Board Games and Christmas Gifts

Do you gift board games to friends and family for Christmas or to your co-workers for white elephant gift exchange?

What sort of games have you given in the past and how successful was it in getting them hooked?

I've usually gotten some random practical item for my workplace when we hold the gift exchange so this year, I'm thinking of getting a board game under $20

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JVant 9 days ago | 2 points[-]

This list relates to Thanksgiving but covers the general holiday time pretty well. It is a good breakdown of different types of groups and what games would be good for them. If your coworkers fit any of these, the recommendations seem pretty dead-on.

JamesReid860 3 days ago | 1 point[-]

I've gotten games for others only when I knew for sure that they wanted a game. We also will do a "Chinese Christmas" game where everyone gets a random gift and often I'll take a board game to that. Often, it turns out to be a hit!

theDL 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

On the Ludology podcast they once said something like "Stop buying games for your friends, they don't want them." That's funny but also often true.

Thatbeing said, we bought Lords of Waterdeep for my brother in law this year. He has a small interest in games and he enjoys DND. Here's hoping that goes well.

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I typically get my kids 1-2 board games for Christmas. Just so I can play it with them. 

I’ve given more party-type games as gifts to extended family. Last year I gifted a copy of Funemployed and then we played it as a large group. It was quite fun. 

philryuh Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I'd be suspicious if you started gifting Spirit Island expansions to your kids in the upcoming weeks :D

Looked at the page for Funemployed and it sounds like a fun party game. I'd prefer that over Apples to Apples

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah! Fun employed actually requires a bit of acting skill and quick thinking whereas Apples you just toss cards in. 

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Lol! I’m not that obvious yet.

BenjaminK 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

We've given games like Codenames/Codenames Duet, Kingdomino, and similar games that are small, easy to teach, but very good games. I'm not sure anyone's been "bit" by the gaming bug through those gifts, but the recipients do comment that they still love playing them, so that's good haha

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Codenames hits that price point for a gift. 

philryuh Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Codenames sounds like a great choice--I was asking @Marshwiggle92 below for some recommendations because I'll be going with a board game this year for my white elephant gift for the office

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I have very very occasionally given somebody who I knew was becoming interested in gaming a gateway type of game. They have been well received and played, but the gaming bug hasn't bitten them. 

philryuh Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

What were some of the games you gifted? I'm going to need to choose something this week before the white elephant gift exchange with the people in the office

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 2 points[-]




And some outliers. For instance, I have a friend who loved Acquire so I gave him Power Grid and he loves it. Another guy I knew had played Puerto Rico and loved it.  I gave him a copy. That was 6 years ago, and it remains the only hobby game he plays. 

JuneBloom 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Love Kingdomino!

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