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.
Areaware Pixel Solitaire
Featuring the original artwork from the Windows 3.0 game. | $19
Frausto & Co. Whiskey Deck
On the cards you’ll find facts, vocab and tips about the spirit. | $15
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
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
Won’t have to worry about anyone losing these, just about torn ACLs. | $50
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
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