Still looking for a Christmas gift for the guitarist in your life? We’ve put together some great little Christmas crackers that are sure to bring a smile to the face of any guitarist you might know. These are all items that guitarists will love, regardless of their favourite music genre. We’ve sorted them according to price, from fun inexpensive presents all the way through to some quality guitar gear that’s great value for money and will earn you some serious brownie points! Without further ado: We present the Best Chrismas Gifts for Guitarists!
Harley Benton Pick Cutter
This little gadget allows guitar players to make plectrums out of any old plastic sheeting or cards. It’s a fun, cheap stocking filler that has a practical use. The Harley Benton Pick Cutter * will destroy your unwanted credit cards or coffee shop loyalty cards and turn them into something useful. It works like a hole punch, so even a guitar player can operate one without adult supervision!
Fender Custom Shop Tool Kit
This compact but well thought out Fender Custom Shop Tool Kit* contains all the essential tools guitar players need to keep their prized guitar(s) in good condition and playing well. A simple but very effective set of tools every guitarist should have.
This kit contains 4 Allen/hex keys – 0.050″, 1/16″, 1/8″, 3/16″, string cutter, a 4-in-1 screwdriver, a handy string winder, plus a capo and a ruler. A nice touch: the ruler has all the correct measurements written on it, making it easier to set the string height correctly. It has measurements down the edge but also instructions as well. Nice. This quality tool kit will last a lifetime.
Yeah, I know: a book. But this isn’t just any old book! This is the ultimate book about stompboxes, the little boxes of effects that we guitar players drool over and use to create sounds. The Pedal Crush * book is chock full of effects pedals and their history, and helps musicians create more interesting sounds with suggestions on how and where to use stompboxes.
Magical boxes of joy!
It’s an absolutely brilliant book and I own a copy myself, so would heartily recommend it for anyone looking for a cool Christmas gift for a guitar player. This book is heavy, huge and packed with colour photos and some great articles with famous musicians like Ed O’Brien from Radiohead and Nels Cline of Wilco. Pedal Crush is focussed on creating weird and wonderful sounds using effects pedals and it is worth every penny. The authors Kim Bjørn and Scott Harper have done an amazing job of breaking it all down and presenting it beautifully.
NUX Mighty Plug
This gift does it all: keep the guitarist happy and get you some peace and quiet! They can go off and play guitar without annoying anyone else. The NUX Mighty Plug * is an all-in-one practise amplifier the size of a matchbox that plugs into the guitar and lets players make noise on their headphones and play silently. It’s packed full of quality sounds, too, so it’s more than just a gimmick.
A neat feature is the ability to control it using a smartphone to edit the onboard amps and effects units. It’s a smart little package with a built-in rechargeable battery that gives 3 hours practise time from a single charge. That’s 3 hours of peace and quiet for everyone else! All it needs is a set of headphones.
tc electronic Ditto Looper
Here’s a little pedal gift idea for guitarists. The Ditto Looper * is a looper pedal, and it’s a great way for musicians to create new song ideas and find new ways to practise guitar. It loops the sound and allows guitarists to play over the top, giving a quick way to layer music while playing. Handy, small and cheap. What’s not to like?
Harley Benton Electric Guitar Kit T-Style
I love this kit. My neighbour across the road bought one and made it, and brought the guitar over for me to play. I was so good, I was blown away – I would never have guessed it was made from a kit costing way less than £100. This T-style guitar kit contains all the bits and pieces needed to build a guitar. All that’s needed are some basic tools to put it together, like screwdrivers, and a bit of patience.
I believe that every guitar player should have a go at making a guitar at least once in their life. The Harley Benton Electric Guitar Kit T-Style * can be enhanced and upgraded any way you like. It’s a great starting point for an ongoing project too. Harley Benton does a range of different guitar style kits and also bass guitar kits, so if the guitarist in your life plays a different kind of guitar, you’ll probably find a kit to suit their taste.
Harley Benton DNAfx GiT
Next up is the Harley Benton DNAfx GiT *. We’re getting to the pricier end of this list, but this is a complete mini pedal board with 55 high-quality guitar amp models and built-in effects. This is a great tool for players that want to expand their repertoire of guitar sounds, but need something compact and portable.
The DNAfx GiT has a built-in USB port for PC/MAC editing or direct audio recording, so guitarists and bassists can use it for recording on a computer as well, adding to the versatility. When I wrote about the DNAfx GiT earlier this year I was impressed with the feature set in this little unit. It could make a great gift for a guitar player of any age. Check out the video below to hear it in action.
Yamaha THR5 V2
A practice amplifier with great sounds (and, importantly, a headphone output)! The Yamaha series of THR practise amps are very well made, look good and sound fantastic. If you’re looking for a cool gift for a guitar player, you cannot go wrong with any of the THR models. Look first at the Yamaha THR5 V2 * model, as it has a lot of great features and is at the lower end of the price range.
Darn close to perfect
I love these little amps! They are full of great tones, including Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brit HI and Modern amp sounds, plus a lot of effects including chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, delay, delay/reverb, spring reverb, hall and reverb. I also like that you can run these from batteries or a power adaptor. There’s a built-in tuner and a headphone output for silent practise. The Aux input makes it possible to play along to backing tracks and a USB port means it can record directly into a computer. It’s a great little all rounder for use around the house and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. Yamaha has a whole range of these at various prices – you can check them all out here *.
Harley Benton DC-Junior Electric Guitar
Now for a guitar! If you know someone who’s looking to get their first electric, or perhaps a second rock guitar, we have a superb gift idea for you. It’s affordable, well-built and has been getting a lot of attention from players all over the world. It will give a great playing experience and sounds – all for well under £200!
The Harley Benton DC-Junior * is so good that people are making YouTube videos all about it and talking about it on guitar forums everywhere. It comes in a range of classic colours including a limited edition Pelham Blue (which I think is super cool) or a more traditional Cherry Red, TV Yellow, Faded Brown or Faded blue. There’s also a FAT version with a chunkier neck.
This guitar is full of nice tones and worth every penny. Keep your Playstation 5 and give me a DC-Junior any day of the week.
IK Multimedia AXE I/O Solo
If the guitarist in your life is getting serious about recording their guitar into a computer, then I would recommend a good quality audio interface to help them get their guitar signal recorded into a PC or Mac. But which one? Well, this IK Multimedia AXE I/O Solo* is designed specifically to record a guitar.
The perfect home studio for guitar players
While it’s aimed at guitar players, the AXE I/O Solo has inputs for microphones too, including switchable 48V phantom power for condenser microphones. There’s also a substantial software pack bundled with it, including the AmpliTube virtual guitar rig software, T-RackS mastering processor and a DAW in the form of Ableton Live Lite.
It’s a nice little setup that has all the basics covered. All that’s needed is a PC or Mac with a USB port, a guitar and a cable to get going, plus some headphones to monitor though when recording.
The Best Christmas Gifts for Guitarists
That’s it! I hope you found something inspiring. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments section below and we’ll get back to you!
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