The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Metalheads!
Finding gifts for you family and friends every holiday season is stressful, but it doesn’t have to be, especially if they’re a metalhead: just browse our handy-dandy guide to some of the coolest items and best deals available from around the metalsphere and beyond! Apparel, music, instruments, electronics, booze, it’s all here — so take a look and see if anything strikes your fancy.
Metal Blade Records Christmas Sale
Select items from legendary metal record label Metal Blade are available at discounts all month, including clothing and albums by King Diamond, Killswitch Engage, Amon Amarth and more.
Iron Maiden : Trooper Eddie FigBiz Action Figure
The bugle sounds and the charge begins! Inspired by the iconic single, “The Trooper,” this highly detailed 5″ figure features Eddie in his iconic British Cavalry uniform with sword, flag, removable scabbard and backpack, ready for battle or display on the included FigBiz base.
Buy: $29.95 via Incendium
Last-Minute Tickets to See Tool, Slipknot, Ozzy Osbourne or Your Boo’s Favorite Band
Tickets for some of the winter’s biggest tours are already scarce or completely sold out, so why not try and score some last-minute deals on the secondary market? Tickets for the upcoming Tool and Slipknot tours are plentiful on StubHub, as are tickets for much smaller shows you might not think would typically appear on the platform. Give it a search, see what you find.
Corey Taylor FaceSocks
Please the Corey Taylor fan in your life (which should be all of your friends, naturally) by adorning a pair of socks with his face and gifting them to your special someone. You could also use your face, or your friend’s, or anyone’s… but why would you want that when you can have Corey’s?
Slayer 666 Holiday Sweater
Jesus Saves! 666! SLAAAYERR!! Stay warm this holiday season with this real knit sweater for the Slayer fan in your life.
Buy: $90.99 at Rockabilia (10% off with email signup)
Andrew W.K. “Party Hard” Christmas Sweater
A real knit sweater featuring Andrew W.K.’s trademark bloodied face, tacos, pizza slices, snow flakes, and musical notes! The entire design repeats across the sweater’s front, back, and sleeves! A real knit sweater made with multi-colored “party yarn.”
Gojira Denim Cutoff Vest
Anyone looking to start a battle vest would be wise to begin with this Gojira denim cutoff featuring a killer backpatch and the band’s logo on the front. Sew on all of your own patches from there, as there’s plenty of room left to work with.
Buy: $75.00 from Gojira
“Metal Warz” Star Wars + Metal Mashup T-Shirts
These clever Star Wars-themed shirts spoof character names from the sci-fi trilogy in the style of famous metal band logos. Perfect for the Star Wars-loving metalhead in your life!
Buy: $15 at MetalSucks
Slightly Wrong Metal T-Shirts
Wear one of these hilarious “slightly wrong” t-shirts to a metal concert and watch elitists side-eye you with rage. Worth it for those reactions alone!
Buy: $25.00 on MySoti.com
Hellraisers: A Complete Visual History of Heavy Metal Mayhem
Co-authored by our own Axl Rosenberg and Chris Krovatin (MS scribe Emperor Rhombus), Hellraisers takes you on a journey through the history of metal from its earliest roots with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath to its popular modern incarnations. The book features cover artwork by Mark Riddick, a forward by Trivium’s Matt Heafy, exclusive interviews with members of Cannibal Corpse, The Obsessed, Killswitch Engage, Suicide Silence, Periphery and Coal Chamber, over 200 photos, genre-by-genre playlists and more. From AC/DC and Anthrax to Meshuggah and Mastodon, this hardcover coffee table book will be THE ultimate centerpiece in any metalhead’s living room.
Buy: $15.99 at Amazon
Cardinal Copia Candle
These Cardinal Copia candles are the perfect gift for the Ghost megafan in your life without breaking the bank. It’ll be a shame to burn down the exquisite design, although we can’t think of a more metal thing to do.
Buy: $35 from Ghost
From rings to earrings to necklaces to necklaces and other accessories, Souvenir Jewelry has dozens of fantastic designs created with the metalhead in mind. You’ll absolutely want to browse their entire store before making any decisions.
Korn Christmas Tree Ornament
For anyone who wants to make their Christmas tree truly Korny.
Buy: $7.65 from Korn
Metallica’s “Blackened” Whiskey
Metallica’s own brand of whiskey, created in conjunction with master distiller Dave Pickerell (R.I.P.), was subjected to loud blasts of Metallica music during the aging process inside of black brandy barrels, which allegedly influences the flavor. Meyer Sound has engineered a proprietary subwoofer that amplifies the low-frequency sound waves necessary to get the juices moving. The whiskey is a blend of bourbons, ryes and other whiskeys. Blackened American Whiskey is available at select retailers through the U.S. and for order online, although not all states allow mail delivery of spirits.
Slipknot No. 9 Whiskey
A blend of 3-4 yr. old straight rye and straight bourbon mashed, fermented, distilled and aged at the Cedar Ridge Distillery. Says Clown, “Slipknot and Cedar Ridge Distillery – two groups of people born and raised in Iowa, and committed to quality and hard work. We collaborated on No. 9 Whiskey, which in addition to Iowa corn, gets some extra spice from its rye content. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Live life, and always be safe. Cheers.”
Handwritten lyrics by Anthrax’s Scott Ian
The guitarist is now selling handwritten copies of the lyrics for songs by Anthrax and Stormtroopers of Death. Not the original handwritten lyrics — he’s not ripping pages out of his notebook from 1984 or whatever — but still a pretty cool souvenir! Ian will personalize or dedicate your copy to anyone you want, and the lyrics will come with a signed certificate of authenticity and a stage played guitar pick.
JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Everyone needs a bluetooth speaker. May as well get one with good sound quality — JBL always delivers — and that can withstand the rigors of the beer you’ll surely be spilling all over it while you headbang furiously with your pals.
Buy: $89.95 at Amazon
Shure SE215 Wireless Earphones with Bluetooth 5.0
Wireless earphones are a must these days, and Shure has been delivering top-quality products with superior sound since long before most companies (Apple included) got in the game. This is the way to go if you’re looking to upgrade your on-the-go music listening experience.
Buy: $149 at Amazon
Sony Noise Canceling Headphones
Enjoy your music better with Sony’s noise cancelling wireless headphones. A 35-hour battery life lets you tune in hassle free for longer. These boast quick charging so you don’t need to wait for your music. The wireless Bluetooth feature makes for easy listening. Connect your phone in no time with NFC One-touch.
Buy: $149.99 at Target
Audio-Technica At-LP60X-GM Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable
The perfect way to enter into the world of vinyl, this Audio Technica unit contains everything you need to hook into your stereo or pair of speakers and get started, including a phono stage to boost the signal.
Buy: $99.99 at Amazon
Ibanez GRG 6 String Electric Guitar
Those finishes sure are pretty, aren’t they? This Ibanez model is a perfect starter electric guitar for the budding shredder in your household, and at a price that won’t break the bank if Little Johnny decides he wants to pursue a way more lucrative career in electronic music instead two months down the road.
Buy: $199.99 at Amazon
Dunlop Cry Baby Wah Pedal
Unleash your inner Kirk Hammett with the ultimate wah pedal that started it all, the Cry Baby! Everyone needs one.
Buy: $77.61 at Amazon
Orange Micro Dark 20-watt Hybrid Head
The Orange Micro Dark hybrid electric guitar amplifier head puts great high-gain tones in a simple and very portable package. Based around Orange’s popular Dark series of amplifiers, the Micro Dark offers the same searing gain and tonal versatility as its big brothers, but boasts the same tiny format as the Micro Terror. This mighty mite crams 20 watts into a head about the size of a small lunchbox. If you need a simple-to-use, portable amplifier with huge tones, check out the Orange Micro Dark.
Buy: $189.00 at Amazon
Ernie Ball Electric Guitar Strings
A guitar player can never have enough spare sets of strings, so why not make sure your special person is all stocked up? Make sure you check with them (or do some stealth research) on what their preferred gauge is before buying, because that’s a very personal choice.
Black Metal Coffee Mug
Just because you drink your coffee with a little bit of milk doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it in this most blackest of black metal coffee mugs.
Mosh Potatoes Metal Cookbook
Still a favorite despite being released nearly a decade ago, this cookbook features recipes directly from Joey Belladonna of Anthrax, Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society and Ozzy, Lemmy of Motörhead, Dave Ellefson of Megadeth and MANY, many more.
Buy: $9.98 on Amazon