Christmas in July - Game Night Fun!

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We love game nights! We play games with each of our families on a regular basis, and we always pull out a game or two when we have friends over to our house. I will always remember mine and Joe's first Christmas together when we pulled out The Game of Life and played it until midnight when we opened our presents to each other. More and more games are being played electronically these days, through your phone, tablet or favorite gaming system, but I am still a huge fan of pulling a game out of the game closet, gathering around the kitchen table and playing for hours! We have a decent game collection, but I'm always looking for more.

Board Game Gift Ideas

This year I want to start a tradition of our family receiving one new game from Santa on Christmas morning. Below are a few of our family favorites and some that are on my wishlist as well. Board games make a great gift because playing them gives you the opportunity for family time and some of them can be played as a couple!

I'm pretty sure every family has Apples to Apples in their game closet, because it's a classic! I love how wacky this game gets when you're playing with the right people. I have so many inside jokes with friends and family members as a result of this game, and playing it always results in someone laughing until they cry! I'll make one suggestion though, don't try to play through the entire box, you'll get appled out. One night while I was living in Rexburg, we were so bored that we decided to play the game until we'd made it through every green and red card in the box. I didn't play the game for a while after that....

UNO Attack was played almost weekly at my house growing up. Even though we had quite a few different versions of UNO in the game closet, this one was played the most. It was always fun to become allies with the person next to you, only to turn on them a few minutes later when a "reverse" card was played. And there was always that one person who was so close to winning and would end up with a handful of cards because their neighbor held onto that dreaded wild "hit four" card until they found the opportune moment.

Joe's family introduced me to Play Nine and it has become one of our favorites. We pull it out when we have another couple over or even when we have a group over. It's a game of strategy and luck and while you have to pay attention to what's going on, you can still talk and carry on a conversation without being too focused on the game. We love introducing people to this game if they've never played it before! We introduced my family to it and then gifted it to them for Christmas, so it gets played there every once and a while as well.

Dixit is one of our newer favorites. It reminds me a little bit of Apples to Apples in a way. The illustrations are gorgeous and it's a pretty quick play if you're lookig for something to do between dinner and dessert or after the kids are in bed at the end of the day. This one is on my wishlist because we've yet to add it to our own game collection.

This is my personal favorite! I played Quelf a lot when I was single and it was always a blast. I'm still working on convincing my friends and family (mostly Joe), that this is a game they need to play, because I know they'd all love it. If you have a group of people who likes to get a little wacky every once and a while (let's face it, who doesn't?), you need this game! It's seriously so much fun!

I just recently heard about the Ungame and am thinking that this is the game that will be under our tree on Christmas morning. I've heard that it's a great way to start conversations and get to know people better. They have a pocket version for families, couples, teens and kids as well!

Ok, so maybe this will be the game under our tree this year because it's been on my wishlist for a few years now. You can't get much more fun than a little friendly competition and Battle of the Sexes is perfect for that! I think you could play this one with a group, or just the two of you. Playing for who picks dessert or who does the dishes makes it even more exciting!

What games would you add to this list? Are there any that you think are important to have in your collection or that you enjoy playing together? I'd love more suggestions to add to my wish list!