Best Board Game Gifts 2021

Gift-giving is an art and can be a stressful experience if you’re not sure where to begin. When shopping for the board game lovers in your life, it’s especially tricky considering we’re all dragons at heart. We tend to hoard cardboard and dice.

No matter what kind of gamer you’re shopping for, there’s a perfect board game gift waiting for them. We’re here to help you find the best game gifts and some ideas for gamers of all types.

Classic Games

If you’re looking for a gift this year, there are some classic games that belong on everyone’s shelf. We’ll make it easy to find the perfect gift with our help. These games have stood the test of time and are on this list for a reason. They either define categories of games or are universally loved, making them great choices for gifts. 

#1. Pandemic

Pandemic was one of the first cooperative games I ever played and it’s a great choice for a gift. The world of Pandemic is vast and has tons of expansions if you fall in love with the game, as I’m sure you will. 

Pandemic is great for families and groups and is one of the quintessential cooperative games. Players have to work together to cure four separate diseases before the world is too far gone to save.  

Pandemic
  • STRATEGY GAME: Players must work together playing to their...
  • COOPERATIVE BOARD GAME: Only through teamwork will you keep the...
  • WORK TOGETHER AND SAVE HUMANITY: Four diseases threaten the...

If you know they already have Pandemic, be sure to check out the Legacy versions of the game too! These are unique and intense games that take world-saving to a whole new level.

#2. Dominion

Dominion is the original deck-building game and one of our absolute favorites. If you’re unfamiliar with it you can check out our in-depth Dominion review to get acquainted.

Dominion is a fantastic gateway game into deck-builders with an incredible amount of replay value and dozens of expansions that add variety to the game. All of the thematic expansions can be mixed and matched, providing serious value for the money. 

Dominion (Second Edition)
  • 2nd Edition features updated cards, artwork and streamlined rules
  • Tactical game for 2-4 Players
  • 30 minute playing time

If they already own the original Dominion (Second Edition), you can help them build their collection with all of the great Dominion expansions or other awesome deck-building board games in the same vein.

#3. Codenames

There’s nothing like a big party game to spice up a get-together.

Codenames is a word game that will have you groaning and shouting around the table. During the game, one player will try to point their team members to a certain card using a simple word or phrase. The rest of the team has to decide which card they’re being led to. 

It’s simple to learn and yet high energy when it hits the table. It’s the perfect gift that can be played immediately after opening up the box — a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. 

Codenames
  • 1. Super Fun Party Game: Code names is a fun game for any type of...
  • 2. Durable Cards,Portable Game: Our cards are designed to be...
  • 3. Great Gift: this is an ideal gift and enjoyable way to bring...

The original version of Codenames is a classic but certainly not the only option when it comes to this great party game! There are lots of other versions of Codenames for every fandom, taste, and group dynamic.

CODENAMES: Harry Potter Board Game | Based on Harry Potter Films | Officially Licensed Harry Potter Game | Harry Potter Merchandise
CODENAMES: Harry Potter Board Game | Based on Harry Potter Films | Officially Licensed Harry Potter Game | Harry Potter Merchandise
Harry Potter themed word and picture association game perfect for families and friends; Locate secret Agents who are concealed in a grid of Harry Potter references
$24.95 $17.23
USAopoly Marvel Codenames
USAopoly Marvel Codenames
#1 party game now combines with the Marvel Comics universe; Game includes both pictures and words
$26.24
Codenames: Pictures
Codenames: Pictures
A picture-perfect spin on the classic Codenames party game; 2-8+ player (in two teams); 15 minutes playtime
$19.79

#4. Wingspan

Who knew bird watching could be so much fun?

Wingspan is a card drafting game masquerading as a light engine builder. This means that the longer you play, the more complicated turns and strategies become. 

On top of being an excellent game, Wingspan has an amazing production value and looks incredible on and off the shelf, especially with all its beautiful colors and components. 

It’s relatively easy for newer players and intermediate gamers will have no problem jumping right in with their first game. 

Wingspan
  • For 1-5 players. Ages 10+
  • 40-70 minute playing time
  • A competitive bird-collection, engine-building Game

#5. Scythe

Scythe was one of the most anticipated board games of 2016, and it has been a tabletop staple ever since. 

Scythe is set in an alternative history post-war wasteland where every faction is vying for control. However, one does not simply activate a bunch of robots and wreak havoc across the countryside. Supply lines, influence, and even popular opinion are all just as important as military might

Scythe is a great gift for friends and family who you know are board game lovers. It’s a bit heavier in mechanics and strategy than the norm, but it also has been thoroughly played throughout the board game community and is proven to be a fantastic all-around game. 

Scythe
  • It is a time of unrest in 1920s Europa. The ashes from the first...
  • Lead your faction to victory, building mechs, working the land,...
  • Explore the alternate-history of 1920 plus Europe through Jakub...

Gaming Accessories

It’s hard to find that perfect gift for the hardcore gamer. Chances are, they already have the game you’re looking at (or they have already pledged it on Kickstarter). If that’s the case, then the best way to WOW them is with some fancy board game accessories that they’ve probably always wanted. 

#1. Dice Tower / Dice Tray

Dice towers and dice trays are a great gift for any occasion especially for those late-night gaming sessions where a little bit of felt goes a long way to silencing the clacking of dice. 

There’s plenty of options as well. Some are massive castle towers that spit out your dice and others can even be folded down for easy storage and transport. 

#2. Gaming Table

The gaming table is the envy of all tabletop gamers out there. There’s just something about a customized table made specifically for gaming that enhances the whole experience. Some people, (those far more skilled than myself) like to build their own, completely decked out with lights, hidden compartments, and felt trays. 

I am not that talented and have to resort to buying one (or using the kitchen table). 

Some of the best I’ve seen have hidden compartments, LED backlighting, felt-lined for easy card pickup, and some *gasp*  have electronics like chargers or tablet spots built-in. 

#3. Kallax Shelf

One of the biggest issues that results from getting into a board gaming hobby is storage space and organization. You’ll quickly run out of space in the old linen closet… and why would you want to hide your collection anyway?

Kallax shelves are a board gamer’s best friend. They fit most standard-sized board games and allow you to display your collection with pride.

#4. Custom Dice

Nothing says “I’m a gamer” more loudly than rocking up to a game night with your own custom dice, ready to roll. 

It’s always more fun having fancy dice at a gaming get-together. Each set comes with enough dice to play pretty much any game as long as it doesn’t require special dice, like Dice Forge or King of Tokyo

#5. Custom Miniature

There are several cool companies out there that let you create your own custom miniature for tabletop games. It doesn’t have to be specifically for a roleplaying game, but having your own custom avatar on the board can even make Monopoly more exciting.

Heroforge minis are probably the most popular and they’re incredibly easy to make. You can export the file to your own 3d printer, or have them make it for you using plastic or even metal. 

#6. 3D Printer

Speaking of which, you’ll definitely need to add this to your list. 3D printers have become much more affordable recently as the technology becomes more readily available. Tabletop gamers have used these to their full advantage, forging fantastic communities to bring their creations to life. 

Even with a small printer, you can start printing up miniatures for wargaming, customized pieces, and terrain. The possibilities are endless, and it’s another fun way to get the most out of your game. 

Creality Ender 3D Printer
  • Resume Printing Function: Ender 3 has the ability to resume...
  • Easy and Qucik Assembly: It comes with several assembled parts,...
  • Advanced Extruder Technology: Upgraded extruder greatly reduces...

Gifts for Board Game Lovers

We hope you enjoyed our guide to the best board game gifts for board game lovers! These are all great options for the board game enthusiast in your life and hopefully, gave you some good ideas for birthdays and holidays. For more inspiration, check out these “best of” lists to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

Happy Shopping!

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