crucially, it looks ridiculous! Instead, why not gift someone a handy gigbag so they can keep their beloved guitar protected from the elements when they’re on the go! Starting from under £20, a gigbag will keep their guitar clean and safe and is also a handy place to keep their picks, tuner and other accessories.

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Cian Hodge
Cian Hodge
Cian is a writer for the Andertons 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 pointy guitars.

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