20 Gifts for Chess Lovers in 2021
Beyond the chessboard, the obsession for the game doesn’t stop when the timer stops. Chess is an all-consuming game once you’ve taken the dive. Once you have a board and pieces, gifting to a chess aficionado isn’t as easy as we thought. Some gift ideas you’ve probably never heard of; maybe your chess lover hasn’t heard of them either. Some of the items break down chess to fundamentals for training, some are chess with bent rules, and some are humorous ways to poke good fun at your favorite chess lover. Home decor centered around Chess gives off a nerdy but chic vibe. We’ve dug around to find the best chess gifts and compiled them all into our comprehensive guide of gifts for chess lovers. Take a peek!
Gifts for Chess Lovers
Did someone say Wizard Chess? Keep your voice down! There’s no need to get all the Muggles riled up! When they hear you say, Harry Potter Wizard Chess Set, they’ll go mad and assume the worst of wizards and witches. Especially if they see Wizard Chess — the royal statues breaking their molds and plunging their swords across the board — there’s no telling what’ll happen.
The Harry Potter Wizard Chess Set is our best choice. Not only is this chess set great for chess lovers, but it’ll also be a hit with Harry Potter fans. The set is a replica of the board pieces challenged by Ron, Hermoine, and Harry during their pursuit to find Professors Snape red-handed with the Sorcerer’s Stone. Each white and black set has a drawstring bag to keep track of the pieces, and the board measures 18.5 by 18.5 inches.
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone replica
Drawstring bags for each piece set
Made by The Noble Collection.
- BrandThe Noble Collection
- Weight3.75 pounds
There’s an attitude on a chessboard. Friendly banter or a hard-headed opponent — there’s bound to be a mood. Chances are, if you have a chess shirt, you’re a seasoned vet at the chessboard. Whether you’re wearing your shirt loud and proud or hiding it under standard formal chess get up at your tournament, the “I paused my game to be here” motif gives an impression that you have more worthy opponents.
The Feeling Good Tees Sarcastic Funny T-Shirt is available in 17 different colors, each with big, bold white lettering. Each shirt is pre-shrunk for accurate sizing, and for easy care, the shirt is machine washable. The cotton and polyester blend gives a soft finish to your skin.
- BrandFeelin Good Tees
Forgive me if I’m wrong, but sometimes it’s nice to put away the chessboard and work on your chess skills rather than demolishing an opponent — again. You’re not always going to play someone you can beat; a worthy challenger giving a run for your money will have you wishing you exercised your critical thinking muscle further.
Think Fun 76325 Solitaire Chess Thinking Game, is a great way to pump that muscle. It looks similar to chess, but the game cards — or boards — are half the size with half the pieces. The 60 board cards pose challenging problems ranging from a beginner’s eye to a seasoned player; any chess player will find Solitaire Chess beneficial to their chess game. The small stand packs the 60 cards and ten pieces inside so you can travel light and practice skills on the way to your next game.
Appropriate for ages 8+
Includes 60 task cards
Board and ten pieces
Critical thinking game
German, French, and English versions
- BrandThink Fun
- Weight1.5 pounds
3 Man Chess looks like a cross between a Wiccan table and a circular chessboard for trios. If you have three chess enthusiasts and only a traditional chessboard, one player is always left to play the game over the shoulder of those playing. With the 3 Man Chess, test your skills against two players instead of one. Save your time and take them both out in one game rather than two.
The 3mm thick board is PVC plastic, hinged in three portions, for a foldable, durable game board. Each set has the traditional 16 pieces in three colors: black, ivory, and gray. The pieces are plastic with a felt bottom. Rules and regulations of a conventional board remain with a few twists to accommodate the third player. Each set comes with a game board, 48 pieces, and a rule book.
13+ years old
Plastic and felt pieces
PVC game board
- Brand3 Man Chess
- Model3 Man Chess
- Weight2 pounds
The Game Nest Chess for Beginners is a great option for new chess learners. Have a kiddo that is obsessed with the chessboard and pieces in their grandparent’s house? Or a curious spouse after binging the Queen’s Gambit. Gift the Game Nest beginners book! This chess book has the names and abilities of each piece, strategies of chess champions, and actions for any stage of the game.
Not only will this jumpstart a love of chess, but Chess also provides ample opportunity for brain training. The strategy and critical thinking that Chess requires translates to life skills and helps exercise those parts of a child’s brain early.
Chess pieces and movements
- AuthorGame Nest
When you think of chess, do you think of a musty, dark study or a library of first editions? Chess has been around for generations, and as chess rises in popularity — unless you’re living in an old mansion — the stereotypical chess atmosphere won’t look the same. Gift these Jinhuoba Decorative Bookends to your chess lover to create their ideal chess sanctuary. The large Knight and Rook will look great on a living room, library, or office bookshelf.
The book ends are a durable resin, weighing 3.5 pounds each; heavy enough to hold your books in perpetuity.
Holds books, DVDs, and CDs
- Weight2.86 pounds
Decorating for the holidays is often an expression of personality. Scores of trees are decorated worldwide, and each tree says something about those that did the decorating. Go traditional with red and green ornaments or an all-white Christmas, but often the hodge-podge of mismatched ornaments tells a family story best. And the Kurt Adler Chess Checkmate Ornament is a tell-tale sign you have a chess lover in the house.
This black, gold and white ornament will accent any tree. The Queen and King duo sit on a “checkmate” motif with glitter and nylon cord strings from the top of the king’s crown for easy hanging. At 3.75 inches, the checkmate ornament will hang nicely from any branch. It is polyresin and comes in a box for easy storing for next year. The Kurt Adler Chess Checkmate Ornament will make a great Christmas gift for the chess lover in your house.
Nylon string for hanging
Polyresin and glitter
- BrandKurt Adler
- Weight0.8 ounces
The chess pattern of the Ooooh Yeah, Men’s Novelty Crew Socks will make a fun chess gift for dad. The dark and light gray checkered patterned won’t draw too much attention under dress pants or chinos, but the mustard yellow chess pieces will still let people know a fellow chess lover is in the mix. The socks are 70% cotton, 27% nylon, and 3% spandex and are machine washable.
Cotton, Nylon, Spandex blend
- Weight2.4 ounces
The Aneew Wood Pendrive would make a great stocking stuffer. Slide it in between oranges and candy bars in your loved one’s stocking for a gift that will last longer than the treats. If you’re looking for a chess gift for dads, the Pendrive hits the king on the head. It’s a King piece, and the base of the piece comes off to reveal a USB flash drive.
The rest of the piece is quality wood material, and the black King piece fits perfectly in your pocket or an accessory pocket of a laptop sleeve. It has 16GB of memory storage and is compatible with updated Windows and Mac OS X systems.
Black King Chess Piece Pendrive
Supports certain Windows and Mac systems
USB flash drive
- Weight0.8 ounces
Give the gift of art, chess, and history combined with these STARS BY NATURE Vintage Chess Prints. The prints depict the origins and innovations of the pieces and chessboard. Add a vintage touch to your modern home; the images come unframed, so you can pick out frames that fit your loved one’s style or let them find frames themselves.
In our opinion, dark frames would be a nice contrast against the yellowed vintage paper. Measuring 8″ x 10″, there will be no hassle finding frames that fit. They are printed on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper for a durable finish.
Printed on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper
Patented, detailed images
8″ x 10″
- BrandSTARS BY NATURE
- Weight3.99 ounces
Gift the Namaste Jewelers Grandmaster King Pendant so your loved one can carry their love of chess close to their heart. The pendant is a King Chess piece hung on a black rope with two slip knots to adjust the necklace’s length. The charm is premium-grade pewter that gives the pendant an antique look. It measures 1.5 inches in length, and as it is hypoallergenic, it won’t irritate the skin.
- BrandNamaste Jewelers
- Weight0.32 ounces
Put a spin on a classic movie with a classic game. If you’re looking for customized chess gifts, consider BoredKoalas Fathers Day Daddy Gifts Pillows, which dubs your loved one “The Chessfather.” The double-sided pillow is black with white font and is the standard 12 by 12-inch pillow. It is 100% spun polyester with polyester stuffing and sewn closed. Since it is sewn closed, the pillow can only be spot cleaned only. “The Chessfather” cool chess gift for any chess fanatic.
Standard 12×12″ throw pillow
- BrandBoredKoalas Fathers Day Daddy Gifts Pillows
- Weight1.1 pounds
For a fun chess gift that isn’t too loud but showcases your loved one’s enthusiasm for Chess, the TIETIE Casual Men’s Chess Necktie is an excellent gift. It has light blue, silvery repeated silhouettes of chess pieces against a pinstripe navy blue background. The tie is the standard 57 inches and is a polyester material for a soft finish. This is a great chess gift for him — one would have to look closely to see the shapes, so it makes for a great chess conversation starter.
57 inches in length
3.2″ at widest
100% polyester textile
Chess piece accents
- Weight1.69 ounces
Tyrion Lannister has many infamous lines in the Game of Thrones series, but one of the most iconic is “That’s what I do. I drink wine, and I know things.” And if you have a loved one that is a Game of Thrones fan and a chess lover, this Tyrion Lannister Chess Player Quote T-Shirt is a gift for the best of both worlds. Instead of ‘wine,’ creators have replaced it with ‘chess.’
At the rate Tyrion Lannister drinks wine, you’d assume he’s no stranger on the block. Gifting this shirt is a great way to tell someone that their chess playing skills are second to no one — the ultimate compliment.
It is available in four colors, is 100% cotton material, and easy to care for in a cold machine wash. The long sleeve is lightweight and has a classic fit.
Long sleeve, classic fit
Cotton and Polyester materials
- BrandChess Player Gear
- Weight8 ounces
We’ve talked about the mental benefits of practicing and playing chess, but there’s another lesson to be learned from Chess, and the Reindeer Chess Poster highlights it perfectly. “You cannot undo the moves, but you can make the next moves better” is another lifelong lesson. To not give up if something doesn’t pan out how you anticipated and adapting to these circumstances put in front of you. Time only moves forward, and we cannot undo the decisions we make in life, but we can make our next moves different. The same is to be said in Chess.
The black and white poster is available in three different sizes. It is printed on an enhanced matte paper to decrease tears. A frame is not included, but if you have an empty frame, one of the standard sizes is bound to fit! The poster is a unique last-minute gift for chess lovers and is fit for any room in the house.
Three different sizes
No frame included
Printed on Enhanced Matte Paper
One never has too many coffee mugs, and coffee mugs make great gifts for anyone, not just chess lovers. But this particular mug by 3dRose is for a chess player. The 3dRose Eat, Sleep, Chess Mug is ceramic with a white finish and black accents. The 11-ounce mug is microwave safe, but to preserve the life motto printed on each side of the mug, hand washing the cup is best.
Hand wash only
- Weight12 ounces
Since each chess piece has its own talents, each chess player probably has a favorite piece. Chess is a game of attack and defend, and to attack, you need a weapon. So, let’s say, a favorite piece is a player’s favorite weapon. And what perfect way to learn more about your chess lover than gift this SEIRAA Chess Keychain. Engraved on the keychain is the motif, “Choose Your Weapon,” and a small knight charm. Hopefully, your chess lover will let you in on their weapon and tactics when you gift the keychain.
The keychain is stainless steel and is rust and tarnish resistant. The engraved pendant measures approximately 2 inches by 0.5 inches.
Stainless steel material
Additional small knight charm
Every chess player needs a timer, and it’s probably something they’re not going to buy themselves, so a LEAP Digital Chess Timer will make a great birthday gift for chess lovers. With the easy-to-read LED displays and the large coating button, it’s an ideal timer that won’t draw your eyes away from the board for too long.
The timer has 30 pre-programmed time settings and has a 10-hour maximum playing time. It has a setting memory and is FIDE or International Chess Federation certified.
AA battery powered
- Weight9.6 ounces
Life can’t be all play. We wish it could, but sometimes the chessboard must be cleared, and work needs to be done. That doesn’t mean the love of chess needs to cast aside. More than a few items made our list of unique chess gifts that would make great decor for your office. The CRAFKART Chess Set Queen Spectacle Holder is no exception.
The queen’s crown is split into halves, and the legs of your folded glasses sit nicely into the split. The result looks like your queen chess piece wearing your reading glasses. The piece is of mango wood and measures 5 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide. The Queen Spectacle Holder, making it one of our most handsome gifts for chess lovers.
2.5 x 2.5 x 5 inches
King or Queen option
- Weight6.8 ounces
Designed for a blank wall, the “pieces” or hour markers are self-adhesive and create a 3D appearance on your home wall. The clock movement is completely silent, and the quartz movement keeps accurate time. With both gold and silver acrylic available, the clock will match any home decor.
Gold or Silver options
3D wall effect