Being someone who has several members of family and friends who play guitar I am always keeping my eyes peeled for items I can buy them for Christmas (which is coming up fast!) and other gift giving days. I have found personally one of the best things to give a guitar player is strings because that is something they are always going to need.
The trouble for those who do not know much about music can come when they are trying to decide what kind of strings to get. I have had good luck with getting 11 guage for most of my guitar playing family and friends but try to be a little snoopy if you have to in finding the right kind for them. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of finding out what kind of strings they use go for picks, guitar players also need picks all the time.