2018 Gift Guide For Magic the Gathering Players

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Planning some holiday/birthday shopping for a Magic the Gathering player in your life? I'll go over some fantastic gift ideas for every type of MTG player—from complete newbie to 10-year veterans of the game. Whether you're clueless about what to buy or know everything about Magic, I'll help you figure out some awesome gift ideas.

1. Booster Packs and Prebuilt Decks!

prebuilt decks and packs magic the gathering

Every Magic player loves the thrill and excitement of cracking open booster packs. Packs contain 15 random cards which can range in value from $1 to over $100! In this gift guide, I only included links to packs from Dominaria (the most recent MTG set as of April 2018).

If you're just looking for a small gift you can grab 4 packs here!

Looking for more than just a few packs? A Dominaria Prerelease Pack contains 6 packs, a dated foil promo card, and a spindown life counter.

Have a larger budget? Buy a Booster Box! Boxes contain 36 packs. It may seem like overkill, but believe me—any Magic player ever would absolutely love to receive a booster box as a gift!

If you're buying for a newer player, consider getting them an assorted collection of 1000 Magic cards! This is a fantastic way to start or add to their collection.

Looking to teach friends or family the game? Pick up a Duel Deck or Planeswalker Duel Deck. They're great for learning the core mechanics of the game while each deck is on a relatively equal power-level, so matches won't be one-sided!

Been itching to try the 4-player free-for-all Commander format with your friends or family? The Commander Anthology is a great place to start. It comes with four unique and ready-to-play 100-card Commander decks as well as four 100-point spinning life counters!

2. Card Sleeves, Binders, and Deck Boxes!

magic the gathering sleeves binders and deck boxes

If you're not into the whole buying cardboard as a gift idea—don't fret—there are plenty of other options! Since a lot of cards are quite valuable, it's important to protect them since damaged cards lose their value quickly.

Card sleeves are a win-win. They make shuffling your deck a lot easier while protecting that valuable cardboard! I highly recommend Dragon Shield sleeves. They're very durable and they seldom smudge or tear. Just make sure you get the "matte" type—they're much higher quality.

PRO-Matte Eclipse sleeves are another highly durable and more affordable option. The front side of these sleeves is a bit matte, so they might not be the best option for somebody that plays a lot of foil cards.

A card binder is another great way to protect and display cards. The Ultra Pro 9-Pocket Binder is a solid option—holding up to 360 cards and showcasing 9 on each page.

Loose binder pages are a more affordable option for newer players. Just throw them in any 3-ring binder and you've got yourself a fully functional card binder!

Deck boxes are essential for organizing and transporting decks. An Ultra Pro Satin Tower Deck Box is a great option. Also, these 80 Card Deck Boxes are a super affordable entry-level option. If you're looking for something with a more personal touch, there are a bunch of incredible hand-crafted boxes over on Etsy.

3. Card Storage and Carrying Cases! 

magic the gathering card storage and carrying cases

Magic collections may start out small, but over the years, they grow exponentially—at which point, card organization/storage becomes imperative!

For bulk cards, these Cardboard Storage Boxes will do the job. Each box holds ~800 cards. They make organizing and labeling huge collections quite simple.

When it comes to transporting cards, I recommend the Pirate Lab Carrying Case. These cases are highly configurable, protect cards, and are built to store all Magic accessories (playmats, dice, card boxes, etc). For those with a higher budget, consider the Large Pirate Lab Carrying Case.

The co2CREA Hard Case is a more affordable carrying case option that's more suitable for newer players!

4. Custom Illustrated Token Cards! 

magic the gathering custom illustrated token cards

If you're shopping for somebody who's played for a while, they probably have everything I listed above. Custom token cards are a truly unique gift option for magic players. Tokens are cards that don't actually start in your deck but are created by a number of different mechanics in the game—at which point, the player brings in a token card from outside of their deck. If you're not sure what token cards your gift recipient uses, just ask somebody they play Magic with!

Cardamajigs carries a plethora of custom token cards by several different artists. Styles range from animated tokens to 8-bit retro style art and everything in-between!

Magic artist rk post is a super talented illustrator with a huge collection of token designs in a unique and intricate artistic style.

Aaron Miller is another extremely gifted mtg artist with a huge selection of beautiful custom token cards.

5. Epic Upgrades Magic T-Shirts 

magic the gathering custom funny t-shirt and playmat designs

Last but not least, my Magic shirt designs! Since early 2017, I've been hard at work designing t-shirts for magic players. My collection has grown to over a hundred designs. Needless to say—there's something for just about every type of player!

The majority of my designs represent one specific archetype or deck in Magic.This is a great way for players to represent their favorite type of deck in style!

Browse all 100+ designs here or check out the archetype/deck-specific designs here. If your recipient is into EDH, you can browse the Commander Collection here!

If you're looking for any of my designs on a playmat, you can find them here! Searching for something specific? Use the search box in the top menu or shoot me a message using the chat box in the lower-right corner and I'd be happy to help =)

Thanks so much for checking out my MTG gift guide! If you found it useful or think somebody else would benefit from it, feel free to use the share button below!


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