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Board Game Gift Guide 2018




Welcome to BoardGameGeek! We are a worldwide community of folks who love board games. We've put our heads together to make a gift guide that covers all of your shopping needs this holiday season. There's a game on this page that's right for anyone on your list!

We believe that board games make the best gifts because they bring family and friends together for memorable experiences while providing hours and hours of entertainment. They also stimulate the brain and can teach useful skills.

There is a diverse variety of games on the market. Use the table of contents to jump to the category that best fits your loved ones. You can also take a look at previous years if you would like even more ideas.

Previous editions of the BGG Board Game Gift Guide: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006


All-Time Favorites


Our All-Time Favorite games are considered modern classics that are a great start for anyone's game collection. They are like members of the Gamer's Hall of Fame and are often the start to a life-long love of games.

7 Wonders
Carcassonne
Ticket to Ride




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  • Players: 2 to 7
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $33-$45

  • Players: 2 to 5
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $23-$44

  • Players: 2 to 5
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $32-$50

Review by John Bandettini
Video Review by Ryan Metzler
Review by Tom Vasel
Video Review by Board to Death TV
Review by Elijah Lau
Video Review by Scott Nicholson


Catan
Pandemic
Dominion




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  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $28-$45

  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $26-$36

  • Players: 2 to 5
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $32-$50

Review by Elijah Lau
Video Review by Tim Kerby
Review by Eric Herman
Video Review by Tom Vasel
Pictorial review by EndersGame
Video Review by Tom Vasel

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New This Year

Games that are New This Year are some of the most popular selections from 2017 and 2018. Even the most hardcore tabletop gamers may not have gotten their hands on all of these.

Azul
KeyForge: Call of the Archons
Photosynthesis




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  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $35-$45

  • Players: 2
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 14 and up
  • Price: $10-$15 (one deck) $75-$80 (starter kit)

  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $30-$45

Review by Neil Thomson
Overview Video by Bebo
Review jonboyjon
Video Overview by Watch it Played
Review by Vacabck
Video Overview by Watch it Played


Sagrada
The Mind
Werewords




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  • Players: 1 to 4
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 14 and up
  • Price: $35-$45

  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $15-$25

  • Players: 4 to 10
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $15-$20

Review by seasnake
Video Overview by Watch it Played
Review by Chris Wray
Video by GameNight!
Review by Chris Wray
Video Review by DriveThruReview

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Games For All Ages

These games are accessible to a wide range of gamers because of simple rules and creative gameplay. You can feel confident getting these games for young and old alike.

Splendor
Tsuro
King of Tokyo




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  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $25-$35

  • Players: 2 to 8
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Ages: 6 and up
  • Price: $18-$30

  • Players: 2 to 6
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 6 and up
  • Price: $27-$40

Review by Neil Thompson
Video Review by Tom Vasel
Review by Wyll
Video Review by TheBoardGameFamily
Review by superflypete
Video Review by Tom Vasel


Forbidden Island
Camel Up
Kingdomino




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  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $15-$20

  • Players: 2 to 8
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $25-$40

  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $15-$20

Review by Wil Wheaton
Video Review by Tom Vasel
Review by Steve Be
Video Review by eekamouse
Review by Neil Thomson
Video Review by Watch it Played

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Games for Teenagers and Adults

These games provide more of a challenge but also a more rewarding experience. Higher difficulty and direct conflict are common in this category.

Clank!
Sheriff of Nottingham
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle




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  • Players: 1 to 4
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Ages: 12 and up
  • Price: $35-$45

  • Players: 3 to 5
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Ages: 13 and up
  • Price: $20-$25

  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Ages: 11 and up
  • Price: $30-$50

Review by adamw
Video Overview by Watch it Played
Review by The Innocent
Video Review by Tom Vasel
Review by davypi
Video Review by thequietpunk


Galaxy Trucker
Small World
Lords of Waterdeep




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  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $40-$55

  • Players: 2 to 5
  • Time: 80 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $33-$50

  • Players: 2 to 5
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Ages: 12 and up
  • Price: $35-$45

Review by EndersGame
Video Review by Tom Vasel
Review by ronaldinho
Video Review by Scott Nicholson
Review by Merric Blackman
Video Review by Tom Vasel


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Family Games for Older Children

Family games should be fun for both kids and parents. This set of games require just a little more thought than your standard family games while still providing a sense of adventure and accomplishment.

Colt Express
Escape: The Curse of the Temple
Magic Maze




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  • Players: 3 to 5
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $30-$40

  • Players: 1 to 5
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Ages: 13 and up
  • Price: $30-$50

  • Players: 1 to 8
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $25-$45

Review by radiofyr309
Video Review by Tom Vasel
Review by Scott Huntington
Video Review by Rahdo
Review by Goatcabin
Video Review by Tom Vasel


Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
Takenoko
Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters




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  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $28-$45

  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $35-$50

  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 6 and up
  • Price: $25-$40

Review by Bruce Murphy
Video Review by Tom Vasel
Review by Graham Dean
Video Review by Tom Vasel
Review by happycamper
Video Review by Sam Healey


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Family Games for Younger Children

These games are accessible to the youngsters but still provide enough challenge to keep the parents interested! Also check our Games by player age wiki page.


Animal Upon Animal
My First Carcassone
The Magic Labyrinth




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  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Ages: 4 and up
  • Price: $20-$25

  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Ages: 4 and up
  • Price: $28-$35

  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Ages: 6 and up
  • Price: $30-$50

Review by Bartosz Trzaskowski
Video Review by Tom Vasel
Review by Peter Hein
Review by Tom Vasel
Review by smcclure415
Video Review by Bearded Meeple


Ice Cool
Labyrinth
Rhino Hero




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  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 6 and up
  • Price: $30-$40

  • Players: 1 to 4
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Ages: 6 and up
  • Price: $18-$20

  • Players: 2 to 5
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Ages: 5 and up
  • Price: $10-$15

Review by Tiago92
Video Review by The Game Boy Geek
Review by Sagrilarus
Video Review by Chris Parks
Review by The Innocent
Video Review by HBG


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Party Games

Party games are fun, light, and designed to be played with large groups.


Dixit
One Night Ultimate Werewolf
Telestrations




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  • Players: 3 to 6
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $20-$30

  • Players: 3 to 10
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Ages: 12 and up
  • Price: $10-$20

  • Players: 4 to 8
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $25-$30

Review by Tiffany Smith
Video Review by Tom Vasel
Review by EndersGame
Video review by Tom Vasel
Review by Andrea Doria
Video Review by Tom Vasel


Wits & Wagers Party
Codenames
Sushi Go Party!




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  • Players: 4 to 18
  • Time: 25 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $20-$30

  • Players: 4 to 8
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Ages: 14 and up
  • Price: $10-$20

  • Players: 2 to 8
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $15-$25

Review by EndersGame
Video Review by Tom Vasel
Review by Dismas
Video Review by GameNight!
Review by OxfordRow
Video Review by TheKillShirt


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Two Player Games

Most games on this list are great for someone with a gaming group. But what if you are buying for a loved one with a specific gaming partner? Two player games are great for couples, a parent with a gamer child, or two good friends.

Jaipur
Patchwork
Lost Cities




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  • Players: 2
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $17-$24

  • Players: 2
  • Time: 15-30 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $20-35

  • Players: 2
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $15-$25

Review by Maarten D. de Jong
Video Review by Tom Vasel
Review by iSlayTheDragon
Video Review by Rahdo
Review by Lowell Kempf
Video Review by Scott Nicholson


7 Wonders Duel
Santorini
Codenames: Duet




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  • Players: 2
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $24-$30

  • Players: 2
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $25-$35

  • Players: 2
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Ages: 11 and up
  • Price: $15-$22

Review by aldaryn
Video Review by The Game Boy Geek
Review by Nightsbane
Video Review by Zee Garcia
Review by Neil Thomson
Video Review by gameboygeek

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Stocking Stuffers


These games may be small and inexpensive, but they are well worth your time. Perfect as a small gift for an acquaintance or adding one more game to the pile for a good friend or loved one.

Love Letter
No Thanks!
Hanabi




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  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $7-$10

  • Players: 3 to 5
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $7-$12

  • Players: 2 to 5
  • Time: 25 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $9-$12

Review by Doug Adams
Video Review by Tom Vasel
Review by Tom Vasel
Video Review by Farid Widjaya
Review by Tom Moughan
Video Review by Starlit Citadel


For Sale
Red7
Coloretto




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  • Players: 3 to 6
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $12-$18

  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Ages: 9 and up
  • Price: $9-$13

  • Players: 2 to 5
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $13-$18

Review by ColMustard
Video Review by Ryan Metzler
Review by danlicata
Video Review by DriveThruReview
Review by fusag
Video Review by gameboygeek

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Where to Buy?

Many of these games can be found at your local specialty game store.

If you don't have a store near you, or they don't carry the game you're looking for, you can buy online.

See our full list of online vendors.

Other Game Gift Guides

In addition to this guide, several other gift guides exist:

Other Gift Guides By Users

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