Last Updated on January 11, 2023
We all know what moms really want for Mother’s Day is to spend time with their beloved family, right? Okay, maybe a spa day and some peace and quiet too, but let’s focus on the quality time.
Board games are a fun way to spend the day whether it’s a family gathering or just the two of you celebrating. Prefer working together to beat the board or a more head-to-head approach? We have something for you! Here are some of our top games to gift to and play with your mother this Mother’s Day!
🏆 Our Top Picks for Mother’s Day Board Game Gifts
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If your mom’s game shelf is already overflowing, why not upgrade her morning coffee or wardrobe with some sweet gamer gear? Our friends over at Meeple Design have created some awesome gifts specifically for board gamers.
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
Playing time: 60-120 mins
Sherlock Holmes is an absolute classic board game. If your mom is a book lover and has read the series, this game will make a wonderful collectible for her. This Mother’s Day, she can join the Baker Street Irregulars herself and venture back in time to Victorian London to solve one of ten unique and challenging cases.
Sheer intellect will be tested in this cooperative game as players work together using deductive reasoning and information gathered from clues to solve the mysteries. Will you question suspects? Visit the scene of the crime? Will you be needlessly sent on a wild goose chase following red herrings? Your choices will dictate how the game progresses. You’ll need more than luck to beat this game.
The unified efforts of Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective are sure to bring you and your mom closer together. This game is immersive and will leave you feeling like a true detective. But will your detective skills measure up compared to the ingenious Sherlock Holmes?
Something wicked is brewing in our next pick. In Disney Villainous, you will play as some of the most memorable villains we have come to know, but maybe not love. View the story from the eyes of characters like the Queen of Hearts, Ursula, Jafar, and more. Each villain has their own personalized objective they need to complete to win. Gameboards, fate cards, and game pieces are personalized for each villain.
Players will need to use their turns to attempt to defeat their nemesis from these beloved movies. Of course, the “good guys” aren’t going down without a fight. The fate deck will consist of cards that your opponents can use as they try to interfere with your evil plan.
Villainous is a wonderful game for any mother who loves Disney, or an aesthetically pleasing game with entertaining, yet simple gameplay.
This card drafting game is played over three rounds, or ages, with action happening concurrently. Players have a personalized gameboard and will take turns choosing cards to build military strength, make scientific breakthroughs, accomplish commercial progress, and evolve architectural advancements. Choose one of the 7 cards you are given and pass unwanted cards to the next player.
All hands will be revealed in real-time, so you can keep a close eye on your competition’s progression and anticipate how this may affect you in future rounds. After the third age, players add up points from their cards and military conflicts.
With a quick gameplay time and options for two to seven players, the whole family can be involved in this game. It’s great for even the most novice of gamers and is sure to put a fun spin on Mother’s Day.
Playing time: 40mins
Have you ever felt you had a bit of a clairvoyant essence about you? This mystic gift may come in handy as you’re left to deal with a mute ghost who can only communicate about his death through visions in Mysterium. If your mom loves a good mystery, this is the game to treat her to.
You and your team of mediums will be tasked with helping the amnesiac ghost remember who killed him. You’ll have 7 hours (rounds) to use the vision cards to make guesses on the suspect, location, and weapon. Don’t let time run out before putting all the clues together or this mystery will go forever unsolved!
A bit more supernatural than the classic Clue, this deduction game is a fun, collaborative experience to be enjoyed with any mother who prefers to live life on the spooky side.
Playing time: 30mins
Dixit is the perfect game for the mom who is an artist, dreamer, or imaginative. The artwork found within is uniquely beautiful and leaves so much room for imagination during storytelling.
The object of this game is to use the wondrously-designed cards to creatively make a sentence that describes one of the images. Other players will choose a card from their own deck which they feel best fits the author’s short story. Players will vote on whose card best fit the story.
This game is great for sharpening the imagination. Any mom who appreciates fantasy and eccentric art will love to have this game around the house for Mother’s Day and really any holiday where family or friends can come together.
Ticket to Ride
Playing time: 30-60mins
Collect points by working to complete train routes and connect hot destinations. Longer routes will receive more points, with an end-of-game bonus for the player with the longest consecutive route. Use your turn to draw cards, pick a destination ticket or claim a route. Fill the board and blow your whistle as you expand your lines across North America.
There are so many versions of Ticket to Ride, there’s bound to be a destination mom is itching to see, from North America to Europe to Africa!
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Playing time: 15-20mins
Get your Zen on! In the mountains of Japan, those who seek enlightenment may be led to the Shrine of Onitama.
This abstract strategy game is simple to learn and play, but you’ll need to keep your wits about you to strategize and try to anticipate your opponent’s next moves to come out on top. You, the master, will lead your fellow monks to victory using the power of animals such as dragons, ox, and cobra. These animal cards will show how players can move their pawns and try to outmaneuver the competition. A winner is determined by capturing the other master or reaching the opposite pagoda.
If your mom prefers strategy games such as chess or checkers, she will enjoy Onitama. Plus, because it’s only a two-player game, it is a great way to spend quality time together.
Playing time: 40-70mins
As you may assume from the name, Wingspan is a game all about birds! A perfect gift for any bird or animal lover! Complete with 170 unique and magnificently illustrated bird cards, a bird feeder, and (artificial) eggs, this game is realistic!
Compete against your fellow bird enthusiasts to make your wildlife preserves a magnet for different species of birds. Diversify your environment for these beautiful creatures as you play the part of an ornithologist, researcher, or bird watcher. To grow your habitats, acquire food tokens from the realistic bird feeder, draw one of the many distinctive bird cards, or lay colorful eggs to earn points. The player with the most points at the end of four rounds wins the game!
Escape: The Curse of the Temple
Playing time: 10mins
This cursed temple is caving in! Your team of explorers will need to work together quickly to ensure you get out alive! In this cooperative game, you’ll only have 10 minutes to use the rolls of the dice to break the curse and get to safety.
Players will roll their five dice simultaneously in an attempt to get the needed symbols to move rooms, find treasure, retrieve gems, or defeat curses. The more gems you’re able to collect, the easier your getaway will become. Players will need to find the exit tile to make their great escape. In order for the mission to be completed, all players must escape before the third countdown. Leave no man behind, or all players lose.
Cooperative games are a great gift and can bring the family together for years to come. With a very quick play time, Escape: The Curse of the Temple can be played over and over, giving you multiple chances to escape!
Betrayal at House of the Hill
Playing time: 60mins
Haunted houses are always fun — especially when you design them! Perhaps less so, however, when there’s suddenly a traitor amongst your group and you now desperately need to escape the very haunting you’ve created…
In this suspenseful game, you’ll lay tiles to create a spine-chilling haunted house. It’s all fun and games until one too many omens come to life and horrors become reality. The haunted members will need to work together to uncover clues within the house to find who has turned on them. There are 50 horrific scenarios, and countless ways to design the house, so every game is sure to send chills down your spine.
So, when you’re ready for your next haunt, who you gonna call? Your mother! If she loves suspenseful, horror-filled collaborative games, of course. Trust us, you’ll want her close for this thriller!
We hope you enjoyed our list of Mother’s Day board game gift ideas! Whatever you decide to play, we hope you have some fun quality time with your mom. Let us know what your favorites are! Drop a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!
Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Game Cows!