Sometimes, it is not that simple to come up with good ideas for family gifts for Christmas.
Well, in the spirit of Christmas and cold winter days, board family game is the perfect idea that will bring a good mood not only for children but for their parents, too. And most of all – they all will be spending hours together, having fun together, being cheerful together, laughing directly from their hearts. These points make the board game ideal family gifts for Christmas.
In Part 1 I represented you 4 of my suggestions for family gift ideas – CoMotion, What?, Twister, Charades. Now check out the next 5 Christmas gift solutions for entire family and choose the best classic board game for your family friends.
Beat the Parents
If your friends like trivia and being-asked questions, then this is the game for your choice! It’s a fun-filled game that brings kids and parents together for a head-to-head challenge. The concept is that the adults answer questions about kids’ stuff and vice versa the kids answer questions their parents should really know. There are special wild cards that could send someone reeling back to the start or skipping ahead to the finish. Whoever crosses the board first wins the game and proves who the boss is. The set includes 101 question cards, 32 parent wild and 32 children wild cards, 4 mover pieces, a board and a guide. Once you answer a question correctly, you move your game piece forward on the board. When you have all your pieces on the other side of the board, you win! There are tons of cards so there are always new questions to answer. Even if the questions finish, you can think of new ones so that the game never ends. Although the game is recommended for 6 +, I personally think that 6 years old is definitely too young. At the same time, late teens are probably too old because the game could be too easy for them. It’s also true that this is a very "pop culture" oriented game. Unless you are an expert in pop culture, with specific knowledge in Star Wars, Disney movies, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, sports and music, you may be out of luck on the "parent" side of the questioning. Apart from that, the game is very educational, mainly difficult for the parents and too easy for the bigger children. However, you can modify the game by providing hints to make questions easier or leaving out details to make them harder to answer. Probably is not going to withstand the test of time unless you add extra questions in the future. Anyway, the game is really fast-moving – the player can hop across the board to win in no time at all. But the kids will love that game and lots of fun for the entire family is expected.
That’s the beloved classic game of quick sketches and hilarious guesses that gather the entire family and it is kids’ favorite. One of the best family gifts for Christmas for sure. Year after year since 1985 Pictionary proves itself to be the ultimate party game. In this quick-draw classic, the sketches draw a lot of laughs and the guesses can be even more hilarious. The game has 2 levels of clues – 1200 adults and 800 junior so everyone can play easily. It is suitable for 3 or more players. The rules are actually really simple - watch how Megan Fox, Jenifer Aniston, Lenny Kravitz and more celebrities are playing Pictionary.
The favorite game of quick sketches and hilarious guesses has different levels and this is a good advantage. Well, some of the junior questions are pretty easy - they work well for even 3-4 years old children to play - but some can be a little too difficult even for older kids. The game circles are quick – maybe less than 30 minutes - so that is nice in order to keep children’s attention. Kids love to draw and guess and participate and it’s easy to keep all ages involved. If the family who you’re searching present for has younger kids, you can choose the easier version. The mission to bring all of them down is done!
Funny, interactive game for everyone. A simple formula for fun: take an ordinary object; add googly eyes, enjoy the zaniness! A player draws a card, and depending on which color space he’s landing on, determines which “thing” he has to draw. To be harder and most of all funny, the player has to draw it while wearing large wacky glasses altering 3 different-difficulty lenses that mess-up the vision. Then for a set time of 15-45 sec. the thing should be drawn and people on the player’s team have to guess what it should be. It’s really not simple with all the doodling that appears on the white sheet of paper. Though, the tasks are not as easy as “tree” or “cloud” or “sun”. The point here is no matter how complicated are the objects that are supposed to be drawn, to get fun, to laugh loud to the ridiculous and insane pieces of art.
Googly Eyes (by Goliath games) is s hilarious family-friendly game that challenges vision and leaves the players googly for more. It’s extremely appropriate for small and older children (aged 7 +) and their parents, for 4 to 16 player at the same time. The set comes with a snazzy notepad to make beautiful drawings, glasses with 3 lenses, a large vividly colored board, 162 challenge cards divided into 3 themes: Objects, Places and Entertainment, pawns, dice, paper, pencil, timer, and instructions. Talking about instructions, this game is proper for people who are not fond of reading complicated rules.
I can call this game a family-friendly version of Pictionary to play with the kids (this is more appropriate for them and easy to understand!). So probably the better choice for your family gifts for Christmas. A suggestion to play this game is (apart from the official rules) to divide people from the beginning into 3 groups according to the lenses difficulty. For example “hard” lenses for mom & dad, “medium” for the teenagers and “easy” for the youngest members of the family. I realize this isn't really following the rules or the way the game was meant to be, but don’t forget the main mission of every single board game –to be something the whole family can do together and bring lots of fun. Don’t pass this Googly Eyes suggestion for a funny family Christmas gift!
The Classic - Monopoly
Classics are typically those that stand the test of time. Monopoly is a classic family board game of luck, chance, strategies, wheeling and dealing while buy and sell properties. You can build hotels, houses until someone takes the monopole of the city. I promise you hours of fun with this well-known board family!
It’s a pleasure that this recommended classic version of Monopoly is released exactly in the style that it used to appear in the 70’s. This means bi-fold board (folds in half, not in quarters), no Rich Uncle Pennybags (Monopoly man) in the center of the game's name, and only the original tokens.
Although there are new modern editions of the game, I strongly recommend sticking to the classic for some reasons. The price is not that much higher, but the quality – believe me – is much better. Gift enjoy to your friends forever!
Scrabble of All Time
There’s no need to explain too much what game Scrabble is. But I can introduce it as one of the perfect family gifts for Christmas– with or without children on board - now UPGRADED. The advantages of the new Delux Scrabble Edition are its new features: such as the wheeled board that turns to each player, non-slip grid that keeps tiles in place, carry case for easy storage of the 100 wooden letter tiles. The players will no longer read the board upside down because whole board rotates. This is possible because the four corners of the table have mini-rollers under instead of rubber stoppers. Honestly, it's worth the money that cost this Scrabble with the wheeled board. Get ready to word up!
If you are ready with the family gifts for Christmas, you can move on to the next challenge – a Christmas gift that is fancy and tech enough to be honored by your relatives and friends as a real hit this Christmas – the smart gadgets for Christmas.