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17 of the best Christmas gifts for guitar players: the ultimate guide to gifts for guitarists

Gifts for guitar players: the ultimate guide to gifts for guitarists
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There are certain people in life who we always struggle with when it comes to finding the right gifts at Christmas. Every family has one, with a common problem being how to find the right gifts for guitar players. Guitarists take their equipment very personally, with each element of their setup having been chosen for very specific reasons. That’s not to say it’s impossible though, as we’ll endeavor to show you now.

From tools a guitarist will genuinely use, through to interesting and unique items which nod to the recipient’s chosen hobby, there are some amazing gifts for guitar players if you know where to look. In this guide we’ll offer up some sure-fire winners, and round up the best prices on the web to get you started.

Black Friday is on the horizon, so if you're looking for more great guitar gift ideas we'd recommend checking out our Black Friday guitar deals page too.

Gifts for guitar players: Under $50

Gifts for guitar players: Peaceland Ring Slide

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1. Peaceland Ring Slide

Where jewellery and musicality collide…

Price: $14.95

Quirky and unusual
Available in a variety of sizes and materials
Fairly inexpensive

Made out of glass and metal, this ring slide will allow any guitarist to switch from regular playing to slide in the blink of an eye. It might not cover as much ground as a full-size guitar slide, though in fairness that’s almost half the fun…

Gifts for guitar players: Pickmaster Plectrum Punch

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2. Pickmaster Plectrum Punch

A great last-minute stocking filler…

Price: $29.95

Fun
Easy to use
Cheap

Why buy plectrums when you can make your own at home? This plectrum punch can turn most pieces of thin plastic – credit cards, lids and so forth – into new picks. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll also be reusing waste material in an environmentally friendly way.

Gifts for guitar players: KLIQ AirCell guitar strap

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3. KLIQ AirCell guitar strap

The ideal stocking filler gift for guitar players

Price: $39.99

Breathable
Looks ace
Supreme playing comfort

Cool looks, supreme comfort and reasonable price; what's not to love about the KLIQ AirCell guitar strap? Air-filled cells on the inside of the 3-inch strap improve comfort during long jam sessions and distribute the weight of your guitar evenly. Because of these cells there's less strap in contact with your shoulders too, helping relieve you from excessive heat and moisture.

Gifts for guitar players: From $51-$100

Gifts for guitar players: G7th Performance 3 Art Capo

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4. G7th Performance 3 Art Capo

Quite possibly the best capo on the market…

Price: $54.99

Possibly the best capo on the market
Still quite affordable at $54.99
As useful as it is user-friendly

The latest flagship from G7th - producer of arguably the most popular and user-friendly capos around - comes with their Adaptive Radius Technology which allows the capo to adapt to the curve of the fretboard, and more importantly, the strings going across it. Their claim of maximum tuning stability with minimum tension in every position on any guitar neck is certainly a bold one – but also very much true.

Gifts for guitar players: Mogami Gold Series Guitar Cable

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5. Mogami Gold Series Guitar Cable

Treat them to one of the best cables around

Price: $55.95

No unwanted noise
Lifetime warranty
Variety of lengths

If you're going to treat someone to a new guitar cable for Christmas, then you might as well make it the gold standard. The Mogami Gold Series guitar cable has an ultra-high density (UHD) spiral shield and conductive polymer sub-shield to help prevent excessive noise and preserve that signal. The Mogami comes in a variety of lengths and boasts a 'no excuses' lifetime guarantee, too.

Gifts for guitar players: Fender Bar Stool

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6. Fender Bar Stool

Because we all need to sit down at some point…

Price: $59.99

Awesome retro look, 
Sturdy
Easy to assemble

Whether it’s in the kitchen, games room or recording studio, this Fender Bar Stool is guaranteed to brighten up the place. Though the less in-your-face Custom shop logo version may appeal to the more higher-end guitarist, there’s something quite special about the fiesta red of the classic Fender design.

Gifts for guitar players: Blackstar Fly 3

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7. Blackstar Fly 3

Tiny amplifier packs a big enough punch

Price: $69.99

So small!  
Can be paired up for stereo effects
Battery operated

Ask any guitarist and they’ll tell you there’s no feeling that compares to playing through an enormous amp stack, with enough volume to make your cheeks wobble. While we’d back this up, there’s also a time and a place for everything, and mid-week when the kids have gone to bed is not the right time for full-volume practice. The Blackstar Fly 3 can’t compete with larger guitar amps for volume, but it has great tone on tap and can run via battery for those portable practice sessions. Oh, and it’s deceptively small too so won’t get in the way at home.

Gifts for guitarists: Treblab Z2 Headphones

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8. Treblab Z2 headphones

Wireless headphones with noise cancelling

Price: $90

Superb performance 
Long battery life 
Great value 

With many players relying on smartphones or tablets nowadays for practice, a good set of noise-cancelling headphones is always a solid choice for a gift. Unfortunately, the big brands all charge top dollar for their tech, so we’d point you towards the Treblab Z2 headphones which perform superbly well and have a long battery life. If the name on the headphones isn’t important, these are a great choice. 

Gifts for guitarists: Rode NT-USB Mini Microphone

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9. Rode NT-USB Mini

Mini mic is perfect for small home studios

Price: $99

Simple to use 
Gives great results
Works with any computer 

Part of the joy of playing an instrument is being able to record yourself and create entire masterpieces from the comfort of your own home. A decent microphone will mean acoustic guitar players, singers and other non-electric instrument performers can get their sounds into a computer, ready for production. The Rode NT-USB Mini is a small (but perfectly formed) USB microphone which requires no other equipment to operate than a computer or laptop. It’s also ideal for podcasts, video production and even those relentless Zoom calls which take up so much time nowadays.

Gifts for guitar players: From $101-$200

Gifts for guitar players: EHX Op-Amp Big Muff Reissue

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10. Electro-Harmonix Op-Amp Big Muff Reissue

Smashing Pumpkins fan? This is the fuzz pedal for you

Price: $107

THAT fuzz sound
Records really well
Reasonably priced

Billy Corgan used a Big Muff on the Smashing Pumpkins' classic Siamese Dream album, and after that everyone wanted one on their pedalboard. Until recently your only option to recreate that tone was a boutique clone, an extremely rare original model, or building your own pedal. Luckily for you, EHX recently reissued it, so you can harness all the fuzz you could ever need.

Gifts for guitar players: Roland Go Mixer Pro

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11. Roland GO:MIXER Pro

Perfect mixer for smartphone videos and streaming

Price: $149.99

Connects multiple instruments at once 
Plug and play operation 

More and more players are looking to take their riffs to the people via channels like YouTube and Twitch. Often, producing these videos is difficult because a smartphone can only accept one incoming audio source at once. The Roland Go:Mixer Pro solves this by connecting to your smartphone and instantly granting you the ability to record guitars, microphones and keyboards at the same time. It’s simple to use and gives you an instant improvement on the built-in microphone. 

Gifts for guitar players: Marshall Major IV headphones

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12. Marshall Major IV Headphones

You'll never want to take these off...

Price: $149

Three full days of battery life
Custom-tuned drivers for superior quality
Quick charging feature 

With a ridiculous 80-hour battery life and improved ergonomic design, the Major IV’s are an awesome update from Marshall. Not only do they look the part with that iconic logo adorning each ear, but they also have amazing high end clarity and ‘roaring’ bass, so they’re perfect for music nerds as well as everyday listeners. Marshall has included Bluetooth 5 in this latest model for a better connection, so if you want to listen to music on the go then these are a no brainer.

Gifts for guitar players: Pedaltrain Classic Pro pedalboard

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13. Pedaltrain Classic Pro

Tidy up those pedals with a dedicated ‘board.

Price: $189.99

Purpose made for effect pedal rigs
Carry case included for portability

If the guitarist you’re buying for is anything like us, they’ll be partial to an effects pedal or two. Or twenty. Help bring some order to their life with the Pedaltrain Classic Pro pedalboard, which provides a dedicated base on which the player can store and transport their pedals, thanks to a handy included carry case. It’s not the most glamorous gift for guitar players, but it’s one they’ll be glad to receive. 

Gifts for guitar players: Boss RC-3 Looper pedal

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14. Boss RC-3 Looper

Rid your life of bad drummers with this offering from Boss

Price: $199

Compact size
Loads of cool features 
Easy to use 

With up to 3 hours of looping time, this compact little number from Boss is really a band in a box. The in-built rhythm guide is a godsend for practicing your timing, and 99 onboard memories mean you’ll never forget that next Grammy-winning riff. Boss even includes a USB output to backup your recordings, and an AUX input for when you fancy looping part of your favorite song to jam along to. 

Gifts for guitar players: Over $201

Gifts for guitar players: Boss Katana Air practice amp

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15. Boss Katana Air

Wireless guitar amp with Bluetooth speaker playback

Price: $399

 Perfect home practice amp 
 Wireless tech is faultless 
 Truly liberating! 

Wireless guitar systems, where the player is able to roam freely without being physically connected to an amplifier, are typically the preserve of live performance setups. With the Boss Katana Air, however, there now exists a true wireless system designed for home use. The Katana Air is small enough to blend into a bookshelf, yet boasts enough tricks up its sleeve to please any player.

Squier Classic Vibe '70s Thinline Telecaster on a white background

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16. Squier Classic Vibe '70's Telecaster Thinline

A stylish, tone-packed electric guitar bargain

Price: $449

Classic Tele Thinline look
Great attention to detail in the build
Wonderful Thinline tones all around

Squier's take on the Fender's classic 70's Telecaster Thinline guitar brings iconic looks and sound to the table at an unbelievably low price point – this would make an ideal first electric guitar. With a white pearloid scratchplate, finely carved f-hole and Squier-embossed humbuckers, Squier's version of the guitar certainly looks the part. Sound-wise, there's plenty of versatility here, delivering bags of punch and a nice open mid-range.

Martin 000Jr-10 on a white background

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17. Martin 000Jr-10

Honey, I shrunk the Martin

Price: $499

No laminate in sight!
Comfortable and compact
Available with or without Fishman electronics 

This little beauty from Martin is perfect for those who want a big sound from a small package. The 000Jr-10 is one of the cheapest all-solid acoustics around, consisting of a high grade Sitka Spruce top and Sapele Mahogany back and sides. Plus, the smaller body size means it’s super easy to play, with lots of articulate bright tone, as well as bags of punch. It’s got that typical Martin look, and the build quality to match - making it perfect for beginner and intermediate players.