For a brilliant gift-opening move, consider the wide range of creative chess sets

"Part game, part sport, part home decor.
Chess sets come in so many creative varieties - some museum-worthy, some utilitarian - that there's one to suit just about anyone on your holiday gift list, from the serious player to the merely aspirational one.
How about choosing two cities for an epic battle?
Splurge on Skyline Chess' sets of iconic cities, including London, Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles, in stainless steel, acrylic or bronze. New York, for instance, with One World Trade Tower and the Empire State building as king and queen, might face off against Chicago, with the Willis Tower and the John Hancock Centre as the royal couple. Sets range from $135 to over $2,000 for sets made of solid bronze."
We were featured by the San Francisco Chronicle in their selection of the most creative chess sets.