We have seen so many families and friends come together around board games since we opened Kingmakers. Younger kids seem thrilled to be at the table with their “adult” family and friends. Older generations can connect with younger generations without feeling behind on technology. It’s also a great way to do “something” without necessarily having to verbally communicate. It’s an activity that bridges any barriers that may exist or just brings everyone together for a few laughs. This holiday season, we’ve curated a list of games that help delay any of that “home for the holidays” small talk (because no, we don’t want to talk about our plans for the future, okay, Aunt Susan?).
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A beautifully illustrated game where you can give vaguely specific hints to describe your card.
2. WHAT DO YOU MEME?
They heard you like memes, so they put memes in your game so you can game while you meme. Pick the best description for some of the most iconic memes the internet can offer. [Amazon / Target exclusive]
3. SAY ANYTHING
Think you know your friends? Gamble on their answers to bizarre, entertaining questions.
Cozying up for the holidays? Out-quilt each other in this tetris-esque two player game.
A game of bold-faced lies, power swings, and deadly intrigue.
You are a spy mastermind and you have to find your agents in a crowd. Easy, right? Oh yeah, you can only say one word to do so. Good luck. This message will self destruct in 3…2…1…
7. GO NUTS FOR DONUTS
Collect the tastiest-looking donuts you’ll ever see. Be careful: if you both want the same card NOBODY GETS IT!
A beautiful bluffing game that will make you love to hate your family.
9. WITS & WAGERS
What was the population of Arkansas in 1921? I don’t know either, but I bet my guess is closer than yours 😉
10. SCRAWL / TELESTRATIONS
Telephone meets Pictionary. It’s good to be bad at drawing. More than 8 players? Pro tip: play Telestrations with the Scrawl cards.
The game where the answer is just on the tip of your tongue. Can you think of the right words before they do?
12. HIVE MIND
Try to think the way everyone else does and prove you have the hive mind. Original thinkers will be punished.
13. DEAD LAST
Buying too many gifts for family and friends? Shatter your relationships in time for the holidays with this bitter fight for survival, guaranteed to make enemies.
An unlikely mix of a quiz and a word game.
Play charades while using a giant board of pictures. No acting required.