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22 creative gifts for the guitar player in your life, from a DIY pick punch to vintage band tees

We rounded up the best gifts for guitar players, including acoustic and electric guitars, straps, amps, and picks from Fender, Gibson, and more. ...

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We rounded up the best gifts for guitar players, including acoustic and electric guitars, straps, amps, and picks from Fender, Gibson, and more.

Guitarists can be a finicky bunch. Take the whole Fender vs. Gibson debate, for example, or even just deciding between acoustic vs. electric guitar.

Below are a roundup of hand-selected tools and toys by a very select cadre of guitar players. The one who always loses their picks? Covered. The one with the battered, tattered old strap, bound to drop their precious '59-vintage Fender Jazzmaster straight to the ground? Covered. The one who never has working input cables? Yes, we've got them, too.

We've got gifts for every guitar player and budget, all the way up to the love of your life who deserves everything and more (see Gibson Hummingbird).

The top 5 guitar gifts:

1. A pick punch to make picks from old credit cards

2. Hal Leonard's "The Real Book," his magnum opus

3. An ultra-lightweight magnesium slide

4. A new update on a classic electric guitar

5. A guitar cleaning kit

Here are 15 thoughtful and useful gifts for guitarists:

A pick punch to make picks from old credit cards

Make Your Own Guitar Pick Punch with credit card, MetroCard

Make Your Own Pick Punch, available at Uncommon Goods, $20

They'll never run out of picks again.

A new update on a classic electric guitar

FENDERULTRA

Fender American Ultra Series, available at Guitar Center, $2,000

It's been a while since Fender's updated its line. If you really want to spoil them, it's probably safe to assume they don't own one of these yet.

A guitar cleaning kit

guitar cleaning kit, $35

Gibson Guitar Care Kit, available at Guitar Center, $39.99

If they love their guitar(s) as much as they say they do, it's probably time they start taking care of them.

Note: This item is currently on backorder. 

Strap locks to keep them from slipping off

s locks, $20 or $35

Schaller S Locks, available at Guitar Center, $45

Straps fail. These babies do not.

A humidity and temperature monitor

musicnomad humidity gauge, $32

MusicNomad Humidity and Temperature Monitor, available at Guitar Center, $32.99

Humidity and temperature changes are wood's worst enemy. Help them keep their beloveds in playing shape with this temperature monitor.

An ultra-lightweight magnesium slide

Best gifts for guitarists

Mojotone MagSlide MS-2, available at Guitar Center, $39.95

Move over, Elmore James.

Note: This item is currently on backorder. 

The best instrument cable(s) money can buy

World's Best Cables Guitar Cable

World's Best Cables Guitar Cable, available at Amazon, $26.95

Faulty cables are the worst. These are some of the best.

A classier guitar strap

Gibson Strap, $129

Guitar Straps, available at Guitar Center, from $3.99

A strap might be a highly personal thing, but if they're still slinging their guitar from cheap nylon, it's time for an upgrade.

A clip-on guitar tuner

Snark Tuner, $30

Snark SN-1 Guitar & Bass Tuner Black, available at Guitar Center, $19.99

If you happen to live with them, our condolences. But this might help some.

Hal Leonard's 'The Real Book,' his magnum opus

The Real Book

Hal Leonard's 'The Real Book,' available at Guitar Center, $45

Hal Leonard's 'The Real Blues Book,' available at Guitar Center, $39.99

Hal Leonard's "The Real Book" is the fool-proof field book to gigging, or at least keeping a good repertoire handy.

The Gibson guitar of their dreams

Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar

Gibson Guitars, available at Guitar Center, from $999

Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar, available at Guitar Center, $3,849

La crème de la crème of acoustic guitars, played by everyone from Bob Dylan and Keith Richards to Graham Parsons and Justin Bieber.

The Fender tube amp they've always wanted

fender tube, $700

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV Tube Amplifier, available at Guitar Center, $899.99

There's nothing like a tube amp. If they don't have one and you've got the dough to help them out, they'll be eternally grateful.

A Marshall acoustic guitar amp with built-in digital effects

Fishman PRO-LBT-500 Loudbox Mini Acoustic Guitar Bluetooth Amplifier

Fishman PRO-LBT-500 Loudbox Mini Acoustic Guitar Bluetooth Amplifier, available at Amazon, from $369.95

The Fishman Loudbox gives the guitarist the powers of wireless audio streaming on an acoustic-electric guitar. 

If your budget is closer to $130, we'd recommend considering this option from Fender, too. 

A classic analog effects pedal

MXR Flanger Pedal, $170

MXR M-117R Flanger Effects Pedal, available at Guitar Center, $169.99

The Flanger is really multiple effects in one, and a lot of fun to mess around with. If they don't have one already, it's time. If they do, anything from MXR is a safe bet.

A gift card to see their favorite musicians play

StubHhub Gift Card

StubHub Gift Card, available at StubHub, from $25

Whether their favorite musicians are performing again or your gift recipient wants to wait a little longer before comfortably going to concerts again, a gift card for concert tickets won't go to waste — and gives them something to look forward to.

Classic rock coasters made from vintage vinyl

Coasters made from vinyl discs

2VinylCats Classic Rock Records Coasters (Set of 4), available at Etsy, $24.95

These record coasters are made of labels cut from vintage vinyl records. One order comes with four coasters with popular '70s and '80s musicians.

A short, interesting lecture from a neuroscientist on music and its impact on humanity

One Day University 4x3

How Music Shapes the Brain by Dr. Indre Viskontas, $35, available at One Day University

Learning and performing music changes the brain, which is why neuroscientist and opera singer/director Dr. Indre Viskontas says the musician's brain is a great model of neuroplasticity.

In this short lecture, Viskontas explains how — and what — music can tell us about what it means to be human. If your guitarist is a lifelong learner, they may love going deep on the topic in a new way. Learn more about how One Day University works here.

A soft, versatile t-shirt of one of their favorite guitarists

Jimi Hendrix Newport Pop Unisex Vintage T-Shirt

Jimi Hendrix Newport Pop Unisex Vintage T-Shirt, available at Etsy, from $28.70

Get them a t-shirt from Etsy or eBay of their favorite musicians — like one of the all-time best guitarists, Jimi Hendrix. Bonus points if it's certified and vintage.

A print of tons of famous musician's guitars

Pop Chart A Visual Compendium of Guitars

A Visual Compendium of Guitars 18"x 24" Print, available at Pop Chart, $30

If your guitarist is young or appreciates on-the-nose decor, we recommend this guitar chart.

Can they identify all the guitars held by famous rockers in the print? They'll find the musical companions of  Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty, Kurt Cobain, Joan Jett, and many other iconic musicians.

An acrylic keepsake plaque of their favorite song

​​Personalized Glass Acrylic Music Plaques of multiple albums from Etsy

​​Personalized Glass Acrylic Music Plaque, available at Etsy, from $16.64

Submit your recipient's favorite song to make them a keepsake acrylic plaque. You can use an album cover or a personal picture to make this gift feel even more special. You can also opt for a stand so they can keep the plaque close by on their desk or any other surface.

A book that's both a scientific and artistic exploration of music and the brain

This Is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin

"This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession" by Daniel J. Levitin, available at Amazon, $13.19

This fascinating book delves into why music is so important to us. It's written by someone with a firm grasp on both the artistic and scientific sides of it: A neuroscientist who previously worked as a session musician, sound engineer, and record producer.

A handmade guitar pick box

Guitar Pick Box - Fret Board Design

Guitar Pick Box, available at Etsy, $16.95

Get them a special handmade box designed like a fretboard to keep their picks in one place. If you're looking for something simpler, you can also order simple boxes customized with their name.

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