Looking for a Grateful Dead Gift for that Deadhead on your list? Look no further. This guide includes dozens of gift ideas for Deadheads aged 6 weeks to 106 years.
While the official Grateful Dead website has tons of great official merchandise, this guide shares gift ideas that are off the beaten path. Remember, once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.
A few notes on this Grateful Dead Gift Guide:
– The guide is divided into price ranges, starting with the most affordable gifts first.
– Because there are so many free and low-cost ways to access Grateful Dead’s official and unofficial recordings, you won’t find many music-related gifts (although there are a couple!)
– The prices listed are current as of the time of the guide’s creation and may have changed.
– This guide will be updated periodically – come back whenever you need a gift for a Deadhead and poke around!
Gifts Under $20
John Perry Barlow and Robert Hunter wrote the lyrics to some of the most iconic and legendary Dead songs. The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics reveals the story behind these songs and more. This book is an indispensable guide for navigating the wondrous songs we all love. As Billy Kruetzmann said, “Like old friends [these songs] comforted you. ”
While you can sang the The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics paperback for under 20 bucks, the hardcover and updated version is well worth the extra $12.
Funko Pop! has taken the collectible world by storm. At last count, there are over 5,000 different collectible vinyl figures featuring everyone from Marvel figures to your favorite rock stars. The Jerry Garcia Funko Pop!’s attention to detail will blow you away. The figure stands 3 ¾ inches tall and features Jerry playing his Rosebud guitar in his signature black shirt. If you look closely you’ll also notice that Jerry’s right hand has been faithfully recreated to have only four and half fingers.
Billy Kreutzmann, drummer and one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead gives a freewheeling account of his life with our favorite band.
Counterpunch.org’s review reads “What is different from other rock biographies . . . is Kreutzmann’s every man observation. . . . It is a personal tale of universal intention told with humor and the sense of fun that was crucial to the experience of a Grateful Dead concert and the counterculture itself. Like the daily lives of every hippie freak (or an acid trip), it wasn’t always easy street, but it was always an adventure.”
Bill and co-writer Benji Eisen make the reader feel as if Billy is a friend sharing all his amazing memories (some known and some unknown.)
Bath time for your favorite future Deadhead will never be the same once they have the Jerry Garcia rubber ducky! The tie-dye duck is made specifically for bath time and features a Jerry from the late 70’s or early 80’s. Just keep duckin’ on!
A plush dancing bear is the perfect Grateful Dead gift for a newborn baby. The universal clip means mom and dad can clip it on the baby’s play mat, crib, stroller and more. The bear comes in five different colors or you can buy all five together.
While you are stocking up on gifts for the newest Deadhead in your life, you can’t pass up these adorable Grateful Dead bear beanies. The hand crocheted baby hats come in a variety of colors and make an excellent baby shower gift.
Jerry Garcia and Pigpen Custom LEGO Figure Magnets
These Grateful Dead themed LEGO figures are AWESOME. Etsy user GratefulEgos has created all your favorite Dead band members in LEGO form including Jerry Garcia, Pigpen and more. The LEGO figures double as magnets and can be used as ornaments as well. Want to really buy the perfect gift for that Dead-LEGOhead on your list? Check out GratefulEgo’s full stages including one from the 60s, a Wall of Sound edition and one from the 80s.
Need a gift for a Grateful Dead loving beer drinker that will last longer than a six pack? BurningBuzzed has the perfect gift—an up-cycled Dogfish Head American Beauty IPA beer can candle. The can features a dancing bear and stealie inside a balloon and can be customized with over three dozen scents.
Celebrate the baddest Grateful Dead member of them all—Ron “Pigpen” McKernan. This is the perfect gift for hardcore Deadheads that love vintage Grateful Dead and who of-course will appreciate the nod to the legendary rapper Biggie Smalls. After all, who rock grooves and make moves with all the mommies?
For an extra 10 bucks you can grab a hoodie!
This beautiful art reproduction features a pair of signature skeletons holding hands imposed on Garcia and Hunter’s timeless “They Love Each Other.” The reproduction is 8.5 inches by 11 inches and is ready for framing. The print would make a perfect Valentine’s Day, wedding, bridal shower, birthday or anniversary gift.
Gifts Under $50
Legendary Grateful Dead photographer jay Blakesberg’s new Jerry Garcia hardcover photo book is stunning. The 208-page coffee table book is chock full of Blakesberg’s photography and quotes from everyone from Bob Weir to John Mayer and beyond.
Also check out Jay Blakesberg’s Eyes of the World: Grateful Dead Photography 1965 – 1995 photo book.
Tie dyes and psychedelic tapestries are staples of any Deadhead’s collection. Tapestry maker Sunshine Joy has upgraded the tapestries that adorned thousands of bedrooms with 3D tech. Place one of Sunshine Joy’s officially licensed Grateful Dead tapestries on your wall, play some classic Dead (I recommend a late 60’s “Dark Star”), put on the 3D glasses and get lost in the immersive design.
The tapestries make great wall covers, tablecloths, beach blankets, curtains and more.
Who needs bumper stickers when you can slap a chrome car emblem on the back of your ride? This 13.5 inch wide by 1 inch tall emblem will let everyone know your other vehicle is a heady Dead jam.
Spend hours getting lost in this psychedelic hand drawn print featuring 100 Grateful Dead song names. Artist Scott Woolwine has masterfully hand lettered the titles of the songs we all know be heart into this mesmerizing 11 x 14 print.
Grateful Dead Gifts Under $100
Handmade Grateful Dead License Plate Sign
The American license plate is quintessential Americana art, just like the good ol’ Grateful Dead. Tricia Thatcher, owner of So Many Roads Signs has combined the two into a one of a kind piece of art. These hand made signs are made from repurposed license plates and spell either Grateful Dead, Shakedown St, Sunshine Daydream, They Love Each Other and more. Check out So Many Roads Signs on Etsy for the perfect, one of a kind Grateful Dead gift.
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