Best Board Games to Buy for Christmas

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With millions of board game options, one is bound to make a perfect Christmas gift this season. Searching online retailers will turn up many choices, and some of the best selections are compiled here.

The Settlers of Catan

The Settlers of Catan In this board game, players assume the role of pioneers in the land of Catan, and build the settlement by acquiring and trading goods and services. Even with a unique game board and simple instructions, the biggest appeal of this game is time - a game can be played in as little as 90 minutes or over several hours. The Settlers of Catan comes in several base games, and extensions are available separately to add additional game play possibilities. The manufacturer created additional versions for younger children, and there's an online version as well. Be warned: this game can be addictive.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Based on the novels and HBO TV series, Game of Thrones is a game of strategy and power struggles, where there are no grey areas. Players either win or die - simple as that. Of course, players must use diplomacy, skill, and strategy to stay alive, but the ultimate goal is to take down the Iron Throne. It requires three to six players, and is intended for teens and adults. There are several expansions and editions available, including Battle of Westeros, A Dance with Dragons, A Feast for Crows, and A Song of Ice and Fire.

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride Ticket to Ride is the perfect choice for those who enjoy travel and games of chance. This cross-country train ride requires skill and strategy, but Lady Luck also plays a key role. Just remember that the shortest route isn't always the best.
Ticket to Ride offers several different expansions, including the USA Map, Europe Map, Germany, Nordic, and a Map Collection that includes Asia, India, Africa, and the Netherlands. Other expansions change the game by era, such as the 1910 USA version and a 1912 Europe version.

Spot It

Spot It Spot It is a visual game that's fun for the whole family. The greatest thing about it is that players can create their own games and make their own rules, using the Spot It cards. There is currently a growing craze for Spot It parties, where players spend hours creating their own new versions. Spot It comes in several editions, too, including Hip, Words, Alphabet, and there's even a Frozen version from Disney.
Children as young as three can play some versions of Spot It, and the game serves as a fun learning tool that helps children expand their memory skills. Other versions are geared for older children and adults, and can be used for educational purpose or for pure entertainment. Spot It comes in Spanish and French versions, and in specialty areas like the MLB version for baseball fans, and NHL for hockey fans.


Zpocalypse Zombies and the apocalypse comprises the survival game Zpocalypse, which began on Kickstarter. Players climb from the basement, working to rebuild their base. This game is one of the most challenging on the market and every one is different and unique.


The best board games are those that bring family and friends together. Selecting from this list of top games will ensure Christmas shopping success this season.

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