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The Definitive Heavy Metal Holiday Gift Guide 2021

Illustration by Matt Dixon

The holidays are right around the corner. Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza shopping for metal heads may not be easy, so we here at Metal Injection have a few suggestions for what gift to get your favorite metal head this holiday season.

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Whether you are shopping for a son, daughter, relative, friend, or significant other, 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.

Fun Gifts

Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs
As seen on TV's Shark Tank, they are discreet, reusable earplugs for concertgoers and musicians. Instead of blocking out/muffling sound, Vibes reduce the volume of loud live music to a more comfortable level that prevents hearing loss, while still allowing you to hear every note clearly. Use promo code INJECTION2021 to get 15% off + free shipping.
$23.98 on Vibes

Metallica Black Album Box Set
A must for any Metallica fan's ultimate collection, featuring a ton of rarities, demos and live footage
$217 on Amazon

Slipknot Logo Blanket
A good way to stay warm and stay metal
$90 on Slipknot's website

Slayer scratch logo temp. tattoo
I can't imagine a more metal stocking stuffer.
$10 at

Pitch Black North Satanic Tea
For the black metal tea drinker in your life
$11 and up at Pitch Black North

Corpse Paint Soap
The only way to stay kvlt, support small business and be clean at the same time!
$6 and up on Etsy

Iron Maiden Wall Bottle Opener
I mean look at this sexy thing.
$34.99 on

Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book
A quick and easy stocking stuffer featuring metal puzzles, trivia and various other fun games.
$9.95 on

Mosh Potatoes Cookbook
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.
$9.98 on

Apple AirPods Gen 3 with Wireless Charging
You see these suckers everywhere. If your loved one has an iPhone, this is the type of gift that everybody wants but doesn't want to buy themselves. They'll thank you forever. (If you really want to be snazzy, get the Pro model with noise cancellation)
$174.99 on Amazon

Rode PodMic
The best value for a great sounding podcast recording microphone. The same mic we use on the Metal Injection Livecast
$99 on Sweetwater

Metal Injection Shirt
Not sure what to get someone who changes their favorite band as often as their T-shirt? Why not a shirt to their favorite heavy metal website! We have an assortment of limited edition merch.
$13 and up on our webstore

Lemmy Face Masks
Look sexy as hell while preventing your droplets from spreading into the ether.
$20 for 3 masks

Black Metal: A Coloring Book
If you need a more extreme coloring book option, may we suggest this one. We covered it in depth a few months ago, and we've been fans ever since.
$15 on Amazon

Metal Action Figures from Super7
Super7 has built up a very impressive collection of officially licensened action figures of renowned acts like King Diamond, The Misfits, Ghost, Iron Maiden, Slayer and others. Check out their full line.
$18 and up on Super7

Lamb of God leather wallet
The most metal way to carry your cash.
$35 from Lamb of God

Skid Row – The Atlantic Years box set
Looks good to me. For all the Bach fans in your life.
$170 and up

GWAR Scumdogs of the Universe Box Set
For the ultimate bohab in your life. A great collection of GWAR swag.
$149.99 on

Motorhead Ace of Spades box set
Ace of Spades is the album Motorhead would become known for, and limited quantities of a new box set are available.
$139 on Amazon

Metal Leggings
Look, women like metal too. It's not some big surprise. But very rarely do women get merch that fits them. So why not some brutal Cannibal Corpse or Exodus leggings? Fleshgod Apocalypse and Carach Angren also available
$25 – $45 on JSRDirect

Year-Round Ideas

Marshall Stockwell II Portable Bluetooth Speaker
A great sounding portable speaker, that looks stylish and metal as fuck.
$199.99 on Amazon

Lamb of God Memento Mori Coffee
The most metal coffee release of the year. I've tried it and it's a tasty roast.
$20 on

Viking Jewelry by Grimfrost (Johann of AMON AMARTH's company)
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

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

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!
$99 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!
$10.99 on Amazon

Cannibal Corpse Candle
I dare you to find a more metal looking candle. 30 hours of burn time!
$49.99 on Rockabilia

Slayer Gravestone Candle
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

Burning Church Candle
Seriously, what could be more metal?
$29 at Kirkebrann

Motorhead Warpig Candle
Look, we want to give you some candling options, okay?
$25 on

RAW Trident
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

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Electronic Pinball
A fun stocking stuffer for retro gamers. Honestly, screw the gameplay – this would just look cool on somebody's desk.
$21.99 at

Marshall MS-2 Mini Amp
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.
$59.99 at Sweetwater

Viking Drinking Horn
I have no idea why it took us this long to add this to the list. Wine glasses? Not metal. Viking horns… very metal!
$19.99 on Amazon | Browse more options

Metal Cats Coloring Book
Based on the photo book, but you get to fill in all the colors.
$9.99 on

Skull Soap Dispenser
For those who wonder: how could I make my bathroom a smidge more metal?
$40 from Texas Hill Country Ceramics

Bamboo Guitar Neck Shaped Kitchen Utensil Set
For the soup shredder in your life, this will make a great stocking stuffer.
$23.99 on

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


Hellraisers: A Complete Visual History of Heavy Metal Mayhem
The most fun you'll have reading a heavy metal history (coffee) book.
$15.99 at

Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal
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.
$14.98 – Buy on Amazon

All You Need to Know About the Music Business, Tenth Edition
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.
$18.99 on Amazon

Heavy Metal Africa: Life, Passion, and Heavy Metal in the Forgotten Continent
One of the most passionate scenes of heavy metal is in Africa, as noted in our recent Scene Report.
$19.95 on Amazon

For the Metal Informist…

For the type of metalhead, who loves to learn about metal…

Decibel Magazine subscription
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 Magazine Subscription
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.
$12 for a one year subscription

Music Consumption

We have to listen to our music somehow, right?

QFX RETRO-39 Shoebox Tape Recorder with USB Player
Cassettes are back in a big way in the metal scene, so you might as well be prepared with a nice vintage tape player. As a bonus, this has USB inputs.
$28.99 on Amazon

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Speaking from my experience, these are the best pair of headphones I've owned, sound-wise, durability-wise, and aesthetic-wise.
$148.00 at

Sony PS-LX310BT Belt Drive Turntable: Fully Automatic Wireless Vinyl Record Player with Bluetooth and USB Output Black
If you're interested in kicking off your own vinyl collection we recommend this player by Sony.
$228 on Amazon

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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:

Apple Music Subscription

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

Spotify Subscription
Get a loved one a year of music for $99, or slightly less. There are a few pricing options for digital and physical gift cards at Best Buy

Amazon Giftcard
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

That's all for our gift suggestions, submit yours in the comments.

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