If you are looking for the best gifts for your Dungeons and Dragons-loving friends or family, then look no further!
This guide has everything you need to know about the top gift ideas for the D&D player in your life! Whether they want something to use during games or something that enhances their nerdiness outside of game night, this list has it all.
It’s also got some awesome recommendations if you’re looking for a gift for yourself!
- 1 Best Dice and Accessories
- 2 Books Your D&D Player Will Love
- 2.1 Official Books
- 2.2 Other Books We Love!
- 2.3 New to D&D? These Are the Must-Have Books!
- 2.4 D&D For Kids!
- 3 Terrain and Miniatures to Level Up Their Game!
- 4 Board Games
- 5 Microphones for Online Play
Best Dice and Accessories
It’s hard to slay monsters and collect loot without dice!
While we may all look fondly at our first dice sets, there’s a little dice goblin in all of us that just can’t resist the appeal of adding more clicky-clacky math rocks… err… dice to the pile.
These are the best dice and accessories to keep you or your loved one rolling in style!
When playing D&D, you need to have the best dice possible. You need dice that are balanced, easy to read, and (most importantly) that look as cool as your character!
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for any tabletop gamer, it’s hard to go wrong with dice!
These sets are perfect for any D&D player who wants a really unique set of dice for their next adventure! Each die has an eye-catching design on it, which will make it easy to spot when rolling at a table full of players.
Personally, I’m a huge fan of Easy Roller Dice. Their dice have served me well over the years and come in all kinds of awesome designs and materials. Whether you’re looking for the basic plastic dice or want something truly special like metal or gemstone dice (I love my amethyst D20!), this is my top recommendation.
If you’re instead looking to get a TON of dice in bulk, I’d recommend going with one of the bags of dice offered by WizDice.
Dice towers, trays, accessory kits
To go along with an epic set of dice, there are some clever accessories you might like!
Dice trays are useful for keeping your rolls on the table. Let’s be real, we’ve all gotten a little too excited at some point and accidentally thrown our precious die across the room.
Not only are dice trays fun and stylish, but they’re also practical. (Trust me, stepping on Legos is nothing compared to stepping on a four-sided die in the middle of the night!)
Dice towers make for a fun accessory to add to the gaming table. Drop the dice in the top and it rolls through the small platforms inside and into the tray at the base.
These are great in situations where there might be limited table space or you have to roll a bunch of dice at once.
Books Your D&D Player Will Love
To be a D&D player is to proudly collect the game’s books. They’re essential for adding new elements and options to the game while also learning more about the lore and history of the game’s many worlds.
But it can be difficult to know where to start, especially when you really want to get the perfect gift for the D&D player in your life!
Here, I’ll include this year’s hottest books that are sure to be a “critical hit” for you!
We’ll start with the latest official releases for D&D.
It’s been a great year, to say the least. Each release has been truly impressive. However, I’d recommend avoiding the new adventures like The Wild Beyond the Witchlight or Candlekeep Mysteries unless you’re positive that they’re something your D&D player is looking for. (Otherwise, they might just end up sitting on a shelf forever.)
Instead, these books have a ton of exciting lore and game options. They’re safe options that are great for players and DMs alike!
Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons
This is THE resource for anything you could ever want to know about dragons. It’s a wealth of dragon-based lore, monsters, and character options!
Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft
Step into the terrifying domain of Ravenloft with Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft. This book is perfect for those who love bringing horror into their D&D games. Vampires, ghosts, zombies, and more await alongside fiendish character options, adventure hooks, and tips for running horror games!
Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos
The final D&D release of 2021, Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos is D&D meets Harry Potter. Attend the magical school of Strixhaven and discover all kinds of magical oddities.
I know I said to tread carefully when it comes to getting adventures as gifts, but this is just too cool not to include!
Other Books We Love!
There are some great books available for D&D outside of the official publisher. Each of these are mainstays on my personal bookshelf and I’m proud to recommend them as gifts!
Live to Tell the Tale
The best armor and spells in D&D will only get you so far. This is the survival guide that every D&D player needs to read to survive the countless traps and perils that await them on their quests!
The Monsters Know What They’re Doing
Players aren’t the only ones with a secret book of tactics!
This book will help DMs stop running all combats the same way and find new ways to challenge their players. What results is a game that’s much more tactical and engaging.
No DM should be without this gem!
It’s hard to adventure on an empty stomach!
The Heroes’ Feast cookbook gives you tons of recipes to help you eat like a dwarf, elf, halfling, or other fantasy cultures from D&D. The recipes are explained and made easy enough for amateurs to replicate in a way that nobody will believe they aren’t a secret professional chef!
D&D night will never be the same when you bust out the snacks from Heroes’ Feast!
Art & Arcana
For those who are avid collectors of all things D&D, the Art & Arcana collection is a jaw-dropping collection of artifacts from D&D’s storied history.
We’re talking over 700 pieces of D&D artwork, interviews with the most legendary creators throughout the game’s 40+ year history, some of the earliest sketches from the game’s beginnings… It’s a treasure chest!
There’s a standard and special edition, but the special edition is where it’s at. Not only are there fantastic posters and exclusive art in the special edition, but the reproduction of D&D creator Gary Gygax’s legendary Tomb of Horrors makes this the Holy Grail for any D&D collection!
New to D&D? These Are the Must-Have Books!
Are you looking for the perfect gift for someone who is new to D&D?
These are the must-haves that will get them up and rolling in no time!
Core Rulebook Set
This set includes the three most important books you need to play D&D: the Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, and Monster Manual. It also includes a DM screen and slipcase for convenient storage.
This set is the best way to get the most important books for D&D 5e at a great bundle price!
Xanathar’s Guide to Everything
The first major rules expansion for D&D 5e is still one of my favorite releases to date!
“Guide to Everything” is an understatement as this book includes a huge amount of new character options, rules/mechanics for just about anything a Dungeon Master could need, and dozens of new spells and abilities!
This should be the first book you pick up after the core books!
Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything
Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything picks up in the same vein as Xanathar’s Guide. Character options abound with new options for every class in D&D as well as an entirely new class option: the inventive Artificer.
There’s a major focus on adding new magical options to your game as well as other mechanics to breathe even more life into the game world being created at the table.
The D&D 5e Starter Set is hands-down the best way to get into D&D 5e.
This set includes an introductory adventure, The Lost Mines of Phandelver, that is frequently on the list for the best adventures in all of D&D 5e. It also includes a basic rulebook, set of dice, and five pre-generated characters.
For new players, the Starter Set does a perfect job at getting you right into the action as quickly as possible without getting bogged down by all of the game’s rules. It’s the best example of “learning by doing” and has virtually become a right of passage for every D&D player!
D&D For Kids!
D&D is a game that can capture our imaginations like few other things are able to. Is it any wonder that kids would take an interest in the game?
However, the rules and mechanics can be A LOT to comprehend for the little ones.
Thankfully, there’s the perfect solution!
The Young Adventurer’s Collection is perfect for young kids who want to get into D&D. These books focus heavily on the creative storytelling and decision-making elements of D&D without bring rules and mechanics into the equation.
I have rarely been as impressed as I am with this collection. Almost immediately, my nephews were pretending to be mighty barbarians on a quest to slay a dragon. They couldn’t get enough of reading these books together!
If you’ve got a Young Adventurer who wants to discover the world of fantasy and D&D, this collection is a steal!
Terrain and Miniatures to Level Up Their Game!
Classically, D&D was played with grid paper and a lot of imagination or “theatre of the mind.”
These days, however, there are tons of options for including miniatures in your D&D game. Not only does it make for a more engaging gaming experience, but it’s also great for really opening up the tactical elements of the game!
You don’t necessarily NEED miniatures to play D&D, but it’s the best way to really level up the experience!
Miniatures are used to represent the various heroes and enemies within the game. For gifts, I recommend going with these options!
The Starter Set includes miniatures of the most iconic types of heroes. The figures are all pre-painted so it’s just as easy as opening the package!
Miniature boosters include 4 miniatures each. These are “blind boxes” which means it’s totally random which miniatures are going to be included in each of the booster boxes.
To quickly begin building a miniature collection with a wide variety of heroes, monsters, and more, you get the most bang for your buck if you get a “brick” or set of booster boxes.
Like the Starter Set, the miniatures in these boxes come pre-painted which means they’re immediately ready to bring into the game right out of the box.
I absolutely love Eldritch Foundry. It allows users to design their own miniature based on their character from a huge amount of options.
Once designed, you can have the miniature 3D printed and shipped straight to you. It does take some time for the printing and shipping process (about 3-4 weeks in my case), but they do offer gift cards that you can get by clicking the present icon on the top right of the screen.
It’s probably better that way though. It’s incredibly fun thumbing through all of the options and watching your beloved D&D character come to life!
There are a ton of status effects in D&D that can make it a little difficult to keep track of everything. Characters might find themselves getting poisoned, put into a magical sleep, or more. In addition to everything else happening, you have to remember which conditions are affecting which character.
Especially in big boss fights, it can get hectic!
Condition Rings easily slip over the character’s miniatures to help you visually keep track of what conditions are affecting a character.
It’s a simple and elegant way to keep track of what’s happening without slowing the game down so that everyone can focus on the action!
Grids and Terrain
Just like miniatures have become the new standard for the full D&D experience, you need stuff for the characters to interact with!
There are three main options when you’re looking for things to use miniatures with.
WizKids WarLock Tiles
WizKids WarLock Tiles fit perfectly in that spot where quality meets value. I’ve been consistently impressed with these and they’ve done so much to improve my home games.
Characters can now navigate the 3D dungeons which are easily able to be built ahead of time. Furthermore, the WarLock clips prevent accidents due to things like pets, kids, or overexcited dice rolling.
There are multiple options for 3D terrain out there, but WizKids WarLock Tiles is hands-down the best option for the price!
The Chessex Battlemat takes it back to the basics with a large grid. Drawing out encounters and dungeons is easy with dry-erase markers that can then be easily cleaned up.
Not only is this mat big enough to meet any group’s needs, it’s much less wasteful than going through tons of grid paper at a time.
Dungeon Tiles are a great, inexpensive way to start building dungeons to use your miniatures with. They are cardboard tiles with designs and grids printed on them that can be easily put together to build a dungeon in no time.
It gives an enhanced visual experience over just a plain grid but are much cheaper than getting the fancy 3D terrain. Prior to getting my hands on the WarLock tiles, these served me well for countless hours of D&D games!
Journals (An Adventurer’s Best Friend!)
For all of the dice rolling and monster-slaying in D&D, it might be easy to overlook the importance of a good notebook!
However, everyone (whether they’re a DM or player) benefits from having a notebook to keep track of important information during the game.
Especially as a DM, Rocketbook has been an absolute lifesaver. It’s no ordinary journal!
Simply write as your normally would in the Rocketbook then effortlessly upload your notes to your favorite cloud service like OneNote, Evernote, Google Drive, or more.
As a DM, it’s my secret weapon for doing my preparations and keeping my games interesting. As a Player, it helps me be WAY more organized than I typically am otherwise.
Plus, I’m a hippie so I really like that it’s an environmentally friendly option!
Classic Style Journals
If you’re looking for a journal that’s more old-school but still has that D&D/Fantasy feel to it, check these out!
Tabletop gaming goes beyond roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons. It’s a safe bet that most people who enjoy D&D also love a good board game!
These days there are all kinds of awesome board games coming out. These are some favorites that are sure to be perfect for the D&D player in your life!
Official D&D Board Games
We’ll start with the official D&D board games!
You’ve been invited to dinner with the master of Castle Ravenloft: the vampire Strahd Von Zarovich.
What horrors lurk behind every corner?
Can you and your allies summon the courage necessary to survive the traps and terrors in the vampire’s castle?
The Legend of Drizzt
Step into the shoes of the legendary hero Drizzt with this D&D board game based on the best-selling books by R.A. Salvatore.
This game captures the epic adventures of Salvatore’s works and pits players against fearsome foes on a collaborative quest for treasure and glory.
Lords of Waterdeep
Become a lord of the famous city of Waterdeep. Hire adventurers to quest on your behalf to expand your influence while you enact your carefully laid plans.
Work with or conspire against the other lords of Waterdeep as you weave your webs of intrigue to be the greatest example of nobility the world has ever known!
Other Recommended Board Games
Stepping away from D&D’s official products, these are board games with themes and elements that are sure to go over well with any D&D player!
Clank! has quickly become one of my all-time favorite games. It’s a fast-paced, easy to learn rush to take as much treasure as possible from the dragon’s lair.
The deeper into the lair you go, the greater the treasures can be.
But be careful! A sleeping dragon is sure to wake eventually!
Getting to the treasure is one thing, but escaping with your haul is something else entirely!
Experience the frantic, loot-crazed chaos of Munchkin!
Monsters will be fought while alliances are made and broken as the players beg, borrow, and steal to get all of that sweet, sweet treasure!
Microphones for Online Play
D&D isn’t just in-person anymore!
It’s getting more and more popular to play D&D online. Naturally, this makes it all the more important to have a good microphone so you sound your best!
You know what they say about dynamite and small packages!
The Snowball from Blue Microphones is compact quality at its finest. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better condenser microphone for the price!
Even better: it’s both Skype and Discord certified. Considering those are the most common services for communicating with the rest of the D&D group online, you know you’ve got the right microphone for the job!
My microphone of choice!
Everything that I love about the Snowball, the Yeti takes it a step further.
With 4 different pickup patterns and exceptionally clear quality, this microphone offers unmatched quality for the price. Not only is it perfect for playing D&D online, but it’s also the perfect option for other interests like podcasting, music recording, and streaming!
Short of building a professional sound studio, the Blue Yeti is top of its class for playing D&D online and so much more!