25 Kickass Holiday-Party Games for Friends, Relatives and Everyone Else

From board games to a snowball thrower, we got you covered

By Alex Lauer

25 Kickass Holiday-Party Games for Friends, Relatives and Everyone Else
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09 December 2017

The holiday season is upon us, and that means faithful friends and yadda yadda yadda. Unfortunately, that also means  the Bumble date your buddy brings to the Christmas party and relatives you haven’t spoken to since last December.

To help break the ice, and ease the tension, we’ve rounded up the best games perfect for holiday entertaining. Below, elegant playing cards, a board game with a soundtrack and rocket sleds (you’re gonna need the fresh air).

Order them now, or keep this list on hand should you have some unexpected visitors and need to make a mad dash to the store, Schwarzenegger and Sinbad-style.

Playing Cards

Areaware Pixel Solitaire
Featuring the original artwork from the Windows 3.0 game. | $19

Theory11 Monarch
The best in luxe playing cards — they’ve even got a gold foil deck. | $10

Frausto & Co. Whiskey Deck
On the cards you’ll find facts, vocab and tips about the spirit. | $15

Areaware MINIM
For the minimalist fanatic, and still decidedly playable. | $11

The Tonight Show: Jimmy Fallon
Fallon fans? Play this theory11 deck during commercial breaks. | $10

Dan & Dave Camp Ranger
A limited edition set to break out by the campfire or fireplace. | $19


Board Games

Escape: The Curse of the Temple
As close as you’ll get to Indiana Jones, with a nail-biting soundtrack. | $48

Like charades for the bookish, or when you want some peace and quiet. | $32

Bang! The Dice Game
A rapid-fire Wild West game that you can learn in minutes. | $14

Cash ‘n Guns
Gangsters, a big heist and foam pistols to point at each other. | $23

Looks intimidating (and geeky), but the most addicting of the lot. | $28

Loaded Questions
A classic. Much funnier with friends than family, admittedly. | $18


Snow Gear

Stiga Snowracer Sled
The person shredding on this is automatically king of the hill. | $210

Fimbulvetr Rangr Snowshoes
A solid set for beginners and experts alike: easy to use, not easy to break. | $185

Sled Legs
Won’t have to worry about anyone losing these, just about torn ACLs. | $50

Mad River Rocket Sled
Clark Griswold could have used the plush kneepads on this bullet. | $180

Whamo Snowball Thrower
Pack snowballs then whip them like wintertime jai alai. | $10

Emsco Expedition Sled
Built to hold four kids and take the expected abuse. | $42


Bigger & Better

NES Classic Edition
Fun that transcends generations, which means they’re also flying off shelves. | $60

VIVE Virtual Reality
The VR standard-bearer, with games from Fallout 4 to Duck Season. | $599+

Kids Virtual Racquetball
Don’t trust your nieces and nephews with table tennis? Give ‘em this. | $60

Franklin Cabinet Dartboard
A tournament-style board with steel-tipped darts. On sale. | $34

Crossbow and Target
High-powered, but the suction cup darts make it kid-friendly. | $98

Giant Tumble Tower
It’s giant Jenga (but made by Hammer Crown). | $112

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