Family Board Games are still some of my favourite family gifts any time of the year. My kids still enjoy a good game from time to time and so do we. It beats watching TV, Youtube or Netflix some nights, and is a lot more affordable than heading to the movie theatre, so why not give some as gifts for birthdays and other occasions?
We have a closet full of family board games here. When visitors come over and younger children are in the mix this is often the first closet they go for. So, it works in our best interests often to keep numerous options for various ages on hand.
Family Board games can be an excellent way to gather as a family and spend time together. From a young age our kids used to play Candyland and Snakes and Ladders with grandma. Those were both gifts from her years ago. I think we still have both family board games because I couldn’t part with them. There are a few reminders of Grandma around that we keep because they were given to us from her and they remind us of how generous and fun she could be.
Travel-sized Compact Board Games
Board games that can travel with you are gold. We have several reliable compact games that make long drives and airport delays fly by faster. Flight delay? No problem. Crack out the pocket Guess Who game.
Don’t Step in It Unicorn Edition
World of Disney Eye Found It
Pete the Cat The Missing Cupcakes Game
The Cat in the Hat I Can Do That Card Game
The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel
Hi Ho Cherry O Mickey Mouse Edition
Race to the Treasure
5 to 8 year olds
Hedbanz is one of our favourite family board games. In fact we have most of these for 5 to 8 year olds and we play several of them when my niece and nephews come over. Operation is a classic, and so is Mouse Trap, Scrabble Junior and Clue Jr.
The Tween age group can be hard to buy for, but you will be set if you remember any of these. Looking for more ideas? Here’s a post specifically about gifts for tweens.
8 to 12 year olds
Don’t forget to check out my Unicorn Gifts for Teens post too!
12 and up
Check out my Fortnite gifts post too if you are interested in that merchandise.
There are so many reasons that family board games are worthwhile, not the least of which is also teaching kids turn-taking and good sportsmanship. Over the years my kids have MOSTLY learned how to be graceful about losing or winning, things we practiced over time by playing board games together.
Family Board Games Build Quality Time Together
Jenga is one of my personal favourites. When I was dating my husband Jim, we used to play this with his parents and siblings too occasionally. Now we play with our kids. That one works any time and it’s a great game for fine motor control. In fact, I feel like Jenga should be in every home.
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Still shopping? Check out my 2018 Christmas Gift Guide for more ideas!