This is the season we all get together. We have friends over for nice get-togethers, and a lot of families hold their annual Holiday Feasts. What better idea than to pull out a board game before or after dinner to spend this time together with some fun and laughs? Board games bring people together and forge lifelong bonds. This year, exchange the tired Monopoly and Risk for some of these newcomers! Have some screen-free fun and really kick it up a notch!
You are the President – 3-6 players, ages 14+
Should teenagers be given the vote? Should dangerous science be banned? Or, should fun jobs get lower salaries? You are the President. You decide. A great social board game that’ll have you debating hot topics with your friends and family. Tackle ethical dilemmas: will you stick to your principles or chase power at all costs? The President has been assassinated and you, the Senators, must vote on the issues facing your fictional state – while keeping one eye on the presidency, of course! Wrestle with political dilemmas of the past, present, and future, and navigate the election without damaging your image. As you get closer to the top spot, find out how well you really know your friends and discover who has what it takes to lead the country!
You can get this game for $29.99 on Amazon.
Bold Made – 2-4 players, ages 7+
This new version of the game Old Maid includes bold women who made huge impacts on our world and has a more aspirational goal of ending the game with the Bold Made card. A perfect game to play with kids and teens. Learn something about the great women that built this world while having a fun modern version of the Old Maid game. Bold Made has won numerous awards, from the 2021 national parenting product to the Tillyqig best children’s product award!
Bold Made can be purchased on Amazon for $15.99.
Taco vs Burrito – 2-4 players, ages 7+
This funny game will have the whole table laughing! Easy to learn but surprisingly strategic, Taco vs Burrito features a basic gameplay that is easy to master but the Action Cards shift the game into unpredictable territory. Exciting up to the very last card! You can learn this game in only a few minutes, and game sessions are short, with only 10-15 minutes a game. You will find yourself wanting to replay often! Kids and adults alike will love this quick, easy, and fun game!
You can get Taco vs Burrito for $15.98 on Amazon!
Hocus Pocus Tricks & Wits – 2-4 players, ages 8+
It’s The Kids versus The Witches as you play tricks to get to the ghastly spellbook before the Black Flame Candle burns out! Hocus Pocus Tricks & Wits plays in quick turns and exciting opportunities to bluff and outwit your opponents. You can roll the beautiful glittery die to gain special powers for your team, then move the black flame card down the candle until it “burns out.” No matter your skill or experience with games, this fun little game of 20 minutes will have you in its spell!
For sale on Amazon for $8.99.
Life Stories – 2-12 players, all ages
Life Stories is the perfect game to get to know each other better! Get the conversation started. Life Stories game cards spark conscious connections across all generations. Unlock new stories, evoke memories, and strengthen your relationship with your loved ones using unique card games for adults and kids. With this game, you will never be at a loss for words again! Each card contains deep, engaging prompts to avoid dead air and awkward silences during gatherings. With simple and no-fuss gameplay, playing Life Stories is a breeze. Simply draw 1 card each from the Situations & Feelings decks. Then, take turns responding and listening to each of the player’s answers to discover some untold stories from them.
For sale on Amazon for $34, or on the Live Deeply website for $28.
Return of the Headless Horseman – 2-4 players, ages 5+
In Disney’s Return of the Headless Horseman Game, Ichabod is frightened and needs your help! You have several chances to work together to get him to the covered bridge before the Headless Horseman heads him off… A great cooperative game that is fun to play with the kids (we have played it successfully with 4- and 5-year-olds). Cooperative play gets the family working together, and is a great skill to teach early on.
Get it on Amazon for $19.99, or Funko for $20.
Parks and Recreation – 3-6 players, ages 14+
Remember what’s important in life: Friends, Waffles, and Work! Relive your favorite moments from the hit TV show in this party game! Pick one of Pawnee’s famous Parks and Recreation projects, make deals, and recruit help. You’ll need to work with your colleagues, but if you can take more credit, you’ll earn sweeter rewards. When Li’l Sebastian is done eating, the game ends, and whoever has the best waffles wins! Each card features a hilarious quote from the show and has original art in the style of Pawnee’s historic murals. A true winner for all fans of the show!
You can get this awesome game for $8.40 on Amazon.
TableTopics – 2+ players, all ages
TableTopics is a whole range of games that all offer questions to start conversations. These thought-provoking questions have helped millions of people spark engaging, meaningful conversations. Each themed set is full of questions you would have never thought to ask, and the best part is that you’ll get to know your friends and family even better. So, skip the small talk — enjoy connecting through great conversation. They have 45 different themed boxes, all of them priced at $25. You can get Family Gathering, What Would You Do, Infomania Sports, or even Girls Night Out to name just a couple. Great fun for anyone at any age!
Socially Twisted – 2+players, ages 12+
Socially Twisted is a party game for friends and family with a daring side. Create a twisted story using story and word cards and get competitive with your friends or family. No two games are ever alike and with a few practice rounds, everyone wins as a “Socially Twisted Loser or Winner,” depending on how you look at it! They now even have a version for kids starting at the age of 8 where you create silly stories and exercise your imagination and creative skills. Have fun!
Get the game, Socially Twisted, for $9.99 on Amazon.