Best DnD Gifts (A Guide for 2019)
Are you buying gifts for someone that likes Dungeons and Dragons? This guide is the place for you. We’ve got tips on the best (and worst) gifts to give anybody who loves DnD.
Are you looking for gifts for DnD players? This list will be helpful whether or not you actually play DnD, however some gifts are more universal than others. We will be outlining which gifts could be specific to which type of DnD player. Some things to find out before you go shopping would be:
- Do they DM (Dungeon Master) or are they a player?
- Do they play online or in person?
- Do they use a battlemap and miniatures or are they a “theater of the mind” group?
- Do they use printed books or an online game manager like DnDBeyond?
- Do they have any favorite DnD Podcasts?
Now that you have (very sneakily) rooted out all the necessary information, let’s get into gifts.
Top 10 DnD Gift Ideas
Dice are a universally awesome gift. Nobody can ever have enough dice and a really nice set of dice is something that most people don’t typically buy right off the bat.
Bag of Holding – Amazon – $29.99
The Bag of Holding is a great option as it is thematic and comes with all the dice any party could want. This comes with a nice felt bag and 140 acrylic dice that are guaranteed to form 20 full sets of d4, d6, d8, d10, d00, d12, and d20.
Metal Dice – Die Hard Dice – $30-$50
Die Hard Dice make some reaaaaally nice looking, feeling, sounding, and smelling dice. If the person you are buying for has a simple set of acrylic dice, they will likely be over the moon to receive a set of quality metal dice. Be warned, these dice can scratch the surfaces they are rolled on. If you are going to buy metal dice I would highly recommend a dice rolling tray.
If you want to know more about the ins and outs of dice before making a purchase, be sure to check out our article Are All DnD Dice Created Equal?
2. Published Core Rule Books and Supplements
Core Rule Books
DnD has a set of prebuilt rules from it’s creator Wizards of the Coast. Most groups will have (or need) the Dungeon Master’s Guide, the Monster Manual, and the Player’s Handbook. If the person you are buying for is playing in a group that already has these books but doesn’t own them themselves, they can still make great coffee table books.
These books, like the core rulebooks, are published by Wizards of the Coast. These supplements, however, do not contain core rules but rather ways to expand your games. In order, we recommend purchasing:
- Xanthar’s Guide to Everything – Wonderful collection of additional classes, spells, magical items, and rules. If the person you are buying for is a long term DM or player that doesn’t have this book, they will LOVE it.
- Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide – The Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide is a valuable resource for any DM. It contains a plethora of new settings, subclasses, and spells.
- Volo’s Guide to Monsters – Explore the breadth of D&D’s monsters in this immersive 224-page volume filled with beautiful illustrations and in-depth monster lore. This book is great for DMs or people that can’t get enough lore. As a whole, it contains a lot more character options and mid-range monsters than Mordenkainen’s.
- Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes – Another great monster supplement. This one goes more into depth on monsters already available in the Monster Manual, so it is a great resource to flesh out your world. It also contains quite a few high challenge rating monsters for those final boss fights.
Keep in mind that these Supplements are recommended purchases for experienced groups only. Also, if you aren’t sure which books the person you are buying for has, it would be best to stay away from these.
3. Dice Rolling Trays
Dice rolling trays are a great gift idea for any DnD player. If they have never played with one before, their dice rolling is about to get a lot easier. If they already have one, there are plenty of ways to upgrade.
There are three main tiers of Dice rolling trays:
Honestly, I’m a sucker for a DIY dice rolling tray. I think that handmade gifts are usually the most meaningful and these trays can come in so many shapes and sizes that anybody can make one.
This will eventually take a full blog article of its own, but here are two great ideas for a DIY dice rolling tray:
The easiest way to whip up a dice rolling tray is to head to Michaels (or any other craft store) and look for any vaguely rectangular shaped, pine box. From there, pick up some nice felt and maybe some paint and voila! You’ve got yourself a nice rolling tray for under $10.
Hollowed Out Book
I like this method more than the craft store route for a couple reasons. First, it can be personalized a lot more easily. Maybe their character is a wizard, so you find a nice old, leather-bound book at the thrift store!
Second, these are heavier and just feel more sturdy to roll in. You can also use a magnet to keep it closed so dice can be kept inside during transit.
You can also purchase pre-made hollowed out books like the one above from bluishstudio.etsy.com.
The gold standard for sub $10 dice rolling trays are the felt ones with the click up corners (here is an example). These are easy to transport as they can lie flat and are sturdy enough to play in.
Wyrmwood is the best in the industry for all things woodworking and nerdy. They have a collection of personal dice rolling trays and tabletop dice rolling trays. These, along with some nice metal dice, are the cuban cigars and whiskey of any DnD players repertoire.
4. Podcast Merch
Podcast merch, in my opinion, would always make an amazing gift for a DnD player. If you know for a fact that somebody is into a podcast, gifting them a piece of merch would be very meaningful Not only is it a gift they would definitely rep, but it means that you have taken the time to familiarize yourself with their hobby.
Not sure if the person you are buying a gift for listens to podcasts? Check out our list of the top DnD podcasts to see if any sound familiar.
Here are the merch stores for the top 3 popular DnD Podcasts:
5. Erasable Battlemap
If your giftee is still using chart paper to map out their combat encounters, an erasable battlemap is a great gift idea!
Chessex has the most popular one at only $20 which will suit the needs of mostly any DnD party:
If you really want to take their game up a notch, these erasable, connectable dungeon tiles look pretty sweet:
Miniatures are a solid option when it comes to DnD gifts. If the person you are buying for is still using metal washers or coins, a “Booster Pack” of miniatures is a great place to start. These packs from Wizards of the Coast come with a random assortment of well-painted miniatures that are fairly good quality.
Reaper Miniatures is another good place to look for specific, inexpensive, and high quality miniatures. Keep in mind that these will need to be painted.
If you are buying a gift for someone who is playing in a long term campaign, a Heroforge Custom Miniature is probably the best you can get. These guys have a legitimately insane amount of options and the miniatures are amazing quality. If the person you’re buying for would geek out to see their character come to life (sort of) this is the gift to get. If you don’t know exactly what their character looks like, you can also buy them a gift card so they can go through the fun of making it themselves.
This can be a really, really cool gift. If the campaign that your giftee is playing in has a map (bonus points for looking nice and Tolkein-esque) and is high enough quality that you can print it off and frame it, it will make for some gorgeous, personalized decor that they will certainly display with pride.
8. DnD Apparel
Generic DnD Apparel will always get a solid reaction as a gift. For Fans By Fans is definitely the place to go for quality, unique DnD wear.
If you are buying for somebody who plays DnD online or at least has someone calling into the sessions, a good webcam or mic could go a long way to improving the quality of their sessions. The available options for different mics for varying setups can get quite convoluted. When in doubt, the Yeti Snowball is always a good choice. If you want to get more granular about it, you can check out our blog post about which mic to buy for DnD sessions.
10. Other Gimmicky Stuff
Gimmicky stuff is always hit or miss when it comes to gift giving. Some things that will almost always hit are:
- Old School Tankards for beer drinking
- DnD or fantasy themed snacks
- DnD or fantasy themed beverages
What Not to Buy
I would stay away from gifting Adventure Modules. Typically, this is the DMs realm and they will have an idea of what modules they want to run. If one of their players were to buy them an Adventure Module, they could take it the wrong way and it might seem to them that the player is looking to move away from their campaign.
I would stay away from House Decoration (posters, door mats, etc) as they tend to be a lot more miss than hit. Generally anything that would just be clutter/has no purpose (eg. not everyone likes funko pops). The exceptions to this rule is if it has use (ie, the Tavern style tankards) or if it has meaningful, sentimental value (a portrait of the characters of the campaign, a framed map of the campaign, etc.).