Tabletop RPG and D&D holiday gift ideas (updated for 2022)!
I hope this guide helps you find the perfect gift for your kids, players, DM, and everyone in between, and that you have an awesome holiday!
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Tabletop RPG games and accessories:
- New games
- Tabletop RPG classes
- Dice accessories
- Terrain and maps
- Notebooks and character journals
- Spell cards and holders
- DM screens
Tabletop RPG gift ideas for kids (or kids at heart):
- Soft toys/stuffed animals
- School gear
- Room decor
- Fashion accessories
- Dice and dragon soap
- For kids 0-5
Other tabletop RPG related gift ideas:
Tabletop RPG games and accessories
Gift a new tabletop RPG
If you are willing to branch beyond D&D and into other tabletop RPGs or if you prefer non-D&D games to start with, I have a whole sortable list of games to check out. Surprising someone with a new game to try can be an awesome gift for you both (figuring you will probably play it together), and can often help indie creators!
I would also recommend checking out the DnD Adventure Club – they deliver a monthly kid-friendly D&D adventure, which is a great way to have a continuous gift that allows for some easy to set up games. I’ve reviewed DnD Adventure Club a couple times on the blog, and I would highly recommend it for anyone starting out playing TTRPG’s with kids.
Gift a class or tabletop RPG experience!
If you’re hesitant about running a game yourself, you can also check out these afterschool online tabletop RPG camps for kids! They hold registration every so often, and this could be an awesome gift for a kid who is interested in learning through tabletop RPGs!
Luck of Legends uses tabletop RPGs to hone academic and social skills while writing their own stories! I’ve chatted and collaborated with Michael from Luck of Legends before, and he does a fantastic job with his classes!
The Academy of Adventures teaches D&D to ages 11-15 and promotes teamwork skills in parallel to gameplay!
For kids old enough to handle dice and who are starting to dabble into becoming a dice goblin, these are great gifts as stocking stuffers, setting up their first set of fancy dice, or just getting them some fun weird designs and colors to match their latest character. There are lots of dice makers out there, so I am going to narrow my shout out to Ice Cream Dice (link to twitter and shop)! I actually have a Pint o’ Dice from there, and… just… wow that was satisfying to pour out PLUS the container is now one of my dice holders!
For those who have superstitions about rolling, maybe you want to look at a dice tower!
There are some pretty sweet designs from ArthiarnGaming, with a ton of different themes ranging from medieval to steampunk to space – lots of options to fit lots of different campaigns.
There are also some pretty sweet looking clear ones out there so players (especially kids) can watch the dice bounce around as they fall.
Following the theme about dice superstitions, a dice jail (or timeout chair) can also be pretty funny to add in. If your players often complain about the dice being against them, having a dice jail at the table can be a lighthearted way to give them a nod.
Arthairn Gaming comes up again because they have some awesome dice jails (or guardians for the good dice) to choose from!
I also thought the naughty dice time out chair was pretty funny and had to mention it as well.
Dice bags and holders
And for those who already have a ton of dice and are having a hard time keeping track of them all, dice bags and holders are always awesome!
First off, I commissioned a “baby’s first dice bag” for a friend from Lake City Charms a while back, and it came out amazing, so I have to give them a shout out!
I also bought a set of customized dice + mini holders (like the one here) for a couple of my players a while back from Stephens Woodworks, and they were beautiful!
GearGaming365 also has a whole bunch of dice bags with pop culture references and the one that I own from there has served me very well (pictured to the right).
DiceSaction also has a ton of adorable designs! They have so many kid-friendly fabric patterns, including one with llamas!
Also, check out Atikin Games for lots of cute little hand-knitted dice bags that come with matching mini dice sets! I think this could be a VERY cute stocking stuffer.
And we also have dice trays! These can save your table from dents from metal dice, help your players (particularly enthusiastic kids) keep dice actually the table versus the floor, and can pair up with dice and a dice bag for a pretty awesome gift combo.
Games by Bee has a great selection of cute dice tray patterns (like this happy sharks one)! There’s also a lot of designs that come with a matching dice bag too.
I promise this is the last one with dice… but these were too cool not to mention. They are bottles with dice inside to represent the healing potions in D&D! Whenever you use a healing potion, you just shake the bottle or dump out the dice to roll your healing, and you’re all set! The one picture here is from the AuroraAthenaeum shop on Etsy!
Minis are another great stocking stuffer that can really show you are paying attention. Getting someone a mini of their character (and maybe also paints to go with it if they are unpainted) can mean a lot to someone. I have a list here from one of my previous posts that focuses on kid-friendly minis to check out and help find some options that are right for your players!
Terrain and maps for your game guide
Both Dungeon Baker and Maps ‘N’ Quests have some awesome terrain and map art that you can use for your games – getting your game guide a subscription is a great way to help make game prep easier.
- DungeonBaker – awesome quality and lots of cool locations AND also makes amazing dungeon alphabet art like this one!
- Maps ‘N’ Quests – they have really big maps for big encounters – I’ve used their maps for several of my own games, and they are very well laid out
Notebooks and character journals for players
A character journal or tabletop RPG themed notebook can help players remember events from session to session and enforce good tracking habits, plus it is a great way to help kids get more practice with writing. They can also be fun to use as notebooks in school too, if they want to show off their tabletop RPG swag.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Mike Hibbert’s character journals (pictured to the right) from both a quality and organization standpoint, and they ship prime if you need something quickly!
Spell cards and holders
If your kids are getting into playing spell casters, either making or buying them spell cards can help them keep track of their abilities in game. My brother (who is very organized and good at keeping track of things already) got a set of spell cards for his cleric one year, and they really helped him out. You can also combo it with a card holder so it looks like you have a cool little spell book!
DM screens with extra trackers
Especially for a new DM, getting your own DM screen is very encouraging and helps you feel just a little bit more confident in taking on the role, plus, they can be great for organizing materials if you get the ones with extra pockets, guide clips, and trackers added on (like this one from Stephen Woodworks on Etsy).
Tabletop RPG gift ideas for kids (and kids at heart):
Soft toys/stuffed animals
For kids who love collecting and cuddling soft toys, having a stuffed animal of their favorite tabletop RPG creature (like this super cute unicorn) or character (like this Kiri knitted toy) is an awesome addition to the collection!
Tabletop RPG themed nightlights
For kids who are not so great with the dark, a nightlight can bring a lot of comfort and help everyone get a little more sleep. Theming it after something they are into? They might actually look forward to lights out and getting to use their special nightlight!
Fun dice-themed shirts
I’ve also got a section on clothes for kids 0-5, but for older kids, there are a ton of options as well!
DaddyRolleda1 (one of my fellow TTRPG parents from twitter) also started selling some very awesome parent/kid matching TTRPG shirts!
For older kids and teens, I think the combo of cute and/or snarky vaporwave designs from the DungeonGlitch section of GemmedFirefly would really hit home. I own a few of these for myself, and they are my favorite T-shirts (the ones that I bought are shown below). Quick heads up that they aren’t specifically geared at kids, and there is an NSFW designs section on the site where some shirts have language not for kids on it if you wander about.
Stickers is a category that I could definitely go down a rabbit hole with. From D&D related stickers that kids want to decorate phones, laptops, and notebooks with to stickers that you use in-game (see my article!!), they are a great stocking stuffer that lets your kids customize everything! Here’s some suggestions to get you started!
Fantasy themed school gear
There is also themed school gear! It maybe isn’t exactly D&D, but, if your kid is into dragons, knights, and so on, getting them a fun new backpack or lunch box to match lets them show off a bit at school!
Tabletop RPG themed room decorations
Giving your kids the option to decorate their room with some of their tabletop RPG personality can help them feel like the space is their own. I really liked the Works of Whimsy selection, especially the door corners (the displacer kitten one, pictured below, is my favorite)!
Geeky fashion accessories
There’s lots of scarves, pins, hair ties, headbands, and more that come with D&D patterns or a dice themes!
My first shoutout is to TheDaiseyDragon. She makes beautiful scarves bedazzled with D&D related charms (pictured here) and awesome keychains – when she posts a new creation, they sometimes go really fast, so keep an eye out!
There’s also a bunch of hair accessories out there to accessorize with too and show off your flair!
Dragon and dice soaps!
Having soap in the shape of a dragon is just plain fun, but then, there’s also soap or bath bombs with dice hidden inside can be a cool prize to uncover too!
Dice surprises inside:
- Gelatinous cube soap (pictured, from BlackCatGaming on etsy)
- Set of 4 soaps for whole party
- Bath bomb
Tabletop RPG gift ideas for kids 0-5
If a new adventurer is in the mix, you have a party member or DM with a new little one, or you just want to quietly start instilling tabletop RPG nerdom in everyone on your gift list, there are a lot of TTRPG/D&D tangentially related gift options for babies and really young kids.
Tabletop RPG themed onesies:
Tabletop RPG themed shirts:
Tabletop RPG themed bibs:
Tabletop RPG themed rattles and soft toys:
Tabletop RPG themed baby blankets and bedding sets:
Tabletop RPG baby room decor:
Holiday TTRPG flair
Advent (and other) dice/mini calendars
I love the idea of a daily dice or mini surprise throughout the holiday season (or any season, really) to look forward to each day! These dice and mini calendars can be fun for any age, but particularly for kids who are into tabletop RPGs.
Dice advent calendars:
Calendars filled with minis!
- Unpainted minis advent calendar
- Painted minis advent calendar (pictured, from TheHalflingPainter on etsy)
Dice themed ornaments
Adding some tabletop RPG flair to the tree or house can be a great way to show off some of your style and give something with special meaning for your family to decorate with. There are so many fun ornaments out there, so here are just a few to get you started:
- Personalized ornaments
- Dice-icles (pictured, from ChinookCrafts on etsy)
- Full dice set
- D&D logo
Fun stocking patterns
You can also add some unique stockings to your decorations! Whether you have a new adventurer you are getting a stocking for or just want to change things up, these can be yet another decoration to theme (especially if you plan on filling them with minis, dice, etc. from this list).
Other gift ideas for tabletop RPG players
Tabletop RPG charity donations
If your family typically does a donation around the holidays or you want to teach young kids about helping others, there are actually a few tabletop RPG and D&D related charities that you could donate to:
Game to Grow uses games for therapeutic purposes and sets up training for people to use games to benefit their communities effectively. They advocate for using games to help people in need and have made their own TTRPG that focuses on building specific social and emotional skills. I’ve also interviewed Adam, one of the founders, on the site, and I’m happy to support and recommend them, especially after our chat.
Creators Assemble is another great non-profit that works to teach through using comics and tabletop RPGs. I’ve interviewed them and they’ve interviewed me, and they are a great organization to support, especially since they help indie creators and artists in addition to kids.
ExtraLife is an organization that raises money for children’s hospitals through donations collected from streaming games (video games, tabletop RPGs, etc). I’ve actually played in one of these, and it was very rewarding to have donations coming in as we were battling monsters. You could let your kids donate during a game you are watching (I follow on their twitter to see when games are running) or try setting up your own.
If your family is into Critical Role, there is also the Critical Role Foundation! It is the Critical Role team’s charity organization, and they raise money to help several different causes. The fundraising campaign changes from time to time (check their site for latest), but I’ve definitely seen a trend towards supporting education and children’s needs. You can support either by a straight donation or by purchasing some of their merch (which would also be a nice gift to give someone).
Tabletop RPG related books
In addition to game adventure supplements, there’s also a lot of books out there that talk about how to get into the game and start new players or books that are geared at kids who like tabletop RPGs. I made a whole list here, and it includes books for kids of different age ranges and for grown ups looking to introduce kids to tabletop RPGs – I’ve also reviewed A LOT of them, so you’ve got some background to go off before checking them out further!
In conclusion… thank you and happy holidays!
Thank you for reading all the way to the end (or skipping here out of curiosity). I hope this article helped you find some awesome gifts for your family, your party members, or yourself! However, more importantly, I hope you have a good close to the year and enjoy your time with all these people you are shopping for in addition to enjoying the gifts. Thank you for playing tabletop RPGs with your loved ones or supporting your loved ones in their hobbies, and thank you for checking out TTRPGkids! Happy Holidays!
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