I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to getting gifts for major holidays, the big gift is always the first challenge I like to tackle. After that, I work on the supplemental gifts and wrap it up (usually at the last minute) with the essentials (like socks and non-fun stuff) along with stocking stuffers. Often an afterthought of random stuff, we have included a mix of small gifts and, of course, candy. However, as I mentioned in our list of 10 non-candy gifts for Easter baskets, health concerns and allergies have shifted the focus for many people away from candy-based gifts. We’ll continue to support that concept with this guide that includes mostly pocket-sized games plus a few other ideas.
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Over the past couple of weeks, we have provided several holiday gift guides ranging in ideas, products, age ranges, complexity and theme. We launched this year’s guides with a focus on family games then moved into more gift suggestions including lists of STEM gifts, games for teens and adults, party games, home and electronics gifts, games for 2 players, more family game ideas, toys and games for younger kids, and games for tweens. Between all these guides, we’ve provided a lot of suggestions and hope they help with your holiday shopping and personal wish-list creation.
A quick paced take on classic games like Hearts and Spades, filled with light strategy and maximum cuteness. 2-6 players ages 7+ will take turns playing unique treasure cards to show off their favorite items. Watch out or an octopus may take it all! If two or more octopuses show up, be ready for a tentacle tangle where treasures go flying everywhere! The player with the most treasure at the end wins!
Bugs on Rugs
Take turns drafting adorable bugs to your hand to make sets. End of the round actions make this drafting game completely unique! At the end of the game, the player who has made the most valuable hand of creepy crawlers WINS!
Can you be the first player to get all your pigs dirty? In Dirty Pig, getting dirty is easy; staying dirty is the challenge. Pesky rain and annoying farmers attempt to clean your pigs. Protect your pigs from getting clean, because, after all, a dirty pig is a happy pig!
Snack in the Box is the coolest snack container with twin chambers each holding 6 ounces of your favorite dry snack. Using USA-made Tritan, the body lets you fill with 2 different types of snacks, and the Tritan pop-up lids let you easily pour out the snack from each chamber individually. Patent pending design, Sib is BPA and Phthalate free, keeps your snacks from being crushed or mushed, and works as quantity control so you don’t eat more than you planned.
What the Heck?
What the Heck is a card game filled with highs and lows. To win this game, you will need to read your opponents minds–when you figure out which card they are about to play you will have your chance to win. On each turn, players flip over cards and compete to collect the most points. But everyone starts with the same cards, so play yours carefully if you want to win.
Jeopardy/Wheel of Fortune Card Games
Jeopardy, TV’s most popular quiz show, which is now celebrating its 55th anniversary, and Wheel of Fortune, America’s favorite word game show, are both in card game form. Each game is played just like the TV shows with bonus rounds.
Bite Your Tongue
What the heck are you babbling about?! this is the Game where you need to get people to understand what you are saying. Sounds simple right? But wait, there’s a catch! Your tongue keeps getting in the way and you are going to sound really funny.
Munchkin Mighty Monsters
A fast-playing card game based in the world of Steve Jackson’s best-selling Munchkin. Play cards by matching either the rank or color of the last card played. Be careful – if you get stuck and can’t play a card, bad stuff happens – the munchkins wallop you instead! Get walloped too often, and the munchkins defeat you . . . the first player that gets defeated three times loses the game, and everyone else wins!
Songs and Stories that Celebrate Global Light
Katherine Dines, a Grammy-nominated independent family music artist, presents a new album of 13 songs and some interesting stories and facts about how people around the world celebrate holidays.The songs capture the wonder of light as our planet spins around the Sun, and several spiritual celebrations that sprung up in various cultures.
Challenge of the Superfriends
Based on the classic animated TV show, Challenge of the Superfriends Card Game utilizes Cryptozoic’s new GRYPHON card game engine to deliver a fast-paced, easy-to-learn tabletop experience. The simple, addictive gameplay rewards both luck and strategy as cards call forth allies or Super Powers that can change the outcome. This game is perfect for any fan of the DC Universe looking for a quick and fun gaming experience!
First ever game to use dice in 4 ways: stacking, pushing, rolling and flicking.
Addictive family fun for vacation or at home.
Gloom of Thrones
Make your family miserable (and then kill them!) while inflicting horrible happiness on your opponents’ families. A game of transparent parody and machination brings the misery and suffering of Gloom to the Umpteen Kingdoms! Featuring clear plastic cards and the all-new Porcelain Throne mechanic adds delightful regicide to Gloom. Ages 13+.
Dragon Slayer is a new push-your-luck game that’s a deceptively difficult challenge. Like all great PYL games, the rules are simple, with you repeating the Dragon Hunt until you decide to stop. The very interesting twist is the player challenges. The ability to challenge — and rewards for passing or failing when challenged — add a dimension to everything that you do on your turn. What order do you go after dragons? When do you stop? When do you challenge? Who do you challenge? How do you get others not to challenge you?!
As we wrap up this final guide of 2019, we want to extend our gratitude for your support of SahmReviews. We hope you experience many blessings, have stress-free gatherings and appreciate any time you’re able to spend with family and friends during this hectic time of year. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!