Becoming a professional guitar player is not an easy task. It takes years and thousands of hours of dedicated practice to master the instrument. Too many people buy a cheap guitar hoping to learn how to play it, only to quit once things get difficult. Some stick to it despite the boredom that comes with learning new skills and even few turn it into a passion.
When it comes to picking a great gift for a guitar player, you have many options–decorative guitar mounts, personalized picks, interesting books, cool t-shirts and useful tools that they’ll be glad to receive. All you have to do is consider your recipient’s needs and preferences and your relationship with them to pick an appropriate gift.
Avoid giving equipment or professional tools to musicians. They’re usually picky about that stuff and won’t use it unless it fits their requirements. Stick to general things that are versatile and good quality.
Following is a list of the best gifts for guitarists. You’ll find many creative ideas that will impress your recipient. Pick one that suits their style.
Personalized Wooden Guitar Pick Box
The ideal gift is meant to delight a recipient with thoughtfuless and fulfill a need. It’ should also make the right impression on them about you. You want to be seen as someone with good taste.
A classy looking personalized wooden guitar pick box such as this one does exactly that. It looks cool, is useful and durable. Any professional guitar player would treasure it. You can choose a custom message to be engraved on it making it more personal for the recipient.
Creative Guitar Themed T-shirt
This creatively designed, guitar themed t-shirt is perfect for anyone who loves Rock & Roll. Giving gifts that are based on a recipient’s preferences lets them know how close you are to them, since only people who know you well can make such predictions.
The t-shirt looks cool and artistic, made out of premium material and feels comfortable. All you have to do is pick the right size and they will be impressed.
Guitarist Gift Box
If you don’t have enough time to pick a perfect gift for your recipient or just don’t know them well enough to know their preferences, go for a gift box, ideally one that is related to their interests.
This handmade gift box is perfect for any guitar player. It comes with a capo of your choice, a set of 2 flamed maple picks, and a vial of fretboard conditioning oil.
Minimalist Guitar Wall Clock
You can’t just decorate your walls with only posters. Variety is what makes a design complete and pleasing to the eyes. That’s how filmmakers design their sets. It’s hard to find attractive decor items that will please any recipient. You need to know exactly what they’ll find interesting and worthy of a place in their home. The idea is to find something that reflects their personality or is related to things they care about.
This guitar themed wall clock will make a fine gift for a guitarist. It’s simple yet elegant. The minimalist design makes it a safe choice because it doesn’t impose.
Universal Wooden Guitar Stand
Giving gifts that are very specific is risky because there’s you’re more likely to miss the mark on what your recipient wants. It’s better to pick something that reflects their general interests rather than going for something very niche.
This universal guitar stand is ideal to give to any guitar player since it’s pretty versatile and holdes guitars of almost all sizes. It’s durable, attractive, portable and if your recipient prefers vintage designs they’ll be pleased to get this.
Guitars & Heroes by Julien Bitoun
An artist must know the tools of his trade. It’s what separates the professionals from the amateurs. It is what people expect from experts. It also gives the artist the ability to pick the best tool that right for the job.
Guitar & Heroes is an encyclopedia of more than a hundred guitars along with portraits of musicians who have mastered them. It covers famous guitarists such as Johnny Cash, Jimmy Page, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen and more. Overall, it’s an interesting read that any serious guitar player must try. It’ll make a impressive gift for your recipient.
Wooden Guitar Wall Mount Hanger
The best gifts are the ones that are both practical and thoughtful. Any guitar player will be pleased to get this beautiful, multi-function wall mount hanger as a gift.
This wall mount is high quality and comes with a hooks, guitar pick holders and a small shelf to put other accessories on.
Guitar by David Schiller
This book by David Schiller is a collection of pictures and information on almost every kind of guitar out there. Anyone who loves guitars should own this. This will make an interesting gift.
Never Stop Strumming T-shirt
This cool t-shirt with an astronaut playing a guitar along with a text that says “Never Stop Strumming” is in spirit of the musicians who never seem to want to put their guitars down. When an artist is passionate about their craft they tend to not wait for the ideal circumstances to practice.
Any guitar player who loves to play will like this t-shirt as a gift. Just make sure you get the size correct.
Guitar Themed Wallet
Giving a wallet as a gift is considered a sign to wishing good fortune in many cultures. Also, they’re practical and endearing if added a personal touch. This guitar themed wallet will make a fine gift for any guitar player. Even struggling guitarists and musicians need wallets. They might not be making millions yet but whatever money they have needs a place.
Ideal for giving to a guitar playing boyfriend, father or a close friend. They’ll be remined of you every time they go shopping.
Minimalistic Guitar Premium Hoodie
When picking a clothing item to give to someone, it’s best to stick to minimalist designs. This way you are less likely to choose something that is too extreme for your recipient. Black is also a color that is versatile.
This premium minimalistic guitar hoodie will be a great gift for any guitarist or musician in your life. It’s well designed and high quality. Ideal to give to a romantic partner, family member or a close friend.
Beatles Guitar Pick Holder
The Beatles were the most popular and influential band in the world during the 70’s. They changed the world of music in significant ways. Their music is still pretty popular. Americans are even considering changing the national anthem to John Lennon’s Imagine.
This Beatles themed guitar pick holder is perfect for a recipient who is a Beatles fan. It looks cool and holds multiple picks.
The Subversive Guitarist
Most people find it easy to do tasks that they have fun doing. The ability to keep practicing difficult skills that don’t come as easily is what separates world class performers from your average musician.
The Subversive Guitarist is a collection of technical and conceptual exercises that challenge the muscle-memory habits that hold most performers back. The drills are meant to help guitar players improve their skills. It’s a thoughtful gift that will impress any dedicated musician who aims to be the best.
Personalized Double Guitar Hanger
Gifts can be signals. Getting your recipient a personalized gift is a great way to let them know how you feel about them. Also, a custom gift that is uniquely made for them makes a person feel special.
This personalized double guitar hanger is ideal for romantic parters, close friends and family members. If they own multiple guitars they’ll find it convenient to put them together. It also comes with space to put all the picks.
Guitar Humidifier System
Nature creates life but it also tends to destroy things. Humans haven’t figured out how to stop the destruction but we have come up with ways to delay it. Modern medicine helps us live longer and a good humidifier system extend a guitar’s life.
This guitar humidifier system will make a fine gift for anyone who owns a guitar have plan to have it for a long time. It’s a reliable, good quality one so even a picky recipient will be pleased to get it.
Vintage Style Guitar Strap
This is a guitar accessory but also a fashion item. It’s a cool design an artist will like. Although some musicians prefer them to be simple and plain. Which makes it a bit risky but most likely than not your friend will be impressed and love your choice.
When it comes to picking a gift you should keep your recipient’s tastes in mind. If you know them well, use what you know when making a decision.
Guitar Themed Metal Wall Art
Creativite expression is not exclusive to artists. It’s something we all do from time to time in our own unique ways. Anything can be an art project, even decorating the walls of our homes. After all, everyone enjoys being surrounded by beauty and where else is it most relevant but the place where we spend most of our time?
Not everyone is good at this though. Some people would spend years in a place with empty walls. And not because they don’t like things on their walls but because they aren’t used to picking the right decor. If your guitar playing recipient is such a person with walls to fill, you can give them this stylish, minimalist guitar wall art decor.
Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Guitar Songs
The Rollings Stones magazine is considered by music lovers as a reliable source of information on the artform and its developments. They cover musicians all over the western world and feature stories that both aspiring musicians and audiophiles enjoy. The magazine is known for publishing the collection of their choice of top songs in a ranked list.
This book is the second installment of the Top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - Guitar Classics series. It covers sixty seven classic rock and modern rock tracks. It’s meant for experienced tab players though. Don’t give this book to beginners. If your recipient is someone who has been playing the guitar for a while and is interested in the classic rock or modern rock genre, they’ll like this present.
Guitar Style Barbecue Set
These are kind of cool for a barbecue set. This set will make a fine gift for any guitarist, unless your recipient is a devout vegan, in which case they might get supremely offended and try to stab you with these.
What better way is there for a guitarist barbecue a steak than doing it with guitar style barbecue set while chilling in the garden along with a friend playing a country rock song? It can’t hurt to own a pair of these.
Guitar Desk Lamp
How in the world will people know that you are a guitar player if you don’t own a guitar shaped desk lamp? They’re not mind readers. You’ll have to tell them or worse, perform.
Not a necessity for a guitarist but for someone who use their guitars to make a living this guitar lamp will make a charming gift.
Marshall Guitar Amp Key Hanger
Creativity is a gift but it comes with a cost. Creative people are often forgetful. When your mind wanders with infinite possibilities of innovative ideas you’re not paying attention to the small things.
Artists of all kind find themselves misplacing things because of this dilemma. Well, this key hanger looks so cool that it’s hard to miss it. They’ll be subconsciously forced to remember putting their keys on it.
Guitar Pick Pendant Necklace
A simple yet stylish necklace you can gift to a special friend. A gift like this would impress the recipient and also make their admire your taste in presents. You don’t have to get too creative with gift ideas. Most of the times, it’s the simplest gifts that make the most lasting impressions.
You can gift this pendant necklace to anyone who plays the guitar. Any musician will appreciate this gift.
The Greatest Music Stories Never Told
The world is a strange place, with bizarre stories that make us question our own existence from time to time. The Greatest Music Stories Never Told is a book filled with unusual music related stories you’ll ever hear. A ballet that sparked a riot, a rockstar that became an astrophysicist and many more.
If your recipient doesn’t mind a bit of reading they’ll enjoy exploring these fascinating stories. It’ll make an interesting gift for any musician who likes to read.
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Portable Guitar Amplifier
The best gifts are those that recipients can put to use. For recipients what makes a desirable gift is the ownership value they get from it. They prefer gifts that are practical.
This amplifier looks cool, has amazing features like Bluetooth connectivity, great sound quality and the portability makes it really convenient to carry around. This will make an impressive gift.
Whiskey Barrel Guitar Hanger
Recipients prefer gifts that feel unique and creative, but that’s not all that matters. You can find the most rare gift item in the world but it won’t impress them if you don’t consider their preferences and needs.
This guitar hanger made out of a whisky barrel will impress any guitar owner with good taste. It looks cool and is unlike most other ordinary guitar hangers.
Guitar Themed Phone Purse
Mobile phones, when they first came out, used to be huge. With time and advancement in technology we were able to make them smaller and better. Now they’re getting bigger again. Hence the invention of phone purses.
They make nice accessories and are generally liked as gifts. You can gift this to your lady guitarist friend.
Guitar Pick Holder
If you are known to be a man or woman of good taste, you want it to reflect in the gifts you give. After all, you must maintain your reputation at all costs.
This stylish guitar pick holder is what I would expect from a person with class. A really cool gift idea.
Guitar Themed Music Lamp
Good lighting makes a lot of difference in the appearance of a room. A properly lit house looks cinematic and is pleasing to those who spend time in it, which affects mood and productivity. This is why nightlights and decorative lamps can make impressive gifts to the right recipient.
If your recipient is a guitar player who is passionate about their craft, a guitar shaped night light will appeal to them. It comes with a USB cable and you can connect it to a laptop, making it ideal to travel with.
Guitar Themed Bracelet
It takes a somewhat deep understanding of the recipient’s tastes and preferences to figure out what kind of jewelry they’d like. This makes it difficult pick jewelry to give someone. I recommend that when it comes to picking jewelry items or accessories for someone you choose something minimalistic and simple. This way you’re less likely to hit too off the mark. Everyone can pull off an accessory that doesn’t stand out. That doesn’t go the other way around.
This guitar themed black bracelet is a perfect gift for a friend who is a guitarist or musician. It’ll feel personal to them, like a memento to keep and preserve.
Guitar Shaped Decorative Hooks
I like creative decors such as this. They add personality to a home. Makes the place look more interesting. Why have regular, mundane hooks when you can have stylish ones like these? These guitar head shaped hooks will appeal to any guitar player with a knack for home decoration.
Practical things your recipient can use and that are related to their interests make the best gifts. Make sure your gift meet these two conditions and you won’t go wrong.
Maple Wood Guitar USB Stick
In the age of high speed internet and easy sharing options, USB drives seem to be becoming obsolete. It’s still necessary to own one, after all the big brother is watching and you can’t have some nerd in the NSA getting their hands on your embarrassing family photos.
This flash drive with a cover made out of maple wood is perfect for guitar players. It’s shaped liked a guitar and comes with a nice wooden box to keep it in. Your recipient will find it very charming.
Talent Is Overrated by Geoff Colvin
If we lived in the world of Matrix movies we could just download a skill into our brain and master it within seconds of upload. In the real world, though, learning and mastering any skill is not a easy task. The world class performance you see doing awesome things and creating stuff than seems magical is a result of years of dedicated practice and hard work it’s not possible.
This book explains how these performers, masters of their crafts and experts in all fields get to where they are. A must read for anyone who wants to know the best way to maximize their performance. A useful guide that will help the guitar player in your life reach their potential.
Guitar Neon Sign
No amount of light can fill the darkness of in your heart if you are one of those people who eat a pizza with knives and forks. There is no cure for you. But you an still have good lighting in your bedroom.
This guitar neon sign is the coolest thing you can put on your wall. Excellent gift for a guitar player with a wall to spare.
Guitar Music Note Coffee Mug
Americans love their coffee. Even the bald eagle makes a trip to Starbucks before going out for a hunt in the desert.
I don’t recommend you buy those mugs with cheesy lines and puns like “I pick you,” or “Best guitar player.” They’re lame and not impressive to recipients. This one is kind of cool. You can gift this to any guitar strumming, coffee drinking friend.
Quarter Made Guitar Pick
I’m not sure how practical it is to play a guitar with a pick made out of a coin. It seems it works, but mostly is designed to be a keepsakes gift.
Gifts are best when they’re practical and useful but it’s not always the case. Sometimes the not practical aspects make a present a good one. I found this pick made out of quarters a cleaver idea. Something your guitarist recipient will be glad to own.
Marshall Guitar Plug Style Keychains
This is probably the coolest keychain in the world. I’m not a musician and even I want to buy one. It’s a terrific present even though it’s a simple one.
Generally it’s not a good idea to gift multiple items to someone but it works if both the products make a set. You can couple this with the Marshall Key Hanger from above in the list and it’ll be good set.
Whiplash 4K UHD Disc
Whiplash is a film about an passionate, aspiring jazz drummer who is dedicated to his craft and will do what it takes to succeed and get to the top, may that be tolerating the insults and abuse from his authoritarian instructor to practicing at night till his fingers bleed.
It’s a tale about passion and shows us the dark side of it. It’s about a drummer but is a must watch for any musician.
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Guitar Tool Kit
Adults who are financially independent can buy the things they need on their own. If they need a toolkit, they’ll get one. A teenager who has just started out their journey as a guitarist will be glad to get a useful kit, such as this one, as a gift.
This string organizer toolkit is a high quality one and anyone who owns a guitar needs one to fix their guitar strings. I don’t recommend giving it to a professional though. They’ll already own one that is of their own personal choice, so your gift will not please them.
Guitar Pick Case Key Chain
Some guitarists prefer playing fingerstyle over using picks. Which style is superiors is a matter of never ending debate among professionals. One advantage of fingerstyle is not being dependent of a guitar pick to play the instrument, just in case you don’t have access to one at any moment.
This guitar pick keychain case solves that problem for the pro-pick players. Since people tend to have their keys on them most of the time, It makes sure that they have a spare pick available. Your recipient will find this real leather keychain very charming and useful.
Chronicles, Volume 1 by Bob Dylan
If your recipient is a Bob Dylan fan who enjoys listening to and playing country music, this is a book they’ll be into reading. In Chronicles, Bob Dylan reveals his life in an honest way that any aspiring musician will find inspiring.
Hanif Kureishi from The Guardian said this was “The book no one thought he could write.” And this book indeed outperform the fans’ expectations. If your recipient doesn’t already own a copy and haven’t read it, they’ll be glad to get it as a gift.
Personalized Guitar Pick
This personalized guitar pick is a gift that is simple enough but not any less effective. You can get any text engraved on it. I’ll suggest you put their name or if you’re close and have a nickname for them, use that.
It comes in a decent little box and the pick is good quality. It’ll be a special thing which will remind them of you.
Guitar Themed Couple Mugs
What would music be without love, and what would artists be without their muses. If you are trying to find a gift for a boyfriend or a husband this set of soulmate mugs is good choice. It’s romantic and perfect to symbolize your relationship.
This corny mug will also work as a gift for a friend who’s in a relationship. It comes in a pair so they can share it with someone they care about.
Guitar Ice Cube Tray
There’s nothing wrong with regular ice cube trays. They serve their purpose, which is to make regular shaped ice cubes. A guitarist, though, will prefer one that makes ice that is shaped like a guitar. They look much more interesting than the boring cubes everyone else puts in their drinks.
It’s a fun gift that your rockstar friend will have a good laugh about. They’ll get to drink their whiskey on the rocks the way God intended them to drink–with a ice guitar in it.
Metallica Play Along Book
If your recipient enjoys listening to Metallica, they’ll be pleased to get this Metallica play along book as a gift. It’s the first volume of the play along series and covers their music from 1983-1988.
Any fan of the band will have a fun time playing along and practicing the songs. Just make sure they enjoy this type of music before you give them this.
Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
Science isn’t just for nerds and scientists. Dedicated artists who want to learn every aspect of their trade often dive into learning the science behind their craft. It helps them understand it better and hence create something unique.
Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks, a famous neuroscientist and author, explains how music affects our brains. It’s filled with strange cases that fascinated scientists and made them explore the nature our the human brain’s relation to music. It’s very well written and a must read for any musician. Don’t give this to a guitarist who doesn’t read though.
The Complete Guide to Blues Guitar Compilation
Many of the biggest rock bands you know started their journey with the blues. Pink Floyd’s early music was heavily influenced by the genre. The name “Pink Floyd” itself is a tribute to two bluesmen – Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.
Any aspiring musician who aims to achieve mastery of their craft spends their time learning different genres. The idea is to learn the existing arts so you can create something unique of your own. If your recipient has shown interest in blues, The Complete Guide to Playing Blues Guitar is the place to start. It covers all the techniques and information one would need to practice the style. Gift this only to those who are passionate about learning.
John Pisano’s Jazz Guitar Masterclass
John Pisano is a prolific jazz guitarist from New York. He has been playing his music for almost six decades and has worked with music legends such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and many more. In this masterclass John covers all the fundamentals of playing jazz on guitar and shares his unique knowledge about the craft.
If your recipient is interested in learning about playing jazz on their guitar, this masterclass is exactly the kind of gift they’ll be pleased with.