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I don’t know about you but I love board games. I always have. I have very fond memories of my childhood, when my sister and I would spend entire weekends playing board games with our dad. He got some really random ones and then we’d also get given some awesome ones for birthdays and Christmas presents. They never let us win and taught us how to play well, meaning that as adult board gamers we are quite competitive and know a lot of the good moves to ensure a win. Of course it isn’t the winning that matters really, it is in fact the total annihilation of your opponents… jokes..kind of. Anyway, board games are an awesome gift and have become a staple of our family events and of course always have a place under our tree. So, I thought I’d do a Board Game Christmas Gift Guide for all ages and for anyone looking for a great game this Christmas! These are all what board games you should play at Christmas.
Mr and Mrs Family Edition
Let’s face it when it comes down to competition, nothing gets it quite like boys versus girls…add relationships into the mix and this is going to get messy! Would you be surprised to find out what your partner really thinks, or can you read them like a book? Find out with this game based on the hit TV show All Star Mr & Mrs, hosted by Phillip Schofield. Pair up with your romantic other half, or even a friend or family member to answer in-depth and entertaining questions about each other. Mr & Mrs Family Edition contains questions suitable for adult couples, families and even boys and girls from the age of 10. With over 1,000 questions designed to uncover things you may not know about your nearest and dearest, Mr & Mrs Family Edition is a great way for players to spend time together. The game features an improved paddle round where players sit or stand back to back and answer questions about each other such as ‘who complains the most?’ or ‘who is the most Generous?’ It also includes the ‘It’s a Match’ bonus game – a true or false game where you can still score points for being on the same wavelength as your partner, even if you’re both wrong. It even includes some blank cards so you can write your own embarrassing questions. Guaranteed to cause laughter, blush, blank looks and a whole lot more! For ages 10+ with an RRP £15.99 and available from Amazon.
The Very Merry Christmas Game
The Very Merry Christmas Game is the Family Game of Presents, Crackers, Christmas Songs… and Sprouts! Move around the board collecting presents (present cards) to put in your stocking. Presents have a value depending on whether they’re nice… or naff. Presents can also be given to other players – particularly the bad ones! You can take other players’ gifts off them and this is decided on the pull of a cracker. All players’ presents are placed face down in the stocking so nobody knows what they’ve got but there are opportunities to take a sneaky look to find out which ones to get rid of and which ones to keep. Land on the singing space and you have to sing a verse from a Christmas song or carol to avoid losing one of your gifts! Watch out for the two dreaded sprout cards as they could have a bad effect and make you lose out… The player with the best presents at the end of the game is the winner. All the joys of Christmas in this one box! For 2 to 4 Players or Teams, Ages 8 to Adult The Very Merry Christmas Game is available from Debenhams and Amazon with an RRP of £25.00.
How much can you hang before he goes twaaang?! A fun, suspenseful and wild game. Take turns hanging fruit and jungle friends on the orangutan, but watch out! At some point he’ll be holding too much and he’ll spring up and send the fruit and friends flying…you just never know when! For 2 or more players, aged 4+ with an RRP of £19.99. Available from Smyths and other retailers.
Tetris Speed Card Game
Test your reactions in a fast-paced game of Tetris Speed. Each card shows the next Tetrimino shape to be played. Race to play a matching card from your hand… but don’t take your eyes off the cards, or you may miss your chance! For 2-8 players aged 6+ with an RRP of £12.99 this game and others from Tetris are available on Amazon.
The race is on to be crowned the slowest-moving sloth in this ingeniously backwards board game from Ginger Fox. Snooze, sabotage and saunter your way to victory in a riotous reverse race in which lethargy, laziness, dawdling and daydreaming are the passports to sloth success – the last player to lumber over the finish line wins. Speed is not of the essence! This has an RRP of £15.00 and is available from John Lewis.
Go head-to-head with your friends and relations in this academically brilliant card game. Featuring hundreds of questions from the classic quiz show, this really is the ultimate intelligence test. As host Jeremy Paxman would say: you all know the rules, so let’s get on with it! RRP of £6.00 and available from John Lewis.
Fun-filled ball game that’s simple to learn and is the ultimate skill toy. The new craze, all you have to do is loop the ball from one side to the other – not as easy as it sounds! With practice, you will soon get in the rhythm and be doing tricks in no time, looping the ball really high in the air and bouncing the ball on your knee in between loops. Made of durable high quality 100% recyclable plastic, the loop comes with the ball and two lids to keep the set intact, can be played anywhere, indoor or outdoors and even in the swimming pool. Immense fun and impossible to put down – get in the loop! For ages 6+ with an RRP of £9.99 this is available from www.mypindaloo.co.uk
The Pub Quiz Book
10,000 questions, and over 300 individual quizzes make up this superb book, containing a wealth of fascinating information on a huge variety of subjects perfect for quiz aficionados, divided by difficulty level and subject matter. Many of the quizzes are themed, along the classic lines of music, sport, geography, politics, entertainment etc. but there are also more specialist subjects such as DIY, Law and Order, Country & Western, and JK Rowling. Potluck quizzes with a mix of all subjects are also included to keep you on your toes. A section at the rear of the book also gives tips and advice on how to host your own quiz at home, at the pub, or any place keen quizzers congregate. For quizzers of all ages with an RRP of £7.99 and available here.
Milly & Flynn
To be the first player to get to the ‘Meeting Place in the Wood’. Peter Rabbit and his friends hurry around the path, collecting tokens along the way. There are four different tokens for you each to collect – radishes, ducklings, fish and nuts – and once you have them all, you can race to the ‘Meeting Place in the Wood’ following one of the four paths. RRP of £10.99 and available from Amazon.
Or perhaps you fancy traditional snap but with a Gruffalo twist. This beautiful set of snap playing cards will keep everyone entertained for hours. RRP £4.99 and available from Waterstones.
That’s So 90s Trivia Game
From Nirvana and Seinfeld to The Spice Girls and Super Nintendo, this 200-card That’s So 90s Quiz pack covers it all. With 1000 questions to test your knowledge, it is the ultimate challenge for every fan of the 1990s. Game is recommended for 2 or ore players of 12+ years of age – 3 minutes to learns and 60 minutes to play! RRP of £15.99 and available from Firebox!
Lex Go Harry Potter
Lex-GO! Is one ‘L’ of a super-fast word game. Race against other players to get rid of all your playing card tiles, swapping letters and even adding your tiles onto other players’ words. This game comes in a cool, portable bag, which makes it the perfect game for on-the-go, whether you’re playing with friends or the kids! In this special Harry Potter Edition of Lex-Go!, there are 4 spell tiles to increase your chances of winning, the Polyjuice Potion tile can be used as any letter and if you can spell the word SNITCH you win the round! Available from Amazon.
In this interactive and totally crazy party game for the whole family and friends. No matter if you‘re a brainiac or an athlete, old or young, INTERACTION puts all your senses and talents to the test.Only those who are best at each category – knowledge, creativity, action, social and games – can be the lucky winner at the end. For ages 8+ and 2 or more players and an RRP of £34.90 and available from Amazon.
5 Second Rule
The game of Quick Thinking and Fast Talking! It should be easy to name 3 breeds of dog; but can you do it under the pressure of 5 seconds twisting away? Time’s not on your side, so just say whatever comes to mind and risk ridiculous answers slipping out! It’s all in good fun with the fast paced family board game. For ages 10+ with 3 or more players. This has an RRP of £15.00 and is available from Argos.
You can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your family! Everyone has at least one crazy family member. If you don’t think you do, then that means it’s YOU! In Relative Insanity, you read a setup card aloud, like: “When my brother brought out his new baby to show the family, Granny blurted out…” Then everyone else chooses one of their punch line cards to finish the phrase, like: “You are not the father!” or “Somebody took a trip to the land of bad decisions,” etc. In between laughter, the reader picks the funniest one to give that player a point! It’s a different hilarious game each time you play! Features the humour of Jeff Foxworthy. For 4 to 12 players ages 14+ with an RRP of £24.99 and available from Geek Swag.
Escape the shark to be with winner……swim too slow and you’ll be his dinner. Roll the dice and move the corresponding coloured creatures around the board, trying to stay ahead of the shark. Earn points for each creature that makes it safely to the island without being eaten. Reach the island to score and win, the winner is the player the most points after the three rounds. For 2 – 4 players aged 4+ with an RRP of £17.99 and available from Smyths Toys.
Think you know Friends? Well, now’s the time to test your knowledge with Top Trumps Quiz with a Twist! 500 questions and a unique form of gameplay that will test your mind on the world’s greatest television series!
Woo-pah! It’s time to join the legendary Friends, from one of TV’s best-loved sitcoms in the Friends edition of Top Trumps. The pack is full of the best Friends’ moments, from the laugh out loud ‘Holiday Armadillo’, to the hilarious giant poking device and Monica and Ross’ unforgettable dance routine! So if this is brand new information to you, then prepare to become bamboozled as you enter the world of Friends Top Trumps! You’re gonna love it!
This brand new Top Trumps Juniors pack is ideal for pre-school fans of Disney! With 12 characters and 5 great games and exciting activities, it’s a great introduction to the world of Top Trumps!
Top Trumps range in RRP from £4.99 and for 4+ depending on the subject matter. All Top Trumps are available here.
Don’t Rock The Boat
Ahoy, mateys! Arrrrr ye ready to set sail on a rocking’ adventure with a crew of 16 pirate penguins? Take turns balancing the pirate penguins on the ship without making it tip! Be ever so careful, if you rock the boat and send the penguins overboard, ye might have to walk the plank! A fun balancing game for all buccaneers! RRP of £17.35 and available from Amazon.
Deep Dark Wood Game
A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox, an owl and a snake saw the mouse and the mouse looked good! Can you help your mouse to get home safely? All you need is a little luck of the dice and a good memory! If you find the image of Gruffalo under the trees you will scare the hungry animals away. This item includes 1x Game Board, 4x Mice, 5x Plastic trees, 5x round discs, 1x hazelnut chip , 1x dice. This game is suitable for 2-4 players. Suitable for ages 3 years and up. RRP of £7.99 and available from Amazon.
Have you also seen my “Foodies Christmas Gift Guide” and “The Harry Potter Gift Guide“