Looking for fun & unique gift ideas for a guitar player? Whether it’s a holiday, birthday or other special occasion, we’ve done the leg work to find a great gift for anyone on your list. After researching hundreds of ideas, we narrowed them down to 15 that are unique for every level and type of player — from acoustic to electric, from student to teacher and more. All gifts recommend are under $50.
1. Guitar Wall Hangers Stands
Why leave the guitar hidden in a case, when you can display your hobby proudly as decoration in the home or practice studio? Don’t let that bulky case block you from artistic inspiration at any moment. Simple install with a plastic dry wall mount included.
2. Strat in the Attic: Thrilling Stories of Guitar Archaeology
Let music historian Deke Dickerson take you on a guitar geek’s ultimate adventures including discovering an attic in which a hoarder kept 600 rare guitar models — all in their original boxes. Winning rave reviews from readers, this is a must for any serious guitar player on your list.
3. Guitar polish
Turn an old dusty guitar into a sleek, professional instrument in minutes with this polish. Works great on any type of guitar including wood, without any damage to the existing finish. Comes with a microfiber cloth.
4. I couldn’t Pick a Better Dad
The perfect Father’s Day gift for a guitar-playing dad, this stainless steel pick comes with a fancy little bag and is available in either smooth or matte finish. Sure to crack a wide smile on even the most curmudgeonly father.
5. Guitar boxer briefs
This cheeky pair of “rock hard” boxer briefs is a great gift for birthdays, honeymoons or anniversaries. He’ll be cracking up over this fun, unexpected gift idea!
6. Guitar Socks
Let the rhythm reach your toes with these guitar embroidered socks. Made with extra high quality material and attention to detail, it’s a gift you’ll be proud to give. Buy a couple pairs because he’ll be wearing them all the time. Customers give them steller reviews.
7. Minion guitar player
For fans of Despicable Me, this is guitar-playing Minion action figure is a sure bet. Cute an interactive, your child (or even you) will have a ball.
8. Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs
This popular book contains 67 of Rolling Stone’s top 500 songs of all time, written for guitar. Selections range from “Should I Stay or Should I Go” to “Wild Horses.” There is something here for a variety of skill levels.
9. The Classical Guitar Compendium
An invaluable resource for classical guitarists, this book is a compendium of Bridget Mermikides‘s contributions to Guitar Magazine. Including both songs and technical workouts, there is also an accompanying CD that’s a great help. Songs range in variety from Bach’s “Air on a G String” to several pieces by Erik Satie.
10. The Beatles Lyrics: The Stories Behind the Music
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arriving in America, this book goes to painstaking efforts to piece together the many original documents–from the back of envelopes to scraps on the studio floor–that were the genesis of this famous band’s tunes. The author, Hunter Davies, knew the Beatles personally and critics consider this one of the definitive histories.
11. Guitar Xmas Ornament
This detailed, well-made guitar ornament from Kurt Adler comes complete with a mini case and strings. Perfect for stocking stuffers or birthdays, your guitar player will love this mini replica.
12. Guitar Ice Tray and Stirrers
Part drink stir stick/part ice cube, these ingenious guitar-shaped cocktail accessories are sure to be a smash hit. Great way to relax after a concert. Also consider using them as popsicle sticks for the kids.
13. Clip-On Tuner
As guitar players advance, it’s not just about getting the right notes but keeping them in tune. This top-selling tuner clip makes it dead simple to ensure the notes sound pitch perfect. We like the KLIQ for its bright, crystal clear display and great build quality backed by a 3-year warranty.
14. Guitar Neck Shaped Kitchen Utensil Set
Great gift for a music teacher or any guitar-playing chef, these bamboo serving accessories are the perfect way to keep the music alive in the kitchen or in the salad bowl. Buyers praise the high quality construction and detail.
15. Guitar Center Gift Card
For that guitar player who’s hard to pin down, consider a gift card to a music store with online buying options such as Guitar Center. With 269 stores throughout the USA, chances are there’s one near you.
16. Star Wars: Easy Guitar with Notes
Feel the force with this book of 14 Star Wars solos by John Williams. With an emphasis on beginner, this book provides notes making it simple to follow along. There’s no better way to encourage musical progress than with fun, enjoyable music. A great way to inspire your budding guitar player.
17. iPad Music Stand Adapter
Do you know a gear nut who’s collection seems complete? Recommended as a top choice for “serious” guitar players, an iPad music stand adapter is a unique idea that has all kinds of applications – from reading music to recording via apps. Bring your guitar player into the 21st century with this practice yet unexpected idea.
What should you avoid giving a guitar player?
1. New strings, etc – As individual taste may vary, avoid getting gifts that are too technical in nature as your guitar player might have specific preferences.
2. Any new guitar under $50 – While your guitar player may be delighted to get new equipment, we recommend avoiding super cheap equipment even for beginners. Pay a little more for something that will last. In the market? Take a look at buying options and user reviews.