NHN Holiday Gift Guide: For the Family

If your family is anything like mine, most of your get-togethers are spent playing board games (on the Wetzel side, at least!) It’s my favorite tradition, and I wouldn’t trade the world for it. So if you’re wondering what to get your cousins this holiday season, consider entering the realm of Game-Land and try out some of my favorites! These gifts are a good idea for a group of people since they can be a little pricey for just one person. If you have any board game favorites, please comment and let me know because we’re always looking to test out new games! (These are the ones that have established themselves in our tradition, tried and true!)



  • Seven Wonders – This one is my all-time favorite, because every game is different but it only takes 30 or 40 minutes to play. After the first or second game, you get the hang of strategies and then it transforms into a real competition. 🙂



  • Settlers of Catan – This one is an old favorite of the Wetzels. It’s pretty popular and you might have already heard of it. It’s not too difficult to learn and just like Seven Wonders, it’s different every game because the board changes. “I don’t give two sheeps about your wheat!”



  • Don Quixote de la Mancha – This is a newer favorite… Similar to Settlers but a different story. A lot easier than most board games. (Rumor is, now there’s an Android app!)



  • Wizard – This is a spin-off of a lot different card games, one being Trump. I’ve introduced it here in Argentina and they like it just as much! We like to play this a lot on my mom’s side. Depending on how many players you have, this game can take up to an hour and a half, so prepare yourselves for a long one. Barnes and Noble might have the cheapest at only $8.



Honorable Mentions:

  • Pandemic – If you know any extreme hard-core super duper gamers out there, Pandemic is the perfect gift. My sister’s fiancee (woah it’s weird calling him that now!) is obsessed with this one, and it is pretty entertaining, but when we play he usually takes the rein, since it’s a cooperative game. He would definitely give it two thumbs up. 🙂
  • Ticket to Ride – This one is a classic. It’s definitely not my favorite but it’s mindless entertainment. Great for the younger ones! They have multiple expansion packs for different parts of the world, if you already have the original.
  • Bananagrams – Another mindless hit, BG is great for kids learning to spell, and I have a feeling it would make for an awesome game to play while throwing back a couple glasses of wine. Again, Barnes & Noble has it for cheap!

I hope my game selections create a smile on your loved ones’ faces this holiday season. Now that we’re all absorbed by technology, it’s nice to have good old-fashioned fun with a board game or two!



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