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The Best Chess Gifts - My Favorite Ideas!

Updated on October 10, 2014

Best Gift Ideas for Chess Players - Recommendations from a Chess Fan

Here are some gift ideas for people who love to play chess. Being a chess player myself, it's been quite a lot of fun searching the web for unique, funny, and interesting chess themed gifts. Here is what I've found. You'll find gifts for both kids and adults, and for women and men. Gift ideas include chess jewelry, chess t-shirts and clothing, chess boards and sets, and home decor items.

Whether you're shopping for a birthday, Christmas, or other special occasion, I hope that my suggestions help you find the perfect gift idea for that special someone.

Pictured: Chess Keepsake Box

King and Queen Chess Pieces Bookends - Home Decor Idea for the Chess Enthusiasts

Sterling Home Pair of King And Queen Bookends, 9-3/4-Inch Tall
Sterling Home Pair of King And Queen Bookends, 9-3/4-Inch Tall

Great gift idea for the chess player who has collected a lot of books.


Chess Salt and Pepper Shakers - Unique Gift Idea

Queen and King Chess Magnetic Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers
Queen and King Chess Magnetic Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers

I think that guests will enjoy using these at the dining room table!


Chess Necktie - Gift Idea for Him

Chess TIES Perspective Neck Tie by Three Rooker
Chess TIES Perspective Neck Tie by Three Rooker

Not every man has a chess themed tie! This black & white tie will match many different colored suits and would make a great gift idea for a man who wears ties.


"I'd Rather Be Playing Chess" Hoodie

Medieval Chess Set - A Medieval Chess Set that Doesn't Break the Bank!

Koehler 35301 17 Inch Medieval Knights Chess Game Set
Koehler 35301 17 Inch Medieval Knights Chess Game Set

It seems that most chess players dream of having a fancy medieval chess set. This one has great reviews. The board has dragons on the sides and the pieces are quite detailed.


Beautiful Wood Chess Set

This wooden chess set is hand crafted in Poland. This set has a very unique king and queen, which makes them easy to identify while playing the game. I'm sure any chess lover would enjoy this beautiful and unique set.

Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011) - DVD Gift Idea about the Famous Chess Player

Bobby Fischer Against the World
Bobby Fischer Against the World

One reviewer says that this is a great gift idea for an older chess player who remembers Spassky World Championship match.

I'm too young to remember it, but having just found this DVD, it's on my to-watch list. So, while older folks might be able to place this in perspective, us younger folks like chess history and chess masterminds too!


Buy them a Magazine Subscription to Chess Life - Contains instruction, games, puzzles, personality profiles, history, reviews, and news, both U.S. and internati

Chess Life
Chess Life

Customer review: "Chess Life is the official magazine of the United State Chess Federation. A serious chess player cannot be without it.

It appeals to all levels of players, both experienced experts and masters as well as beginners. Even elementary school players will find resources here they can use and learn from. "


Chessmaster: Chess Game for the Computer

Great software program for learning chess. It has chess tutorials, chess puzzles, the ability to play network chess, and many chess characters to play against at all levels! This is highly recommended by me - and many Amazon reviewers!

The Ultimate Gift to Impress The Chess Champion in Your Life

This is an elegant, large Renaissance Style Chess set made in Italy! Gold and silver colored metal pieces.

Best Way to Teach a Child or Beginner Chess

Ever 4 year olds can play chess. This rocking chess game has 86 reviews averaging out to 5 Stars.... This chess game involves drawing cards! Click on buy now and check out the description for all of the cool info.

Chess Piece Pendant on a Necklace - Chess Jewelry Gift Idea

Chess Piece Charm in Sterling Silver
Chess Piece Charm in Sterling Silver

This link is to the Queen pendant, although a King and Knight pendant are also available. Perfect present for the chess lover or chess geek.


Silver Chess Set Cufflinks - Cuff links are the perfect present for that special someone.

If you like Chess, you might also like these games.... - Because these games require thinking and strategy!

I know some Chess fans won't play anything but chess. But if you are buying for a chess fan who also loves other games, you might want to look into these. Personally, these are the ones that I also like!


When I was a kid, I loved this game because I could win 90% of the time. The corners are they key!


This game is on my wishlist!


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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Becoming a better chess player - definitely one of my big goals.

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      HMQ 7 years ago

      Very nice collection you have put together here. I especially like the Alabaster chess & checkers set, it looks great.

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      grannysage 7 years ago

      My husband was a chess teacher for many years and taught little children to play. I love the sweatshirt. He's has a lot of chess sets over the years, but we've started to give them away. He declines to have a tie.You might want to check out My husband taught for them for two years.

      And thanks for all the blessings. Woohoo, I feel a bit lightheaded.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very beautiful items you have here.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Great selections!