First time ever doing a thread but I need some help. I have never really played Magic and I want to make my friend something for Christmas to do with magic. By that I mean things such as playing matts with artwork representing maybe a battlefield with a graveyard somewhere maybe to throw the dead cards. maybe a storage box for his cards but he has over a thousand cards and is constantly expanding his collection so I don't know how long would something like that last. To sum it up I simply don't know enough about the game to think of something that will be of any use to him while playing or not playing the game. So my question to you veterans is, is there absolutely anything that you can think of that you WISH you could have or WISH you could buy to make the game easier to play or maybe slightly more immersive whilst playing.
Many gaming stores carry playmats. You might be able to find one that lays out the different zones (like the battlefield and graveyard), or there are many featuring great art from various cards past and present.
There are other things your friend might like too. There are deck boxes that are meant to carry one specific deck that he might enjoy having, and you can get them from a simple plastic flip-box to a higher quality faux-leather box with multiple compartments.
Perhaps he needs more sleeves. Again, these range in quality from thin clear plastic sleeves (called penny sleeves because you can get 100 of them for a buck) to higher quality opaque sleeves, either of a solid colour or with artwork on the back. You might try to figure out what kind of sleeves he likes to use, and pick up some of those.
A quick google search for "MTG Accessories" should come up with a bunch of ideas. Then you can head to a local gaming store, or check a store online, and see what you can get for your price range.