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Board Game Gift Guide 2019




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 are a wide 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: 2018, 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'd make our Gamer's Hall of Fame and are often the beginning 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 Overview by Watch it Played
Review by Tom Vasel
Video Overview by Watch it Played
Review by Elijah Lau
Video Overview by Watch it Played


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 Playthrough by TableTop
Review by Eric Herman
Video Overview by Watch it Played
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 2018 and 2019. Even the most hardcore tabletop gamers may not have gotten their hands on all of these.

Marvel Champions: The Card Game
Wingspan
Tapestry




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  • Players: 1 to 4
  • Time: 90 minutes
  • Ages: 14 and up
  • Price: $60

  • Players: 1 to 5
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $55

  • Players: 1 to 5
  • Time: 120 minutes
  • Ages: 12 and up
  • Price: $99

Review by gibby290
Video Review by Tom Vasel
Review by Neil Thomson
Video Playthrough by GameNight!
Review by koalaguy4566
Video Overview by Watch it Played


The Quacks of Quedlinburg
Horrified
L.L.A.M.A.




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  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $55

  • Players: 1 to 5
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $35

  • Players: 2 to 6
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $10

Review by Goatcabin
Video Playthrough by GameNight!
Review by thearkhammonk
Video Overview by Watch it Played
Review by Vacabck
Video Playthrough by GameNight!

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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.

Splendor
Azul
King of Tokyo




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

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

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

Review by Neil Thompson
Video Overview by Watch it Played
Review by Neil Thomson
Playthrough Video by GameNight!
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: 3 to 8
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $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 TheBoardGameFamily
Video Review by Miami Dice
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.

Clank!
Disney Villainous
Everdell




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

  • Players: 2 to 6
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $40

  • Players: 1 to 4
  • Time: 80 minutes
  • Ages: 13 and up
  • Price: $74

Review by adamw
Video Overview by Watch it Played
Review by TheHumanTim
Overview by Watch it Played
Review by juggler5
Video Playthrough by GameNight!


Terraforming Mars
Small World
Lords of Waterdeep




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  • Players: 1 to 4
  • Time: 120 minutes
  • Ages: 12 and up
  • Price: $70

  • 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 calbond
Video Playthrough by GameNight!
Review by ronaldinho
Video Overview by Watch it Played
Review by Merric Blackman
Video Playthrough by GameNight!


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Family Games for Older Children

These are family games that should be fun for both kids and parents. This set of games require a little more thought than your standard family games but provide adventure and a sense of accomplishment without an aggressive approach.

NMBR 9
The Quest for El Dorado
Magic Maze




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  • Players: 1 to 4
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $30

  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $35

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

Review by chriswray84
Video Playthrough by GameNight!
Review by Goatcabin
Video Playthrough by GameNight!
Review by Goatcabin
Video Playthrough by GameNight!


Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
Takenoko
Welcome To...




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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: 1 to 100
  • Time: 25 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $25

Review by Bruce Murphy
Video Review by Tom Vasel
Review by Graham Dean
Video Overview by Watch it Played
Review by OxfordRow
Video Overview by rahdo


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Family Games for Younger Children

These games are accessible to the youngsters while still providing enough to keep the parents interested. Also check our Games by player age wiki page.


Animal Upon Animal
My First Carcassone
Zombie Kidz Evolution




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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: 15 minutes
  • Ages: 7 and up
  • Price: $25

Review by Bartosz Trzaskowski
Video Review by Tom Vasel
Review by Peter Hein
Review by Tom Vasel
Review by Brandoshido
Video Review by Tom Vasel


Ice Cool
Hey, That's My Fish!
Rhino Hero




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

  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $12

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

Review by Tiago92
Video Playthrough by GameNight!
Review by Friendless
Video Review by TheBoardGameFamily
Review by The Innocent
Video Review by HBG


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Solo Games

Solo games are the easiest to get to the table - all you need is the game and you! These games offer difficult choices and immersive play. Perfect for those days that the rest of the group isn't available to get together.

Spirit Island
Friday
That's Pretty Clever




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  • Players: 1 to 4
  • Time: 90 minutes
  • Ages: 13 and up
  • Price: $80

  • Players: 1
  • Time: 25 minutes
  • Ages: 13 and up
  • Price: $20

  • Players: 1 to 4
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $15

Review by neotrunks2002
Video Playthrough by GameNight!
Review by russ
Video Review by Rahdo
Review by Neil Thomson
Video Playthrough by GameNight!


Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale
The Lost Expedition
Hostage Negotiator




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  • Players: 1 to 100
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $25

  • Players: 1 to 5
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 14 and up
  • Price: $40

  • Players: 1
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Ages: 13 and up
  • Price: $25

Review by xugreatone
Video Overview by Watch it Played
Review by guigtexas
Video Overview by Watch it Played
Review by xen911
Video Overview by Watch it Played

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Two Player Games

Great activities for gaming couples, for challenging your main gaming rival, or as fillers while waiting for additional players.

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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Party Games

These are fun and light games capable of being played with a larger group.


Dixit
Werewords
Just One




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

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

  • Players: 3 to 7
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $25

Review by Tiffany Smith
Video Review by Tom Vasel
Review by Chris Wray
Video Playthrough by GameNight!
Review by Goatcabin
Video Playthrough by GameNight!


Wits & Wagers
Codenames
Sushi Go Party!




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  • Players: 3 to 7
  • Time: 25 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $35

  • 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 Overview by Watch it Played
Review by Dismas
Video Review by GameNight!
Review by OxfordRow
Video Review by TheKillShirt


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Stocking Stuffers

Small, inexpensive, and well worth your time.

Love Letter
No Thanks!
The Fox in the Forest




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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
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Price: $15

Review by Doug Adams
Video Playthrough by GameNight!
Review by Tom Vasel
Video Review by Farid Widjaya
Review by Neil Thomson
Video Review by gameboygeek


Star Realms
The Mind
Deep Sea Adventure




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  • Players: 2
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Ages: 12 and up
  • Price: $15

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

  • Players: 2 to 6
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Price: $25

Review by Neil Thomson
Video Review by Tom and Melody Vasel
Review by Chris Wray
Video Playthrough by GameNight!
Review by Loophus
Video Playthrough by GameNight!

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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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