As the holiday season gets closer and closer, now is the time to start shopping for family and friends. It can be tough finding the perfect gift. But I’m here to help you with one particular type of nerd in your life. Does a family member or friend talk about tabletop RPGs or Dungeons and Dragons? If so buying for them just got a lot easier. First, you’ll need to let go of any preconceived notions about what you think people want or need. To a non-Dungeons and Dragons player, these may seem like silly investments. “People actually spend money on this?” Let go of that mindset. Because if you follow this RPG gift guide this holiday season, you’ll be the best gift-giver in the family.
Dice, Dice, Dice!
Let’s get the most obvious answer out of the way first. Dice are such a versatile gift when it comes to your Dungeon Loving Nerd. Due to their size, they make amazing stocking stuffers. Thanks to their price they can be bought for anyone. Have a co-worker who can’t stop talking about something called Critical Role? That’s Dungeons and Dragons! Stop by your local hobby shop and buy a nice set for $5 to $15. Is your cousin into Pathfinder and you pulled them for Secret Santa? You have to mind that $30 price limit…but $30 can buy a LOT of dice! Maybe your significant other has been playing TTRPG for decades but they’re not really into jewelry? They make dice out of gemstones! Regardless of gender your dice goblin with LOVE a new set of Blue Cats Eye dice.
And just so we’re on the same page here, we’re not just talking about six-sided Yahtzee dice. TTRPG dice come in 7-sets and have tons of sizes. Honestly, I could probably do an entire guide on JUST dice. A quick Amazon search for RPG dice brings up a great selection. But brands like Norse Foundry and Wyrmwood Gaming are top of the line.
Dice Trays and Towers
Next on our RPG Gift Guide is dice accessories! These will go hand in hand with your beautiful math rocks. Every TTRPG Fan would love a new dice tray or dice tower. These help for rolling, but also to protect any surfaces you might be rolling against. It will also, hopefully, keep the over-eager roller from losing a dice under a couch or into the carpet. Similar to the dice, these can vary wildly depending on where you buy them from. Wyrmwood Gaming is one of the top-of-the-line brands. Everything they make is handcrafted from various types of wood. But there are tons of great brands that make their trays from quality leather materials as well.
Etsy is also a great place to look as the tabletop community is into making and selling their own products. Do your research here as prices and quality will vary. But buying from creators as opposed to corporate giants like Amazon will earn you some goodwill and karma points!
Source Books and Adventures
This is where the real meat and potatoes of the hobby are, in the reading material. You’ll need to do a bit more research on your intended target before you purchase it here. Dungeons and Dragons is only one facet of the tabletop RPG genre. Find out what game your nerd prefers; Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, Mutants and Masterminds, Warhammer 40k? There is an endless number of games out there. There are also countless books some of which they may already have.
I know giving a gift card seems lame in a season that’s all about opening decoratively wrapped boxes. But, in the midst of a pandemic, a lot of gamers are taking their roleplaying online. Websites like DnDBeyond allow players to purchase books digitally and share them with their friends. Going this route with a gift card ensures that they’re getting exactly what they want. And here’s a pro tip: A gift card will tape perfectly to the underside of most dice boxes!
For the Dungeon Master
Most people who play tabletop games are just players. But your nerd could also be the rare one known as Dungeon Master. They’re in charge of most of the preparation in a game as well as leading the overall story. Their need is much wider than a normal player. They’ll be in the market for Mini-Figures, which you can find at most hobby shops or through an easy Google search. Talking to them to see if they want anything specific is a good idea, but all minis are welcome.
You could also look into getting them a fancy DM Screen. These can range in price from the basic’s found in hobby shops at around $20 to $30. Or if the person your buying for is really special, some places may even offer custom-made DM Screens. Check out the beauty that Wyrmwood Gaming made for professional Dungeon Master Matt Mercer. If my girlfriend bought me that, I’d put a ring on her finger faster than you can say ‘Roll for Initiative’.