Gaming Library’s Holiday Gift Guide 2023

December 01, 2023
Gaming Library’s Holiday Gift Guide 2023 - Gaming Library
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Santa’s gonna bring it, and he’s going all out.

Hello Gaming Library Family!

Christmas embodies the spirit of spreading joy among friends and family. According to highly credible studies at the University of GL (Gaming Lib? Giving Love?), giving board games as gifts is scientifically proven to exponentially enhance the spread of holiday cheer, HAHAHA!

Jokes aside, delving into the world of board games becomes much more enjoyable when you have a friend to guide you. Having someone by your side makes a significant difference—they can recommend games that align with your preferences and skill level. This festive season, we encourage you to be that supportive bestie. No more worries about your buddies feeling overwhelmed; you've got their backs.

When on the hunt for the perfect Christmas gift, look no further! Board games are not only fun and nostalgic but also suitable for family and friends of all ages. One of their best features is that you don't need a phone or computer to enjoy them, offering a fantastic opportunity to log off, unwind, and de-stress. Unlike video games that might require technical equipment, board games are a diverse collection of cardboard pieces that only need a table, ensuring a relaxed experience for everyone.

Explore our comprehensive holiday gift guide, categorized for your convenience, to discover the perfect games for introducing your loved ones to the board game tradition!


Holiday Gift Guide - Party Games for Reunions


Have you ever been in a reunion and wished you had a game or two to level up the party? Then, our Party Games for Reunions are the ideal choice—quick, casual, engaging, and undeniably fun. BAM! These games serve as dynamic icebreakers, injecting more energy and friendly chaos into your gathering. Whether you're playing with multiple generations of the family or getting the party started with friends, these board games are precisely what you need!

  • Tapple - Our best-seller for the year. Tapple is an award-winning, fast paced word game that gives players a rush of excitement as they race to beat the clock!
  • That Sound Game - Viral game on Tiktok. That Sound Game is a fast paced, interactive and very noisy party game.
  • Red Flags - Red Flags is a spicy game for adults. The main objective is to compete to see who can create the best date for the Single.
  • Herd Mentality - A party game with one black and white mission: To think like the herd.
  • Catapult Feud - Build your castles, set up your troops, load your catapults and use your cunning tactics to win the day!
  • Block Party - A block-building, guessing game. It’s like Pictionary but with blocks 😀 


Holiday Gift Guide - For Exchange Gifts / Stocking Stuffers


In a rush to find “Something Fun” or “Something Small” for exchange gifts? Our Stocking Stuffers are small, portable, and quick games to jump in and out of. We recommend these as really fun and fast alternatives to more played-out favorites like Uno or Monopoly Deal. They make great gifts for kids, too!

  • Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza - Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza is overflowing with uproarious hand-slapping mayhem! Now with PH exclusive Tarsier card!
  • Cat in the Box - Cat in the Box is the quintessential quantum trick-taking card game for cool cats
  • Anomia - Get ready for high-speed hilarity! Anomia will have everyone in stitches as they race to outwit each other in this fast-paced and uproarious game.
  • P for Pizza - Pair up the letters with the corresponding categories, then quickly call out an answer before anyone else does.
  • Katamino Pocket - Katamino presents a puzzle gaming experience with 500 challenges that gradually increase in difficulty.
  • Marvel Remix - For Marvel fans!😀Craft the ultimate Marvel squad of heroes and villains by assembling the most formidable hand.


Holiday Gift Guide - Board Games for Kids (& Kids-at-Heart)


Weekends were made for family bonding. We escape work and school and spend quality time with those we hold dearest. However, instead of focusing on each other, we’re staring at our smartphones, tablets and laptops. Our Board Games for Kids (And Kids-at-Heart) are simple yet loads of fun for the kids. Easy to learn, easy to teach, engaging to play, and great for everyone in the family! Older players who are looking for a lighter thrill will get a kick out of these titles.

  • Yogi - Yogi is a party game that will have you and your friends twisting and turning (and laughing, of course!)
  • Spot It - Put your observational skills to the test and sharpen your reflexes with the award-winning gameplay of Spot it!
  • Lift It Party-- - Use your head in the hilarious human crane game!
  • Dixit / Dixit Disney - Dixit Disney offers a straightforward and cheerful experience of storytelling, interpretation, and guessing.
  • Featherweight Fiesta - These birds joyfully jump from wire to wire, capturing their antics in whimsical and clever snapshots.
  • Dekalko - No need to stress about your artistic abilities in Dekalko! Drawing is optional—you can now effortlessly trace instead!


Holiday Gift Guide - Newbie-Friendly Board Games


You've successfully initiated your friends into the world of board gaming, and now you're eager to elevate their experience. We've got just the right games for you! These Newbie-Friendly Board Games are a step up in size and complexity compared to our earlier suggestions on this list. They act as fantastic gateway games, offering a deeper dive into the ever-expanding universe of board games!

  • Organ Attack - It's the family-friendly game of organ harvesting! The goal of Organ Attack is to take out your opponents' organs before they take out yours.
  • Quoridor - Quoridor stands out as an essential strategy game. The rules are incredibly straightforward: navigate through the mazes your opponent constructs to reach the opposite side.
  • Cascadia - Cascadia is a tile-laying game with a puzzle twist, showcasing the habitats and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest!
  • Catan - Since its debut in 1995, CATAN has evolved into a contemporary classic, now accessible globally in over 40 languages. As of now, more than 40 million copies of the game have been sold.
  • Ticket to Ride: Europe - The second edition in the top-selling Ticket to Ride series of train adventures, Ticket to Ride Europe transports you to the heart of Europe.
  • Rummikub - Rummikub has all the elements that make a fantastic game. It's quick to grasp as players take turns laying down numbered tiles in runs and groups.

Time is the ultimate gift

While you can always buy someone material things like jeans or a watch, one thing that money can't purchase is time. Quality time is a precious commodity, which is why we adore board games. They create a collective experience that inevitably brings people together. ❤️

Board games make fantastic gifts for those looking to share quality time with friends and family, stepping away from technology. They offer interactive, enjoyable experiences, and a chance to declare a temporary hiatus on phone usage. Rather than sticking to the usual classics like Monopoly and Scrabble, we suggest exploring some lesser-known titles. We've put together a list of games above that might be off your radar but would still make delightful gifts for this holiday season.

What other board games would be great gifts? Chime in below

About Gaming Library

Gaming Library aims to be the go-to resource for board games, providing not only titles that can be enjoyed by families, but also to be enjoyed by friends both newcomers and veterans alike. By pulling from different resources from all over the world, we at Gaming Library curate an impressive collection of games for consumers to choose from, suitable for anybody from casual players to hardcore hobbyists. In doing so, we hope to provide the best means to foster activities that strengthen family ties and friendships, while teaching relevant skills and practical critical thinking that can be applied to your everyday life.

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