The Goonhammer Gift Guide: Grimdark 40k Edition

With the 2020 holidays nearly upon us, it’s time to talk about gifts. Whether you’re shopping for a loved one or a Secret Santa recipient, trying to keep things lowkey or looking to splurge, or just grabbing something for yourself, Goonhammer’s got you covered with our handy gift guide. 

In this guide, we’re looking at Warhammer 40k-related products, including Kill Team and Aeronautica Imperialis.


Credit: Jack “BenBooley” Hunter

Stocking Stuffers

If you’re looking for smaller items or accessories, start here.

Faction Datacards

There are few gaming accessories more useful than the faction datacards in 40k and while some of these may be replaced soon – don’t buy Drukhari, Death Guard, Blood Angels, or Dark Angels – they’re very solid resources for managing your stratagems and psychic powers and keeping track of what’s been used.

Munitorum Armoured Containers

If you’re not sure what to get someone who already has an army but has a table with terrain, then the munitorum armoured containers are the quintessential terrain piece: Relatively inexpensive, easy to build and paint, and able to block line of sight on the tabletop.

Objective Markers set

Small by 40k standards and a good pickup when you have absolutely no idea what to get someone, these objective markers look great and work well on any table. They’re also great for narrative play and having objective markers themed to your army.

Forge World dice

We’ve talked a lot of trash about dice but it’s a tool that any gamer can always use more of, or at least want more of. Assuming you’re buying for a first-founding space marine player, forgeworld makes a line of actually very nice legion dice for all of them. Note that these are made for Horus Heresy, so the set of 20 dice is actually only 19 regular d6s, plus a scatter die, which current-edition 40k doesn’t use. Still, they look sharp. 

Entry Level – (for younger kids and newbies)

The Battleforce Boxes

Games workshop will be offering a variety of battleforce boxes this holiday season that basically act as armies-in-a-box and good starting points for Chaos Space Marines, Necrons, Space Marines, Astra Militarum/Imperial Guard, Tyranids, and T’au. We’ve reviewed them at length here

Start Collecting Boxes

On the smaller end of the spectrum are the Start Collecting boxes, which usually include 3-5 units and are ideal both for starting out and adding to an existing force.


Solid Adds

If you’re shopping for a regular or longtime player and looking to spend a bit more, consider one of these.

Imperial Armour Compendium

While most players have their army codex and the relevant accessories, fewer players have the big book of rules for Forge World units, which makes a great addition for anyone who’s thinking about taking the next step. The best part about the Imperial Armour Compendium is that it covers every one of the game’s factions in a single book, so it’s kind of impossible for have it not be relevant to someone who plays.

40k Apparel and Merch

If you’d rather get someone a shirt or something and not spend $60+ on plastic, well there’s also some cool merch being made by GW now.


For the Hobbyist Who Has Everything

If you’re looking for a big honkin’ centerpiece gift, Forge World stuff is really going to be the choice here. There are a lot of expensive options for 40k, but the resin kits from Forge World are bigger, flashier, and rarer. If you’re shopping for someone who already has everything, chances are they’ll enjoy a gift of something from Forge World.

Terrax-Pattern Termite Assault Drill

Fun in Imperium and Chaos armies, the Terrax-Pattern Termite Drill is a potent addition to any force, tunneling under the battlefield to deliver up to 12 models right into the enemy’s face, then sticking around to blow stuff up on its own afterward. They’re an amazing unit that works as a transport for Adeptus Mechanicus, Space Marines, and Chaos Space Marines and most people will be happy to have a second one if there’s already one sitting on their shelf.

Astraeus Super Heavy Tank

It’s hauntingly expensive, and not something you’re likely to use in anger too often, but as a centerpiece model for a Space Marine collection there’s nothing better than BIG TANK. It looks great, and the build is so easy that you’ll probably forget it’s from forgeworld. A real painting project, a hobbyist will find hours of fun working on it, interrupted only by the urge to zoom it around your room making tank sounds with your mouth. On the off chance this ever hits the table it can melt just about anything you point it at. 

Warhammer Art

Warhammer has some pretty amazing art, especially 40k. Rather than hem and haw over what faction your gift recipient plays and whether they already own a specific model, consider instead getting them a rad piece of art to frame and put on the walls of their gaming space.


Looking for more?

If you’re still looking for more, be sure to check out our other holiday shopping guides for different games and categories – we’ll be posting them all week and doing a round-up on Friday. And if you have any questions or feedback, shoot us an email at