For some, the words “holiday season” and “survival” are synonymous. Between hyperactive kid cousins and grandparents who just don’t get it, hanging with the family can be… well, we won’t say it’s challenging, but you get where we’re going with this. So what’s the glue that’ll hold you together? We suggest giving a good game a shot. If that sounds promising, you’re in luck: We’ve collected eleven of our best below, complete with co-signs from real customers.
By the way—we know some people like family time. (The writer of this gift guide happens to be one of them.) If you’re one of those who’s pumped to give Mom and Dad the hugs they deserve, then sneak off to gossip with your now-grown-up sister, read on anyway: You’ll find something fun to help pass the time, too, which will come in handy when you’re snowed in!
1. Scores of goofy pictures to pair with famous film quotes.
May the wackiest caption win. As Fun Mom notes, don’t forget the best part: Every one of these photos is real!
2. A game that pits orange ping pong balls against white.
Easy to learn, this compact showdown offers bounce after bounce of fast-paced fun and dozens of ways to duke it out.
3. A scavenger hunt that relies on your smartphones.
Psst… use your pocket distraction machine to bring the family together for once. And if you already love the base game, why not nab one of our new expansions?
4. A simple crowd-pleaser that’s tough to win.
The wooden board fits together like a puzzle and easily changes size, so you can play with four, six, or even eight players.
5. One tough test of your knowledge of minutiae.
Challenge yourselves to a round of trivia, no Googling (aka CHEATING) allowed.
6. A Shakespearean riff on a family fave.
This classic fill-in-the-blank card game uses out-of-context Shakespeare quotes for maximum hilarity. Only the best medieval madlibbers will reign supreme.
7. A little something physical for those with strong fingers.
Trust us: We’ve played this, and it gets competitive. If you’ve been biting your tongue about politics (or how bad your aunt’s casserole was), flinging these wee pucks may be a good outlet.
8. A sweet little something to unearth precious memories.
Huddle up by the fire, hot cocoa in hand, and relive days gone by with this touching game.
9. Cards that simulate mortifying moments.
Being a teenager? Sounds like bad times. (Good times, too, but we’re focusing on the bad here.) This side-splitting game forces grown up players to face the awkwardness of adolescence again. OK… real teens are also welcome.
10. A way to play baseball even when it’s snowing.
A roll of the dice dictates how you move across this gorgeous board, made by hand in St. Louis, Missouri. (Yes, that’s the home of the Cardinals.)
11. Trivia powered by hard-to-crack hints.
How quickly can you figure out what this game’s getting at? Each round, you’ll have ten clues to help you guess, but don’t take too long—the more you need, the fewer points you earn.