The Ultimate DnD Gift Guide (2022)

Published on November 26, 2021

If you’re looking to buy a gift for someone that likes Dungeons & Dragons this holiday season, we’ve got the guide for you. Whether you’re doing a gift exchange with your DnD group, pitching in with your group to buy your DM a gift, or don’t play DnD and are looking for a gift for a DnD player, this guide has something for you.

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First, who are you buying for?

Are you looking for gifts for DnD players? Well, we’ve got the guide for you. This list has been carefully selected to only include the best DnD gifts out there and each choice is explained in detail so even if you don’t play DnD you’ll be able to find that perfect gift for your DnD player. There are quite a few gifts that will spark every DnD player with joy, however, some gifts are more universal than others. In this guide, we will be outlining which gifts will go over best with which specific type of DnD player.

Before you buy DnD players gifts, you need to find out some information:

Now that you have (very sneakily) rooted out all the necessary information, let’s get into gifts.

A free holiday-themed adventure for you!

If you’re looking for a fun and easy holiday-themed DnD adventure to run with your group during your holiday party or gift exchange, we’ve got just the thing!

Krampus’ Lair is a short Christmas-themed adventure for a 13th level party. This free D&D adventure contains Christmas-themed riddles, creatures, and a boss fight that will certainly separate the naughty from the nice.

You can check out this free Christmas DnD adventure here.

Best DnD Gifts for DMs and Players

To ensure that everyone remains safe and healthy while playing D&D, we have included a number of gifts to enhance virtual sessions such as microphones, webcams, and virtual Dungeons and Dragons assistants.

Dice

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.

D&D dice come in all shapes, sizes, and materials, ranging from basic acrylic to mammoth ivory. To help parse the vast array of dice-makers out there, our guide to the best DnD dice covers a number of the top suppliers, their product offering, budget ranges, and geographies.

Bag of Holding

Amazon – $29.99

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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.

Antique Silver 16mm Polyhedral Dice Set

Metallic Dice Games – $5.99 – $39.99

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Upgrade your giftees dice game with this solid zinc, shiny-polished nickel-plated, 16mm metal dice set. You will definitely want to include a rolling tray if you gift these dice as they can damage surfaces quite easily.

Published Core Rule Books and Supplements

Dungeons & Dragons Core Rulebooks Gift Set

Amazon – $78

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Dungeons and Dragons has a set of core 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 don’t own them themselves, they can still make great coffee table books.

Supplements

These books, like the core rulebooks, are published by Wizards of the Coast. However, these supplements contain ways to expand your games. In order, we recommend purchasing:

Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos

Amazon – ~$30

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Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos is a source setting for the magical university of Strixhaven. This means it will provide DMs with the resources and material to run games in the world of Strixhaven. This book is a little different from other source settings because it provides 4 short adventures that can be turned into a full campaign for DMs that don’t want to homebrew their own adventure. While we typically caution gifters to stay away from giving these types of books as a gift, this one will be a massive hit if your giftee is a DnD fan that also loves Harry Potter.

Xanathar’s Guide to Everything

Amazon – $30

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A 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. If you’re not sold, check out our Xanathar’s Guide to Everything Review to see if this book will be right for the person you are gifting it to.

Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything

Amazon – $30

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This could be considered the sequel to Xanathar’s Guide to Everything. Released on November 17, 2020, this rules expansion will be a hot commodity for experienced Dungeons and Dragons groups. Check out our Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything Announcement and our Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything Review for a breakdown of what is included.

Volo’s Guide to Monsters

Amazon – $29.99

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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

Amazon – $21.99

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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.

Dice Rolling Trays

Dice rolling trays are a great gift idea for any Dungeons and Dragons 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:

DIY / Hollowed Out Book

Etsy / Used Book Store

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I like this method for a couple of 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 feel heavy and 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.

Folding Dice Tray

Amazon – $8.99

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The gold standard for sub $10 dice rolling trays are the felt ones with the click up corners. These are easy to transport as they can lie flat and are sturdy enough to play in.

Cherry Personal Dice Tray

Wyrmwood Gaming – $70

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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 Dungeons and Dragons players’ repertoire.

Dice Towers

When talking about fun, customizable DnD gifts, it would be amiss to leave out dice towers. For those unaware of their purpose, these devices are used as a way to make the die is given a really good “roll”. These towers are usually tall and have enough room in the funnel for multiple dice, in case the player loves to cast fireball. The materials for dice towers range widely from 3D printed, cheap craft wood, to custom-made solid wood.

Dice Towers

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Amazon has a good selection of cheap (sub $50) dice towers. If you want better quality but higher priced ones (and to support small creators), Esty has a great selection of dice towers. If you want top-of-the-line dice towers, Wyrmwood has you covered. They even have a model that works with the personal dice rolling tray noted above.

Podcast Merch

Podcast merch, in my opinion, would always make an amazing gift for a Dungeons and Dragons player. If you know for a fact that somebody is into a particular 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 best D&D podcasts to see if any sound familiar.

Here are the merch stores for the top 3 popular Dungeons and Dragons Podcasts:

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 Battlemat

Amazon – $39.99

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Chessex has the most popular battlemap at around $40 which will suit the needs of most any Dungeons and Dragons party.

Dungeon Tiles

Amazon – $19.99

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If you really want to take their game up a notch, these erasable, connectable dungeon tiles look pretty sweet!

Miniatures

We have an entire guide on buying D&D minis but the below information will give you the gist of it!

Miniature Booster Pack

Amazon – $15

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Miniatures are a solid option when it comes to Dungeons and Dragons 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

reapermini.com – Price varies

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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.

Check out our Guide to Buying D&D Minis for info on how to get a great deal on bulk minis from Reaper’s “Bones” Kickstarters.

Hero Forge

heroforge.com – Price varies

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If you are buying a gift for someone who is playing in a long term campaign, a Hero Forge Custom Miniature is probably the best you can get. These guys have a legitimately insane amount of options and the miniatures are of amazing quality. If the person you’re buying for would geek out to see their character come to life, 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.

Check out our Hero Forge Product Spotlight for more info.

Boardgames

It is a safe bet that most Dungeons and Dragons players are also avid board game players. We have compiled a list of board games that D&D players will love to help with your search.

Framed Map

This can be a really, really cool gift. If the campaign that your giftee is playing in has a map 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.

DnD Apparel

Generic Dungeons and Dragons Apparel will always get a solid reaction as a gift. Tee Public has a huge selection of D&D-focused designs that you can get on t-shirts, hoodies, stickers, mugs, and masks.

Microphone/Webcam

In this day and age, online Dungeons and Dragons is mostly the only Dungeons and Dragons we can play.

If you are buying for somebody who plays Dungeons and Dragons 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.

Yeti Snowball

Amazon – 59.99

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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 Dungeons and Dragons sessions

Logitech C920

Amazon – 109.99

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In terms of a webcam, the Logitech C920 is the best in the business for the price. If you want to completely ball out, there is an absolutely wicked 360 degree conference camera for a crisp $800 USD.

Other Gimmicky Stuff

Gimmicky stuff is always hit or miss when it comes to gift-giving. Some things that will almost always hit are:

Official D&D Cookbook

Amazon – ~$20

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For the Dungeons & Dragons enthusiast who also likes to cook! This book provides 80 recipes inspired by the fantastical world of D&D. The recipes are divided into human, elf, dwarf, halfling, uncommon, and elixirs. These recipes would fit in at any travellers inn, dwarven great hall, or quiet elf glade.

Fantasy Inspired Candles

Firelight Fables – $15 – $25

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These fantasy-themed candles are sure to set the mood just right for your table. I have the Ancient Library one and I highly recommend it. They also have a tealight sample pack so you can mix and match, or just test them out to find which scent you like best!

Wooden Tankard

Amazon – $40

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I actually purchased a couple of my party members these wooden tankards and they love them! Very useful for setting a tavern-esque mood around your table.

Polyhedral Sugar Dice Set

SugarAndDiceCrafts – $20

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Don’t like your roll? Eat your dice!

This edible Dungeons and Dragons dice set is sold by SugarAndDiceCrafts and they are gluten-free and vegan.

Gelatinous Cube Soap

Bugbear Bubbles – $20

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These soaps by Bugbear Bubbles contain the bones of unfortunate adventurers…and a full set of dice! Made with natural vegetable skincare oils, oat protein, and 20% Vegetable Glycerin. Gluten Free. Soy Free. No Animal Testing. No Animal Products.

Field Notes 5e Gaming Journals

Amazon – ~$18.95

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These cool little books can provide note-happy DMs and players with a structured, efficient layout to record their session/planning notes. There are currently 3 types of journals: Character Journals for players, Game Master journals for GMs note-taking, and Monster/Encounter journal for prepping/running encounters. These are neat and effective tools for tables looking to move away from technological solutions.

What Not to Buy

Adventure Modules

I would stay away from gifting Adventure Modules. Typically, this is the DM’s 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.

House Decor

I would stay away from House Decoration (posters, doormats, 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 are 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.).

Hope you liked the gift guide!

If you have any ideas for D&D gifts, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below. You can also check out our D&D Christmas article if you’re looking for more Christmas D&D adventures and ideas!

Mike Bernier

Mike Bernier is the lead content writer and founder of Arcane Eye. Outside of writing for Arcane Eye, Mike spends most of his time playing games, hiking with his girlfriend, and tending the veritable jungle of houseplants that have invaded his house. He is the author of Escape from Mt. Balefor and The Heroes of Karatheon. Mike specializes in character creation guides for players, homebrewed mechanics and tips for DMs, and one-shots with unique settings and scenarios. Follow Mike on Twitter.

12 thoughts on “The Ultimate DnD Gift Guide (2022)

  1. Thanks so much for this article! Got boyfriend who’s a DM and this was a great source of ideas for his b-day gift. While researching dice trays I actually ended up finding out about dice towers, which were just the perfect gift

  2. Yesss! My friends and I are more casual players since it’s been really difficult to get together (stupid being adults), but my husband has his own group that meets every week… I was having a serious mental block trying to figure out what to get him this Christmas and this list was SUPER helpful! Thank you for putting this out there!

  3. Thank you was at a loss for what to buy my son that plays online DnD, ordered the Yeti mic! Any additional ideas for the online Dnd crowd is highly appreciated

    1. We’re glad the article helped Tamara! I think your son will love the Yeti 🙂 As for additional ideas, I would try to find out if he likes any D&D podcasts and buy him merch from those podcast’s stores. Not only are you supporting artists he cares about but it will mean a lot that you took the time to get acquainted with his hobby!

  4. This helps so much!!! My Dad and little brother are really into DND and I was really unsure what to get. Thank you so much!!!

  5. This guide is incredibly helpful–I think I’m going to get my brother dice tray for his upcoming birthday! I’ve been doing a lot of looking around the internet, and I’m finding a lot of dice trays with Celtic Knots or the Celtic Tree of Life engraved. Is this widely accepted as a DnD symbol?

    1. Glad you found it helpful 🙂 That’s an interesting find. I wouldn’t say that the Celtic Knot or Tree of Life has anything more to do with D&D than a tangential relationship. I’m guessing that those symbols look “fantastical” and are tied to legends and myths that are at the root of modern fantasy.

      The most common symbols associated with D&D are the icosahedron (the “d20” dice) and the ampersand in the “D&D” logo.

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