Last updated on April 29, 2022

Gifts Given - Illustration by Jason Chan

Gifts Given | Illustration by Jason Chan

Every year growing up my family would get my sister and I a few scratch off lottery tickets to toss in our stockings. This tradition was a fun part of the holiday season; we’d compare our winnings or commiserate over being unlucky. I found that same excitement from a different source as I got older: opening stocking booster packs with my partner.

We’d play pack wars with our morning coffee before celebrating awesome pulls or complaining that we only got bulk. These small traditions build the foundations of the holidays for many families around the globe.

Another tradition that lives on during the holiday season is well-meaning family trying to buy something from a mysterious hobby they don’t quite understand. Their heart is in the right place, but even their best intentions lead to dissatisfied gamers without some help.

If you’re in the well-meaning family category, I’ve got your back.

Let me act as your holiday guide to Magic gifts for your MTG-obsessed friend. With suggestions for all price points, purposes, and experience levels, I’ll make sure the gamer in your life has a satisfying present this holiday season.

Let’s go!

Best Choice

Under $25

Magic is an expensive game. While there are tons of smaller presents for under $25, there are two gift categories I want to talk about: Magic aesthetic and practical.

Aesthetic Gifts

Angel (Shadows over Innistrad) - Illustration by Magali Villeneuve

Angel (Shadows over Innistrad) | Illustration by Magali Villeneuve

Aesthetic products are things that a player doesn’t need to play Magic. While most players who want cards or products as a gift want something more practical, these gifts can help open the door to learning more about the recipient and their interests.

 Starting at $20 for standard sizing there are wonderful original Magic art prints available over on Original Magic Art. This is a great opportunity for any gift giver to engage with their loved one.

Asking what someone’s favorite cards are can help you learn more about someone you care about and give you a guide to what art they might appreciate. I had a print of Rob Alexander’s Blood Crypt up in my dorm room for years and it sparked conversation with people who enjoyed the art but had never heard of Magic.

Practical Gifts

Ultimate Guard 80+ Flip n Tray XenoSkin Deck & Dice Case Protector Red

Onto the more practical side of Magic, I’m always short on quality deck boxes. My collection usually lives on my shelf in mismatched boxes waiting for an event.

Quality deck boxes like this one give you easy access to your  deck, can carry additional accessories, and offer protection from light physical impacts. I never put my pricy decks in cheap deck boxes since the cost of competitive decks is rising, especially in older formats like Modern, Legacy, and Vintage.

Ultimate Guard 80+ Flip n Tray XenoSkin Deck & Dice Case Protector Red
  • XenoSkin Innovative material with anti-slip texture
  • Optimized for 80 double-sleeved cards Holds up to 80 double-sleeved cards or 100+ single-sleeved cards, standard size
  • Very strong closure 4 magnets for a precise and robust closure
  • Removable Trays The removable card and dice trays give you independent access to cards and accessories
  • Durable rigid box Super rigid double-layer skin for maximum protection

Under $50

Streets of New Capenna Bundle

This is the perfect price point for players just getting into Magic or looking to expand their Standard collection. Bundles come with eight set boosters, one collector booster, an alt-art foil promo card, forty basic lands, a spindown life counter, and a foil card storage box.

Each new set for the past few years has come with a bundle and knowing that these exist should help parents and other gift-givers easily deliver a great gift. If you’re someone who also plays Magic or are introducing a child or partner to the game, these bundles also give you the opportunity to play some fun games like pack wars to teach the basics of Magic.

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Magic: The Gathering Streets of New Capenna Bundle | 8 Set Boosters + Accessories
  • 8 Streets of New Capenna MTG Set Boosters
  • 1 foil alt-art promo card—Mysterious Limousine
  • 40 basic land cards (20 foil + 20 nonfoil)
  • Spindown life counter + card storage box
  • Traditional or Gilded Foil card in every Set Booster

Under $100

Star City Games Players' Cube
Kaldheim Set Booster Box

Set Booster boxes can be a great gift for your friend or family member who loves to expand their alternative art collection. The Kaldheim Set Booster Box currently sits under $100, which is a steal for 30 set boosters, and definitely worth considering picking up.

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Magic The Gathering Kaldheim Set Booster Box | 30 Packs (360 Magic Cards)
  • 30 Kaldheim (KHM) Set Booster Packs
  • Best booster for opening packs just to see what you’ll get
  • 12 Magic: The Gathering cards per pack
  • MTG set inspired by Vikings and Norse Mythology

If Money Isn’t an Issue

Modern Horizons 2 collector booster box

Do you have money to burn and a Magic player to spoil? Then I have just the gift for you! Clocking in at a whopping $350, a Modern Horizons 2 collector booster box is the perfect gift for the high end Magic collector in your life.

While WotC prices most sets for Standard, the Modern Horizons series specifically focuses on Modern. These sets have continually added incredibly powerful cards to the eternal formats. Collector boosters manage to be even more expensive than other MTG products since the packs have more rares and mythics plus exclusive art styles like foil etched and extended art cards.

This kind of gift is certain to blow away any expectations. Keep in mind that getting your value’s worth isn’t always guaranteed, though, just like with any sealed product.

Magic: The Gathering Modern Horizons 2 Collector Booster Box | 12 Packs (180 Magic Cards)
  • 12 Modern Horizons 2 (MH2) Magic: The Gathering Collector Boosters
  • Shortcut to the coolest cards in Modern Horizons 2
  • Only Modern Horizons 2 boosters with Foil Etched cards and Extended-Art
  • 4 Rares and/or Mythic Rares per pack (max. of 3 Mythics)
  • Introduces powerful cards and beloved reprints to the Modern format

Looking for a high-level overview of what products exist for your Magic playing friends and family this holiday season? Look no further than this gift gallery!

Here I’ll go over assorted styles of common pre-packed or sealed gifts along with a little note on buying Magic singles for the collector in your life.

Cards and Boosters

Booster Packs and Boxes

One of the core aspects of Magic is collecting the cards to play with. Players buy individual cards, packs of random cards, boxes of random packs, and sometimes all the cards in a single set. These work because they’re for different purposes.

If you’re building a specific deck, you probably want to buy the cards you need rather than getting random cards that you might not use. If you’re building a general collection, packs can be helpful. Make sure to ask what someone plays or what they might need when you’re considering what to buy for someone else.

If your giftee primarily plays Standard, the most recent sets released are the best option for packs. Forgotten Realms, Midnight Hunt, and soon Crimson Vow are the best packs for Standard players right now. If they play Modern and want packs instead of specific singles, there’s Modern Horizons 2.

If you’re looking for a booster box, which includes 24 to 36 packs depending on the set, the same principals apply:

Standard Players

Modern Players

Magic: The Gathering Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Draft Booster Box | 36 Packs (540 Magic Cards)
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Midnight Hunt 3-Booster Draft Pack | 45 Magic Cards
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Crimson Vow 3-Booster Draft Pack | 45 Magic Cards
Magic: The Gathering Modern Horizons 2 Draft Multipack | 3 Draft Boosters (45 Cards)
Magic: The Gathering Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Draft Booster Box | 36 Packs (540 Magic Cards)
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Midnight Hunt 3-Booster Draft Pack | 45 Magic Cards
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Crimson Vow 3-Booster Draft Pack | 45 Magic Cards
Magic: The Gathering Modern Horizons 2 Draft Multipack | 3 Draft Boosters (45 Cards)
$102.52
$11.27
$14.99
$21.99
Magic: The Gathering Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Draft Booster Box | 36 Packs (540 Magic Cards)
Magic: The Gathering Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Draft Booster Box | 36 Packs (540 Magic Cards)
$102.52
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Midnight Hunt 3-Booster Draft Pack | 45 Magic Cards
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Midnight Hunt 3-Booster Draft Pack | 45 Magic Cards
$11.27
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Crimson Vow 3-Booster Draft Pack | 45 Magic Cards
Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Crimson Vow 3-Booster Draft Pack | 45 Magic Cards
$14.99
Magic: The Gathering Modern Horizons 2 Draft Multipack | 3 Draft Boosters (45 Cards)
Magic: The Gathering Modern Horizons 2 Draft Multipack | 3 Draft Boosters (45 Cards)
$21.99

Single Cards

Singles are the foundation of Constructed Magic. Whether your giftee plays Commander, Standard, Modern, or any other format where they bring their own deck, they can’t play their ideal deck without specific cards. It’s a much better idea to buy the specific cards they need rather than buying packs or boxes hoping to open those cards.

If you don’t know what cards your giftee needs, this is a good opportunity to ask and coordinate with anyone else who might be doing the same. Unlike the randomness of booster packs, the gift may miss the mark if you buy cards that the giftee doesn’t actually want or need.

There are some staple cards that are good to own and hold their value over time. If your giftee isn’t trying to build any specific deck and doesn’t want packs, I recommend cards like fetch lands or shocklands. These are reasonably priced and are highly sought after in multiple formats.

You should shop around a bit between major Magic retailers since prices often differ depending on where you look. Especially in marketplaces like TCGPlayer, you can find deals that make your foray into buying cards a little easier.

Be careful buying from places like eBay and Craigslist. While there are plenty of reputable sellers, it’s easy to lose sight of what you\re getting or whether it’s from a trusted source if you don’t know much about Magic.

Precon Decks

Pioneer Challenger Decks

Pioneer Challenger deck bundle

There used to be Modern Challenger decks and Standard Challenger decks that helped players get into the respective formats without breaking the bank. This year WotC chose to give those slots to Pioneer with four Challenger decks.

While these Pioneer Challenger decks are good individual value, they also give new and old players an avenue to investigate the newest competitive Magic format. These are especially great for gift givers who might want to learn alongside their giftee. They’re more expensive and more powerful than some starter decks but they also help jumpstart a player’s collection.

Magic: The Gathering Pioneer Challenger Decks 2021 Bundle | All 4 Decks | Azorius Spirits + Orzhov Auras + Mono Red Burn + Lotus Field Combo
  • Bundle of 4 Decks – Azorius Spirits (White-Blue), Orzhov Auras (White-Black), Mono Red Burn (Red), Lotus Field Combo (Black-Green-Blue)
  • Azorius Spirits—Summon spirits and a flock of fliers to bring your opponent down.
  • Orzhov Auras— Grow and protect your creatures, then raise them from the grave.
  • Mono Red Burn—Assemble an army and scorch your opponent directly.
  • Lotus Field Combo—Build up your resources, then win the game in a single turn.

Commander Decks

Midnight Hunt Commander deck bundle

Much like the Challenger decks, each Standard set is released with Commander decks for new players who may want a preconstructed deck. Midnight Hunt came with Coven Counters and Undead Unleashed which can help players grow their collection and get a start in Magic’s most popular format.

While these precons can’t stand up to top tier decks, they’re great to play with friends who have other precons to play with. They also come in two or four packs if you have multiple players that want to play.

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Card Game Magic: The Gathering Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Deck Bundle – Includes 1 Coven Counters + 1 Undead Unleashed
  • Pre-constructed 100-card deck, ideal for new players.
  • Cards that are unique to the Commander series.
  • You will receive one deck, styler sent at random.
  • Note:- Item sent is a single deck of “Innistrad Midnight Hunt Commander Deck” (style sent at random)
  • English (Publication Language)

Secret Lair

Stranger Things x Secret Lair teaser art

Illustration by Jenn Ravenna Tran

Secret Lair drops are special products released for a limited time that players can buy directly from WotC. These products include unique art of existing cards or sometimes uniquely designed cards that players can buy to customize their decks with new art or a different style.

These drops come and go quickly so you should consult your giftee to make sure they get cards they want. While most of the Secret Lairs are well crafted, they hold little value outside of their aesthetics so avoid buying these blindly since their worth is subjective.

If you want to buy one of these, it can be a bit tricky. But that article has you covered.

Card Protection and Storage

Sleeves

DragonShield Sleeve Crafter

An important resource for any player looking to keep their cards in top shape, sleeves are great gifts for competitive players. Sleeves wear and tear over time so players who play with certain decks regularly always need more. Everyone has their favorite brand and style and aesthetic, so this is another gift to consult your giftee about before making any purchases.

If you’re looking for a suggestion, Dragon Shield recently introduced custom art sleeves! For $25 you can create sleeves with custom photo art. I think this is a great gift especially for significant others or kids who may have a favorite artist, television show, or comic book character that otherwise wouldn’t exist on official MTG sleeves. The potential to create meme sleeves is also deeply appeal for many within the Magic community, myself included.

Binders

Ultimate Guard Quad Row Zipfolio Xenoskin

Binders are the collection management tool of choice for most Magic players. Once your collection expands to the point where you need to organize and move cards for different formats around, you’ll head out and grab a binder. I keep three to four binders at a time to separate by format and it’s helped keep my collection in top shape for years now.

If you’re looking for our best overall suggestion, check out the Ultimate Guard Quad Row Zipfolio Xenoskin Binder. It offers great protection, zips closed to prevent dropping loose cards, and you can get anywhere from 4 to 12 pockets depending on what your giftee needs.

Ultimate Guard Quad Row Zipfolio Xenoskin Card Sleeves, Petrol
  • Playset binder: view and organize your collection in a more suitable way
  • 20 pages holding up to 480 double-sleeved cards
  • Side-loading pockets for increased card protection
  • 4-column rows design with extra clear 12-Pocket pages
  • Zipper closure for secure transportation and major protection

Deck Boxes

Squire 100+ XL Convertible Deck Box

Custom deck boxes are great gifts. I have a custom-made wooden deck box I use for every event that was the perfect gift for me. Just be careful with what format and style sleeves your giftee uses since Commander decks are too big for traditional deck boxes. And depending on if your giftee double sleeve their decks (common for eternal formats like Modern, Legacy, and Vintage) you may need to get a larger box as this can alter the size players need.

Another best overall suggestion is the GameGenic Squire 100+ XL Convertible Deck Box. This is great for players looking for a quality box that keeps their cards safe. You can fit 100 double-sleeved cards in this bad boy, which you can’t say for most other deck boxes..

Squire 100+ XL Convertible Deck Box | Double-Sleeved Card Storage | Card Game Protector | Nexofyber Surface | Holds up to 100 Cards | Black and Orange Color | Made by Gamegenic
  • HOLDS UP TO 100 DOUBLE-SLEEVED CARDS: The Squire 100+ XL is an exclusive extra-large version of the Squire that holds 100 regular double-sleeved cards and has extra space for additional tokens, or it fits perfectly a Commander Deck in thicker inner sleeves.
  • PRESENT CARDS IN NEW & UNIQUE WAYS: The Convertible line features a completely removable cover that clips to the bottom to save precious space at the gaming table. Remove the lid, attach it to the bottom or start tilting your box in a wide variety of ways.
  • SPECIAL LOCKING MECHANISM: Powerful magnets provide precise and secure closure so your box stays safely closed.
  • PREMIUM MATERIAL: The Squire 100+ XL stands out combining new black Nexofyber+ material with a vibrant orange microfiber inner lining. Box is rigid and durable.
  • USE WITH OTHER GAMEGENIC PRODUCTS: The Squire 100+ XL Convertible is 100% compatible with convertible storage solutions, such as the Dungeon. It is optimized for particularly thick inner sleeves. We recommend using Gamegenic sleeves. Sleeves from other brands may affect capacity and compatibility.

Aesthetics and Collectables

Playmats

Inked Gaming Sky Dragon playmat

Playmats have seen a lot of use lately as mouse pads, wall art, and décor, but they were originally for protecting cards from scuffed tables and making sleeved cards easier to pick up. As we see a return to tabletop Magic, these become active concerns again.

Much like sleeves, there are plenty of styles, arts, and materials used for playmats, so discuss what would be meaningful with your giftee. You can also make custom art playmats for both humor and sentimental reasons.

Dice

QMay D&D polyhedral dice set

Magic has a lot of moving parts and dice help you keep track of some of it. Everyone has a set of dice they like to use. Mine are carved rocks from the Boston Museum of Science. Most players trend towards metal and polyhedral dice as they carryover from D&D, which has some player overlap with Magic.

QMay DND Dice Set, 42pcs Polyhedral Dice D&D Dice with 6 Blue Drawstring Bags, Great for Dungeons and Dragons RPG MTG Table Games etc
  • Super Dice Set : 6 * Double Color D&D dice sets ( 42pcs in Total ), 6 * black Drawstring Bags with patterns.
  • Each 7-die set: one d20, one d12, two d10 (00-90 and 0-9), one d8, one d6 and one d4.
  • Easy to read: There are as large as possible and easy-to-read numbers on each surface, use underscoring to differentiate 6 and 9. which make it more convenient for you to read
  • High quality material: These polyhedral dice are made of acrylic material and are durable.
  • Tips: Real objects are more beautiful than pictures. If you receive any missing or damaged dice, please contact us for replacement or refund.

Get Creative

Santa Claus custom card

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I’ve already talked about custom art on sleeves, playmats, binders, and more, but what else can you do to give a meaningful gift that’s still Magic related? You can create a custom card! I’ve seen custom cards of pets, special moments in people’s lives, and even marriage proposals. While these can take a lot of work and potential digital or manual artistry, they can be incredible gifts.

There are customizable cards, deck boxes, and more that you can order on Etsy if you’re not as artistically inclined. These shops take the hassle out of creating something custom for players like me that lack artistic ability, but they’ll still mean a lot to your giftee.

Here’s our review of the best places to make custom cards.

Gift Cards

Much like any other mysterious hobby, you can always give someone a gift card. Many local game stores offer store gift cards that let your giftee support their LGS and buy whatever they need. I suggest discussing if your giftee wants something specific or more general, as a specific gift can mean a little more. That said, some players prefer being able to get exactly what they want on their own time.

Wrap Up

End Hostilities - Illustration by Jason Rainville

End Hostilities | Illustration by Jason Rainville

Magic has thousands of cards and each one is a potential gift. There’s an overwhelming number of gifts, so I’m hopeful that this guide helps you figure out what to look for and how to best make the upcoming holidays special.

Let me know your favorite Magic-related gift of all time in the comments below or tweet it at us! For me, it’s my wooden deck from my fiancée that currently houses my go-to sleeves in preparation for my next tabletop tournament.

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