Christmas Gift Guide -Beat the BOARDem


One of the greatest of Christmas traditions is the board game after Christmas dinner, you know the one that ends in inevitable arguments and possible board flying through the air…that one!

Pass The Bomb

image020This is a game of wits, can you keep your brain ticking over when up against the clock?  How about when you are up against a bomb?  

Pass The Bomb is game for anyone over the age of 9 and for 2 or more players.  The whole idea of the game is to pick a card and then you need to come up with a word that begins with the letters displayed on the card, the catch?  You have to do this against the threat of a ticking bomb that could go off at any moment.  Okay, not a real bomb, this one wont cause injury or harm you in any way, but it adds to the intensity of the game.

How to play: Pick out a card, read the letters and then against the bomb you need to come up with a word that contains those letters.  An example would be ‘PRO’ – you could say ‘propel’ or ‘apron’ it is completely up to you.  Hours of fun with just your brain to get you through.  Do you have what it takes?

Available from Gibsons 

Rattle Me Bones

Lift the loot without mistakes, or Captain Boney jumps and shakes.

Rattle Me Bones - 3D box and Capn Boney HRElectronic game from Drumond Park games, Rattle Me Bones will give you spine chilling excitement that will shiver your timbers  like never before.

You need to take the treasure from Captain Boney without waking him up, a steady hand and nerves of steel will be your friend here.  The slightest wiggle, jiggle or fiddle could result in the legendary pirate coming to life and scaring your socks off.

Use the spinner included with the game to tell you which colour the item you chose to remove should be, then you must carefully remove three pieces before you can go for the biggest treasure of all, Captain Boney’s golden hat.  Once you get the hat you win the game.

This is super calcium filled fun that will have you coming back again and again.  Suitable for ages 5 and up, for 2 to 4 players, all you need are the guts to play, (and three AA batteries).

To find out more please visit Drumond Park.


Perudo, the perfect game for liars and brilliant bluffers with some luck thrown in for good measure. This game is a classic and is enjoyed by some pretty famous names. Perudo can be played by two or more people making it perfect for those winter nights in.

The game requires each person to start with a cup to conceal and five dice. The person then has to predict or guess if you like to live on the edge, how many of each number is face up. For example three fives and so on. The person who gets it wrong has a dice taken away. The person left with the most dice wins! This game will have you determined from start to finish and the fact it has no board means it is perfect for travel.

Available from Paul Lamond Games for £25.00

Logo Billionaire

Logo Billionaire montage HRThe aim of the game is to make a billion, but to do this you have to build companies and collect brands. You will need your wits about you as the whole family will try to takeover you companies, so they can get then benefit from of all of your hard work.  

This board and card based game will have you speaking and acting like a tycoon in no time at all, you will need to take risks, but beware those chances might leave you going bust or making millions!   

The game is suitable for 2-6 players , ages 8 and up, so the whole family can play.  It features some of the most famous brands around, such as Coco Pops, Ford, KitKat, OXO, Marmite and Tetley, just some of the 96 brands included.  Spin the Spinner, move around the board and make your choices, use Risky Business cards, use Takeover tokens and watch out for Newsflashes.  How ever you decide to play, you can be sure that Christmas Day will never be the same, as you outwit and outplay your family! 

Available from Drummond Park Games.

4 Puzzles in a Box

Puzzle are great busters for when you’re bored, these 4 Puzzles in a Box are excellent for doing just that for kids ages 3 and up, helping with their developmental skills and being super fun.

The box features, as you might expect, 4 puzzles, each with more pieces than the last – 4, 6, 8 & 12 and the finished pictures measure around 15cm x 21cm, making them perfect for little hands and little eyes.

Of course the main appeal with any puzzle is the image that is created by working out where each piece goes.  This set is going to have vehicle mad kids giddy with anticipation as they put together a plane, tractor, racing car and digger.

Available from Galt for £4.99

Skribble Head

Christmas is the perfect time for a fast paced family game, a game perfect for this is Skribble Head. Skribblehead is an action packed drawing game with a twist. The twist being, you have to draw your chosen thing on a piece of paper, on your head. Yes. Whilst it is on your head. As you battle against not being able to see what it is you are actually drawing opposed to what it is you are meant to be drawing, others players have to guess what is it you are creating. The player who guesses correctly first gets a chip, the player with the most chips at the end wins!

Simple?! I think not!

Available from Paul Lamond Games for £25.00


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Founder of Eclectic Enchantments blog, Erika has also been a beauty writer, fashion writer and Beauty & Accessories Editor for a large online magazine before starting Erisea. Erika lives with her dog, Hendrix and beautiful baby girl. She suffers with Fibromyalgia and CFS, among other illnesses which leaves her housebound much of the time. Her passion is writing.

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