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
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.