If you’re looking for great gift ideas, then your in the right place. The best gift is one that brings friends and families together during this special time of the year… and what better way to bring people together than with board games!

This Board Game Gift Guide has 10 recommendations for every kind of board gamer! From beloved stocking filler games you can play in minutes to Party Games your family and friends will love.

For the entire world, it has been a trying year, but board games have been a well deserved relief to families everywhere, stuck at home. In no particular order here are the 10 Affordable Board Games That Make Great Gifts.

Stocking fillers
For the family
Party Fun


Stocking fillers

Spot it!

Spot It is a quick card game that only takes a minute or two to play and is all about spotting the image that matches on two cards before everyone else does. The tricky thing is that for any two cards in the deck, 1 and only 1 item will match.

2-8 players, ages 6+, 10 min

Happy Salmon

Everyone calls out the action shown on their top card. When two players have a match, they celebrate by performing that action. Actions include high five, pound fists, switch places, or Happy Salmon.

3-6 players, ages 6+, 2 min

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

As in Snap and Spot It!, each player places a card from their hand face up into a community pile while saying taco/cat/goat/cheese/pizza in player sequence. Mess-up, even just flinch, and you will be picking up all the cards on the table.

2-8 players, ages 8+, 10-30 min


If your wondering how much fun a bunch of letter tiles in a banana-shaped pouch can be, Well let me tell you. Bananagrams is a lively spelling game for ages 7 to 107 that will have your family and friends racing to spell as quickly as they can!

1-8 players, ages 7+, 15 min

For the family

Pass The Bomb

The idea is you pick out one card and lay it on the table, you pass the bomb from person to person but you can’t pass it until you have come up with the word that either starts or ends with the specific letters on the card.

2-10 players, ages 12+, 20 min

5 Second Rule South Africa

It should be easy to name 3 South African foods starting with “B” – but can you do it under the pressure of 5 seconds twisting down, and with the other players staring at you, waiting for you to get flustered?

3-6 players, ages 8+, 30 min


It’s a fun simple game where you’re trying to create “qwirkles” which are a row of six pieces of either the same shape or same color with no repeating pieces. … There’s always something nice about the feeling of real wood and having a substantial piece in games.

2-4 players, ages 6+, 45 min

Party fun

Unstable Unicorns

Unstable Unicorns is a strategic card game that will destroy your friendships…but in a good way. Expand your Unicorn Army. Betray your friends. A world of adventure awaits in this about everyone’s two favourite things: Destruction and Unicorns!

2-8 players, ages 14+, 30-45 mi

Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens is a highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette. Players draw cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten, at which point they are blown out of the game.

2-8 players, ages 6+, 10 min

On my Santa list


King of Tokyo Dark Edition

King of Tokyo is easy-to-learn, can be played by gamers and non-gamers alike. This is a limited edition and it’s not just a glossy remake. There is an addition to the gameplay that is worth considering. I will be adding this to my wish-list!

2-8 players, ages 8+, 10 min3

There are so many great choices when it comes to spreading the joy of board games. I hope this list, if nothing else, serves as a guide to the perfect board game. Let me know which of these are your favourite, which ones you want to add to your collection and what you think should have had a honourable mention. 

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