Best Gifts for Non-Board Game Lovers

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What do you get the board game or Dungeons & Dragons passionate who has everything? While a gift certificate to Zing or their local board game store is always a great cruise gift idea, we think the best part of gifting comes from the excitement of unwrapping a handpicked gift.

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

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

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How many times have you wished you could transport yourself to the world of Jumanji Where grave robber solve a real-life mystery or have the adventure of a lifetime? Besides the possibility of dying, there’s something satisfying about solving puzzles and thinking outside the box.

An escape room allows you to live out those fantasies under time constraint, but less risk of a violent death. For any board game fan who wants to take it to the next level, grab a voucher for an escape room from RedBalloon and a friend (or four) if you want to put your problem-solving skills to the test.

You can explore a range of escape rooms here.

board game bag

When a 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 part of life. Tetris.

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

Buy it here.

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Image: Wizards of the Coast

Regular tabletop surfaces are fine for most people’s games, but when you need to move pieces around and lessen the impact of rolling dice around the place, a good tabletop is worth the price.

This gridded double-sided map features forest terrain and dungeon terrain, so you can swap it out depending on the occasion. You can also use water and dry erase pens on this map, in order to draw and change the layout of your dungeons whenever you want.

You can grab the Dungeons & Dragons Dungeons Adventure Grid here.

Image: Republic of Gifts

Alright, so your friend 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 of all time?

This scratch poster is filled with a plethora of classic board games from Catania for Skull and more. Let’s just hope your mate can’t scratch them all off in one sitting. But we would like to see them try.

You can grab one for your friend here.

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Image: Wizards of the Coast

Being a dungeon master means you need to be able to remember and recall lots of details. It’s always a bit awkward when the DM has to ask his players to remind them of an NPC’s name. The Book of Holding journal is a convenient way to keep track of your DM all, so even the smallest detail – like that NPC’s favorite drink the group encountered half a minute nearly 24 sessions ago – is only a page away from turning.

Take the possession book here.

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Do you know someone who always loses their dice because they are a little too enthusiastic with their rolls? Next, you should get them a dice tower to control their rolls. This mini castle themed dice tower is made from plywood and comes together with a quick and easy build. It can also be folded on itself for easy storage/travel.

You can pick up the Broken Token Dice Tower here.

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Picture: Ultra Pro

There are plenty of sleeves on the market for the kind of person who needs to keep their Magic The Gathering Where Pokemon cards in perfect condition. Ultra Pro’s sleeves are, I think, among the best, both in terms of fit and build quality.

Get an Ultra Pro Card Sleeve Pack here.

Scrabble fridge magnets
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If you like Scrabble, this collection of wooden magnets is an affordable and fun gift for your board game-loving friend. Your buddy will use them extensively on his fridge leaving passive aggressive or rude messages to his roommates.

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

Buy it here on Etsy.

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Designed to store up to 35 polyhedral dice, this dice box also includes a padded rolling tray so you don’t have to worry about your errant rollers falling off the table. It’s a convenient way to transport your massive collection of dice, while giving your party a better option for rolling.

This dice storage box and rolling tray is available here.

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

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

Start rolling with this set of 49 dice here.

Image: Fantasy Flight Games

If you are buying a Christmas present for a grown-up Dungeons & Dragons fan, chances are they already have all the essential manuals and adventures. Dungeon Chaos is a card game that looks like J&D-light. You choose one of four classes – Barbarian, Paladin, Rogue, and Wizard – and then fight against 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 to classics J&D spells. Dungeon Chaos is also a fun way to introduce non-J&D players to the basic mechanics of the appropriate game.

Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Mayhem is available here. You can also take the Battle for Baldur’s Gate and madness of monsters expansion packs here.

This article has been updated since its original publication.

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