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Magic: the Gathering Holiday Gift Guide 2016

November 29, 2016

Searching for holiday gifts for your favorite "Magic: The Gathering" player? Or just looking for cool gifts in general? We'll go over several options at different price points that will make the holidays memorable for that special person. You can grab any of these products at your local gaming store, big box store, or right here online.

Booster Packs

A booster pack contains 15 random cards. These are meant for players to supplement their existing decks, so they are not appropriate for the absolute beginner. Booster packs are the Magic: the Gathering equivalent of the lottery: Each pack can contain cards worth as little as $1 or as much as $40. Players LOVE opening booster pack for the surprise inside. Packs usually cost $3.00 - $4.00 each, and there are various products which bundle multiple packs together. You should get packs from the latest Magic: the Gathering set (Kaladesh) unless you know they're looking for a particular set. You can get booster packs bundled together in a wide variety of products. If you're not sure, the Kaladesh Gift Box at $25 is a surefire winner.

Booster Pack ($3-$4)

Great for stocking stuffers or as an additional gift, these packs contain 15 random cards each.

Gift Box (~$25)

The Kaladesh Gift Box was created with gift-giving in mind. These come jammed packed with goodies which include:

  • 5 Kaladesh booster packs
  • Storage box that holds more than 800 cards
  • 20 lands
  • 6 illustrated plastic dividers
  • Sticker sheet for customizing dividers
  • Alternate-art Chief of the Foundry

Bundle (~$40)

In between a Gift Box and a Booster Box, these bundles (formerly "fat packs") provide a good mix of booster packs and accessories. They include:

  • 10 Kaladesh booster packs
  • 80 lands
  • 1 life counter and guide
  • 2 deck boxes
  • 1 storage box

Booster Box (~$90-$100)

No messing around, just 36 booster packs in a box. Great for serious players or those who play in large groups (they can use the packs to play Sealed or Draft games).

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Two-Player Decks (~$15-$25)

"Duel Decks" are Magic: the Gathering products that are designed to be played out of the box by two players. Each pack comes with two pre-constructed decks that are balanced to be played against each other. This is a great gift if you have children as you can join in the fun and play one of the decks! These decks are also great for beginners because the decks are already pre-made so you can just hop into the game. It might also be wise to grab two packs of cards sleeves (you'll need 120 sleeves total, 60 for each deck) if you want to protect the cards, but this completely optional.

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Commander 2016 Decks (~$35)

The 2016 Commander Decks are 100-card pre-constructed decks that are ready to play out of the box. They provide tons of fun interactions and are very balanced against each other. If you're looking to pickup a pre-constructed deck in the medium budget range, these are the way to go! Pick up two if you want to battle with your giftee. If you want to know the exact contents of each deck, you can check out our Commander 2016 page. If you often see your giftee playing Magic in groups of 3-4 players, then they are playing "Commander" and this is the product for them!

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Funko Pop! Magic: the Gathering (~$10)

These figures aren't used to play Magic: the Gathering, but are great for any fans of the series. Many great franchises have been turned into cute little figures (e.g. Marvel, Star Wars, etc), and Magic: the Gathering is no exception. How do you know which character to choose from? If you have access to the giftee's cards, you can look through them to see if you can find any familiar faces. My personal favorite is the fiery spellslinger Chandra Nalaar.

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Gaming Supplies (~$5-$20)

Aside from cards, Magic: the Gathering requires many basic accessories to play. These include deck boxes to store decks, sleeves to put cards in, playmats to keep cards clean, and dice to keep track of counters and life. These products come decorated in basic colors, generic fantasy artwork, or Magic: the Gathering artwork.

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Ultra Pro Green Satin Tower Deck Boxes


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Magic: the Gathering Board Game (~$15)

Perhaps your giftee likes board games? Arena of the Planeswalker is a board game for 2-4 players based on the Magic the Gathering universe. You don't need any prior experience with Magic: the Gathering or any additional accessories. Just open the box and play a boardgame with 2-4 players! The gameplay is similar to the Heroscape board games. The "Shadows over Innistrad" edition adds onto the original game, but can also be played stand-alone. If you're wondering how the game plays, be sure to check out our review of Arena of the Planeswalker.

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Magic: the Gathering Books (~$10)

Does your special someone like to read? Magic: the Gathering has been around since 1993 and the designers have created a rich universe steeped in lore. There are many books that chronicle the universe of Magic, and some of these books are really good fantasy novels even if you remove all things Magic from them. My personal recommendation is Artifacts Omnibus I, which gives an great introduction into the Magic: the Gathering universe.

Artifacts Cycle I: A Magic: The Gathering Omnibus


Agents of Artifice: A Planeswalker Novel (Planeswalkers)


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Magic: the Gathering Art Books (~$25)

Perhaps your recipient likes something more visual? There are a few coffee table-esque art books for Magic: the Gathering featuring full page artwork exploring the lore of the Multiverse.

The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Kaladesh (3)


The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Zendikar (1)


The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Innistrad (2)


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Quick Recommendations

Overwhelmed with the choices? Here are our quick recommendations:


Regardless of what gift you choose, any of the products above will fill a Magic: the Gathering player with joy. The only thing better than receiving a Magic: the Gathering gift is playing Magic: the Gathering! Be sure to grab something for yourself and you can play alongside with your loved ones this holiday season.

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