Castles and Cooks Holiday Gift Guide

Buying gifts for gamers can be a real challenge. They are constantly picking up the newest games, Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: the Gathering might as well be foreign languages. So the Castles & Cooks brain trust joined forces to come up with 25 fantastic holiday gifts in a variety of price points.

Chocolate Dice – $8
If you need a stocking stuffer for any tabletop player, get them a delicious treat in the shape of a set of dice. It’s cheap, adorable and delicious. Available in white, 6o% and dark chocolate.

Bag O Zombies – $10
This is a bag of 100 zombies for $10, how is that not awesome? Any self-respecting DM can find a reason to use these, but when don’t you need a bag of zombies? It doesn’t matter if you play ZOMBIES or not – and they come in regular zombie gray or glow-in-the-dark!

LEGO Gandalf Arrives – $13
Lord of the Rings holds a special place in almost every geek’s heart, but as a desktop decoration, they don’t get more perfect than this. Gandalf’s cart is adorable and full of fireworks and a LEGO Frodo may be the cutest thing in the world.

Hogwarts Acceptance Letter – $15
Even if it didn’t arrive on your 11th birthday, getting a personalized acceptance letter to Hogwarts will bring a smile to any wizard’s holiday.

Ro-bottle Opener – $17
Mechana-Mixologists rejoice with a new robotic sidekick! The perfect blend of utility and looks, Ro-bottle Opener aids thirst quenching and the inevitable robopocalypse.

Steampunk Dice – $17
We’ve seen our fair share of “steampunk” dice, but these are near the top in terms of quality. Some of the color combos might be tough to read, but the yellow on black and white on black are perfect additions to your dice bag.

Dungeon – $19
The famous board game that was launched just after the original Dungeons & Dragons game in 1975 is back, with a few changes to the classes, but the same classic dungeon delving gameplay.

Chef iPad Sleeves – $20
We love cookbooks and the old adage in my household was the more stained the book was, the better the recipes contained within. Sadly this knowledge doesn’t translate well to iPads in the kitchen. Chef Sleeves are the perfect gift for the cook who can’t let go of technology in the kitchen and is looking for some extra armor.

10th and 11th Doctor Costume T-Shirts – $20 – $23
We are constantly looking for new ways to express our nerdiness. Whether that means wearing Batman shirts under our suits or TARDIS polos to work, these costume t-shirts help alleviate the hassle (and expense) of assembling your own Doctor outfit.

Custom Playmat from Inked Playmats – $25
Magic can be overwhelming, especially to an outsider looking to give a gift. Playmats are a beautiful way to give a custom piece for cheap that looks great. Inked Playmats does a great job on these and makes it easy to get started. Now we just need to make some limited edition Castles & Cooks playmats… for those who aren’t artistically inclined, they offer an assortment of designs as well.

Guild T-Shirts – $25
Another perfect gift for a Magic player that isn’t purely Magic. These ten designer t-shirts are finally a subtle option for guild members to show their loyalty. If you know what colors they like to play, there is a shirt for them.

TARDIS Dice Tower – $30
Dice towers can be more than just a way to keep the dice on the table. This TARDIS is a beautiful display piece for Whovians.

Chessex RPG Double Sided MegaMat -$34
Lots of digital tools for your gaming pleasure, but no gaming party should be without one of these mats. Use hexes, squares or go gridless. Buy one and you’ll never need to find loose leaf and a ruler again.

Cooking for Geeks – $35
Cooking and science combine and result in a cookbook unlike any other we’ve ever seen. Using crazy concepts like math and physics, the cookbook treats cooking like a science, not an art. The recipes are great, but the weird kitchen experiments make this a must for any geek.

Feast of Ice and Fire – $35
Still the best of the best when it comes to cookbooks based on famous fantasy properties, with traditional and modern versions of each recipe. If you haven’t checked out this book from the authors of Inn at the Crossroads, correct that now.

Mocubo Cutting Board – $40
Prep work just got a whole lot more organized with this modular cutting board that comes with three removable trays, which makes prepping and clean-up easy. Especially great for small kitchens where space is at a premium.

Game of Thrones The Board Game – $40
Winter is always coming, and the Game of Thrones board game brings an excellent blend of strategy and diplomacy along with your favorite factions.

Confusion: Espionage and Deception in The Cold War – $44
The board game world is a little light on games that excel in 1v1 format but Confusion is at the top of that list. The game plays similar to Stratego with one important difference; you can see your opponents’ pieces, but not your own.

Hand-Forged Feasting Utensils – $45
When Jesse thinks of Castles & Cooks weaponry, these are the first items to come to mind. Hand-forged and rustic, these utensils feel like dwarves hammered them out in the depths. When it comes time to carve the Christmas turkey, do it in style. Plus they come with a holster!

Zuca Bag -$135
Got a DM or gamer that lugs books and minis to conventions all across the realm? This is the perfect gift: tons of space for all the gaming goodies, plus it doubles as a chair for those long waits in the queue room.

Map of Middle-earth – $200
There are cheaper maps out there, but few can compare to the stunning appearance of this giant map. With The Hobbit coming out in theaters in December, this is a great display piece… provided they have a space for it.

Le Creuset 5 1/2 Quart French Oven – $264
Everyone and their mother has an enameled cast iron collection, but Le Creuset is still the gold standard. Incredibly versatile and durable, this is the type of long-term culinary investment that’ll change the way you cook.

Geek Chic Portal Dining Room Table – $1900
For the geek who has everything, Geek Chic offers the greatest gaming tables. Designed with gamers in mind, the Portal is way more than just a kitchen table. Thanks to a modular accessory design, cup holders, desks and other accessories can be attached with ease. But the real draw of these tables is the removable surface that allows truly epic games to be covered and safe when the food arrives.

Life-Size Darth Malgus – $5999
Well, Star Wars the Old Republic went Free-to-Play this week, so save up those monthly payments and outfit your room with a life-size version of the Sith Darth Malgus. Or just plop him in the passenger seat for the most intimidating car-pool lane companion ever.