Buying a gift for a guitar player can be a daunting task. There are technical guitar details and personal preferences to navigate around.
When I brainstormed Christmas guitar gift ideas, I included gifts that were as universal as possible without knowing the technical details of their current setup.
The guitar gift ideas below are great for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, holidays, and other special occasions.
For my gift guide, I generalize guitar players into beginner, intermediate, and professional categories. After those guides, I cover each guitar gift category in detail.
- Unusual Guitar Gifts
- Gifts for Beginners
- Intermediate Guitar Gifts
- Gifts for Professional Guitar Players
- Holiday Guitar Gift Guide
- Gifts to Avoid
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Gifts for Guitar Players: Unusual, but Cool Guitar Gifts
One of the more unusual guitar gifts, but fully functional and awesome is the Handmade Wood Bead Guitar Strap on Etsy. If they are in stock, they ship within a business day and can be delivered within 3-4 business days.
Some other handmade gifts on this list will have a longer lead time.
Beginner Guitar Player Gifts: Birthdays, Christmas, etc
Most gifts, especially budget-friendly gifts, will work for beginner-level guitarists and can be found on Amazon.
In addition, guitar lessons make for a great gift! You can get a 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month lesson plan at GuitarTricks.com.
Basic gear like picks, tuners, and stringing tools will work great. It’s hard to go wrong with a beginner gift!
This guitar gift set includes thin, medium, and heavy gauges of guitar. It helps beginner guitar players determine their favorite pick thickness.
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Intermediate Guitar Player Gifts
Intermediate players will have developed more preferences regarding picks, strings, and other basic gear. Understanding those will be necessary to purchase a great gift in those categories.
The best gifts for intermediate guitar players are gear like pedals, capos, and custom guitar straps.
This guitar accessory is a great gift. It's an all-in-one tool with various tools (hex wrenches, screwdrivers, ruler, etc). It's practical and handy for guitarists of all levels, but especially for intermediate players without one.
An awesome gift for guitar players in need of a high-quality and reliable capo. Many start with cheap ones in the $10 range that work as a beginner when you're experimenting with new styles. However, for guitar players with some experience, a great gift is a higher-end capo that you is easy to use.
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Gifts for Professional Guitarist
Professional players that play guitar in a band, gig regularly, or even tour, can be tricky. They likely have most things they want or the things they do want exceed most budgets.
For professional players, a custom or personalized gift is a great way to go. On my list of best guitar straps, I included a few custom and unique straps that gift really well.
A custom guitar stand makes a great gift for those with higher-end guitars. Let them keep it on display and make it a featured piece in their gear room.
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Gifts for Guitar Players: Buyers Guide
Before you purchase a guitar-related gift, I think it’s a good idea to lay some groundwork to help your purchase decision.
If you’re on a stricter budget, check out the best guitarist gifts under $50.
Understanding the Guitarist in Your Life for Gift Preferences
Guitar playing is full of diverse and unique individuals. From hardcore rockers to soulful blues, classical players, and country twang – you’ll want to ask the giftee or friends/family to understand their personal taste to get gifts to complement their playing style.
Gifting Guitar Picks
Guitar Picks make great gifts on a budget. They are also great stocking stuffers or add-on gifts because guitarists constantly lose and break picks.
However, guitar picks can be a pretty bland solo gift… unless you customize them or get them unique guitar picks that they’ve never used.
Guitarists love custom picks or trying out picks they’ve never used, such as wooden guitar picks.
If you DO have a very beginner guitarist, it’s also safe to get a variety pack of picks so they can test out different picks and see which size they prefer.
Lastly, if you know they are trying to learn finger style guitar, these picks make for a great gift.
Guitar capos can make a great gift for intermediate to advanced guitar players.
Beginner to intermediate players may not have a guitar capo, which can be a great way to expand their playing and try new styles.
And if you see your boyfriend or girlfriend playing with a guitar capo often, then you can upgrade them to a higher-quality capo with unique styles.
It’s important not to go TOO cheap on capos. There are some Alibaba $1.00 capos imported selling on Amazon for ~$12 that will not function great. Something like this Kyser is high-quality and works great compared to the cheaper ones.
Guitar Tuners Make a Great Gift
Tuners make great gifts, especially for beginner to intermediate players. Many guitar players will have a basic tuner that came with their beginner guitar kit or purchased with their first guitar. However, many of those are limited in function.
Upgrading them to a cool Snark guitar tuner is a great, budget-friendly gift. It is a great tuner and can also clip onto their guitar for easy tuning. It’s also visually easier to see adjust your tuning than cheaper models. In addition, you can tune it by string vibrations along with sound.
Guitar Pedals: The Coolest Gift You Can Give
Guitar pedals, while technical, can be used and enjoyed by guitarists of all levels. Gifting a guitar pedal to an experienced player may be a challenge. If you’re in that scenario, ask one of their friends about pedals they may have their eye on.
If you’re shopping for a beginner to an intermediate guitar player, nearly any guitar pedal will provide the gift of a brand-new playing experience! It’s one of the best gifts under $100 to get a guitarist. This is especially true if this will be their first guitar pedal.
Getting a wah or overdrive/distortion pedal is a solid choice if they don’t have one.
A loop pedal is another guitar accessory that can enhance any guitar players enjoyment. This allows them to create tunes on their own by looping their input and adding to to it (among other features).
A Ditto Looper is also great if you want to save $20, but it doesn’t have the nice digital loop display as shown above in the Boss RC-1.
If they already have those types of pedals, you can try an EQ guitar effects pedal. This is great for perfecting their tone.
Useful Accessories and Tools
A string winder is a great gift for beginner guitarists that may not have much experience restringing their guitar and need tools to make the job easier.
Gifts for Beginner Guitar Players Learning Guitar
All guitarists are constantly learning, but if you are giving a gift to someone that is in their first year of guitar, there are some very practical gifts that can help them in their journey.
You can get them an annual membership to places like TrueFire that have a variety of lessons and tutorials.
Most guitarists have a stack of reference books acquired over the years. Sometimes learning at a computer can be distracting and it’s good to have an actual book.
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Guitar Gifts to Avoid
As a guitarist, receiving cheesy and gimmicky gifts is my least favorite. It’s a personal preference, but in my experience, they go unused.
Yes, I will feign excitement, but will I actually use them?
The Pick Punch is recommended on many lists because it’s an affordable and unique gift. It allows you to punch a pick out of old gift cards, credit cards, and other materials.
However, I do not know any guitar player that actually uses a pick created from it. Read the 3-star reviews for a better look at the reality of this gift.
It can make a great gift for those who love to recycle old materials and tinker, but it’s not for everyone.
Gifting guitar strings to a guitar player is a GREAT choice if you know exactly which strings they love, but it’s a poor choice if you’re making any guesses.
Most guitar players are stubborn about their strings and if you don’t know which ones they like, and more importantly, which ones they dislike, it will be a tough gift to purchase.
The exception is if you’re buying a gift for a new guitar player. They are still in the testing phase of strings and would benefit from experiencing different brands and quality of guitar strings.
Guitar T-Shirt Gifts
Guitar-themed t-shirts can make a great gift, but they can easily be tossed in a back of a drawer to never be worn.
My personal preference and others I know tend to dislike cheesy and corny “I Love My Guitar”-style shirts and gear. Sure, if it comes from my niece or nephew, it’s cute and a great gift, but it’s likely not to be worn.
The same goes for socks that are guitar-themed.
More Guitar Player Gift Ideas
I know gift cards and money are very impersonal gifts, but if done correctly, it can be the best gift a guitarist can get.
Many guitarists are likely to be obsessing over a new guitar, amp, or other relatively expensive gear and are actively saving money for it.
If you know this, you can always work with other friends or family to pool the cash to get them to the goal. For example, if you have a younger guitarist in your life and they are saving for their dream $2,000 guitar and you know they are at $1,500 in savings, you could join forces with other friends or family and pool together the remainder.
Getting that brand-new guitar would be much more impactful than getting 5 separate guitar-related gifts.
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The best gifts for a guitarist are functional, practical, unique, personal, or some combination of those.
While there is always a time and place for gimmicky gifts, enhancing their playing experience with the right gift is a great way to impress them and help them create new music and experiences.
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