The Best Gifts For Board Game Lovers That Aren’t Board Games

The Best Gifts For Board Game Lovers That Aren’t Board Games
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What do you get the board game or Dungeons & Dragons enthusiast who has everything? While a gift voucher to Zing or their local board game store is always a cruisy gift idea, we think that the best part of gift giving comes from the excitement of unwrapping a handpicked present.

Instead of buying them another obscure board game that you hope they don’t have, why not buy them a fun experience or some much-needed accessories that will help make game night easier?

We’ve rounded up the best gift ideas that anyone who loves board games or Dungeons & Dragons will drool over.

Escape room voucher — from $40

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How many times have you wished you could transport yourself into the world of Jumanji or Tomb Raider to solve a real life mystery or go on the adventure of a lifetime? Aside from the possibility of dying, there’s something satisfying about solving puzzles and thinking outside the box.

An escape room lets you live out those fantasies under a time crunch, but minus the risk of a violent death. For any board game lover that wants to take it to the next level, grab an escape room voucher from RedBalloon and a friend (or four) if you want to put your problem solving skills to the real test.

You can explore a range of escape rooms here.

Board game backpack — now $155.53

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When one friend is the designated board game owner in the group, finding the right bag to safely transport their excellent selection of games can turn into a real life round of Tetris.

Rather than letting them suffer carting multiple tote bags to the next host’s place, grab them this board game bag. It can be carried like a duffle bag or be slung onto their back, and is padded all around so it’ll keep your board games nice and safe. It’s even water-resistant for an added layer of protection. Inside, you should be able to fit up to seven 12-inch by 12-inch board games, which is more than enough that you’ll need.

Shop it here.

Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Grid – now $26.95 (down from $34.95)

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Regular table surfaces are fine for most people’s gaming, but when you’ve gotta move pieces around and soften the impact of dice rolling around the place, a good mat is worth the price.

This grid-lined, double-sided map includes a forest terrain and a dungeon terrain, so you can swap it around depending on the occasion. You can also use both wet-erase and dry-erase pens on this map, so you draw and change your dungeon layouts whenever you want.

You can pick up the Dungeons Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Grid here.

Board game scratch-it poster — $27.35

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Okay, so your friend has played a lot of board games. Why not put them to the test and find out if they’ve played 100 of the best board games ever?

This bucket list scratch-it poster is jam-packed with a plethora of classic board games from Catan to Cranium and more. Let’s just hope your mate can’t scratch ’em all in one sitting. But we’d love to see them try.

You can grab one for your friend here.

The Book of Holding – now $25.10(down from $35)

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Being a Dungeon Master means you need to be able to remember and recall a lot of details. It’s always a bit embarrassing when DM has to ask their players to remind them of an NPC’s name. The Book of Holding journal is a handy way to help keep your DM keep track of everything, so even the most minor detail – like the favourite drink of that one NPC the party met for half a minute, almost 24 sessions ago – is only a page turn away.

Grab the Book of Holding here.

The Broken Token Dice Tower – $22.99

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Do you know someone who is always losing their dice because they’re a bit too enthusiastic with their rolls? Then you should get them a dice tower to keep their rolls in check. This mini castle-themed dice tower is made from plywood and comes together with a quick and easy build. It can also be folded into itself for easy storage/travel.

You can pick up the Broken Token Dice Tower here.

Ultra Pro Soft Card Sleeves (100 Pack) – $4.95

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There are a lot of sleeves out there on the market for the kind of person who needs to keep their Magic The Gathering or Pokemon cards in pristine condition. Ultra Pro’s sleeves are, I think, some of the best, both in terms of fit and in build quality.

Grab a pack of Ultra Pro Card Sleeves here.

Wooden magnetic Scrabble letters — from $27.17

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If you love Scrabble, this collection of wooden letter magnets is an affordable and fun present to gift your board game-loving friend. Your pal will find plenty of use for them on their fridge by leaving passive aggressive or crude messages for their housemates.

You can choose between a set of 40 letters or 100, but we highly recommend going with 100 letters so you can really show off your colourful vocabulary to all of your guests.

Shop it here from Etsy.

Dice Storage Box And Rolling Tray – $61.90

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Designed to store up to 35 polyhedral dice, this dice box also includes a padded rolling tray so you won’t have to worry about your stray rolls falling off the table. It’s a handy way to cart around your massive collection of dice, while also giving your group a better option to make their rolls.

This Dice Storage Box And Rolling Tray is available here.

Seven Sets of Polyhedral Dice – $29.99

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There’s no such thing as “too many dice”, so why not fill up a Christmas stocking with 49 dice? This package even includes individual bags for each colour set.

If you don’t think you need that many dice, this is a great gift to share with your group.

Start rolling with this 49 dice set here.

Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Mayhem – $23.83

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If you’re buying a Christmas gift for a big Dungeons & Dragons fan, there’s a high chance that they already own all of the essential handbooks and adventures. Dungeon Mayhem is a card game that feels like D&D-lite. You pick one of four classes – Barbarian, Paladin, Rogue and Wizard – and then battle it out against the other players. The last player standing wins.

Each character has their own unique deck and there’s a fun variety of cards to play, ranging from items and classic D&D spells. Dungeon Mayhem is also a fun way to introduce non-D&D players to the proper game’s basic mechanics.

Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Mayhem is available here. You can also pick up the Battle for Baldur’s Gate and Monster Madness expansion packs here.

This article has been updated since its original publication.

Comments

  • I’m assuming this is a US article for the amazon references to a bag maker I’ve never heard of… We’re lucky here in Australia have a high quality company called Knights of Dice that produce laser cut foam cases for all sorts of games, from bolt action to x-wing, infinity, 40k etc etc.

    http://www.knightsofdice.com/store

    Give them a look. For those who have heard of Laser Touch, Knights of Dice have purchased them and are now running the business out of Melbourne. They also do lasercut MDF terrain. It’s gorgeous. I’m building a table with a bunch of their stuff right now and it’s some of the most detailed and easy to put together stuff out there.

  • Good board games are expensive is Australia. If you’re going to give a Board Gamer a gift then give them a gift voucher or IOU to buy a game from a FLGS (Friendly Local Game Store). Personally I use Vault Games and Good Games, but there are many more and they’d love your support.

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