But what do you do when you don’t know what to get someone? Or who don’t know anything about their hobby, and what they need for it? Well look no further than this for your poker playing best friend. There is something for every budget, to suit every type of player, from the online aficionado to the in-person tournament lover, to the casual at-home gamer who plays a round or two to relax.
Best apparel gifts
There are many online shops that stock bespoke poker themed t-shirts, including funny ones, ones with useful stats on, and ones with images of famous players. Alternatively, you can get a blank t-shirt printed with something truly unique and original.
Socks are a popular gift, especially for those on a budget, or for those you don’t know very well. No one can ever have too many socks, and they will certainly appreciate something .
- Ace of Spades Cushion
3dRose has made the ultimate in comfortable poker related home décor with this poker themed cushion, perfect to showcase a passion for poker in a classy, understated way, as well as offering comfort when playing online on the sofa.
- Ace of Spades Mug
A matching set is always a nice touch and gifting a cushion and matching mug emblazoned with the Ace of Spades is a perfect gift for poker lovers, especially those who like nothing more than to relax at home. It is pretty and useful, always a bonus when it comes to presents!
From the people who brought you the cushion and the mug, coasters are also a popular choice. With images of cards on one side, and environmentally friendly rubber backs, these are perfect for protecting surfaces around the home whilst showcasing a love of cards.
- Piggy Bank
There are many themed piggy banks on the market, covering all hobbies and interests, and there is no hobby where a money jar is more apt. It serves a dual purpose; as a money receptacle for a casual gamer who enjoys the odd flutter to be able to store odds and ends of loose change, or as an ironic gift to a high roller used to betting, and winning, big sums of money.
- Casino Poker Dice 3D Lamp
YKLWORLD has created a fun and totally unique LED lamp featuring cards and dice, perfect for adding a certain something to any bedroom, office space of living room. The beauty of this gift is that it is probably something that your poker playing friend has probably never even considered and would never buy for themselves.
Artwork is always a cool gift, whatever the metier, and poker themed wall art is no different. There are the ever popular dogs playing poker, but also large retro themed playing cards which add a vintage, old-Vegas style feel to any room.
One of the top gifts for a novice player will be Poker Coaching. There are a number of top coaches, as well as videos, quizzes, charts, and a range of tools to track progression and improve strategy that can be found online. There is even free options, to give those with limited funds the , as well as being able to try before buying.
‘The Biggest Bluff’ by Maria Konnikova charts her progress from total novice to US$300,000 in tournament winnings through the power of the human mind. It provides some , especially for those starting out in the world of poker.
‘Essential Poker Math, Expanded Edition: Fundamental No-Limit Hold’em Mathematics you need to know’ by Alton Hardin is one of the top offerings from the number one poker author. This book outlines all the math that a poker player needs to know to be a winning player.
‘The Theory of Poker’ by David Sklansky is one of the most beginner friendly strategy books on the market. There is a wealth of information presented in an easy to follow, accessible format, which builds slowly to where a novice player can become a formidable opponent.
- Poker Training Cards
Something poker players need to be aware of is their opponents ‘tells’ i.e., the body language, facial expressions, and tics that individuals demonstrate that can let their opponents know if they are bluffing, if they have a strong hand, or if they are worried about the round. This useful set of playing cards can be used as a regular pack of cards, but also has different tells to look for as well as the psychological and behaviour reasons behind it.
- Playing Cards
There are all sorts of cards, for different uses and different budgets. From luxury hand crafted wooden boxes housing specially made packs of cards, to gold foiled playing cards, if just a plain and simple bog-standard pack of cards, all are useful to a poker player. If the poker aficionado in your life is a novice, perhaps a plain set of cards to get them started is a must, whereas a more experienced player may appreciate a more luxurious, bespoke offering.
- Personalised Poker Sets
For those who enjoy a game with friends at home, a personalised poker set is the . Though not necessarily cheap (there are some budget options available, though they are unlikely to be personalised) a personalised set, with personalised chips, is the ideal gift for someone who likes some low-key sessions with their friends, but who is good enough to appreciate the thought and effort that has gone into the gift.