Over the years I’ve learned that the best gifts for gamers aren’t more games, but rather things to improve the games they already own. Etsy has already come up on three of my previous #GamerGiftGuide posts and it will probably come up again.
There’s just a lot of really cool, unique, tabletop gaming stuff to find there, and much of it at very reasonable prices. You could probably easily do all of your gamer gift shopping without leaving Etsy.
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Catan has Never Looked so Good.
Catan is still one of the most popular hobby games out there. If you want proof just check out the number of custom boards and pieces you can find on Etsy. Like this beautiful 3-4 player custom,laser-cut, wood board where you can get a custom message etched on the desert tile. Or perhaps you prefer something more 3D. If that’s the case check out this amazing set of made to order 3D Settlers of Catan tiles. Once you’ve got a great looking board you’ll need something to organize those player pieces as well, like this set of four Catan Piece Holders.
Making the Most of Mars
I love Terraforming Mars. It’s one of my top games and I can’t seem to get enough of it. I’m very tempted to add some custom components to my game to make it even cooler. I already own a great set of 5 Terraforming Mars Cube Trays in the five player colours that my wife bought me from Etsy last year. I personally prefer these to the chunkier Player Mat Overlays with Backboards, though I have friends that prefer the later. What I think I need next is something like this Full Pack of Tiles and Tokens. It’s has 69 3D replacement pieces that add a new dimension to your terraforming project.
Glitz for Gloomhaven
Another game I’m seriously considering adding some bling to is Gloomhaven. I expect we will be playing this one for a very long time so I think it’s going to be worth investing in. I’m a big fan of add-ons that actually improve gameplay. Like these Gloomhaven Monster Bases that track monster health and can hold status effect tokens. I also like these Gloomhaven Monster Deck Holders that hold the cards upright so that everyone at the table can easily see them. The next step, of course, is to replace all of those obstacle, trap and scenery tokens with something more three-dimensional. Check out this 180+ Piece Mega Gloomhaven Scenery Collection Pack for everything you need.
Etsy is great for finding bits to bling out specific games, but what about something you can use in almost any game. Well any game with dice at least. One of the best looking 3D printed dice towers I’ve seen is this Dice Tower with Spiral Staircase, which comes in a variety of colours. Wyvernworks3 specializes in Wooden Dice Towers with Acrylic Windows that I think look fantastic. Or you can get really fancy with this Elven Style Wooden Dice Tower.
Controlling Those Cards
You’ve got a shiny new board and maybe some shiny new components, and a way to contain your dice. What next? Well, you need something to do with all those cards! Check out this Cthulhu based card holder for all of your Eldritch gaming needs. Prefer something a bit more solid than wood? Check out these acrylic Card Deck Holders. Into deck building or drafting, games check out this Lasy Susan style Card Hub.
Can’t forget the Roleplayers
It’s not just awesome stuff for board gamers you will find on Etsy. There’s plenty for the role player as well. Check out these awesome Laser Cut Wood Inspiration Tokens for 5e Dungeons & Dragons. Take a look at this amazing Dungeon Master’s Screen. Don’t forget some Greyed Out Dice Bags for keeping your dice in style.