34 Strategic Gifts for Chess Players

Updated on February 1st, 2021
By Louise
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There are many people that enjoy playing chess and if you know one then you might like to treat them to gifts that are related to their hobby. They are sure to appreciate these, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to look for these things and you might be looking for some new ideas. That is why we have put together this list of items. We hope that you will be able to find a gift in the list that will suit the person that you have in mind, that you will also like and that will fit in with your budget.

34 Presents for Chess Fans

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This is a wooden folding chess set. The board is 40 x 40cm in size and it folds in half. Underneath each side of the board are velvet compartments to store all of the chess pieces. There are even two spare Queens in case a pawn reaches the far side of the board. It includes instructions as well as access to an online video to teach you how to play.

This is a wooden chess board game. It has a folding board so that it takes up less room. It has an antique look to it and comes in a box with vintage style decorations on it. It is a great gift for anyone wanting to learn the game or who wants a chess set that does not take up much room and is portable. It is made by the Wooden Games Workshop.

This is a striking glass chess set. The 25 x 25cm board and pieces are made with glass. One set of pieces are frosted glass and the other is clear and the same with the squares on the board so that it is easy to tell which pieces are white and to see the squares on the board. It would make a stylish centrepiece on a sideboard or coffee table.

This is a handcrafted chess set. It actually has a round board, with the square checkerboard design inside it and around the edge there are pretty carvings. It is lacquered to give a lovely finish as well. The chessmen are made from hornbeam wood and have green felt on the bottom. The board is actually hinged in the centre so it can be folded in half to store the pieces inside.

This is a book called ‘Chess: The Ultimate Guide for Beginners: A Comprehensive and Simplified Introduction to the Game of Chess (openings, tactics, strategies)’ by Cory Klein. The book aims to make sure that everyone can enjoy playing the game, teaching from the very basics to more complex tactics. The aim is to help you to learn the basics so that you will then be able to go out and practice so that you can get better.

This is a magnetic chess game which is foldable and portable. It is 32 x 32 cm in size and has enough pieces to play chess, draughts or backgammon and they all have a  soft felt base. The board is reversible with the checker board on one side and backgammon layout on the other and it comes with chess pieces as well as round discs for backgammon and draughts with five dice. Instructions are included.

This is a set of Wizards Chess from Harry Potter. It is made of plastic and includes 32 pieces which have lots of fine detail and they measure between 5 and 11.5 cms in height. The playing board is 47 square cms. It is based on the chess game played in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and is suitable for children aged seven years and above. Comes in a branded box.

This is a handy portable roll up chess set. The board is 42 x 42cm in size and it is made from tear resistant vinyl. The pieces vary in size with the tallest being 2.95 inches. It comes with a bag and you can roll up the board and pop the pieces inside so that it is easy to take to different places such as when visiting friends, to school, a club or wherever you wish.

This is a set of wooden chess pieces in a box. They are made from ash wood and either natural or stained black. The box is split into two sections so you can keep the different coloured pieces separately. The pawn is 35mm and king 75mm in height on average and the base of the king and queen are 25mm in diameter. A great starter set or to use to replace lost pieces from other sets.

This is ‘The Chess Players Bible: Illustrated Strategies for Staying Ahead of the Game’ by James Eade. It includes basic and advanced tactics as well as combinations, sacrifices and pawn structures. There are 300 examples of attacking and defending strategies for opening, middle and end phases of the game so will certainly help anyone improve. It has pictures and diagrams throughout to make it easy to follow. It is a hardcover book.

This is ‘Chess for Dummies’. It is available as a paperback or kindle book and has lots of useful information. It starts out with the basics for new players including how to pick a good board and pieces and explains the powers of each piece. It also has the principles of play and a guide on how to put the principles of play into action on the board right through the game from start to finish.

This is a digital chess timer. It is a tool which is used in professional games. This clock is able to count up or down to a maximum of ten hours. It also has a alarm function for when the game is over. It has an LCD display which is really clear and just takes a AA battery. It has a large switch on the top for players to press when they have completed their go to switch the timer over to their opponents side.

This is an analogue chess timer. It has two large analogue clock faces and a metallic gold coloured button on the top of each one which matches the rim on the two clock faces. It has plastic casing which is durable and measures about 15 x 5.5 x 9cm in size. The timing is accurate and it is very easy to use. It is suitable for all kinds of games as well as chess.

This is a fun pair of chess socks made by the Tie Studio. They are black in colour with grey chess pieces all over them. They are made from cotton, polyamide and elastane so they are comfortable to wear and soft and stretchy as well. They are UK shoe size 6-11 and can go in the washing machine. Would make a fun and practical gift for anyone that enjoys playing chess.

This is a white ceramic mug which says on it ‘You may think that I am listening to you but in my head I am playing chess’ with chess pieces pictured underneath. It is dishwasher and microwave proof so is very practical and the design is printed on both sides of the mug so it is suitable for left and right handed people. It is supplied in a strong white box so will be easy to wrap up.

This is a fun short sleeved t-shirt which says on it ‘choose your weapon’ and has a picture of a king, queen, bishop, knight, rook and pawn on it. It is available in a range of colours and fits suitable for men, women and children in sizes for ages 2-12 years and for adults that are small – 3XL. They are made from a cotton and polyester mix so are comfortable and keep their shape and are also suitable for machine washing.

This is a miniature clock set into a chess piece. The piece is made of a silvery coloured metal and has the clock set into the bottom part. The clock has a white face and black numbers and hands and includes an hour, minute and second hand. The clock measures 9cm x 3.5cm. It comes in a presentation gift box so is ready to give away as a gift for a chess lover.

This is a Super Mario Chess Collectors Edition and there are other themes available as well such as Toy Story, Fallout, Destiny, Legend of Zelda, Nightmare Before Christmas and Mickey Mouse. It is a plastic set and measures 54.6 cm x 31.8cm x 31.8cm. The game is suitable for two players aged seven years and above and these sets make for a fun way to teach children how to play chess.

This is a hoodie which comes in black, blue, grey, navy blue or pink and on the front of it says ‘Chess is my superpower’ and there are some chess pieces surrounding the words. It is long sleeved with a large pocket on the front and available in various sizes suitable for children aged from 3-13 years of age. It is polyester and cotton so soft and warm and suitable for machine washing.

This is a chess piece memory stick. It is made from light coloured wood and is a 16GB flash drive. It is 9cm tall and supports most operating systems. It is made from durable materials and is compatible with all USN 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 devices. The base of the chess piece pulls off so that it can be plugged in to the relevant device. A great gift for a chess fan.

This is a notebook which says on the front ‘I don’t need therapy I just need to play chess’ with a picture of some chess pieces on it. It is 6 x 9 inches in size and has 118 lined pages inside it. It is a very useful gift which could be used for making notes, writing lists, as a journal or diary or for anything where you need to write things down.

This is a very unusual three player chess game. The board is hexagonal and there are white, black and red pieces. In comes in small and medium size options. The chessboard has space underneath to store the pieces so it can all be kept neat and tidy inbetween playing the game. The board neatly folds in two to encase them. The pieces and board are made from wood which has been painted.

This is a pair of novelty cufflinks. They are in the shape of the knights (or horse heads) from the game of chess. They are have a silvery colour and have a twist fixing so they are easy to place on and off. They will be a great gift for any chess fan that wears a dress shirt from time to time. They come with a gift box and with free delivery.

This is a cute pair of charm keyrings. They have different charms on – one is a King and the other a queen from a chess set. They are silver in colour and made from a metal alloy. They have an antique finish as well. They are about one inch long and would make a lovely useful and novelty present for a couple that like chess as they could use them as bag charms or with their keys.

This is a short sleeved t-shirt which says ‘chess ninja’ on it with a ninja style pawn picture on it. It comes in black, navy, asphalt, slate, royal blue, heather blue, dark heather, olive or red and in sizes suitable for children aged 2 -12 years of age and in fits for men and women in sizes small to 3XL. They are made from a cotton and polyester mix and can be washed in a machine.

This is an apron which says ‘evolution chess player’ and shows an ape turning into chess pieces on it. It is available in black, pink, red or blue and is machine washable. It is 33 inches in length and 23 inches wide and has a neck loop which is large and long ties so it should fit most sizes. It even has a handy pocket on the front and is suitable for a person that loves to cook or bake and play chess.

This is a fridge magnet. It is black in colour and has bold white writing on it that says ‘keep calm and love chess’ and has chess figures above it. It measures 96 x 67mm in size and the picture is 90 x 60mm. It makes a fun gift for anyone that really enjoys playing chess and it is also practical as it can help you to stick useful things on your fridge.

This is a children’s t-shirt which has the word ‘king’ on it and the letter ‘I’ is actually a chess piece king figure. It is available in green, red, black, blue and red and in sizes suitable for children aged from 3 to 12 years of age. It is made from cotton and has a round neck which is taped so that it is comfortable to wear. It can go in the washing machine so is easy to keep clean.

This is a light which gives the impression of a three dimensional image coming from it and in this case it is a chess board – with pieces that look like a computer game. It is a touch lamp and runs either on USB or battery. It is 200 x 140 x 5mm in size with a 950mm cable. There is also a remote control where you can not only switch it on or off but choose the colour of light you would like and the effect that you would like such as strobe or flash and how bright you want it.

This is a travel mug which says on it ‘all the cool kids play chess’ with some chess figures on it. It is a 14oz stainless steel mug with black writing on it. The black goes with the base, handle and lid which are also black. It keeps your drink hot or cold and the handle will stop your hand touching the metal and getting too hot or cold from the temperature of the liquid inside.

This is a plaque which is bright yellow and says ‘chess zone’ on it with three chess pieces and a black border around it. It is 10 x 10 inches in size and is made from high quality plastic so it cannot corrode or rust. It comes with 4 mounting holes which means that it is easy to mount on a wall. It is suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

This is a novelty tie which has chess pieces on it. It has a dark green background and has knight, bishops, rooks and queens on it in varied colours. The figures are small in a repeating pattern and as they are small the tie still looks smart enough for office wear. It is made from 100% polyester and makes for a fun and practical gift for anyone that really enjoys playing chess.

This is a wall sticker. It says on it ‘born to play chess’ with a checkboard below and chess pieces above. It is available in different sizes 300mm, 550mm and 1000mm. It is also available in different colours – black, navy, red and white. It is suitable for any wall and other surfaces as well, as long as it is flat and clean and it can be removed easily as well.

This is a hoodie which has a chess theme. On the front it has a circle and inside there are vintage style stripes in yellow, blue, white and red and on top is a black King chess piece. The hoodie is available in black, navy, royal blue, dark heather and heather grey. It is available in sizes small – 2XL and is unisex in design. It is made from cotton and polyester so it is warm and soft and can go in a washing machine.

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