In an unprecedented turn of events, Christmas is here once again, and that means one thing: it's time to buy, buy, buy. However, choosing gifts for the guitar-loving person in your life isn't always easy, and that's where we come in.
Our Christmas gift guide is packed with everything from pedals and amps to booze and cooking utensils, and with price tags spanning bargainous stocking fillers all the way up to luxury guitar accessories, you're sure to find that special someone that special something.
Then again, if you're the potential recipient and you're after a present that won't get returned come Boxing Day, link your parent/sibling/spouse/dog to this list, and watch the great guitar gifts come rolling in: instant merry Christmas.
Blackstar Fly 3
Whether it's a first amp or an office-friendly desktop combo, Blackstar's Fly 3 is the best mini amp on the market, with convincing tones, clean and overdrive channels, plus a built-in delay.
What's more, it doubles as a portable speaker, and – perhaps most importantly for first-time guitarists on Christmas day – it features a headphone output, too. Bliss.
FULL REVIEW: Blackstar Fly 3 review
Orange Branded Shot Glass
When you're downing a festive liqueur or two, you'll want to do it in style, and it doesn't get much cooler than this Orange shot glass.
Boasting a flared top, heavyweight base and oh-so-70s Orange logo, this alcohol delivery vessel just screams 'quality stocking filler'.
Knock it back at the Orange official shop.
There's nothing quite like the thrill of arranging a pedalboard full of freshly unwrapped stompboxes, and Diago's compact Sprinter is an affordable entry point into the world of 'boarding.
Measuring 390x160mm, the Sprinter is designed for small rigs and mini pedals, and includes a two-metre roll of Velcro and nylon bag.
Check out JHS for more info.
TC Electronic PolyTune Clip
Nothing dampens festive spirits faster than an out-of-tune guitar – make sure you don't ruin the mood by picking up TC's top-of-the-line clip-on tuner.
No matter what guitar you're using, strum all the open strings and the PolyTune Clip will tell you which are out and which are in. The red and green LEDs are suitably festive, too.
FULL REVIEW: TC Electronic PolyTune Clip review
Guitar Hero Live
Get granny busting some mad licks with this franchise-reviving guitar god-sim, available for most current-gen consoles.
With a revamped controller and full motion video audience, this is the most intense depiction of playing on stage yet. Just don't mess up and annoy the crowd, yeah?
Head over to Guitar Hero Live for more info.
According to our web traffic stats, these ingenious little string-clingers were the most exciting guitar accessory of 2015, and they double up as great guitarist gifts, too.
Fretlocks simply stick onto your fretboard and two tiny blades 'fret' the string, allowing guitarists to play previously impossible music, and providing the cheapest route to creativity this Christmas.
Fretlocks are available from the Fretlocks shop.
Dunlop Cry Baby Mini Wah CBM95
Pedals don't get much cuter than this – although half the size of a regular Cry Baby, the CBM95 packs three great-sounding versions of the pedal's legendary wah tone, and responds just like its big brother, too.
A-wah in a manger, anyone?
FULL REVIEW: Dunlop Cry Baby Mini Wah CBM95 review
Update your prescription with what we assume to be the loudest spectacles on the planet.
Offering a range of styles that nod to rock's elite – Jimi, Keith and Mick (pictured!), to name a few – the frames all deliver high-quality construction, proudly displaying Marshall's iconic script logo along the arms.
Examine the full range at Marshall Eyewear.
Gama-Go Guitar Flipper
Sometimes, you just gotta rock out with your crockery out.
A guitar-shaped silicone spatula is essential for any axe-loving culinary genius – add some hot licks to your fried bacon.
Available from I Want One Of Those.
The 'JAM' Jar
Condiments come in jars, but let's be honest, they make pretty predictable gifts; guitar amps in jars, however, do not.
The 'JAM' Jar packs a fully working amp into an actual glass jar, which can produce its own output via the built-in 2.5” speaker, drive a guitar cab, or be used as an overdrive pedal into a regular amp. Glassy tones ahoy!
Head over to The 'JAM' Jar to buy.
Perri's Leathers Guitar Bags
Sometimes, a band t-shirt just isn't enough; for the fan who has everything, there's Perri's Leathers' line in album-themed gigbags.
If AC/DC, Guns N' Roses or Pink Floyd are your, ahem, bag, you'll love the Highway To Hell, Appetite For Destruction and Dark Side Of The Moon offerings, while Beatles fans have their pick of four designs.
The bags come in acoustic, electric and bass formats, and all are made from hard-wearing nylon with foam padding and sturdy zippers, plus multiple pockets, reinforced handles and shoulder straps.
Check out Perri's Leathers for the full range.
Fretfunk strap-mounted guitar pick holders
Excellently monikered Portsmouth accessory mogul Fretfunk has a wealth of useful guitar-related doohickies to its name, but none more so than these strap-mountable pick holders.
The Classic Edition is crafted from plastic, fits most regular (ie, non-padded) straps and holds up to six picks, butfor our money, it’s worth shelling out for the Deluxe Edition (£5.49), which features a grippy silicone rubber construction that’s easier to mount and pack with picks.
Either way, it’s a handy solution to dropped-pick panics. Top stuff!
Available from Fretfunk.
IK Multimedia iRig Pro Duo
Any of IK Multimedia's myriad record-friendly interfaces are worth picking up, but the iRig Pro Duo is its most feature-packed yet.
Two XLR/TRS inputs offer simultaneous recording on iOS, Android, Mac and PC – ideal for strumming and singing Christmas carols – and the Duo comes with $450/€450 worth of free software from the IK catalogue to boot.
Check out IK Multimedia for all the details.
EVH phone cases
Available for Samsung Galaxy S4 and a range of iPhones and iPads, these officially licensed cases are sure to bring a smile to the two-hand tapper in your life – frankenstein your phone!
Available from the Van Halen store.
Bare Knuckle/Heistercamp Guitar Strap
If you're looking to really treat the guitar player in your life, cast your eyes over this collaboration between Bare Knuckle Pickups and Heistercamp, which they reckon is the perfect guitar strap.
Finally crafted from quality leather, the strap features a three-slot pick pocket, positioned for easy mid-gig access, plus a handy cable-tidy loop. Straps don't get better than this.
Head over to Bare Knuckle to buy.
External speakers, begone: Acoustajam turns your acoustic guitar into a wireless Bluetooth speaker.
Just attach the included sound pads to your guitar, pair your audio device with the Acoustajam, and play along to songs and backing tracks, all using just your guitar. Win!
Acoustajam is available from the company's website.
Slayer Reign In Blood Cabernet Sauvignon
Do gifts get any more metal than this? Slayer's own blend of red offers a “soft nose of dark berry fruits with oak and spicy nuances”.
For the ultimate finishing touch, the wine is also available in a custom-made coffin – ace.
Hit up Slayer's official drinks shop to indulge.
D'Addario/Planet Waves Kill Switch Cable
Cables are hardly the most exciting of gifts, but they are among the most appreciated, especially when it's this classy number from D'Addario/Planet Waves.
Taking the company's tried-and-tested Circuit Breaker formula and injecting it into its beefed-up American Stage cables, the Kill Switch cable features a gleaming momentary switch; simply hold it down when unplugging for pop-free switching – it'll have you swapping guitars like a pro.
D'Addario/Planet Waves has the full info.
Vox AmPlug 2
No amp? No problem: Vox's recently revamped amPlug headphone amp range offers tonal flexibility from a tiny package.
Three guitar models – AC30, Classic Rock and Metal – are available, with gives you nine selectable digital effects, as well as model-specific effects.
Elsewhere, the plug-and-play philosophy remains the same: stick a pair of AAA batteries in, connect the amPlug to your guitar, and your headphones to the 'Plug – if you fancy practising along to your tunes, you can connect your phone to the handy auxiliary input, too.
Get the lowdown at Vox.
Blackstar Hearing Protectors
Okay, okay, they're ear plugs, but as Blackstar put it, 'your ears are the most important part of your signal chain', and is there really any better gift than a lifetime of good hearing?
Made in collaboration with protection pros ACS, Blackstar's plug pack includes two sets of in-ear rubber housings (in black, natch), a set of removable filters, carry case and neck cord.
Get them from the Blackstar official store.