I have such a hard time when it comes to buying presents for our niece & nephews (not to mention our preteen daughter). Some years they tell us exactly what to get them, usually from some brand name clothing store at the mall. Other years we have to ask their parents what they’re into now and try to find something that fits that. Last year we spent most of our budget at ThinkGeek on Star Wars and Dr. Who items, but we can’t do that again this year.
Our daughter is into Pokemon & Mario Brothers (basically anything Nintendo). Our youngest nephew just discovered the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while our niece was the one into Dr. Who last year and still is. She has even talked about getting a tardis dress, much to the dismay of her mother!
If you’ve followed SahmReviews over the past year you know we’re into one thing heavily, and that is board games. We’ve not only found dozens and dozens of great titles at our local thrift stores, we’ve introduced our family (and our readers) to a wide variety of board games that you cannot find at your local department store. Using this knowledge, and a little help from our recent visit to ChiTag, we found the perfect solution – Monopoly!
I know, I know, you can find Monopoly at your local Walmart. But not like these from USAopoly! We’ve told you about USAopoly before when we brought you their latest game, Selfie. And before that we highlighted both Tapple and CrossWays, still favorites that the girls played just the other evening! But their bread and butter has always been licensed versions of the classic Monopoly game, and thanks to a broad range of titles, we were able to fill our entire Christmas list with one shipment!
Again, our oldest daughter is heavily into the Pokemon craze and her eyes lit up when she saw Charizard on the box cover. She didn’t know this version even existed, so it was an extra surprise for her knowing she has something new for her collection.
As I mentioned, our nephew is into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and was completely captivated by the Collector’s Edition and the custom pieces that came standard.
And for our favorite niece (also our only niece), it had to be Dr. Who.
This 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition also includes 6 Collectible tokens including The Sonic Screwdriver, The Seventh Doctor’s Umbrella, The Second Doctor’s Recorder, The Fifth Doctor’s Celery, The Eleventh Doctor’s Bow Tie, and the Fourth Doctor’s Scarf.
We’re still trying to get people away from the shelves at the local retail stores, and something like a licensed version of Monopoly might be a good gateway to make them aware of other options out there. Take a look at all the different versions USAopoly offers and watch their Facebook and Twitter timelines for announcements of new issues and giveaways! I personally have my eye on the World of Warcraft Collector’s Edition. For the Alliance!