Board Games That Make The Perfect Holiday Gift

Board Games Make The Perfect Gift

Nerdy holiday shoppers, I hope this finds you well! I’m here to tell you about some GREAT board games to give to friends and family, that won’t leave you broke. First, I would like to say, this is a selection of games I love and think you and yours would love it too. You might want to make sure they don’t have them already as most of these games are staples of the board game shelf!

Board Game Gift Guide


Clank! Is a fun deck-building game for two-four players. You and your co-thieves try to finesse your way deep into the lair of a dragon but lookout. CLANK! Everything you do and every turn you take can make noise that threatens to wake the beast from its slumber. Each Clank! you acquire gives the dragon a higher chance to hurt you, but that’s not all you have to worry about. Goblins and golems stalk these halls. Fight them head-on or avoid them to get to the sweet treasure below. The game ends when all players have either, escaped, or died. The one with the most treasure at the end wins, but only if you survived!

Players: 2-4
Duration: 60mins
Ages: 13+


No 2020 gift guide or board game shelf is complete without this corporative classic. In Pandemic, you and up to 3 friends or family members try to get ahead of a global pandemic. Each player has a unique character with unique abilities that could spell the difference between life and death for the entire world. Take turns traveling the globe, conducting and sharing research, and trying to find a cure for this virulent contagion. Fun for the whole family, it remains a well-received classic that anyone would be lucky to get this holiday season.

Players: 2-4
Duration: 45mins
Ages: 8+


Codenames is the fun, team-based, Password-esque party game that everyone, including my mom, loves. Split up into two teams and take turns as the clue giver and guesser. Clue givers can only give one-word clues and guessers try to find everything that fits that descriptor. Careful, one of the words is hiding a spy! Pick that word and it’s game over for you and your team. Great game to bust out at any gathering, whenever those come back. A definite must if you want a fun, accessible game that you can play again and again. There is even a special Disney version.

Disney Codenames
Players: 2-8
Duration: 15mins
Ages: 10+


Splendor is a beautiful and fun resource management game where players take turns picking up gems and building development cards. Garner the favor of nobles and build the best development cards to outscore your opponents. Easy to learn and quick to play makes this game a blast to pull out on game-night. And there’s Thanos?!?! That’s right. Marvel partnered with Splendor to bring you a brand-new theme! Without too many changes to the original gameplay, this game is a good option if your board game fan also loves marvel. Look for my full splendor review here on Nerdtropolis!

Marvel Splendor
Players: 2-4
Duration: 30mins
Ages: 10+

7 Wonders Duel

As a game, 7 Wonders Duel is a heavy hitter. As a two-player game, I dare say it is unrivaled. It is impossible to take any action without impacting your opponent one way or another. This causes the competition to be constant and intense, and with many paths to victory, you may never see the end coming. Take turns drafting and building cards and wonders to try to build up your economy. Do scientific research to outgrow your rival or simply crush them with military might. This quick and brutal back and forth gameplay is always fun and satisfying. A definite buy for people who are looking for a good two-player game. I highly recommend i

7 Wonders Duel
Players: 2
Duration: 30 mins
Ages: 10+

Board Games For All

Hope you found something worth getting on my list and I wish you happy holidays! Board games are a great gift and a fun way to spend time with the people who are most important to you. Enjoy!

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