January 31, 2017

2017 Gifts Guide for Magic: The Gathering Players and Fans

Check out our new, improved guide for 2018!

It’s 2017 and you have a Magic: The Gathering fan on your gift list and need gift ideas. You know next to nothing about the game yourself. What are you going to do?

No matter what the occasion, this gift guide can help you decide what to purchase. You have more options than you think – depending on your budget.

Let’s get started!


Booster Packs (Around $3.99)

One inexpensive gift for the Magic: The Gathering fans on your gift list is a booster pack.

A booster pack is a great choice for pretty much any Magic fan. Each pack contains at least fifteen cards. It’s easy to get multiple packs from different Magic sets – that way your friends get several cards that are all different.

In a booster pack there are ten common, three uncommon, and one rare or mythic rare card. The last card is a land or foil card.

Dice (Around $10.00)

Every Magic: The Gathering fan needs dice. Even if the Magic fan on your gift list already has dice, don’t worry. No one can have too many dice. Seriously. No one. If you think he/she already has too many dice, consider getting a dice box to help with organization.

You should keep in mind that Magic dice aren’t six sided like you’d use in a game of Yahtzee. Dice that Magic fans use are typically twenty sided. They can also be ten sided, eight sided, or twelve sided.

A complete dice set will usually offer a wide range of dice – not just one type. Awesome Dice and Chessex both offer dice sets in a variety of colors and patterns. You can also find a dice bag or a dice box for your Magic fan.

Card Sleeves (Around $10.00)

In order to fully protect Magic: The Gathering cards, sleeves are completely necessary. Three of the best sleeve types offered are manufactured by Legion, Star City Games, and Dragon Shield Sleeves.

Dragon Shields are typically considered to be the best. However, players rarely complain about cards manufactured by any of these companies.

Buying card sleeves can be a little tricky. Why? Because sleeves come in different sizes and amounts. Both size and count are equally important. If you decide to buy sleeves for the Magic: The Gathering fans, you must do two things.

First, make sure the sleeves are approximately 67mm by 92mm. Second, pay attention to the number of sleeves sold in each pack. Most packs come with fifty sleeves – and very few packs come with a hundred sleeves.

Since a Magic: The Gathering deck has anywhere from sixty to one hundred cards, you’ll probably need to purchase at least two packs.

Gift Box (Around $19.99)

The easiest gift to give the Magic fans in your life is a simple gift box. A Magic: The Gathering gift box contains five booster packs, a premium foil card, card dividers, and lands.

At the time of writing this article, the only gift box available is the Kaladesh Gift Box. Kaladesh is the name of a recently released card set. However, more should be available in the future.

A gift box is a great place for your Magic fan to store their cards or decks. Having three or four gift boxes can create a home for an entire collection.

Deck Builder’s Toolkit (Around $19.99)

For fans who are just getting into Magic, the best gift is a Deck Builder’s Toolkit. In this nifty little kit, there are four booster packs, one hundred and twenty common and uncommon cards, five rare cards, and a hundred lands.

The Deck Builder’s Toolkit also comes with a guide to creating decks –  and the box can be used for storage.

Playmat (Around $21.99)

One of the coolest gifts you can give to a Magic: The Gathering fan is a play mat. These can help protect cards and give your fan a designated place to play with their cards.

There are a large variety of play mats to choose from. Check out official Ultra-PRO mats here. For play mats with a little more spunk, check out Star City Games. While these can get expensive, there are affordable options.

Bundle Box (Around $42.99)

Is your Magic: The Gathering fan artistic or creative? If so, a bundle box is the right call.

A bundle box is such a unique gift because it includes a complete visual guide. This visual guide includes all cards, stories, and artwork for the Magic set. Inside each bundle there are ten booster packs, eighty land cards, two deck boxes, and a spindown life counter.

The most recent sets with available bundle packs are Kaladesh and Aether Revolt. However, more may be available in the future.

The box that comes with the bundle box can be used for storage – and is always visually appealing. This can help with your Magic: The Gathering fan’s collection organization.

Booster Box with 36 packs! (Around $99.99)

What’s better than opening a present on Christmas day? How about opening 36 booster packs!

Yes, the Magic player in your life will fall in love with you if you give them the gift that keeps on giving- or that gives at least over 30 times. 

Booster boxes are more expensive than most other Magic: The Gathering gift ideas. You shouldn’t consider a booster box unless you have the budget for it – and you know what set your Magic: The Gathering fan is interested in.

If done correctly, the look on his or her face will be completely worth it. A booster box includes thirty-six booster packs. This is a great gift for anyone trying to grow their collection.

Still unsure what to get? Here’s an outline to give you a few ideas based on budget.

Ideas for new players:

$20 Budget

  • Deck Builders Toolkit

$40 Budget

  • Deck Builders Toolkit
  • Sleeves
  • Booster Packs

$60 Budget

  • Bundle
  • Gift Box

Ideas for experienced players:

$20 Budget

  • Booster Packs
  • Sleeves

$40 Budget

  • Playmat
  • Giftbox

$60 Budget

  • Dice
  • Sleeves
  • Bundle Box

Keep all of these ideas in mind while shopping for your Magic: The Gathering related gifts. And good luck!