Re: Christmas gift ideas, please!
You know something that would be great is a nice box full of as many accessory items that you can think of. All the stuff that, when you go to the music store, you tend to either forget about or think "well, that would be a good thing to have!"... but never get around to buying.
A nice strobe tuner, a couple of good string winders,(I love the Planet Waves ones with the clipper built in) neck rest pads or tripods for changing strings and doing general upkeep or repairs, wrenches, etc... all that little stuff. Whatever you can think of that could come in handy. Strap locks, spare straps, I could go on and on.
Even if a box of that stuff would be a secondary gift to something bigger, those are the kind of things that get years and years of use. And he'd always be glad to have those things at hand when needed.