Can you believe it’s almost December already??!! So it’s time for my holiday picks. Admittedly, as I started my list earlier in the year I was thinking that availability was going to be an issue and I was right! These on the list are all available now (the day I’m hitting the publish button). If you really want anything — on this list or not, I’d say get it soon just to be safe! Picks are from youngest to oldest hope you find something that’s the perfect gift.
Please remember that local stores still need us more than ever, so before you click my link see if your local store has it. Bonus, they’ll probably wrap it too! yay!
Share and Sparkle Unicorns
Peaceable Kingdom, Ages 3+, 2-4 players, 15 Minutes, ~$20 at Amazon
I previously reviewed Share and Sparkle Unicorns, and it’s a great gift for any Unicorn-loving kid. The game has players trying to fill the unicorn’s crowns and necklaces with gems before the troll fills his bag with gems. As this is cooperative, hopefully every player will have a beautifully bedazzled unicorn at the end of the game!
Blue Orange, Ages 5+, 2-4 players, 15 Minutes, ~$20 at Amazon
If you’re a fan of Kingdomino (Amazon link) and you have kids in that 4-6ish range, this is a great game to start with. It’s very similar to Kingdomino but has more of a kid-friendly domino play. It has great artwork and cute little dragons in the game, it’s a fun way for the family to play together and make the younger kids feel like big kids.
Throw Throw Avocado
Exploding Kittens, Ages 7+, 2-6 players, ~15 Minutes, ~$25 at Target
If you loved Throw Throw Burrito (see on Amazon), as many people did, Throw Throw Avocado is the extension/stand alone follow up game. It stands up well in both applications and if you like playing dodgeball card games with foamy food, these are the games for you!
Kim-Joy’s Magic Bakery
SkyBound Games, ages 8+, 2-5 players, ~20 Minutes, $20 at Amazon
Are you a fan or do you know a fan of The Great British Baking Show who remembers Kim-Joy’s adorable bakes? She helped make this family-friendly, extra adorable cooperative card game. The game is pretty simple but the art and theme really bring it to a showstopper level!
Super Mega Lucky Box
Gamewright, Ages 8+, 1-6 players, 20 Minutes, ~$16 at Amazon
Also previously reviewed, Super Mega Lucky Box was one of my top (and most played) games of 2021. It’s frustratingly addictive as you KNOW you can do better and you want to quickly start a new game. It’s got this lottery or bingo-like feel but you get to choose which card to cross that number off on. It’s simple but oh so strategic! Fun to play with a group too!
Keymaster Games, Ages 10+, 2-4 players, ~30 Minutes, ~$20 at Target only
I love PARKS (see on Amazon), so TRAILS was a welcome follow-up. It has the same amazing artwork and it shares some DNA with PARKS, but it’s different enough to feel like a new experience. I especially like TRAILS with 2 players (3 is good too) so if you’re looking for a solid 2-player game to gift, this is one!
Next up… Stocking Stuffers AKA – small games usually at a lower price.