Magic: The Gathering 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Seasons Greetings!

If you have found your way here, chances are you are curious what to get your Magic: The Gathering player for Christmas. Even if you have some idea about the game, getting the perfect gift is difficult. Players may be looking for particular cards or product.

Today’s review is focused on casual players. The types of players that enjoy a good game with friends. You may even have a chance to get a deal on Cyber Monday or even later! This article contains affiliate links that help support my site. Enjoy!

Planechase Anthology $150

This is the crown jewel for the Magic: The Gathering player in your life and should be purchased for any close knit gaming group. The Planeschase Anthology is a collection of the best Planes in the Planer Magic format. For those of you that don’t know, Planer Magic has ever changing settings, represented with cards that change the rules for a game of Magic. It’s a great way to spruce up multiplayer games that have lost their enjoyment. The Anthology also offers four decks just for play with the set as well as life counters.

If you are looking for something that will make your Magic player’s jaw drop this season, this is a must get.

Commander (2016 Edition) $35

Wizards of the Coast has released 5 new Commander decks this season and this years is just as good as the last, each one containing 100 cards of pure Magic mayhem. Players with these cards will be able to partake in the Commander or EDH format with friends which generally offers years of playing enjoyment.

Do you have a new player on your wish list? These two decks are a great way to get started and both of the decks contain a planeswalker card. These two decks are playable right out of the box and can be given to a player you wish to introduce Magic to.

Conspiracy: Take the Crown $4

Anyone who knows about this set can attest that it offers fun in a whole new way. This format is best played with multiple players, ideally more than 4. Players draft a deck with friends and slug it out in multiplayer games. The cards contained within this set aren’t the typical run of the mill Magic cards. The set revolves around drafting and multiplayer interactions and even voting mechanics. This format is way too much fun to be had alone.

You can purchase these cards in several ways. Packs of three which is what is needed to play the game per player or you can get an entire box for multiple drafts.


This is a fun little gift to give players just stepping into Magic: the Gathering. The Toolkit offers up several booster packs, lands and a box. All of this is just enough to create two casual decks for that rookie player of yours.

You would be shocked to know that newer players will want this product just for the box to hold their growing collection. The box can hold up to 800 cards and has several packs a player can open to help expand those early gamer’s collections.

Kaladesh Bundle $42

Another great product is the Kaladesh Bundle which offers your gift recipient a smaller box, more usable to transport multiple decks they plan on playing with. It also has a life counter and 10 booster packs of the newest set.

Ultra PRO Deck Box $2

These deck boxes are great for keeping a single deck clean and undamaged. They come in various colors which helps identify certain decks at a glance and I recommend them for any player.

Custom Playmats $25

What if your player has all of these items? Easy! Get them a custom playmat from They currently have thousands of images to choose from as well as a feature to make your own custom playmat. These are the great “has everything” gift since you can add any picture to grace your player’s playing surface. I have one of these on my wish list.


if you know exactly what cards your friend may need, why not find them online using I’ve used this service in the past and can vouch for it’s ability to get you the cards you need in a timely and cheap manner. You can even purchase packs and other products from past sets there. Making an account is effortless and worth it. They even offer rewards during several times of the year and give credit for future purchases.

Swing Last!



Aiokii has been playing Magic: The Gathering since Fallen Empires was released in 1994 and has been a Planeswalker ever since. Tending to gravitate towards hand melting discard decks, he has a knack for creative Tribal decks, often catching adversaries unaware. Aiokii is also a moderator on Reddit Budgetdecks an you can contact him on Twitter or Facebook.

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