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11 Best Gifts for Chess Lovers & Chess Players (For Him)

11 Best Gifts for Chess Lovers & Chess Players (For Him)

A curated list of the best gifts for chess lovers and the best gifts for chess players, featuring beautiful, modern chess boards, funny chess themed gift ideas & more chess minded gift ideas.

Although the game of chess — and overall chess community — dipped in popularity several years after Bobby Fischer’s decline, chess has now risen in popularity with the new and young talent, Magnus Carlsen entering the scene. If you or someone you know is just learning chess or has been playing for a couple years, the products below should make for some great gifts. For this collection of the best gifts for chess lovers, we curated for quality, chess-themed products that have that little something special to them. You’ll find high quality wood chess boards, modern, steel and glass chess boards, helpful travel chess sets, a handful of funny chess-themed t shirts, and a few well-reviewed books on the game of chess, which will help you learn about chess strategy and the overall history of the game.

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Qualities we looked for overall:

+ Chess-themed products.
+ Helps to improve chess strategy.
+ Made with natural wood (select products).
+ Designed with modern or contemporary aesthetics (relatively subjective quality).
+ Unique, fun or interesting designs (relatively subjective quality).
+ Handmade or hand-crafted.
+ Makes for a good gift (relatively subjective quality).
+ Makes for a good gift for a beginner or avid chess player (relatively subjective quality).
+ Well reviewed by customers (i.e., 3.5 stars and over).

Qualities we tried to avoid overall:

– Non chess themed products.
– Cheap construction.
– Products with a high number of bad reviews.

Editor’s Top 5 Rated Selections

11 Best Gifts for Chess Lovers & Chess Players (For Him) // In our opinion, these are a few of the best products we came across in our search, given the overall qualities that we were curating for in this collection. We focused on the following qualities when curating for this particular selection of products:

+ Chess-themed product.
+ Helps to improve chess strategy.
+ Made with natural wood (select products).
+ Designed with modern or contemporary aesthetics (relatively subjective quality).
+ Unique, fun or interesting designs (relatively subjective quality).
+ Handmade or hand-crafted.
+ Makes for a good gift (relatively subjective quality).
+ Makes for a good gift for a beginner or avid chess player (relatively subjective quality).
+ Well reviewed by customers (i.e., 3.5 stars and over).

*While we work to ensure the products we select possess these qualities, actual product packaging and materials may contain more and/or different information than that shown on our web site. Do not rely solely on the information provided here.

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Handmade Wooden Chess Set with 21 Inch Board and Detailed Chessmen.
By: Wegiel

Editor's Note

For the price, this is one of the most beautiful chess sets we could find. The chess board is made from beech and birch wood, and the felt bottom chessmen are crafted from hornbeam and sycamore wood. To add even more of a special feel, this product is hand crafted in Poland. In our opinion, it makes for a great gifts for chess lovers.

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Pawn Power: Be Brave Chess Piece T Shirt, 100% Cotton and Made in the USA.
By: Chess Mate

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Polished Metal, Wood Chess Set, 17 by 6-Inch, in Mahogany Brown and Matte Silver.
By: Deco 79

Editor's Note

This chess board is on the pricey side, but if you’re looking to get a unique, memorable gift for someone close, this chess board is a great idea.

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Modern, Minimalist and Artful Black Frosted Glass Chess Set with Mirror Board.
By: Avant-Garde

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Top Rated, Highly Reviewed, “Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games”.
By: László Polgár

Editor's Note

If you’re looking to get a book for a chess beginner or an avid chess player, this book is an excellent gift idea. This book is lauded as one of the most complete collections of chess problems ever published, including 5,334 instructional situations, presented by the world’s leading chess teacher(s). It’s a top pick in this list of the best gifts for chess lovers.

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Budget Picks

11 Best Gifts for Chess Lovers & Chess Players (For Him) // These are a few solid choices if you’re on a budget, each product is under $35. We focused on the following qualities when curating for this particular selection of products:

+ Affordable (i.e., under $35).
+ Chess-themed product.
+ Helps to improve chess strategy.
+ Made with natural wood (select products).
+ Designed with modern or contemporary aesthetics (relatively subjective quality).
+ Unique, fun or interesting designs (relatively subjective quality).
+ Handmade or hand-crafted.
+ Makes for a good gift (relatively subjective quality).
+ Makes for a good gift for a beginner or avid chess player (relatively subjective quality).

*While we work to ensure the products we select possess these qualities, actual product packaging and materials may contain more and/or different information than that shown on our web site. Do not rely solely on the information provided here.

Details

“My 60 Memorable Games”.
By: Bobby Fischer

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“The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played: 62 Masterpieces of Chess Strategy”.
By: Irving Chernev

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Magnetic Travel Chess Set, Designed by The US Chess Federation.
By: The House of Staunton, Inc.

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Men’s Evolution of Man Chess T-Shirt, in White.
By: Dressdown

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10.5″ Magnetic Folding Board, Crafted with Quality Rosewood and Built In Storage.
By: SouvNear

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Also Great

11 Best Gifts for Chess Lovers & Chess Players (For Him) // These are a few more great options that follow the overall qualities we looked for. We focused on the following qualities when curating for this particular selection of products:

+ Chess-themed product.
+ Helps to improve chess strategy.
+ Designed with modern or contemporary aesthetics (relatively subjective quality).
+ Unique, fun or interesting designs (relatively subjective quality).
+ Makes for a good gift (relatively subjective quality).
+ Makes for a good gift for a beginner or avid chess player (relatively subjective quality).

*While we work to ensure the products we select possess these qualities, actual product packaging and materials may contain more and/or different information than that shown on our web site. Do not rely solely on the information provided here.

Details

Harry Potter Themed Wizard Chess Set, in Black and White.
By: The Noble Collection

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The Bestlyy Editors

We're the Editors of Bestlyy. We're simple folk. We like products with qualities that matter. We also enjoy the occasional cup of coffee and have a rather certain affinity for dark chocolate.

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