What is a gift that connects family and friends through laughter and play? If you guessed tabletop games, give yourself a pat on the back!

No other gift can spark imagination, social bonding, and cooperation quite like a tabletop game can while providing hours of enjoyment for years to come. Whether you are shopping for young learners, a strategy-loving neighbor, or social “game-night” players, we’ve got a board game for everyone on your holiday list this year!

Ready to create some holiday memories? Game On!

Game Gift Guide: Young Learners

Give the gift of fun AND knowledge through gameplay. Whether you are shopping for your Pre-K kid or advanced student, we’ve got a game for every age and stage. 

Pre-K Games

Game Gift Guide: Preschool educational games

01. Shelly’s Pearl: Enjoy exploring the ocean floor with your dive team collecting colorful shells to trade with Shelly the octopus. Each time you reach one of the three trading bubbles, collect a shell, and trade your smaller ones for larger ones. The game ends when everyone has collected their prize pearl and can “shellebrate” together! Shelly’s personal pronouns are they/them, which is not part of game play, but provides the opportunity to discuss pronouns if desired. 2-4 players • Play Time: 10 min • Ages 4 & up

02.  Kids on the Go Card Set: This fun set of card games introduces young players to taking turns, and recognizing their colors, shapes, numbers, and letters. Includes a convenient tote bag for more fun on the go. 2-6 players • Play Time: 20 min • Ages 4 & up

03. Hazel’s Helpers: Join Hazel and her siblings as they practice their beaver lodge building skills. Players take turns rolling the die to determine their actions in this game that helps players build fine more skills and practice their decision-making. 2-4 players • Play Time: 15 min • Ages 4 & up

04. Buddy Puppets: For the Pre-K kid who loves performing! Gather SimplyFun’s Tibbar, Pickles, and Digger to set the stage for a puppet party your little will never forget! 1 or more players • Ages 4 & up

Early Elementary Games

Game Gift Guide- Early Childhood Educational Games

01. Ice Tumble: Players take turns rolling the die and collecting ice blocks. Then, they stack their blocks carefully to make an ice sculpture without any tumbling off. The first player to successfully place all of their ice blocks and their fox pawn on the sculpture wins the game! 2-4 players • Play Time: 15 min • Ages 7 & up

02. Crystal Cup Rally: This three-dimensional game will have players practicing their planning skills and adapting to new conditions. Race around the track planning which paths to take in order to get ahead. Be the first racer to complete two laps around the track and win the Crystal Cup Trophy! 2-5 players • 30 min • 7 & up

03. SavannaScapes: Learn about the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem with its amazing diversity of animal life. Players take turns moving around the play area choosing species tiles and placing them next to others to provide them with their needed habitats, creating an ecosystem. Point tokens are earned each time a player meets the needs of their animals or when an event tile is played. The player with the most points when all the rounds are complete wins. 2-5 players • Play Time 30 min • Ages 7 & up

04. Sneaks: Players quickly pass cards one at a time to the player on their left. Be the first to collect four cards with the same number value and grab a sneaker. The player that is not fast enough to grab a sneaker is out of the game. The winner is the last player left with a sneaker! 2-8 players • Play Time 30 min • Ages 6 & up

Mid Elementary Games

Game Gift Guide- Early Childhood Educational Games

01. Chalk-A-Word: Chalk-A-Word is a word game where players make words from letter cards worth one or two points, in an attempt to get the highest score. Power cards add a strategy element, as they allow players to double points, swipe, copy, trade, or draw additional cards. There are a limited number of the power cards, so players have to use them judiciously. 2-5 players • Play Time 30 min • Ages 8 & up

02. Betcha Can’t Win: A casino-style dice and card game where thoughtful decision-making will help players capture cards from their opponents as they race to collect the cards with the most value. Players practice addition and prediction while sharpening their decision-making skills in this fun STEM game. 2-4 players • Play Time: 20 min • Ages 8 & up

03. Walk the Dogs: 63 adorable canine friends make for a barking good time in this basic math game that helps players learn to count, multiply, and predict while they dodge the dog catcher! 2-5 players • Play TIme: 30 min • Ages 8 & up

04. Rolling Tides: A tidal wave of FUN that helps players practice decision-making and spatial reasoning as they take turns rolling, moving, and placing dice on the game board. The goal of Rolling Tides is to create groups of four or more dice to earn tide-pool animal tokens. The first player to place 20 tokens on their scoreboard wins! 2-4 players • Play Time: 30 min • Ages 8 & up

Game Gift Guide- Early Childhood Educational Games

Upper Elementary- Teen Games

01. Bid-A-Letter: Bid a letter for the timing of your turn and a chance to add to a word chain. As each player adds letters, words change. Put your planning and sequencing skills to work as you bid wisely to be the first player to place all your tiles and win the game. 2-6 players • Play Time: 40 min • Ages 12 & up

02. Nite Lights: Players light up the sky, stacking their firework cards and blocks on the board by creating and matching color patterns in this colorful strategy game that helps sharpen spatial reasoning. 2-4 players • Play Time: 45 min • Ages 10 & up

03. Zone to Zone: The ultimate strategy board game where players roll the dice to shift across the gameboard while blocking their opponent’s moves. The first player to move more than half their pieces to the starting positions in the opposite zone wins. 2-6 players • Play Time: 30 min • Ages 12 & up

04. Cash Out!: Give players an early start on making diversified investments while they learn to balance the growth of funds across four different industry sectors. Players strategize their funds’ growth to time their liquidations to Cash Out and win the game! 2-4 players • Play Time: 30 min • Ages 10 & up

Game Gift Guide: Social Games

Liven up game night, date night, or your next holiday gathering with these fun social games!

Game Gift Guide- Early Childhood Educational Games

01. Eye to Eye: Ice-cream brands? Things that squeak? Write down three answers from the category card and see how well you know the other players. Be the player to see “Eye to Eye” the most to win the game! 3-6 players • Play Time: 30 min • Ages 10 & up

02. Asymbol: Build it like an architect with Asymbol! In this hilarious and interactive board game, players take turns drawing category cards and creating the subject using any number of the 47 wooden pieces in the game. Be the resourceful builder and correct guesser to score points and win! 3-6 players • Play Time: 30 min • Ages 8 & up

03. ARTributes: Ready for a hilariously fun drawing game? In ARTributes, players take turns drawing pictures based on chosen descriptive words. The rest of the players or teams try to guess what the picture is to win points. The person or team that reaches 15 points first wins the game! 3-6 players • Play Time: 30 min • Ages 7 & up

04. Kilter: An irresistible family-fun game where players place as many blocks as they can before the seesaw tips. Got caught off-kilter? Collect the blocks that fell and reuse them on your next turn. The player to successfully place all of their blocks first wins the game! 2-4 players • Play Time: 15-20 min • Ages 8 & up

Game Gift Guide: Strategy Games 

Shopping for a tabletop gamer who loves a challenge? Then pick up a couple of our top-rated strategy games that will pique their interest!

Game Gift Guide- Early Childhood Educational Games

01. Amalgam: Fill your cauldrons with an amalgam of ingredients to create the most potent potions. Use your memory to gather and collect as many of the same type of ingredients as you can for the strongest result. 2-4 players • Play Time: 30 min • Ages 10 & up

02. Dish ’em Out: Rival diner owners hustle to seat and serve the morning rush of hungry customers that have arrived for breakfast. Different food types have longer cook times, so planning is everything in this fast-paced strategy game! 2-5 players • 30 min • 8 & up

03. Pelican Cove: Think fast to get your pelicans nested before time runs out in this fast-paced game. Each pelican has their own preferences. Can you make them all happy? Only time will tell! 1-5 players • Play Time: 30 min • Ages 8 & up

04. Planet Voyagers- Journey through the Solar System as you strategize to play your hand by either advancing your rocket or researching other planets to gain more points. The first player to reach Neptune or earn 12 points wins! A fascinating astrology game that made the Seattle Times 2021 Holiday Gift Guide. 2-5 players • Play Time 30 min • Ages 8 & up

SimplyFun games make the perfect gift because unlike trendy toys, gadgets, and trinkets, our games enrich your most cherished relationships—which is what the holidays are all about! Whether you are looking to spice up the holiday festivities with a few social games, fill up a few stockings, or give the gift of play, with nearly 150 game titles, you’ll find the perfect tabletop games for everyone on your gift list!