The 22 Best Games to Play With Your Family Over the Holidays

When you're forced to hang out with your family for days on end, it's a given that you reach a point where there's a lull in the conversation ... or there's a bit too much conversation, if you get what we're saying. Take a break and have a laugh with the fam with one of these fun and unexpected games. Some are even so cute and pretty, you'll want to keep them on a coffee table year-round.

Monikers, $29
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You'll divide into teams and someone will draw a card showing an illustration on one side and information on the other. The team must try to name the person or thing illustrated — and any amount of inappropriateness is allowed.

This one is probably best played in families that are close ... or don't take themselves too seriously. These thought-provoking questions ("Say one thing that's really annoying about your parents"; "Would you want to live on Mars?") may teach you things you didn't know about your family members, or open doors for reminiscing about the past.

Kikkerland Go, $22.50
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If you've got engineers or strategists in the family, then try playing Go: This time-honored, two-player Chinese game is all about control of territory.

Bananagrams, $14.99
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This fast-moving word play game is kind of like Scrabble, but on speed.

Gray Malin Beach Puzzle, $24.99
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Looking for a way to just sit around and talk? That's half the fun of jigsaw puzzles. This cool Gray Malin puzzle doubles your fun: It's two-sided so you can do side A at Thanksgiving, and side B later on.

Anomia Card Game, $13.99
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One player draws a card, on which are prompts like "super hero," "power tool," "astronaut," or "hair product." If the card matches one in another player's hand, they must face off to be the first to name an example (i.e. "Superman," "chainsaw," "Buzz Aldrin," etc.).

Ridley's Game Room Famous Women Quiz Game, $12
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Test your family's knowledge of famous women with this multiple choice card game, which can be played casually while prepping food or wrapping gifts.

Yes, it's a millennial-ized version of Loteria. It might not be a fit for the older generations, but your cousins will definitely be down.

Dobble Card Game, $14.98
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This symbol-matching game is great for kids and adults alike, and once we learned it's Phoebe Waller-Bridge's recent obsession, we had to order a copy.

The Astrology of You and Me Book, $24.99
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Not quite a game, per se, but this astrology book is plenty fun to go through with family members — it outlines how your zodiac sign relates to others in your life.

Got a family of know-it-all intellectuals? This quiz game will test their knowledge of great historical figures across a wide range of topics like architecture, philosophy, literature, and more.

Hearth and Hand Dominoes, $12.99
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Chip and Jo came up with this wood domino set that feels completely homespun.

Sunnylife 4 in 1 Travel Set, $18
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Includes playing cards, dice, pick-up-sticks, and dominoes.

Settlers of Catan, $44.99
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You'll have to haggle, trade, and barter in this imaginative strategy gain to turn your beginnings of a civilization into a metropolis.

This stack contains five strategy games that only require the addition of a pen or pencil.

Codenames, $12.99
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A game of spymasters and hidden identities! It's a bit complicated, but was enthusiastically voted for by a handful of Hunker editors.

So, the rules of mah jong can take a while to nail down, and the game is part art, part strategy — but once you learn how to play, it becomes completely addictive.

Ferm Living Safari Memory Game, $25
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Ferm's matching game is so pretty, you'll want to keep it on some type of display year-round.

The Ultimate TRIVIAL PURSUIT® Question & Answer Book, $11.99
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While we love Trivial Pursuit, it can be almost as fun to just do a quick-fire, no-real-points version where you pass around this giant book of TP trivia questions.

West Elm Chess Coffee Table Set, $50
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A chess set, but make it cute!

Exploding Kittens Card Game, $19.99
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Draw cards ... until you draw an exploding kitten and then you die! Fun for kids and grown-ups.

An old-school classic with a cooler twist.


Leonora Epstein

Leonora Epstein

Leonora Epstein is Hunker's Senior Director of Content. She has previously served as Executive Editor at HelloGiggles and as BuzzFeed's Deputy Editorial Director. She is the co-author of "X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story" (Abrams, 2014). Feel free to reach out at leonora@hunker.com.