Top 5 Cheap Fun Christmas Gifts of 2018

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Top 5 Cheap Fun Christmas Gifts

Christmas is around the corner and you need some gift ideas? I see, well, I have some fantastic board games that are all under $20 that wont just be a good gift, but a gift that can be enjoyed for more than just one night. Below I list 5 games I think will be great for Christmas gifts because of their price, their replay-ability, and their easiness to learn. These are not some random games that might be fun for a few plays, these ask for skill only AFTER people have enjoyed playing and getting to know the style of game. Each game will have a completely different style of gaming to fit your player’s needs. I’ll list difficulty, replay value, and price. Enjoy my cheap fun Christmas gifts.


 

Skull King

Trick Taking | Strategy | 2- 6 players

A little on the difficult side as far as learning the game but the easiness of the game comes after a play or two. The strategy setup in this game has made this a hit between my and other players. You will be wagering and taking tricks every turn and collecting points for doing so. A trick is when you have a card that beats another card, it’s really that simple. It is only $15 online right now. If your gift is something that is going to be for a more strategic player, I’d highly recommend.

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Sushi Go!

Hand Management | Party | 2- 5 players

This is the perfect all around go to for $15. It is super simple, grab a card from the hand, play it on the table, and pass the cards to the left. The secret is in grabbing the right cards to increase your total points. The game’s difficulty is extremely low and the ease of play is even lower. There are different Sushi Go’s on the market but I think the consistency in gameplay is very high even with this product. It can be played casually, with families, or could get strategic with the right group.

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Scrawl

party games

Drawing | Party | 4- 8 players

This is an adult party game for those creative ventures. The game is simple, draw a card and draw what that card says. Without the person to the left seeing the card you drew, they will try to guess what the word said based off the drawing. You will follow this rotation of drawing what the words say, or saying what the card looks like until you get your original set back. It’s fun to see the telephone string of randomness that comes with each set–and the laughs to count are priceless. It’s easy with a high replay value and satisfies a big group of players. $15.

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President Bigly

president bigly

Hand Management| quick | 2- 5 players

This is one of those Exploding Kittens type games where anything goes really. You play random cards and against a bomb–I’m glad I don’t have anything more to say. It’s really that simple, the strategy develops over time with do certain cards offer different abilities, and how can I stay alive the longest. But as far as difficulty, it’s one of the easiest games to learn and a really fun game to play. It can hold upto 5 players and runs currently for $12.

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Coup

Bluffing | small size game| 2- 6 players

This is a completely awesome deduction classic. You will be trying to stay alive the longest by bluffing and lying about the cards you have in your hand. Each card has a special ability whether it be taking coins, killing cards, or having a safe defense. You may not own some of these cards, but you are more than welcome to lie about it to stay alive. ONLY if the other players call your bluff do you have to worry… It’s super easy to play with a moderate learning curve, but nothing too crazy. It’s seen a very good share of table play and only cost $12.

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Bonus games for 2 players?


 

Hanamikoji

2 players | Abstract| quick

This is a quick game of influence as you play cards in a specific order to get the most influence from the beautiful geishas. It’s fun, and the strategy comes over time. It’s $16.

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Joseph Nicholas

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Indietabletop. Communication major. Favorite mechanics include: Bluffing and Deduction, modular boards, and action point allowance. Favorite video game genres are Rpgs, Puzzles games, and Sim/Tycoons.

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