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Metal Detecting Christmas Guide

Metal detecting is at an all-time popularity due to the popular television programs dedicated to detecting, social media, and aggressive marketing campaigns.   And as the holiday season rolls in once again mothers, spouses, friends and family members will be planning on shopping for their favorite detectorist, or someone aspiring to join the hobby.

If that is you, then here are some Updated Tips to help you confidently purchase the right equipment for your special someone at a price within your budget.


A child’s first metal detector should be extremely easy to use.   It should facilitate learning the hobby without the potential frustration of complex features or an advanced learning curve.  At the same time, care should be taken to avoid purchasing a poor quality metal detector that is little more than a toy.  For the hobby to stick, the child needs to easily find desirable objects without becoming frustrated, else the detector is likely going to be collecting dust in a closet by March.

garrett ace 250

When choosing a metal detector you want to stick with a well-established brand such as GarrettFisher or Minelab or White’s.  Detectors like the Fisher F22 or Garrett ACE 300 detector are examples of good entry-level detectors for a child, fairly lightweight detectors that should fit the bill nicely.


Keep in mind that though the Garrett ACE and Fisher F series detectors are suitable for children, they are not toys.  These are serious, well-made all-around detectors that are also suitable for adults.

A person that is strongly considering getting into detecting probably already has an idea of what detector he/she wants, so ask them.  If the detector doesn’t meet your budget, consider getting a gift certificate that they can use toward buying it themselves.

If you are purchasing a detector as a surprise gift, consider your budget when selecting a detector.    Metal detector prices vary wildly, from less than $200 bucks to several thousand dollars for a “top model”.    Don’t fall into the trap of buying a high-end detector for someone with just because you can afford one.    Many high-end detectors are built for expert detectorists and can be extremely frustrating for a first time user.


garrett at pro

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The Garrett AT Pro,  at around $600,  is considered one of the best and most popular all-around metal detectors on the market. Not only is the AT Pro waterproof, but it is one of the easiest metal detectors to learn.  Others in that price range include the Minelab X-Terra series, White’s M6 and Fisher F44.


An experienced detectorist is always looking to upgrade their detector or add a new detector to their arsenal.  Here are a couple of extremely popular advanced level detectors that are recommended by D365 and sure to put a smile on the face of your favorite detectorist:

MineLab e-Trac

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Click to see e-Trac on Amazon

The e-Trac is renowned for its performance in heavy trash and iron.   This is a top-notch, advanced metal detector that has a well earned reputation as a silver finder. When you want the deepest silvers, you want the Minelab E-Trac!



Click to View CTX 3030 on Amazon


The next step up from the E-Trac is the Minelab CTX 3030 Metal Detector an is a serious metal detector for serious detectorists!

The waterproof all-terrain CTX 3030 is the ultimate high performance metal detector. With a full color LCD and advanced Target Trace discrimination you will find more targets in all types of ground conditions.

Minelab’s exclusive integrated GPS allows you to navigate to your favorite locations and record your finds. You can also Transfer your detecting information onto Google Maps using the XChange 2 PC application.

Enjoy the freedom of Wireless Audio with the versatility of built-in speaker and headphone options.

Five preset Search Modes and many automatic functions makethe Minelab CTX3030 a true ‘Switch on and Go” detector. Advanced features are easily accessible at the touch of a button for the experienced treasure hunter.

IDENTIFY – For quickly accepting or rejecting a detected target, the Identify function saves you time and effort! Edited patterns are automatically saved within your current Search Mode. Auto accept/reject discrimination features are also available for fast pattern editing using sample targets.

DETECT – The Detect screen shows you all the target information you need to find more treasure – you won’t miss anything! The colour display, Ferrous and Conductivity numbers, numerical depth indicator and sensitivity panel will give you more confidence to find those elusive good targets in heavily searched and high trash areas.

MAP – When you want to check treasure locations or ground you have covered, the Map screen shows you the way – no need for a separate GPS! The GeoTrail displays the path where you have been so you don’t waste time detecting the same ground twice. Use WayPoints and FindPoints to create your own treasure map.

STORE – For recording find locations and entire treasure hunts, the Store function does it all! WayPoints are used as general position markers to easily navigate to your favourite locations. FindPoints capture location, detector and target data for storing details of your treasure finds.

Fisher F75 Special Edition

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Click to see F75 on Amazon

The Fisher F-75 is one of the deepest machines out there and is regarded as one of the best relic hunting machines available. The F75 shines when you want to find what others leave behind. Fisher recently dropped the price, too!



Click to see XP Deus on Amazon

The all wireless XP Deus is another wildly popular machine incorporating the very latest technology.  Choose this one if you need a lightweight, top of the line machine. A killer machine for all types of metal detecting. The Deus is an excellent machine that is offered in many accessory configurations to suit your needs.

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Metal Detecting Christmas Guide

There are 5 comments for this article
  1. whit hill at 1:45 pm

    Dear Detecting 365,
    One year ago, I asked my husband for a Garrett Pinpointer and one was waiting for me under the tree. (Go AL!) Of course I immediately went out and found myself in an a lonely and overgrown hillside where I promptly lost the pinpointer. (Yes, I have searched high and low for it — using my Fisher F 75… no dice.)

    Any advice on how to explain this to the hub and get him to buy me a new one this holiday season? I feel terrible about it. But also greedy.

    Whit Hill

    • Clark Rickman at 2:20 pm

      Another story that Garrett should hear. The propointer should be safety orange! I’ve. Lost mine countless times in grass and woods snd fields and lost valuable detecting time searching for it.

  2. whit hill at 1:48 pm

    Dear Detecting 365,
    One year ago, I asked my husband for a Garrett Pinpointer and one was waiting for me under the tree. (GO AL!) I promptly (as in Christmas Day) went to a remote and overgrown hillside and lost the pinpointer. (Yes, I searched high and low for it, with my Fisher F75, but no dice.)

    How do I get him to buy me another one? I feel terrible about it, but also greedy.
    Whit Hill
    Dirt Girl Unleashed

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