Electric Loog Pro (£159)
Logic dictates that a three-string guitar is easier to master than a standard six-string. Know a frustrated plucker who's struggling to master the latter? Start them off with the Electric Loog and they'll be strumming in no time.
Shipped with chord cards to kick things off, pair the lightweight Loog with the partner app for three-string tutorials that'll have them bashing out Beatles hits by Boxing Day.
Fender Play (£10/month)
Always wanted to learn guitar? Never liked lessons? Quit fiddling without direction and give Fender's new app a try: built around songs you know and (hopefully) love, it delivers tuition as easy-to-follow videos that won't overwhelm your fingers.
Starting with the basics, it promises to have you playing riffs in minutes and, presumably, licks shortly thereafter. Need a little more time on a particular technique? It'll go as fast or slow as you like – just like a session drummer.
TC Electronic PolyTune 3 (£75)
Strum an out-of-tune guitar and you'll make a chord nobody wants. Do the same when it's plugged into the PolyTune and, while the noise will still be awful, you'll know exactly which pegs to twiddle.
See, this little pedal can magically check all six strings at once, so you know exactly which ones to tweak after just a single strum. Better yet, the latest version packs a buffer for better signal preservation – because if there's one thing worse than a discord, it's signal degradation.
Edifier R1280T (£130)
Having a high-end set of monitors in your bedroom studio is all well and good, but what about when it's time to kick back with a few hours of Lionel Richie after a long day's Christmas mixing?
Edifier's R1280T bookshelf numbers have digital inputs for all your best audio, while built-in Bluetooth means you can stream from Spotify all night long.
Apogee Mic Plus (£196)
Think you need a recording studio and a raft of expensive kit to record your acapella album? Connect this plug-and-play mic to your chosen device and prepare to be amazed.
With USB, USB-C and Lightning options, it'll wire into any device you like – including your iPad – and deliver pro-level audio for good measure, thanks to the cardioid condenser capsule inside.
Technology Will Save Us DIY Synth Kit (£25)
If there's one thing better than making your own squeaky, squelchy electronic sounds, it's making your own synth to make those sounds.
Buildable in just 30 minutes, this nifty kit lets you assemble all manner of synths – from a Dub Siren number to an Atari Punk Console. Simply push the colour-coded wires into the board (no soldering necessary) and follow the instructions. So simple, even a bassist could do it.