Board games can bring a family together just as easily as it can destroy it. Either way, board games are always a great gift option and our guide takes a look at some of the best releases this year alongside classics that are never too old to pass up on.
Best Pandemic Legacy Board Game Gifts
Disease has spread across the world and Season 1 follows twelve months of a continuing story and evolving diseases. Perhaps a gift for a friend that’s totally a germaphobe?
Other best Pandemic board game gifts:
Best Gloomhaven Board Game Gifts
Gloomhaven took the board game world by storm when it released last year. The coop strategy game features a ever changing storyline and currently sits at #1 on BoardGameGeek’s Top 100 Board Games of All Time.
Check out this token organizer for Gloomhaven too:
Best Star Wars X-Wing Board Game Gifts
Buy this set for another Star Wars fanatic as this board game is only meant for two players and allows players to control starfighters with personalized card upgrades. Nothing too complicated and games usually last about 40 minutes.
A few best Star Wars X-Wing game gifts expansions to check out:
Best Scythe Board Game Gifts
Possibly a gift for a history buff? Scythe is set in the 1920s within an alternate timeline where a struggling Europa is recovering from the first great war and managing a mech and engine obsessed world. A game for up to five players and games take about two hours to complete.
Maximize your experience with the best Scythe board game gifts:
Best Rogues & Knaves Board Game Gifts
A great gift for any friends in love with Dungeons & Dragons, but imagine sending a set of 126 polyhedral dice to any kind of collector. It could be a cool gift or a funny prank!
Best Exploding Kittens Card Game Gifts
There’s a reason why this card game was one of the most backed projects on Kickstarter. Comes with 56 cards where the goal is to avoid pulling an exploding kitten card by using a defuse card, skipping your turn, peeking at the deck, or using a variety of other tactics.
Expand your game with the best Exploding Kittens card game gifts:
Best Star Wars Armada Board Game Gifts
Another Stars Wars game where two players are tasked with either siding with the Imperial fleet or the Rebel Alliance. Different ships along with the unique ship cards, upgrades, and objectives make up this collection.
Add to your collection with the best Star Wars Armada board game gifts:
Best Dropmix Board Game Gifts
It’s half a game, half a DJ set. Plug in your phone and throw cards onto the DropMix pad to mix and adjust songs with different beats, instruments, and more. Comes with three different playstyles with 60 different cards featuring popular hits and artists.
Expansion worth considering with the best DropMix board game gifts:
Best Cards Against Humanity Board Game Gifts
Oh no. Probably not the gift you’re looking to get your parents but it can work wonders for a group of friends that have no problem getting crazy and raunchy. Comes with 600 different cards.
Turn it up a notch with other best Cards Against Humanity board game gifts:
Best Other Board Game Gifts
Play the most popular word game in the fanciest way possible. Everything your gift recipient loves about Scrabble is still here, but this gets you wooden cabinet, a storage drawer, urea tiles, and more.
Gather 3-6 players to venture into a haunted house where 50 different scenarios can play out. The catch? After exploring the house and activating the “Haunt” phase, one of the participants will become the traitor and start hunting everyone down.
Other best board game gifts to check out: