As players, we might tend to take our Dungeon Masters for granted. Don’t fret, we have come up with 5 fun gift ideas for a D&D Dungeon Master, so they can feel the love.
We show up, borrow dice because we forgot them, need a pencil to take notes, get too involved in the story and forget to take notes, then leave the session excited and ecstatic for the next game. On the other hand, our Dungeon Masters spend hours and hours planning, plotting, building, and creating worlds for their players to indulge in, only to have their goofball characters do something totally unexpected that they didn’t prepare for and need to improvise on the fly.
How do we show our DMs that we care and that we appreciate all their hard work? We’ve got some ideas. Let’s take a look.
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5. A Simple Thank You
This may sound obvious, but think about it. How many times have you actually said thank you to your DM? A “thank you” after a session will go a long way to make the DM feel like all the time they spend on the game is worth it. Send them a message of thanks or encouragement from time to time.
Maybe you are crafty and can make a creative and thematic thank you note on some sort of fancy paper with a wax seal (Amazon). However you chose to do it, a heartfelt “Thank You” is probably the easiest thing you can do as a player, and will probably be the most meaningful from session to session.
4. A Set of Sweet New Dice
We ALWAYS need more dice. So does your Dungeon Master. Maybe your DM is rolling too well, and a new set of dice might help you gain a slight advantage. Maybe your DM needs a set of lucky dice since they always roll poorly and you feel bad for their terrible luck.
Or, maybe your DM just doesn’t have many dice options. Amazon has this great, inexpensive mega set full of plenty of colors here.
If you’re looking for some fun suggestions, check out this article on candy-themed dice.
I also love Dark Elf Dice. I like to support small businesses, and we can even get you at 10% discount which is pretty great. Take a look at their site here, or use the code “MALICEINNANDTAVERN” when you check out.
3. Tummy Rumbling Food
Who doesn’t love food? Find out your DM’s favorite snack and bring it to them next session. Maybe you stop by their favorite coffee shop and grab them something.
Can you cook? Make a thematic dish for the next session. A quick search on Amazon has some super fun D&D themed cook books to help inspire you.
Or, plan on everyone arriving to the game session hungry, then stealthily order food to be delivered from your DM’s favorite pizza place.
2. An Awesome Tee Shirt
Shirts are cool! Your DM is cool! Give them a shirt to remind them about how cool they are.
There are a ton of options out there. This mindflayer shirt is just one awesome one we found on Amazon.
Is your group also super cool, and they all want to wear matching shirts or go all out with matching retro track suits for the next session at your local game store? Everyone can chip in a little extra so your DM doesn’t have to.
1. Something Handmade And Wonderful
There is something special about a handmade gift. You don’t have to be great at anything, you just have to make a legitimate effort and try.
Think about your DM as your Mom on Mother’s Day; they will be happy with pretty much anything you give them and might even tear up a little out of gratitude. Do you knit or crochet? Make them a knitted scarf or a crocheted coaster. Cross stitch something cool for them to hang on their wall at home.
If you are good a woodworking, make a handmade box, or an initiative tracker. Draw or paint representations of some of the crazy NPCs your DM has invented. If you have a Cricut, make some paper artifacts for your DM to use. A couple of my fellow players handed out special handmade potions of healing made of resin. Malice used one of them as the featured image for Fleemo’s Discount Liquids, actually.
Another fellow player at my table ordered custom pens for all of us to use. It’s useful, thoughtful, and inexpensive.
Maybe you are skilled at painting minis, and would like to give your DM a miniature version of their favorite monster. Amazon has a ton of mini options, or you could dive into the world of resin printing (this link is the printer I use) and print some crazy detailed minis.
The point is to simply be creative and use your skills.
Our Dungeon Masters work incredibly hard at making the game fun for us. They make themselves vulnerable to us by sharing their carefully crafted world, and allowing us to potentially mess it up. Whatever gift ideas for a D&D Dungeon Master you come up with, make sure it comes from the heart. Take some time today thank your DM for all that they do.
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