Are you on a quest for that special gift for the Dungeon Master in your life? Your search is over adventurer!
I’ve searched the realm for Dungeon Master gifts that will give you a +1 to your charisma. Whether you’re looking for a Christmas gift, birthday gift or something just to say thank you for an amazing campaign, I’ve got you covered!
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1. DM Screen
The DM screen, essential for hiding those fudged rolls, quick reference stats and NPCs!
I bought this wooden DM screen for my partner as a Christmas gift last year. He absolutely loves it! It now sits on top of our tabletop gaming Kallax shelves in the games room!
It is handmade from beautiful, top quality wood with stunning exclusively designed laser engravings on it. You can choose the colour and type of wood you want from a light oak to red mahogany to walnut. You can also select whether you want magnets on the inside for the DM to pin notes and stats to, the type of hinges you want, and if you want trackers or not.
A DM screen like this is something the group could pitch in to get. It’s simply stunning and bound to impress!
2. DM Mug
We’ve all been there as players. You say something everyday like, “I wave the barkeep over for another round.” The DM says, “Roll initiative.” “Why? Oh no.”
I love the understated power this mug exudes. Can’t argue with it really. It looks perfect for a hot beverage.
3. Personalized Wooden Tankard
For a receptacle more in keeping with the Dungeons and Dragons theme (and for DMs more into ale than coffee!), this solid wooden tankard is ideal!
There are loads of different D&D designs to personalize the tankard for free as well as adding your DM’s name!
The wood is incredibly high quality and treated with a lacquer to keep it in tip top shape!
4. Pre-painted NPCs
As a player, you only have one mini to sort out. But your DM can need many more than that. They already put in a load of time preparing the adventures for you, so how about saving them some time on and money with a miniature set?
This WizKids set is actually the Icons of the Realms Starter Set but they could easily be used as NPC in a campaign. They come in a mixture of different races and classes like a dwarf cleric, human ranger and a sun elf wizard.
Check out the WizKids starter sets on Amazon.
5. DM Journal
Keeping track of what everyone is doing, what’s going on in your D&D world and what the NPCs are up to can be a lot to remember! Especially if sessions only happen once month or you have multiple groups you’re playing with!
This study, uniquely-designed DM journal could be perfect for your DM to keep all their notes in one place. The pages are dotted for keeping track of where players are and for sketching out maps and rooms!
6. RPG Bag
There can be a lot to bring to a DnD session if you’re the DM. Minis, DM guide, Monster Manual, maps, props – the list goes on.
This RPG bag has your DM covered, though.
It has a foam insert hero vault for up to 16 minis, vertical storage with adjustable dividers for reference books, external clips to hold rolled-up maps and extra pockets for pencils, snacks and dice. It’s awesome!
You can get the epic RPG bag on Amazon.
7. Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana Boxed Set
The Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana is a beautiful book containing a visual history of D&D. It’s packed full of over seven hundred pieced of artwork, photos and little stories to entertain and fill you with wonder.
This boxed set includes the stunning book, plus 10 prints of classic artwork that can be framed, and a previously unpublished original version of the Tomb of Horrors adventure. The box itself is absolutely gorgeous!
If you buy this for your DM, you may get gift envy and want one for yourself!
8. D&D Campaign Book of Adventures
If there’s a campaign or adventure that you want to play, how about
dropping a hint inspiring your DM to run a session by getting them a copy of the module book!
Of course, there are several campaign books out there to supplement D&D. I like the look of the Ghosts of Saltmarsh.
It brings popular seafaring adventures from the first edition of D&D to fifth edition. I love the idea of naval combat!
9. Giant Book of Battle Maps
If your group uses minis and maps like mine does, then this set of two books of battle mats will be greatly appreciated by your DM!
It features 80 gorgeous full colour maps printed on wipe clean pages compatible with dry wipe markers!
Due to standard entry and exit points on each map, maps from both books can be played alongside each other to create unique and changing settings.
Your DM will love them for inspiration for their adventures and their ease of storing! Because the maps form a ring-bound book, they will always lay flat and won’t get crushed and crumpled like the paper mats!
The same publisher also has other battle map books that can be used along with these two.
10. Critical Hit Glass
For tough DMs only!
This etched glass shows that your DM can take a critical hit from a drink and keep on playing!
11. D20 Dice Ring
I can just picture our DM interlacing their hands together as they peer over the DM screen. They subtly roll a d20 on their dice ring for an outcome. Everyone leans in and squints at their hands as they wait for the result.
Our DM is a fidgeter, who can get restless while we’re all debating what to do next. A dice ring would give him a perfect thing to fiddle with instead of planning more trouble for our party!
The rings are perfect circles so there’s an equal chance of it landing on any number.
Each ring comes with its own Bag of Holding. Although the seller does issue this disclaimer: “they don’t actually open into non-dimensional space.”
12. Dice Vault
This dice vault is the perfect combination of practicality meeting design.
Expertly handcrafted in wood, this dice vault has space for several complete D&D dice sets, along with extra space for rows of specific dice. You know, incase your DM needs to roll for a bunch of NPC at once or a super powerful spell. (Eeek!)
The lid doubles as a dice tray lined with soft grey padding so even metal dice feel at home.
As well as practical internal design, this dice vault has a gorgeous dragon on the lid and it really shows of the beauty of the wood.
13. D&D Monster Cards
Flipping through the Monster Manual for stats can be a bit cumbersome. These official D&D Monster Cards are much more convenient.
Each card features an illustration of the monster on one side and its stats on the other.
Available in two sets with different challenge ratings, they make for much smoother monster referencing during a game and save precious space behind the DM screen!
You can get the D&D monster cards on Amazon.
14. D20 Candle
DMing can be tiring. Say thank you and help your DM relax with a scented D20 candle!
Each one comes with a hidden D20 inside.
You can personalize the candle to exactly what you want – the colour of the candle, the numbers and the scent. As well a fruity and herbal scents, there are more unusual ones to choose from too like baked bread, campfire and egg nogg!
15. Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master
Life can get in the way of even the best DMs preparation time sometimes. Take some load off with this book!
It’s full of handy tips and tricks to save your DM loads of time.
Just make sure your DM doesn’t take offence at the title and think you’re calling them lazy! Be all, “Hey, we got you. Even the best dungeon masters get busy.”
16. Sand timer
If your group is like mine, we can spend ages role-playing and deciding what to do!
Our DM uses a timer to make us hurry up. When we see the timer, we know it’s time to wrap things up and move the story along!
This incredible dragon hourglass is a 5 minute timer. It’s a good amount of time for a typical conversation or for completing a challenge or puzzle!
You can see this hourglass in more detail on Amazon.
17. Dungeon Depths Terrain Crate
If your D&D group plays with minis and maps, this terrain crate is ideal for bringing those environments to life,
It contains 68 different pieces to decorate rooms like bookcases, stone columns, kegs, torches, tables etc.
We have a terrain crate and it’s really helped to bring our sessions to life. The pieces are unpainted, but made from high-quality plastic and are pretty detailed.
There are several different crates available so take a look at which one you think best matches the settings that are typical for your group!
18. Monster Manual Cover
How awesome is this? Such expression on this monster’s face it looks real!
This monster cover is the perfect fit for the D&D Monster Manual and is such an amazing thing to own!
The Abbots Hollow shop on Etsy makes incredible handmade, custom items including wallets, dice bags and even mimic dice boxes!
19. Dungeon Master T-Shirt
This DM shirt is so cute! It’s purrfect for DMs who also love cats! The shirt is made from 100% cotton and comes in black or navy.
The super cute dungeon meowster design is also available as a sticker from Glassstaff Gear on Etsy.
Take a look at the Dungeon Meowster shirt on Etsy.
Conclusion – Dungeon Master Gifts your DM will love!
I hope you’ve got some gift ideas for your Dungeon Master!
The great thing about some Dungeon Master gifts is that they also end up being a gift for you! You get to enjoy the 3d terrain or a fancy DM screen too. And if you’re in the DM’s good books, they might just fudge a few more rolls for you!
If you want to treat yourself to something too, check out my article 13 Epic D&D Gaming Accessories for Players.