Some find it stupid, others can hardly wait for the pre-Christmas tradition and still others transform the tradition into a modern version of the gift comedy: the Secret Santa. From the classic company gnome to the junk gnome, the process hardly knows any uniform rules. Usually what comes first is given as a gift. There are hardly any requirements for a good elf present - with one exception: it should be as affordable as possible, preferably under ten euros. And if at all possible, an elf present should also make the recipient happy, or at least amuse them. So that the next elf doesn't turn out to be a flop, we have the perfect tips for suitable elf gifts ready. Have fun! Christmas will be big this year. “Thinking big” is our motto this year: the bigger the gift, the more entertaining the holidays will be. To live up to this motto, there is hardly a better idea than to give away board games for Christmas. With such a large selection, it is difficult to find a suitable board game title that will bring joy to the recipient. You are therefore on the safe side with board game classics that are available in practical big boxes at low prices in stores.

Into the sack. Get to the sack.

Regardless of which region of the globe you do it, one thing is right at the top of the rules for traditional Secret Santa: King chance determines who is allowed to give presents to whom. This works in the classic way with pen and paper or, in the digital age, with the help of apps or websites that take over the drawing and, if desired, even inform the participants about their luck by email. Wichteln is equal rights in practice: anonymity is one of the top priorities, which is why particularly courageous participants outdo themselves every year and throw particularly crazy gifts into the sack. 

Now, when it comes to elf, sometimes you get a very stupid lot - the boss, for example. In principle, nobody knows who the gifts came from, but the rumor mill often boils over, especially in companies. Then of course nobody wants to be embarrassed; and thanks to our tips, embarrassment is almost impossible. On the contrary: for such an ingenious selection of an elf present you will earn admiring glances and maybe even a promotion because you gave the boss exactly the game he has always wanted.

Even if it hardly seems, it is a pre-Christmas custom with a long tradition.

Gnome game: Again! by Schmidt games

Packed ready-to-use: the ideal board games for elf

Once again! von Inka and Markus Brand are praised by players for a reason. The simple but pretty clever game of dice requires skill and a good knack for combining. Each participant receives a game sheet on which different colored boxes are waiting to be ticked - not randomly, but each connected in a given color and with a number determined by the dice. The game idea is as simple as it is challenging, which in this dice game from Schmidt Spiele leads to an enormous addiction factor. All players play at the same time, where all means 1 to 6 in this case. Once again! you can also play perfectly alone if you just want to keep the imp to yourself; and there is a great risk that this will happen.

The active player in each case throws the color and number dice in order to then decide on two dice, which he scores for himself personally on the game sheet. The remaining players then choose their color and number combination from the remaining dice or use one of the wild symbols if they are available. Filling in a column is just as important as completing a color. Whoever achieves the highest number of points in the final scoring wins. Becomes tricky Once again! through various “Keuzchentaktics” that open up in the course of the game. It is not only important that you spread yourself out on the game sheet as skillfully as possible, but also that, as an active player, you should snatch attractive combinations away from the other participants, at least if you can use them yourself - there are also minus points. The motivation to achieve ever higher final scores tempts you to spend hours playing evenings.

Into the sack: Once again! is the perfect elf gift for under 10 euros that turns your worst enemy into your greatest friend.

Gnome Game: Port Royal Underway by Pegasus Games

The elf experience begins with luck and chance and ends with it, at least if you choose to play the independent card game Port Royal on the way from Pegasus Spiele decides. The “Unterwegs” series is also a new format from Pegasus Spiele to prepare fans for upcoming trips. The game mechanism is the same as the original, but has been slightly simplified in appropriate places to function as a card game. Port Royal on the move means Push-your-Luck in its purest form and entertains 2 to 4 players, ages 8+, at a high level. Even the purchase price of Port Royal on the way is more than convincing and makes the card game an ideal title for the next gnome evening.

The aim of the game is to recruit characters who generate victory points for the players. In keeping with one's status, payment is made with gold coins that have to be earned. Each move consists of exactly two phases, which are composed on the one hand of refreshing the port section and on the other hand of the trading part. The process continues until one of the players has eight victory points. The mobile version of Port Royal certainly loses a bit of the charm of the original, but impresses with its exciting game rounds and smooth gameplay. Fans of the original version will be particularly pleased that the characters from Port Royal can also be used as an extension on the go.

With this game, real push-your-luck comes into the bag.

Gnome Game: The Game Extreme by NSV

The predecessor of The Game Extreme was rightly placed on the nomination list for the 2015 Game of the Year, but could not prevail against Colt Express. Even without the title it is The Game a timeless classic that ensures high tension on the gaming table with simple rules. The new variant combines the strengths of the cooperative card game with exciting modifications that limit the possible player actions. With this, the hope for new records dwindles significantly, but also motivates to keep playing. The basic idea is easy to explain. Solo or cooperatively with two to five players, the players must complete decks of cards, each running from 1 to 100 and from 100 to 1. The fewer cards that are left at the end, the better the players have done. The gameplay is so simple that you wonder why you didn't invent the game yourself. The Game Extreme however, puts some special regulations on top. A total of 28 instructions from two main categories put additional obstacles in the way of the players. Lightning symbols must be executed immediately, infinity symbols remain active as long as they are displayed. The orders end the players' turns prematurely, forbid any communication or restrict the display of cards. In contrast to its predecessor, the difficulty factor is enormous, with constantly changing game situations the rounds become even more unpredictable and many times more exciting. With The Game Extreme the fun factor of the original grows exponentially, but requires a certain amount of experience with the game processes of the basic variant in order to celebrate acceptable successes.

Make around 9 euros for this expert card game The Game Extreme the perfect title for the elf sack.