If you’re looking for some great game and jigsaw puzzle gift ideas, today I’ve got a few you really need to look at. But before I get to that, some of our No Place Like Home bloggers have joined me today in sharing some great gift ideas of their own. The link for all of them is at the bottom of this post, so before you leave, please take a moment and check them out. I know I try to make sure that Santa brings some for Mr. Cottage and I; and I like giving them to our grandkids. I have to be honest here and say that Mr. Cottage and his family aren’t into playing games, but I can’t get enough of them. That’s not to say that Mr. Cottage won’t play games, because he does; but whenever we get together with a group of friends or family, he’ll be a good sport and play along. So when Mr. Cottage really loves a game we play, Santa always makes sure it ends up at our house.
Games lubricate the body and the mind. ~Benjamin Franklin
I also love putting jigsaw puzzles together and I forgot how much I’ve missed it until I helped our grandkids put a hard puzzle together. Hint, hint, Mr. Cottage!
Now Onto Some Great Game Gift Ideas
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1. Ticket To Ride is such an awesome game to play. I’ll bet you never heard of it, and I hadn’t either until I was looking for a new game to give our oldest grandson last year. Even when he received it, no one was excited about it until they started playing. Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure game. Players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway. It’s for ages 8 and up and for 2 to 5 players. There are numerous versions of this game, Ticket to Ride for Nordic Countries, Asia, Germany, Africa, Rails & Sails, Europe, United Kingdom and many more. I was able to play it with them on my last visit and absolutely loved it.
2. Qwirkle is such a fun strategy game that Mr. Cottage and I really love playing. We’ve only played it with adults, but it says that you can play it for age 6 and up and from 2 to 4 players. Winner of the Parent’s Choice Gold Award and a Mensa Select National Competition Winner.
3. Taboo is a game that’s been around awhile but it’s so much fun. The object is to get your team to say the word you’ve been given on the card, but there are also “forbidden” words that you can’t use. This edition has a buzzer versus a squeaker. Recommended ages are 13 years and up and 4 or more players.
4. Uno is a classic card game that’s been around for years. Ages 7 and up and for 2 to 10 players.
5. Apples to Apples – I play this with our grandkids when we get together because it’s one of their go-to games that everyone loves to play. It says it’s for ages 12 and up, but our one grandson was playing it when he 10 years old. It’s for 4 to 8 players.
6. Phase 10 is another great card game for family and/or friends. It’s a rummy-type of card game with a challenging and exciting twist. It’s recommended for ages 7 and up and for 2 to 6 players.
7. Mexican Train Dominoes is another great classic game for family and friends. Recommended for 8 years and up and for 1 or more players.
8. Disney Eye Found It is a game we gave to Corbin for Christmas last year. He’ll be 7 in March and he loves playing this, even with his grandma! FYI there are also a couple other versions of Eye Found It. This is recommended for ages 5 and up and from 2 to 6 players. It promotes cooperation and teamwork, as well as reinforces object identification and matching skills.
9. Smart Ass is such a fun game with a weird name. We played it with a very large group and everyone really enjoyed it. It says it’s for 2-6 players, but we played in groups/teams. It’s for 12 years and up. Highly recommend this game!
10. Snappy Dressers is a card game we’ll be giving Corbin for Christmas this year…shhh! There are 10 different ways to play this game, including a game for one person. It’s recommended for ages 7 and up.
Great Puzzle Gift Ideas
1. Backyard Selfie is 550 pcs and is recommended for 8 years and up. Measures 24″ x 18″ when assembled.
2. Cats Collection – Comfy Spot by Buffalo Games has 750 pcs. From mid-teens and up. Measures 24″ x 18″ when completed.
3. Beach Party Selfie is 550 pcs and is recommended for 8 years and up. Measures 24″ x 18″ when assembled.
4. Old MacDonald’s Farm, 500 pcs. that will measure 18″ x 24″ when finished. Age 13 and up.
5. Sweet Tooth by Springbok has 500 pcs. and measures 23.5″ x 18″ when finished.
6. Nostalgia Collection – Route 66 has 500 pcs. and measures 21.25″ x 15″ when completed. It’s for mid-teens and up.
7. Ceaco Disney Pixar Buttons is the puzzle we all helped in putting together with our grandkids. We all loved it. It has 750 pcs. and measures 24″ x 18″ when assembled. I highly recommend this one. It says it’s for age 5 and up, but that would be with help.
8. Star Wars Collector’s Edition with 4 separate puzzles. This is for the Star War lovers! Includes one at 500 pcs. (measures 9″ x 27″) and 3 at 300 pcs. each (measures 11.5″ x 15″ each). Here’s one more for the true Star Wars puzzle lover – it’s from the Fine Art Collection, Yoda that has 1000 pcs. This will measure 26.75″ x 19.75″. Both sets of Star War puzzles are for mid-teens and up.
9. Road Signs by White Mountain Puzzles has 550 pcs. will measure 18″ x 24″ when finished. It’s recommended for ages 12 and up.
10. Fire Truck Pups for kids has 100 pcs. and is for ages 6 and up. Measures 19″ x 13″ when completed.
And of course, Melissa and Doug have excellent wood puzzles for the younger tots.
Before you leave, please check out these other gift ideas from some of the No Place Like Home bloggers: