This year, it seems like the holiday season totally snuck up on us. Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza shopping for metal heads may not be easy, so we here at Metal Injection thought we'd throw in our two cents on suggestions for what to get your favorite metal head this holiday season.
Whether you are shopping for a son, daughter, relative, friend, significant other or just want to scare somebody, we have compiled the ultimate guide of sweet gifts for blasters, shredders and thrashers. Have a suggestion for a cool gift not listed here? Chime in with your comment at the end of the post.
All too often, metal fans and musicians are left with hearing loss and tinnitus after rocking out for decades with unprotected ears. Standard foam earplugs are uncomfortable, unsightly, and ruin the sound quality of live music, which is why Vibes created Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs. Instead of blocking and muffling sound, Vibes (as seen on Shark Tank) reduce the volume of loud live music to a safer and more comfortable level, while still allowing you hear it clearly. These earplugs are reusable and discreet, and each pair also includes three sizes of interchangeable eartips and a pocket-sized carrying case.
With Vibes, you'll save your hearing, while still being able to fully enjoy your favorite music!
Buy: $23.99 via Vibes – use promo code INJECTION to get 15% off + free shipping
If you are looking to get your loved one a very cool gift – a legit, nice watch, which just so happens to have awesome Metallica artwork on it, this is the gift for you.
$125 and up at Nixon.com
King Diamond Halloween Series Action Figure
The new Halloween edition King Diamond action figure is a must for any toy collector and KD/Mercyful Fate fan alike!
$20 on Urban Outfitters
We got a sample of Korn Koffee last month and the coffee is pretty good. And, the fact that it has Korn logo on it is pretty cool. If your special somebody likes Korn and likes coffee, this one just makes sense.
$17.99 on Korn's website
Yes, Pantera fans are dads and moms now. They have children, and their children should not be any less metal than their parents. So, why not show your vulgar display of parenting to your neighbors with this stroller.
$59.99 on Daphyls.com
Grimfrost is a company co-owned by Amon Amarth vocalist Johann Hegg, aimed towards creating the most authentic viking products anywhere! They have everything from drinking horns, books, clothes, amour, and of course authentic jewelry forged by descendants of actual vikings!
$19.90 and up on Grimfrost
A quick and easy stocking stuffer featuring metal puzzles, trivia and various other fun games.
$8.66 on Amazon.com
Personalized Guitar Amp Doormat
This personalized guitar amp floor mat will set the mood to 11 before you even get inside the house!
$35 on Uncommon Goods
Here's a way to keep your rocker friend busy for hours, or maybe even days – putting together a pretty cool discography poster of AC/DC.
$15.95 at Serious Puzzles
The Metalhead Box
Any hesher you know will love The Metalhead Box, a monthly service that introduces the subscriber to the best, new, and classic metal music from around the world right to your door! You can sign up for a monthly plan, or opt for a one time gift box that has 5-7 items including an exclusive T shirt, CDs, patches, pins, collectibles and more!
$29.95 at The Metalhead Box
Speedball All-In-One T-Shirt Screen Printing Kit
Know someone who might be interested in learning how to print their own T shirt designs? This Speedball all-in-one kit includes everything they need to get started on making and selling their own DIY merch!
$94.77 on Amazon
Pet Cats And Listen To Metal Coffee Mug
For the cat loving, coffee drinking, metalhead in your life, look no further than the mug that says it all!
$13.99 on Amazon
Not sure what to get someone who changes their favorite band as often as their T-shirt? Why not a hoodie to their favorite heavy metal website! We have an assortment of limited edition merch left, so grab it while it's cold!
$20 on our webstore
If you live in a warmer climate and need to make sure everybody knows you do the toxic waltz, even at the beach.
$20 on JSRDirect
Whomever came up with this Slayer grave candle idea deserves a raise. Burn a Slayer grave from the comfort of your own home.
$50 on Slayer.net
Seriously, what could be more metal?
$29 at Kirkebrann
Look, we want to give you some candling options, okay?
$50 on Motorhead.com
These DIY creations allow you to celebrate the most metal season along with the most metal discography.
$15 on Etsy
Oh, so you like to smoke? Why settle for smoking only one joint? Two joints? Feh! With the RAW Trident, you can triple your high, by smoking three joints at once.
$14.46 at Amazon.com
For the musician on the go, this battery powered 1-watt amp clips onto any belt buckle. Warning: may cause rocking at late hours of the day.
$49.99 at Amazon
I can't think of a cooler, more trve present than this one.
$54.99 at Kings Road Merch
Based on the photo book, but you get to fill in all the colors.
$8.07 on Amazon.com
Seriously, the coolest beer in the land. It's not cheap though. If Maiden doesn't float your boat, tons of bands releases booze this year.
Prices vary based on country
For those who wonder: how could I make my bathroom a smidge more metal?
$20 from Texas Hill Country Ceramics
For the soup shredder in your life, this will make a great stocking stuffer.
$19.99 on Amazon.com
For The Musicians
Everyday items for the musician in your life.
Mitchell Guitars recently started making electric builds, and it might just be the best inexpensive guitar I've ever owned! It's an incredibly comfortable instrument to play with a quality build that's priced just right.
$299.99 on Guitar Center
Any hard hitting drummer knows how quickly sticks break, and how expensive it could get in the pursuit to brutal blastbeats. Guitar Center Stick Club is a great gift idea for any drummer in your life, because it means a new pair of sticks every month for a fraction of the price, and all the major brands are included!
$20 on Guitar Center
E-drum sets are the best selling drums over the last couple years in all major cities, but the major brands still don a heavy price tag for the shells alone. Enter Jobeky Drums based out of the UK, what I consider to be the leader in real feel, and real looking E drums at a fraction of a Roland set. Pair it with any module, and you're perfectly set for recording, writing, and practice in any apartment!
As low as $800 on Jobeky Drums
Fellow drummers know that tuning can be a real headache before a gig. With Drum Dial the guess work is done, and leaves you with a perfect tension in only minutes, no matter which room you're in. I recommend this for any drummer, especially if you play live shows.
$59.95 on Amazon
Toontrack Superior Drummer 3
Superior Drummer 3 is easily the most powerful drum production software the world has ever known. Whether you're a guitar player or a drummer, SD3 is the writing and/or recording tool that will become a valued asset to your home midi studio. Take it from the hundreds of metal bands like Megadeth, Tesseract, The Black Dahlia Murder and more who use it!
$419 at Toontrack
If you've ever tried to lift a drummer's hardware bag, you know why everyone dreads this case. This durable hardware bag features wheels and steel frame construction that takes all the heavy lifting away. Save your drummer's back!
$209.99 on Amazon
The Peterson VSS-C Strobo Series Stomp Classic Tuner is known for its incredible accuracy while still being a very light and portable tuner to have in your rig. It also includes support for 7 string guitars and many other stringed instruments.
$199.00 on Amazon
The most fun you'll have reading a heavy metal history (coffee) book.
$15.46 at Amazon.com
I've asked a few experts and this is bar-none everybody's favorite metal cookbook, filled with killer recipes from your favorite musicians including members of Anthrax, Black Label Society, Megadeth and more.
$13.16 on Amazon.com
Author Ian Christe tries to do the impossible… write the definitive history of heavy metal. His thoughtful and passionate writing make it hard to put this book down.
$10.98 – Buy on Amazon
Whether your beloved metalhead is in a band, or looking to get a job in the biz, this very informative book by a music lawyer is a must have. Going over everything from how to negotiate with your label, to what your management is supposed to receive, this book combines the knowledge of every facet of the business into one easy to read guide.
$20.62 on Amazon
If the person you're gifting for is into the more kvlt side of things, this book explores the evolution of black metal.
$21.34 on Amazon.com
For the Metal Informist…
For the type of metalhead, who loves to learn about metal…
Nothing says I love you like a subscription to, in our opinion, the best metal magazine in the world.
$24.95 for 12 issues
Revolver recently relaunched with a new editorial vision and they're covering some legit underground artists now, with beautiful photography and an overall great feel to the magazine.
$9.99 for a one year subscription (6 issues)
We have to listen to our music somehow, right?
The battery life on these is amazing, and the tether will prevent you from losing these bad boys.
$128.99 on Amazon
Speaking from my experience, these are the best pair of headphones I've owned, sound-wise, durability-wise, and aesthetic-wise.
$148.00 at Amazon.com
Without a doubt, vinyl is the longest running music format that remains relevant today. If you're interested in kicking off your own vinyl collection we recommend this affordable player by Sony. With over 1,200 spins, my player still works as well as the day I got it.
$78 on Amazon
Give up? Go with Gift Cards!
Ok, if you're just too undecided, here are a few ideas for absolutely easy gifts that any metalhead would appreciate:
Metalheads love discovering new music, and if you want to help them on the path to discovery, we can't recommend a better service.
3 Months for $29.97 / 12 months for $99.99 at Apple.com
If you're not feeling too creative, but still want to be useful, this is the way to go! You can get basically anything on Amazon, from music to gear anything. This is the equivalent of giving cash, but saying NO, you have to spent it on something other than lunch!
Buy at Amazon.com
That's all for our gift suggestions, submit yours in the comments.