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One of the best gifts that a person can receive is the gift of time and memories. This is especially true for kids! When you look back on your childhood and think of the highlights, you probably remember fun times spent with your parents, not necessarily your favourite toy.
Making memories is one of the reasons that family game nights are so popular – it’s time spent laughing and talking together (plus, someone has to be the victor, with all of the associated bragging rights). That also means that board games make wonderful gifts!
10 Family Friendly Board Game Gifts
Ticket To Ride
Ticket to Ride is a fun strategy game that works with a large age range of kids. There are also tons of expansion packs, so you can build your rail lines across more than the United States. The objective: to see the most cities in North America – in just 7 days. Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure game. Players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn.
The Settlers of Catan
Settlers of Catan is a classic board game, played everywhere from family game nights to dorm rooms and at dinner parties. The game can be quick, or long, it all depends on how the dice roll. It is great for larger groups, too. Every time the game is different because the board set up changes. Collect resources and avoid the Robber, while winnings points for the longest road or the largest army card.
The Game of Things Board Game
In this hilarious game, you read a topic card and then write down your response. It can be anything that comes to mind, there’s no right or wrong answer. Then all the responses are read aloud and you have to figure out who said what. You won’t believe the THINGS. the people you know will come up with, which makes it a fantastic way to bond with friends and family.
King of Tokyo
King of Tokyo is a game for the kids, and you can play along too. There’s mutant monsters, giant robots and aliens, all of whom are happily whacking each other in a joyous atmosphere in order to become the King of Tokyo. Rated 5 stays, with over 750 reviews, this game is a winner with kids.
ThinkFun Rush Hour
Rush Hour is a challenging puzzle game, where you have to get the little red car out of the traffic jam! Each level starts with a set up card, creating progressively more difficult challenges. This is a great game for teaching logic to kids, keeping adults entertained, and to have sitting around the cottage.
BANG! (La Pallottola!) The Bullet!
Since the beginning, the Outlaws hunt the Sheriff, the Sheriff hunts the Outlaws. The Renegade plots in secret, ready to take one side or the other. But who are the merciless Outlaws, willing to gun him down? To find out you have to draw, (Your cards, that is,) Now the Sheriff has decided to settle things once and for all in his own way. He has written a name on a single bullet. That name is… BANG
Get a group of friends together and get them shouting out words with CatchPhrase. The goal of this game is to get your team mates to guess the word on the screen, without you saying the word. Hilarity ensues when you can’t think of a way to get people to guess and when people guess the craziest things.
Viticulture Board Game
Looking for a way to teach your kids about business, while also giving yourself an excuse to drink wine? Viticulture is where it’s at!
You find yourself in rustic, pre-modern Tuscany, where you’ve inherited a meager vineyard. You own a few plots of land, an old crush pad, a tiny cellar, 3 workers.and the dream of owning the best winery in Italy. Your job is to allocate your workers and helpful visitors to complete various tasks throughout the year. Each season is different on a vineyard, so the workers have different tasks they can take care of in the summer and winter. There’s competition over those tasks, and often the first worker to arrive at each one has an advantage over the rest. Using those workers and visitors, you can expand your vineyard by building structures, planting vines, and filling wine orders as you work towards the goal of owning the most successful winery in Tuscany.
Show Manager is another fun way to subtly teach kids about the world of business and the world of the arts at the same time. The players put together four shows in any order: Queenie, Wolf, King Lear, and Ballet. To accomplish this, players draft actor cards from a constantly changing queue of cards. Each card represents actors of varying skills at roles. Once a player puts together all the needed roles for a show, the value is judged against all the other productions of that type, with points given relative to the other productions