I’ve already posted my Holiday Game Picks, but I also always post a Stocking Stuffer Games list as well. These are games that are smaller, fit nicely into a stocking (or suitcase) and are usually less that ~$15. Again, all of the links below that go to Amazon support The Game Aisle. It won’t charge you more, but it will help with my hosting fees. If you’re not going to use an affiliate link, please go and support a local toy or game store. If you need more suggestions please visit myAmazon Storefront.
Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza – Dolphin Hat Games
Ages 6+*, 3-8 players, ~10 minutes, ~$10 at Amazon Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
If you’re looking for a kind of stupid, easy, fun game to toss in a stocking, Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza might be it. The game is simple, players say “Taco-Cat-Goat-Cheese-Pizza” while they’re flipping cards that likely have something completely different on it. If it miraculously matches, everyone tries to slap the card and the player who gets to it first collects the pile. There are also some special cards to mix it up, but really, it is what it is and that could be some loud fun! NOTE: it says 8+ on the package but a 5-6 year old can tackle this as you do not have to read the words on the cards.
Sherlock Express – Blue Orange
Ages 7+, 2-6 players, ~10 minutes, ~$13 at Amazon Sherlock Express
Sherlock Express is a fast-paced, visual deduction game. There are 6 suspect cards face-up and players flip alibi cards reducing the number of actual suspects until there’s just one and you need to be the first to slap that card. If more than one gets knocked out so there are NO viable suspects left, be the first to slap the face down deck because it must be the elusive ‘Moriarty.” Highly recommend this extremely well-illustrated card game in a nice quality magnetic box.
The Game – Pandasaurus Games
Ages 7+, 1-5 players, ~15 minutes, ~$13 at Amazon The Game
You can read my whole review of the cooperative game, The Game, or you can take my word on the fact that this is a beautiful, and quite enjoyable family cooperative game is going to be a great gift for anyone who likes cooperative games. I will be purchasing this for a few family members because, the cards are lovely, it’s a quick game to get, the box is small but SOLID, and the game is enjoyable with two or 5 players. And you can play solo!
Punto – Gamewright
Ages 8+, 2-4 players, ~20 minute for a full game (but each round is pretty quick), ~$10 at Amazon Punto
Remember Iota in its teeny tiny tin? Punto comes in the same tiny tin and is an addictive little 5 in-a-row-with-a-twist card game. It’s also perfect to fit in the toe of a stocking! You can also read my more in-depth review of Punto.
Push – Ravensburger
Ages 8+, 2-6 players, ~20 minutes, ~$13 at Amazon Push
Push is a push your luck card game where players create up to three stacks of cards by adding cards that don’t match a color or number already in the stack. If they stop before they draw a card they can’t play, they can choose which stack to take and then going around the circle, other players collect the other stacks. If they bust and can’t play the card they drew, they must roll the die and discard all of the cards they’ve already collected of the matching color. On turns you can also choose to bank cards instead of drawing cards and collecting more. It sounds a bit complex, but you play one turn and you get it.
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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Yuletide Greetings, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Happy New Year, Merry Solstice — whatever you celebrate, I hope it’s happy. All the best to you and yours this holiday season. -Kim