Christmas is coming! But this year everything will be different due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. Fragrant Christmas markets do not open their doors, the colorful Christmas hustle and bustle in the city centers and a lavish Christmas party with friends and family are missing. But even this year, Christmas Day can be a joyful event for families. Board games are particularly suitable as Christmas gifts, which provide lots of fun for young and old after the presents have been handed out. We introduce you to some of the latest board games for families that are suitable as Christmas gifts.
As we know from childhood, board games are a great way to spend time with the whole family and create lasting memories. Stress is relieved, joyful laughter can be heard, the connection between family members is strengthened and sometimes even the happiest has to learn to deal with defeat. In this way, fun is combined with child-like learning and digital stressors, such as the cell phone or the computer, voluntarily take a back seat for some time at Christmas. If the right board game is selected, players of all ages can enjoy it.
Board games as a Christmas present for families
If you want to give away a board game to children or families for Christmas, you have countless gift options among the current titles. To make it easier for you to choose the right title, we are presenting ten Christmas gifts that board game lovers young and old can have fun with together.
We are the robots - with the skateboard on the obstacle course
"We are the robots" is a game from Nürnberger Spielkarten Verlag (NSV) and has been nominated for Children's Game of the Year 2020. The game is about the robot Robbi, who travels a route with his skateboard, on which there are a number of obstacles that the game has to guess. The guessing game with the robot is played by two to six players, ages 5 and up.
Look into the game: One of the players takes on the role of the announcer. This player receives a route card, on the back of which it says how fast Robbi is going and which obstacle must be guessed by the other players. The guessing foxes only see the front of the route map and find out Robbi's driving speed. The robot drives off at the beep of the announcer and stops again with another beep when it has mentally reached its destination. Now the other players have to weigh up at which point on the route Robbi has arrived with his skateboard in order to guess which obstacle they are looking for. The aim of the game is to find as many obstacles as possible within 11 journeys.
Christmas present for families: The board game We Are Robots is safe to play with the whole family. Young and old players alike will have fun with the robot Robbi while training their memory and sense of time. The short playing time of about 15 minutes is an additional plus point: who can sit still for a long time when Santa Claus comes?
Speedy Roll - A spiky race
The Children's game of the year 2020 "Speedy Roll" is an animal racing and board game by Piatnik. The game can be played by 1-4 players, ages 4 and up, in a race against each other, solo or together against a fox. The goal is to roll as a hedgehog to the forest shelter in a flash and pick up as many fruits, leaves and mushrooms as possible from the forest floor.
Look into the game: In "Speedy Roll" the players roll their balled-in hedgehog over a field on which there are forest symbols. In order to be able to move, the printed forest symbols must first be collected. To do this, the players roll their hedgehogs over game parts that correspond to these symbols. With a bit of luck, the parts stick to the hedgehog thanks to a Velcro principle and the player can advance on the playing field. Whoever reaches the finish line first initiates the final round, all players who get to the shelter in the last phase have won "Speedy Roll".
|Speedy Roll - Piatnik 7168 | Children's game of the year 2020 *||17,99 EUR||Buy|
Christmas present for families: If you are looking for a board game as a Christmas present for families with small children or for training hand coordination, you will most likely make the right choice with the children's game of the year "Speedy Roll". The fact that the cute, hedgehog racing game can also be played alone is a benefit parents appreciate on busy Christmas days.
Decrypted - who will get hold of the castle treasure
The board game "Decrypted - step by step to the great treasure" is a board game for 2-5 children, aged 5 and over, by Haba. In "Decrypted" the little adventurers embark on a treasure hunt in an old castle. With three old keys in their luggage, they pull through a tower room that is littered with slits under which valuable treasures can be found. But in which slot do the keys fit? You have to find out in the game.
Look into the game: In "Decrypted - Step by step to the great treasure", the players try to insert one of three cardboard keys into the slots of the game board to recover the treasures of the treasury. If the key matches, you get sparkling crystals, if it doesn't match, the players get nothing and the treasury loses a crystal.
If the player has received a treasure, he can continue his turn, but be careful, with "Decrypted - step by step to the great treasure" courage does not always pay off! If you push your luck too much, you can end up empty-handed even in a previously successful move. The player with the largest treasure wins at the end of the game.
Christmas present for families: "Decrypted - step by step to the great treasure" is an exciting board game for families. Memory is required here and losing in the meantime, as a natural part of the game, can be practiced without frustration. The tide keeps turning in this board game, and losers suddenly become winners, bringing plenty of thrills at the Christmas table.
Cow's milk sheep's cheese foot - the arduous card game
In the card game "Kuhmilchschafkäsefuß" by Pihu, for 3-6 players, ages 6+, the aim is to react quickly and get rid of your funny deck of cards to opponents as quickly as possible. The "cow's milk sheep's cheese foot" consists of a cow's milk sheep that would like to nibble on the players' cheese feet. The only word it can utter is a long drawn out "Müüüh"!
Look into the game: All players receive a deck of cards. The cow's milk sheep is placed in the middle of the table. Now it's about speed: each player turns over the top card of his pile and reads the printed word out loud (milk, sheep's cheese, cow, cow's milk ...). The players repeat this until there is a word on the table (cow's milk) that can be put together from two other cards on display (cow and milk).
Now the players have to try to clap the cow's milk sheep as quickly as possible to keep it from nibbling on the players' cheese feet. The player who succeeds first may distribute all of the players' discard piles, including his own, among the other players. Caution! If a cheese foot appears, it is important to call out "Müüüh" quickly. If you are too slow, you have to pick up cards. The first player to run out of cards wins the game.
Christmas present for families: "Kuhmilchschafkäsefuß - The fleet card game" with the funny Kuhmilchschaf" is a reaction game that, with its funny illustrations, will make you laugh out loud and is easy to learn. Family members of all ages who are enthusiastic about playing will be happy about this card game as a Christmas present.
The stinkies - skunks want to stay stinky!
In the game “Die Stinkies – Save yourself who can” by Huch and Megableu, for 2-3 players, ages 5+, smelly skunks have laundry day. But the little cheeky badgers want to stay stinky at all costs. But unfortunately they are already on the car wash and this transports them quickly in the direction of the bubble bath. To prevent this, the players have to roll their way to safety, but the treadmill doesn't stand still and the obstacles are tough. Who will be Stinky of the Day?
Look into the game: In The Stinkis, players take on the roles of stinky skunks that don't want to be washed. To do this, skunk figures are positioned on a battery-powered treadmill, which moves in the direction of the bubble bath. One player takes on the role of rolling the dice and announces how many steps a particular skunk is allowed to walk. Now it's time to show a reaction, but unfortunately some event fields are waiting for the player. These make the skunk run backwards, step aside or even stand still while the conveyor belt of the car wash continues to run relentlessly. The player who escapes the bath three times wins.
Christmas present for children: Simple rules, colorful game material and a whirring treadmill. You can't go wrong with children with this game as a Christmas present. The Stinkies is suitable as a family game, but it tends to appeal most to young game lovers.
Go slow! - Racing game for real snails
“Go Slow!” by Pegasus Spiele is on the 2020 list of recommendations for children's game of the year and is suitable for 2-4 players, ages 4 and up. With “Go Slow!” the title says it all! The motto here is: slow down! Because the snail that stays on the vegetable garden racetrack the longest wins the game.
|Pegasus Games 66110G - Go Slow * Recommended Children's Game 2020 * *||17,09 EUR||Buy|
Look into the game: In Go Slow!, the slowest player will be the winner. The snails of the players, using cards drawn from their hands, move over a race track that is covered with symbol parts. Each hand card triggers an action that is easy to implement: For example, a player must advance to a type of vegetable, stand still or jump a certain number of fields. Other players' snails may be directly affected by the action. So that with "Go Slow!" a large portion of player luck is part of it. Who is slow enough and stays in the vegetable garden with his racing snail?
Christmas present for children: Children who can play the game alone with their siblings and friends after just a short instruction are particularly happy about the board game "Go Slow!" as a Christmas present. But families can also enjoy the snail race, where every player has the same chance of winning until the end.
Käpt'n Kuller - pirates bowling for treasure
"Käpt'n Kuller" is a pirate game for 2-5 children, ages 5 and up, by Schmidt Spiele, in which a group of pirates have captured booty on their raid. The only question is which pirate gets the larger share of the gold coin treasure. In the children's game "Käpt'n Kuller" this question is answered with pirate skittles.
Look into the game: The board game with pirates "Käpt'n Kuller" is played on a pirate ship, on the edge of which the players place a pipe. If possible, this should aim at diamonds that are spread out on the ship's deck. When it is a pirate's turn, he rolls a ball through the pipe. With a bit of luck, the ball will take diamonds below deck on its way over the pirate ship.
The pirate can take the loot obtained in this way and exchange it for gold coins of different colors (red, blue, green and yellow). To get a gold coin, it is necessary to spend those diamonds that indicate the desired gold coin. Whoever is the first to own a gold coin of each color is the winner of the game.
Christmas present for families: "Käpt'n Kuller" is a skill and board game with pirates, which both large and small sailors can enjoy alike. The rules of the game are learned quickly and the playing time of about 15 minutes allows for a quick game of the family game at the Christmas table.
My crawling beetle favorite Ludo - don't be angry!
"My KrabbelkäferFavorite-Ludo" is a dice game for 2-4 players, ages 3+, by Moses. All the animals on this colorful game board want to get back to their house as quickly as possible. Who can do it first? The spider, the snail, the bee or the ladybug?
Look into the game: The board game for children "My crawl beetle favorite Ludo" is played by luck of the dice. The rules are very simple: if the player rolls a strawberry, he may march off, after which the dice are rolled in turn as much as possible. The animals can always move to the symbol shown on the dice (strawberry, flower, leaf, carrot, mushroom and acorn). If the little animals move onto an already occupied symbol, the other player's symbol can be thrown out. The player who brings his animal to his house first wins the game.
Christmas present for young children: The youngest players are happy about "My crawl beetle favorite Ludo". The rules are simple and often already known from the family game "Menschärger dich nicht". Due to the missing numbers, which have been replaced by cute symbols, and the extra large game material, the board game can be played even by small players without much help. With this board game as a Christmas present, you score particularly well with families with preschool children.
Puglicious - dog treats for the pug
The brightly colored pug game Puglicious by Mattel is suitable for 2-4 players, ages 5+. This children's game is all about pampering a pug character with colorful dog treats. Unfortunately, not all of them end up in Puglicious' mouths.
Look into the game: First of all, the players take turns stacking dog treats on the nose of the Puglicious pug figure. Then the player whose turn it is press his paw and the colorful tokens jump in the direction of the dog's snout. The player may keep the treats caught by the pug. Whoever has the most treats in the end wins the game.
Christmas present for families: The game Puglicious is easy to explain and makes people laugh at the Christmas table. By the way, stacking the game tiles on the slippery dog nose promotes the skill of the players. That brings joy to young and old alike. Plus point: With this game as a Christmas present you are fully in line with the pug trend.
Pigasus - The winged pig squeaks!
The card game “Pigasus” is for 2-8 players, ages 7 and up, from the game publisher Asmodee. The aim of this reaction game is to recognize swapped animal pairs on playing cards as quickly as possible. The sighting of the strange animals must then be confirmed by the squealing of the winged Pigasus piggy. This is the only way the players of this fun card game can move towards victory.
Look into the game: In the card game "Pigasus", a dealer reveals playing cards on which 9 different animals appearing in different combinations can be seen. For example, a cross between a crocodile and a giraffe appears in the form of the "Giraffodil" and the "Crocora Monkey".
If there are two matching combinations on display, the players who recognized them first turn to Pigasus. The player who was fastest confirm his find with a squeak of the Pigasus figure. Whoever has the most cards at the end of the game wins.
Christmas present for families: The Pigasus game has simple game rules and funny drawings, besides it encourages the players' responsiveness. Anyone looking for a card game as a Christmas present that will bring joy to the whole family will find a fun gift option in the animal card game Pigasus.
Once you've decided on a board game as a Christmas present, nothing stands in the way of having fun over the Christmas holidays!
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