Christmas for me is all about spending time with my loved ones. As we don’t live near my side of the family it’s lovely when we all meet up and get to spend quality time with one another – this doesn’t happen very often but at Christmas, we always make the extra effort and spend more time together.
My Three love playing games together (even if they do argue as to who gets the better pieces and who gets to be the banker in Monopoly) and play lots of games together all year round. Here are our favourite games and puzzles that would make great gift ideas for both children and adults this Christmas. They would be great for getting everyone laughing and joking at all those family get-togethers over the festive season too.
1. Top Trumps – £4.99
Top Trumps has been a favourite since the 1970’s. It’s now going back to its roots with brand new Retro editions including classic packs such as Horror, Fantasy, Sports Cars, Exotic Sports Cars and Football Strikers. These new packs come presented in a freshly designed cassette-style case for a truly authentic retro game experience. Perfect for those who like a trip down memory lane.
For 2 or more players aged 4 and over.
2. Accentuate – £19.99
Accentuate is an award-winning new guess-the-accent game. Can you copy a Cockney, mimic a Mancunian or ace an Australian? Accentuate boasts a simple yet humiliating premise, repeat a given quotation aloud in a randomly selected accent and see if team-mates can guess what it is! The worse the accent attempts are, the more hilarious the game becomes as players struggle to separate their Geordie from their German, their Scouse from their Spanish: Featuring 30 different drawls from around the globe, a third of which are home-grown British accents. Accentuate players are under blush-inducing pressure to perform, with just 30 seconds to recite one of the 90 Quotations in their randomly selected accent.
For 4 or more players aged 16 and over.
3. Five Nights At Freddie’s Jumpscare – £24.99
Five Nights at Freddy’s Jumpscare is the ultimate suspense-filled, thrill-seeking game! Freddy loves his pizza, but so do we! Try and steal his pizza from the tray while he snoozes, the last person to not disturb Freddy wins the game. Inspired by the most popular jump-scare mobile game this 3D version has players take it in turns to spin the wheel to reveal how many coloured pizza tokens they should try and steal from Freddy’s tray while he snoozes. But be aware when someone disturbs Freddy he jumps up and screams sending the pizza pieces flying. A brilliant game for all the family to enjoy it will sure to be full of suspense, keeping you on the edge of your seat.
For 2 – 3 players aged 8 and over
4. Boom Blast Stix – £14.99
An explosive high stakes game that’s loaded with excitement! Lock the sticks and stack them high. Who will be the one to make them fly? Do you have the skills to cope with the pressure? It’s the game that’s stacks of fun. Just don’t snap or you’ll blow it!
For 2 or more players aged 6 and over
5. Beano Cludo – £24.99
Fans of The Beano are sure to love Beano Cludo this Christmas. Somone has pranked Teacher, and it’s each players mission to investigate and untangle the prankster mystery to find out who it was, which prank was used, and wherein the Bash Street School the atrocity unfolded. Play as Dennis, Minnie, Toots, Roger, Billy Whizz or Angel Face and go from room to room to find out WHODUNNIT? Was it Roger in the Gym Hall with the invisible ink or Angel Face in the Confiscatorium with the catapult?
For 2 or more players aged 8 and over.
6. Googly Eyes – £19.99
A hilarious drawing game involving crazy, googly glasses that challenge your vision and leave you googling for more. Simply put on the zany, vision-altering glasses (there are 3 different lenses for varying difficulty levels) and start to draw whilst the team tries to guess what you’re drawing – on a time limit! A fun game that lets players of different ages and skills compete.
For 4 + players aged 7 years and up.
7. Fizzy Dizzy Hippo – £19.99
From Tomy comes a fun game that all the family can play. Players take turns to grow the Hippo’s belly with a press of the fizzy drink that Hippo is enjoying. Take turns to flick the umbrella and press the drinks can however many times the umbrella indicates and watch Hippo’s belly grow. The winner is the player who makes Hippo’s belly pop! The game features sounds of Seagulls and Hippo slurping his drink.
For 2 – 4 players aged 4 years and over.
8. Staccups – £12.99
Speed and hand/eye coordination are needed, in this fast, frantic stacking game from University Games. Race your opponent to clear all of your cups. If the base colour of your cup, matches the top colour of one on the podium then stack it quickly! Your opponent may be quicker, and your chance has gone, but keep alert for the next one! !
For 2 or more players aged 8 and over
9. Creepy Hand – £19.99
A creepy game of Truth, Dare or Forfeit with the Creepy Hand Game by Megableu! Who will the creepy hand choose? Will it be you?! The creepy hand moves around in a circle and picks a player by pointing at them! It’s up to you to choose a truth, dare or forfeit and if you don’t complete it you face an extra challenge!
For 2 + players aged 7 – 12 years
10. Hare and Tortoise – £17.99
A board game of skill, wisdom and pace. In your race to the finish line, your hare will be fuelled by the carrots in your hand. The further you move, the more carrots you spend, and you will need to make sure you take a moment to stock up again if you go haring off into the distance. Alternatively, you might like to take the tortoise-like approach, plodding ahead slowly but steadily as you gain on those opponents who have had to take a break. If you can pace yourself correctly, and anticipate where your opponents might end up, you might even be able to collect some bonus carrots on your way around the board.
For 2 – 6 players aged 8 and over.
11. Racing Pugs – £3.00
Gizmo Wind-up Pugs from Wilko will provide you with hours of fun and are perfect for a little light-hearted entertainment after Christmas dinner! Use the keys to wind them up, place them side by side on a smooth surface. Something the whole family are sure to love this Christmas.
For 2 players aged 3 and over
1. Paddington 1000 piece puzzle – £12.99
Paddington is forever Associated with London, and this colourful portrait celebrates his links with our capital city. Our favourite bear is shown wearing his traditional blue duffle coat and red hat, enjoying a Marmalade sandwich. He stands in front of a colourful step and repeat pattern depicting “postage stamps” of key London tourist destinations. The stamps feature detailed drawings of Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben and the houses of Parliament, Trafalgar square, tower bridge and Buckingham Palace. The intricate stamps plus the repeated patterns and colours come together to ensure plenty of challenges for puzzle fans, building into a fun puzzle the whole family will enjoy. High quality 1000 piece cardboard jigsaw puzzle. The finished puzzle measures 70 x 50cm when complete. Made from strong premium grade cardboard, with linen finish print to minimise glare on puzzle image.
Suitable for ages 12 years and up
2. Leaning Tower of Pisa 3D Puzzle – Night Edition – £24.99
The Ravensburger 3D model of the Leaning Tower of Pisa ‘Night Edition’ uses LED technology to create 2 different lighting effects. It can either be set to a steady warm white glow or can be set to alternating colours, continually switching between red, green, orange, light blue, dark blue, purple or yellow light. This automatic colour changing makes an effective and dramatic addition to any room or an ideal night light. The puzzle uses unique hinged plastic pieces, which slot together to build a sturdy and strong building and best of all no glue is required! The puzzle has 216 high-quality plastic pieces and additional plastic accessories to complete the tower. Each puzzle piece is printed with a number on the reverse side, so you can either assemble the puzzle by eye, or by following the numbers on the back. The puzzle comes with a printed base board, so it can be displayed on a shelf or tabletop. This model makes an ideal room decoration that you can build on your own or as a family. Collect all our 3D puzzles and create your own city Skyline! High quality 216 piece plastic jigsaw puzzle. The finished puzzle measures 40cm high when complete.
Suitable for ages 10 years and up.
3. Krispy Kreme Jigsaw – £15.00
Capture the joy of Krispy Kreme in puzzle form. With 500 pieces of appetizing, melt-in-your-mouth doughnut delight, this circular shaped puzzle is sure to have you salivating! Filled to the brim with flavours, including Lemon Cheesecake, Strawberries & Kreme and Nutty Chocolate, this puzzle is perfect for anyone who wants to dig in to a tasty treat!
Suitable for ages 8 and over.
4. Pringles Jigsaw – £9.99
This double-sided puzzle is certain to satisfy anyone’s Pringle’s cravings! You can choose between recreating a puzzle of the iconic Original Pringles tube or, if it’s a bigger challenge you fancy, there’s a tempting stack of your favourite snack! Presented in a novelty Pringles tube, this 250 double-sided jigsaw comes with special Pringles shaped pieces and even has the famous Pringles “pop” lid!
Suitable for ages 8 and over.
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