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The best Magic: The Gathering gifts 2024

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Magic: The Gathering refuses to let any of us rest, and 2023 has been a very strong year for the trading card game. With so many cards, sets and accessories out there, it can be hard to know the best MTG gift to get someone if they’re a fan of the game - or you’re trying to convert them. Even if they’re hardcore fans, a lot of players tend to buy themselves everything they want, especially as a lot of players are older with disposable incomes.

Best Magic: The Gathering gifts 2023

The emphasis for the best MTG gifts should be on either fun or practical use in something that a player might not want to spend money on. With that in mind, we’ve gone ahead and picked out the best gifts for the Magic: The Gathering players in your life to put a smile on their face, a skip in their step and maybe even the perfect mix of lands and creatures in their opening hand.

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1. Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate Draft Booster Box

Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate is a great gift for MTG players - or for Dungeons & Dragons or Baldur's Gate 3 fans looking for a fun new hobby. | Image credit: Wizards of the Coast

Commander Legends is quite simply one of the coolest Magic: The Gathering sets we’ve ever had. Along with being D&D-based, which we obviously adore, this set allows you to draft Commander decks. That's an experience that’s fun every time thanks to a mix of excellent card choices.

The set of individual booster packs also allows you to give the gift to multiple people - whether they're Magic: The Gathering players, or perhaps Dungeons & Dragons or Baldur's Gate 3 fans. Getting a little group together to draft means you can all walk away with some new Commander cards, and have a great time just playing the game and drafting. We adore this set and, while it got a little bit lost amongst all of the other releases, it’s more than worthy of your attention.

Buy Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate on Amazon US and Amazon UK.


2. InfiniTokens

InfiniTokens' dry-erase nature makes a handy replacement for scraps of paper when tracking tokens, effects and pretty much anything else you need to. | Image credit: Infinitokens

If there’s one MTG gift you get for the Magic: The Gathering player in your life, please make it the incredible InfiniTokens. The accessories maker has a few different options including tokens, labels and counters. Each of these has dry-wipe surfaces to allow people to draw their own tokens, give them special abilities and track life totals too.

Because it’s all dry-wipe, they can last more or less forever - and save on using paper if you’re using one for life totals. They make games simpler, let everyone indulge their inner artist and they’re good for the planet. What more could anyone possibly want?

Buy InfiniTokens on Etsy.


3. Pinfinity augmented reality pins

Each pin badge can be scanned using a free mobile app to unlock augmented reality features. It's pretty cool! Image: Pinfinity

Here’s something we’d be willing to bet the vast majority of Magic: The Gathering fans don’t have, but would love. Pinfinity is a company that creates awesome augmented reality pins for a range of different popular things, including the likes of Dungeons & Dragons and Street Fighter, but also Magic: The Gathering.

There are loads of cool pins to choose from, and each one comes with fun features like special animations and music to experience when you use Pinfinity’s AR app. They’re little novelties that help show someone’s love of MTG, without it being the kind of thing many people are likely to get themselves.

Buy Magic: The Gathering Pinfinity pin badges from Pinfinity.


4. Ultra Pro MTG card binder

Any binder is a great gift for an avid Magic collector - we're especially fond of the Ultra Pro Eclipse range. | Image credit: Ultra Pro

Given that most Magic players already have a wealth of cards to deal with, buying them something that can help keep things tidy is always a great idea. There are lots of ways to do that, but for most people, what they want is a nice card binder.

The Ultra Pro Eclipse binder is an excellent nine-pocket binder that’s designed to look fairly sleek, can hold up to 360 sleeved cards as standard and will help people show off their collections as they please. It’s a great gift for any Magic: The Gathering fan, especially for those who love to collect cards and traders.

Buy Ultra Pro Eclipse card binder on Amazon US and Amazon UK.


5. The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth Starter Kit

Tales of Middle-earth is one of the best MTG sets this year, but it's also a great place for newcomers to jump into the card game.

If you’re trying to get people into Magic: The Gathering, then a good way to do it is via the Universes Beyond sets. One of the most popular fantasy franchises in the world is obviously The Lord of the Rings, and Tales of Middle-Earth is an excellent gateway into the world of Magic for Lord of the Rings fans - and into Lords of the Rings for Magic fans.

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It helps a lot that the set is also a huge amount of fun to play, and being able to enjoy building decks around the mechanics in either a draft or Commander is a surefire fun time for everyone involved.

Buy The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth Starter Kit on Amazon US and Amazon UK.


6. Dragon Shield matte card sleeves

Dragon Shield's card sleeves come in an array of colours, and the non-slip matte finish is one of the best around. Image: Dragon Shield

The other thing that every MTG player needs more of - and it is a constant and sometimes aggravating need - is sleeves. Keeping cards in good condition isn’t just important for those who like to play around with the secondary market, but also people who just want their cardboard to last.

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Dragon Shield's sleeves are some of the best on the market in terms of quality, quantity and feel, and the matte finish is far less slippery than other options. It means they’ll feel good coming out of the pack, and they should last more than long enough for most players.

Buy Dragon Shield matte card sleeves on Amazon US and Amazon UK.


7. Custom playmat

You can customise the playmat to make it the perfect gift for your recipient, whether they'd prefer a meaningful family photo or a cute, kitty twist on some classic Magic: The Gathering cards. Image: CatsAndCantrips via Etsy

A good Magic: The Gathering playmat is the kind of thing that players will take with them everywhere. It helps show off a love for a specific card or character, and great custom ones can go even further than that. You can find playmats in a lot of places, but a good first stop for more niche options is Etsy.

We recommend finding out about their favourite characters beforehand, but you can find plenty of options here that aren’t MTG-specific and will still perform the role admirably. It’s always nice to show off your love of cats, for example, or you could even get a special one created from a family photo or something.

Buy custom Magic: The Gathering playmats on Etsy.


8. LCD writing pad

LCD writing tablets are a great way to keep track of your life, tokens and other things during Magic: The Gathering matches - or to just doodle a bear, if you prefer.

This one may seem like a bit of an outlier, but bear with us. Magic: The Gathering is a game with a lot of numbers involved. You have to track your own life total, your opponent’s life total and any extra tokens you’ve both made, along with any cards they may have revealed.

While paper can help you do this, an LCD writing pad is actually a lot more efficient, and means using less paper too. There are plenty of options out there, but the ones we’ve chosen are fairly cheap, not too big and should be easy to get.

Buy a LCD writing tablet on Amazon US and Amazon UK.


9. Doctor Who Commander Decks

The Doctor Who Commander decks make a great MTG gift for fans of the popular format, or just people who love David Tennant (so, everyone). | Image credit: Wizards of the Coast

If sci-fi is more your thing than the fantasy of Dungeons & Dragons or The Lord of the Rings, another excellent Universes Beyond crossover is the Doctor Who Commander decks. While they aren’t as overtly powerful as last year’s Warhammer 40,000 options, they’re all very well-designed to take advantage of different eras from throughout the good Doctor’s long history.

As with Tales of Middle-Earth, this is also a great Magic: The Gathering gift for introducing new players into the mix. We’re not saying that MTG is a cult, but we are saying that getting more people into the game is the best way to make sure you can play more Magic - and isn’t that what giving gifts to people is all about?

Buy Doctor Who Commander Decks on Amazon US and Amazon UK.


10. TCG store gift cards

Online trading card game stores such as TCGplayer offer gift cards so your recipient can get exactly what they want. Image: TCGplayer

Finally, how about gift cards? If the person you’re trying to buy for always buys their own cards, and they’ve already got everything on this list, then getting them a gift card for an online TCG store such as Magic Madhouse in the UK or TCGplayer over in the US - or, ideally, their friendly local game store, is an excellent way to make sure they’ll be happy, but still shows you’ve put some thought into things.

It just means they can pay for event entry, or specific singles as they want them, rather than anybody trying to figure out the perfect gift ahead of time. This is definitely one of the safer options on the list, but it’s still a good one.

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Jason spends a lot of time shuffling, sleeving up cards and playing decks that are bad. It's for this reason that he loves card games, even if they don't always love him. His poison of choice is Magic: The Gathering, but he'll play anything really, as it doesn't pay to be picky.
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