Most of us grew up with a shelf full of the same games that were in the cabinet of all our neighbors and friends. They were the norm back then and have continued to find a place throughout the years. Each year, we try to showcase the latest spin on classic games and this gift guide is the 2023 tribute to that idea. You’ll find an assortment of common tabletop or video game titles that have been updated with new art, rules, story or theme.
It is our wish that the ideas on this list – along with the other gift guides – will help you find gifts that are the perfect fit for someone on your list. We’ve received samples of many of these to check out (including the Zelda game from representatives for Nintendo) and are excited to share the list with you. Should you click through any of the Amazon links included here, we may receive a small commission. It doesn’t cost you any more than you would otherwise pay so don’t let that dissuade you. It helps defer some of the costs associated with running the website. Every little bit counts in this economy!
CLUE®: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Join your favorite “Wimpy Kid” from Jeff Kinney’s popular book series to solve the mystery and win this custom illustrated version of the classic mystery game! In CLUE®: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Greg Heffley has lost sight of his little brother Manny, and it’s up to you to help recover the toddler before time runs out! Take on the roles of Greg, his family, and friends to figure out WHERE Manny has wandered off, WHO he’s with, and WHAT distracted him!
Acquire challenges you to pit your resources and resolve against other players in this high-finance game of speculation and strategy. Using nothing but your wealth and wits, you must vie against other business magnates to manipulate construction and capitalize on mergers — buying, trading, and selling stocks in order to get the greatest return on your investments.
GUESS WHO?®: PAW Patrol
Experience the totally unique gameplay of Monopoly® Scrabble®— the innovative game that combines the best elements of the Monopoly® game with the crossword-building play of Scrabble®.
In place of rolling dice to move around the board, players build words and move ahead by their score. Build a word on a premium space and claim a Monopoly® property.
Clever gameplay twists, along with custom Community Chest and Chance cards, keep things moving at a fast pace.
The winner is the player with the highest total of cash and property value when the last letter tile is played.
Monopoly® Scrabble®— a perfect mash up of two of the world’s most famous, greatest and beloved games.
The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom
An epic adventure across the land and skies of Hyrule awaits in The Legend of Zelda™: Tears of the Kingdom for Nintendo Switch. The adventure is yours to create in a world fueled by your imagination.
In this sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you’ll decide your own path through the sprawling landscapes of Hyrule and the mysterious islands floating in the vast skies above. Can you harness the power of Link’s new abilities to fight back against the malevolent forces that threaten the kingdom?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Rainbow Picnic Game
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Rainbow Picnic Game (ages 3+) helps young children practice color recognition, patience, gross-motor skills and vocabulary. Draw a card and choose a colorful food item from the picnic that matches. Be the first to fill your rainbow with 6 different colored foods and win the game! A perfect game for screen-free fun and preschool children Ages 3+. Creativity and curiosity are two key building blocks for a lifetime of learning, this game is designed not only to amuse and delight but to inspire fun, playful discovery.
SCRABBLE®: Dr. Seuss
Oh What a Rhyme Time you can have! It’s time to rhyme in this Seussian spin on the classic crossword game! SCRABBLE®: Dr. Seuss welcomes fans of these timeless books to play the traditional way , or play with added Seuss’d up bonus features! Relive your favorite stories and discover new ways to play in this whimsical edition of Scrabble!
If you thought that factory robots took the weekend off like you do (well, most of you), then you haven’t seen a Robo Rally yet! When the supervisors are gone and the cameras have been angled to watch the ceiling, the robots take charge and participate in fast and frenzied race-battles!
Robo Rally is a family-friendly, competitive racing game full of robotic chaos! Prepare to experience your very first Robo Rally today!
RISK® THE 1980’S EDITION
TABOO®: Disney is a new exciting classic party game where teams compete to figure out Guess words without the use of “taboo” clues. Race against a timer to describe Disney-related answers, challenge your creativity and communication skills. Guess it right and earn a point, or get the buzzer if you slip up! Rack your brain for all the best Disney memories and be the team with more points at the end of the round to win! Whether you’re a dedicated Disney fan or a casual player, this twist on the classic game guarantees endless laughter and family fun.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on the site for new giveaways. Some of the sponsors from this have opted for prizes – or prize packages – for you to win. You can grab items from the list to gift before the holidays then possibly score a giveaway win as a post-holiday pick-me-up!
Which modernized classic will be the first one in your shopping cart?