Holiday Gift Guide for the Game Lover – 2022

Our family loves games. It’s so fun to be able to enjoy quality time together… even if our competitive edge comes out! haha Here are some of our favorites.

  1. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza – The object of the game is to get rid of all your cards and be the first to slap your hand on the central pile of cards when you see a match or when a special card appears. Now, to play the game, each player gets 12 cards dealt from the shuffled pack and players must not look at their cards. The players have to keep these five crazy words – Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza in mind. As soon as there is a match between a card and a spoken word, race against each other to slap your hand on the central pile of cards. The last one to do so must take them all. Sometimes being last is not that bad at all as the person can slap everyone else’s hands harder. We all had fun slapping hard on the last-but-one player!
  2. Suspend – Imagine a crooked, wonky game of Jenga and Pick-Up-Stix and you have Suspend. Except you’re stacking crooked bars on top of one another and hoping you aren’t the one that dumps the whole thing!
  3. Rubiks Race – This 2 player game is great for one on one time with the kids! It’s fast paced and a brain teaser.
  4. Left Center Right – This one is great to bring money and throw down a buck or two and play as a huge group. It’s a pretty simple game, Jett picked it up quickly! It’s the one we play on Halloween with our whole dang family, the pot was huge!! Everyone brought a dollar.
  5. 5 Crowns – A rummy style card game. It’s perfect on vacation because it only has the one deck of cards.
  6. Bonk – If you want a game where you’ll be stress laughing the whole time then this is the one. Easy to learn for all ages. Kind of gives a foosball and air hockey vibe!
  7. Catch Phrase – A classic! A fast paced game great for groups.
  8. Ultimate Werewolf – This is so fun for large groups too! It gets loud and heated trying to figure out who the werewolf is! It’s like mafia if you every played that growing up!
  9. Secret Hitler – Again, so fun for big groups. Another mafia-like game. You’re trying to figure out who the secret hitler is as a group you vote people out and whoever is standing last wins!
  10. Cover Your Assets – This is the one game my boys BEG to play and it’s so much fun as a family. Fair warning, if you’ve got kids that are competitive, this game can get lively! But it’s super easy to learn, fun for large numbers (just buy multiple decks), and can keep the troops entertained for hours! The idea is to get two matching cards to create an “asset” and to protect that asset by collecting more and piling them on top of each other. Only the top “asset” is in danger of being stolen by another player. This is hand’s down one of the best games ever made!
  11. Travel Games – These travel games are perfect for the car.. another great brand is chuckle + roar from Target and they have a bunch of on-the-go games.
  12. Tenzi – This is actually one of our family’s favorite games because everyone can play and you can add as many players as you’d like. We own 2 sets just for those occasions! Every player gets 10 dice. The object of the game is to roll the dice as fast as possible, the player who gets all dice on the same number and yells “Tenzi!” is the winner. And if you get bored with this old standby, this set comes with 77 different ways to play to mix it up!
  13. Throw Throw Burrito – If you’ve got a rowdy crowd, you might want to play this one outside haha. Sometimes it’s hard to remember you’re inside when you play.
  14. It’s in the Bag – It’s like charades with a twist! Super easy to learn and another fun one for a big group.
  15. Card holder – These are great if you’re playing a card game with little kids, less frustration for everyone involved. haha
  16. Nertz – This is the game speed on steroids. So fast, stressful, and fun all at the same time.
  17. Code Names – This one is super fun to play with teams. The two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their Codenames.The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin. Pick that tile and your team gets killed. It can be fast-paced and is super fun!
  18. Settlers of Catan – Settlers of Catan is an enduring classic, and for good reason. It’s approachable for new players but deep enough for experienced (and very competitive players) to really sink their teeth into. On the surface, the game is simple enough. You build settlements across the island of Catan in pursuit of economic domination. It’s all about managing resources and trying to outsmart your opponents. Here’s the expansion pack if you’ve got a big family like us.
  19. Rummikub – Gin Rummy with tiles and the kids picked this one up pretty good and have mastered kicking my butt! haha.
  20. The Chameleon – It’s easier to just copy what amazon wrote about this one! “A sneaky family board game of social deduction, where players must race to catch the chameleon before It’s too late. In this board game everyone knows the secret word—except for the player with the chameleon card.”
  21. Play nine – If you know golf lovers this is a fun one. It’s great because you don’t actually have to know golf to play! A great card game that my boys love.
  22. Pindaloo – My boys will play with this for hours. Keep track of how many times you can make the ball through the tube thing.
  23. Zingo – Zingo is one of my kid’s favorite games, and is the winner of an Oppenheim Gold Award and Parents’ Choice Gold Award. It’s Bingo with reading! The pictures ensure that Jett or Dash can still independently play, while it encourages them to read aloud the object. This game requires no adult help, so my kids will literally spend hours playing this game together. It is a super sturdy game with thick, sturdy, double-sided cardboard bingo cards and the text and pictures on the yellow “chips” have no scratching or fading from frequent overuse. This game is now my go-to gift for any birthday party we are invited to and my boys ask to play it all the time!
  24. Drone Home – My boys love this one! You try and get your little alien into the drone to fly up. Fast pace and easy to learn.
  25. Monopoly Deal – The board game takes forever, and my kids definitely lose interest and get all mad over it. This card game version is way better and we all love it! If you’re in it for the long haul here’s a link to the board game.
  26. Flipside – It has 4 modes so you can play single or multiplayer! It’s similar to a Rubik’s cube but a game version.
  27. Mexican Train Dominos – This one is pretty simple for anyone to pick up. It can be played all sorts of ways, whether you are short on time or have hours to play.
  28. Salem 1692 – This one is a fun one! Accuse your friends of witchcraft using cards, strategy, deceit, and a bit of luck. It’s definitely best for older kids.
  29. Shocktato – Like hot potato but it shocks you if it stops on you. Don’t worry they have three modes in case you have littles playing haha. It’s a rowdy, fun group game!
  30. Qwirkle – Qwirkle is another of our favorite matching games that is easy for our younger kids to play but can be made challenging for the older kids to play as well!
  31. Sushi Go – we’ve had this one since 2017! It’s a fun, fast paced card game with a bunch of different directions on them. You win by making the most sushi rolls!
  32. Shutterfly Personalized Puzzle –