Last Minute Gifts for Critters

Dice

Always an obvious choice for anyone into tabletop RPGs. Most probably already have their dice–maybe they’re superstitious and always use the same dice. Or maybe they’re like Laura Bailey (again, see Critical Role) and have tons of dice because they switch when dice aren’t rolling in their favor. Perhaps you know the player already has a million sets of dice and has no need of a full set. Instead, ask yourself what type of damage dice they typically roll. For example, I have a player who has TONS of sets of dice and had no need of more. However, he’s a Socerer and often casts Fireball, which deals damage just in d6s so instead of a set of polyhedrals, I picked out some cool fiery-looking d6s.

Dice Bags

Perhaps you want to get/make a nice dice bag to go along with those dice. Lady Foxcraft made some amazing dice bags this year of varying styles. Larger and/or flat-bottomed dice bags are great because it makes it easier for players to pick out dice without dumping the whole bag. Lady Foxcraft put together a great list of resources for crafting your dice bags with links to patterns and tutorials. You can find her list of URLs here and her guide on creating your own knitting chart here.

Dice Trays!

Chances are, you’ve seen the BEAUTIFUL dice trays/towers over at Wyrmwood Gaming. Chances are you’ve also seen how expensive they are and likely don’t have that sort of budget. Never fear! Dice Trays are vary easy to craft yourself! First, head down to your local craft store and head to the wood craft section. You should be able to find many small wooden boxes or trays. I actually found what was mean to be a wooden plaque but I turned it upside down to act as a tray. Next, pick out some felt to line the inside. You could grab some wood stain if you want a more natural finish, or you might decide to paint your tray.

Measure the inside of your tray and make a template out of paper or cardstock. Better to cut the wrong size out of scrap material than your felt! Test the felt for fit once you have it cut. Trim as needed. You may want to paint/stain your tray before adhering the felt. I painted mine first and and then sprayed it with a clear acrylic sealer (modpodge works great). Next, I used spray adhesive to coat one side of the felt and then stuck it down. Voila!

Critical Cross-Stitch

This is a quick, simple pattering I came up with based on the Critical Role logo. Click here for the google sheet showing my pattern. I did not include the blade of the sword in the pattern because I didn’t stitch it in the normal cross-stitch style, instead I used several long stitches to create the sword.

I used a really small embroidery hoop and trimmed the cross-stitch canvas down to size so that the hoop itself could be kept as the frame. I used hot glue to stick down the excess fabric on the back of the hoop. You could also leave some excess canvas and put the finished product in a frame. Dice included in the photo for scale.

 

D&D Player Coupons

This is an idea I had as a gift for the players in my group. If you’re not the DM, then this gift might not really work for you, but perhaps your DM would let you devise some other in-game gift option from you to your fellow players. Just make sure you clear it with them first. Trust me when I say that your DM will not appreciate if you decide to give something like this to other players without permission. I designed these using Canva, which is free if you want to make your own, or you can download the PDF I made here. Print them at home or send them to a local store for printing. I printed mine through Staples because I have an ancient printer and I wanted these to look nice. I cut them all down to size and tied them up with ribbon.

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