Board Game Gift Guide | 2017

The holiday season is arriving quickly and if you’re like me, you’re appraising the new things you’ve seen and experienced this year for potential gifts, including board games. There are so many board games out there for all types of adults, families and kids. Whether you’re looking for something that the kids can play on their own, or a great game to play together as a family, check out our top picks for board game gifts this year. Most of these games on this year’s board game gift guide are in the $20-30 range and will keep the kids (and the whole family) busy and interacting the whole evening!

Board Game Gift Guide for Kids and Families – current page

Board Games Gift Guide for Adults – coming soon

Sparkle*Kitty

 

With unprecedented levels of cuteness, this game has excited all ages (and genders!). Sparkle*Kitty is a very quick and easy game for players of all ages. It’s easy enough for kids to play on their own, and it’s quick enough that other family members can join in for one or more games in-between other holiday duties. And, this plays up to eight players, great for larger families!

Great for ages: 6+

Players: 3-8

Available at: Amazon for ~$27

Check out my full review of Sparkle*Kitty:

Ice Cool

Ice Cool is one of our favorite dexterity games for kids. Featuring penguins that wibble-wobble, Ice Cool combines dexterity and a little math action into a fun game for the whole family. Players flick the penguins around trying to catch fish or other players to win the round and score points.

Great for ages: 6+

Players: 2-4

Available at: Amazon for ~$30

Watch this kid’s review of Ice Cool:

Jack’s Friends

Jack’s Friends is one of the best games to play with families! One player will be the giant, and other players will be Jack’s friends who are trying to steal from the giant. Each round, each player will secretly choose their location card. All reveal, and if the giant chooses your location, you are caught and the giant scores, but if you avoid the giant, you collect the item at your location. It’s has a light-hearted mischievous fun to it that kids and adults enjoy!

Great for ages: 6+

Players: 2-6

Available at: Amazon for ~$20

Check out our spotlight on Jack’s Friends:

HedBanz

Unlike the other games on this list, this game isn’t new, but it’s an old favorite that deserves a highlight. It’s twenty questions, but with a card on your forehead (attached to the headband). The objects are fairly simple (broom, guitar, boat, bear) so that younger players can play and practice their deductive reasoning. Another game that the whole family can enjoy!

Great for Ages: 7+

Players: 2-6

Available at: Amazon for ~$12

HedBanz Game

Monopoly Gamer

Most Monopoly games are just a theme layered on the original game (which I loathe!), but Monopoly Gamer is more of a mash-up between Monopoly and Mario Party. Choose from your favorite characters (each has a special unique ability), and race around the board collecting and dropping coins as well as property and fighting bosses. The game is shorter than the original as well, making it great for families.

Great for ages: 8+

Players: 3-5

Available at: Amazon for ~$18

monopoly gamer

Battle Goats

Battle Goats is one of my favorite filler card games. You’ll draft your army, and arrange them in a grid. As players attack each other, you’ll want to remember where your target is hiding so you can choose the right card to defeat them and become the battle goat champion. This is another game you’ll want to play over again, as players develop an understanding of how to draft their army and position them on the field.

Great for ages: 9+

Players: 2-6

Available at: Amazon for ~$20

Battle Goats Game

The Chameleon

Great for teens and adults, The Chameleon is a social word association game with short rounds. All players but one will know the secret word for the round, but the chameleon, who only knows the available options, will have to blend in while trying to guess the secret word. Players interrogate each other to find the chameleon before the chameleon guesses the word. The lying and deceit aspects of the game make it engaging and social. The game is portable as well, so taking it over to friends houses or on vacation is easy.

Great for ages: 14+

Players: 3-6

Available at: Amazon for ~$16

Check out our review of The Chameleon:

I hope you and your family will enjoy these games as much as we do! Thank you for joining us for our Board Game Gift Guide. Stay tuned for part two of this installment, or let us know in the comments below what game you think should make the board game gift guide list for adults!

11 thoughts on “Board Game Gift Guide | 2017

  1. Monopoly is a game that might cause divorces, I would not recommend it as a present 😛

  2. Love this listing. Thanks so much Calli. Can’t wait for the adult list – will you include Acquire?

    1. Thank you for letting us know! Should have another blog up soon with the adult favorites 🙂

    1. I love battlegoats. I have no idea why it keeps hitting the table over and over again but it does.

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