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Let the Games Begin! New and Classic Family Games for the Holidays



Classic games by Wild & Wolf will keep you guessing and entertained throughout the holidays. Choose from Charades, The Name Game and Brain Freeze.  For all ages, $11.99 each.  Makes a great gift too!



Before Ipads, Play Stations and TV, families actually spoke to one another during the holidays:  they played games, told stories by the fire, and created memories.  This year, after the presents have been opened and dinner devoured, turn off the television and break out some fun family games to get everyone laughing….even the couch potato in your group.  Check out some of our traditional and new games that will entertain the young and old.


1.  Lie Detector

This is great when you are sitting around the table, too full to move. Each player shares three things about themselves. Two of these must be true and one false. Everyone in the group gets the chance to interrogate the speaker. The group grills the speaker to discover how well they can back up their claims.

When everyone has had the chance to ask their questions, the group decides together which statement they believe to be the false one. This is the most fun part as everyone struggles to reach a consensus. When a majority decision has been reached, you announce your verdict and discover whether you’ve successfully deciphered fact from fiction. Watch out for hesitation, faintly concealed smiles and discreet blushing.  by the Daily Telegraph


2.  Pass the Orange

Arrange for teams of about eight to stand in a line, one behind the other (arranged boy, girl, boy…). Give each team an orange, which the first person should tuck under his chin. This should be passed to the person behind. When the orange gets to the last person, they come to the front of the line and start again. The winning team is the first one to get their starting person to the front again.  by


3.  Newlywed Game, Cousin Edition:

Divide people up into couples, but not husband/wife.  Try pairs like friend-friend, mother-son, brother-sister and cousins. Each pair writes a list of questions to ask the others:  What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Where would your dream vacation take you? Would you rather be beautiful or rich? Each team asks the other couples the list of questions, and one member of each couple writes down what they think their partner would say. Then, go around the circle and compare answers, awarding points for matches.  The team with the most points wins!



816129_lv6104.  Conversation Place Cards

Bring unexpected fun to the dinner table with our exclusive conversation-starter place cards (above) that ask guests fun and thought-provoking questions. The cards are a great stocking-stuffer, Secret Santa gift or hostess gift.  Designed just for Lillian Vernon by Beverly Hills calligrapher Jillian Yee-Pham.  Cards come in holiday theme or “everyday”.  Click HERE for more details.  Set of 18 with nine rotating questions, only $4.99!




bingo game kit

The perfect gift for all-in-the-family fun, Ridley’s® Complete Bingo Game Set by Wild & Wolf will keep everyone entertained at the holidays. $34.99




Ready, aim, throw. No one gets hurt when you shoot these miniature, beanbag-ended arrows into one of two target rings. Our NEW DesktopDarts game includes eight darts and two target rings. Everyone can play. $29.99




scrabble monopoly owl

A handsome, timeless gift or a class addition to any family bookshelf, our NEW Vintage Bookshelf Games (Monopoly and Scrabble), come in their own vintage-inspired “book,” a box that’s both decorative and convenient for storage, $44.99 each.   After a long day of holiday cheer, toss our NEW Snowy Owl Hooty into the microwave for healing warmth on aches and pains. Filled with flaxseed and French lavender, $21.99. Comes in Pink too for the perfect girly gift!





It’s a duel between two, but the recipient of this artfully designed backgammon set is clearly the real winner. Our NEW handsome Backgammon Set from Wild & Wolf is a great gift for your boss, teacher, friend or board-game-loving family member. Ages 13+, $24.99


Your home videos will never be the same after a family-friendly version of the classic Charades game. Act out the phrase on the card for lively fun. Encourages critical thinking and imagination. Features clever charades of varying levels of difficulty, for kids and adults of all ages, 8+. $10.99.  Makes a great stocking stuffer!!

bingo travel

Teach your children geography with our NEW US Geography Bingo! Visually fun and deceptively educational, this game helps kids learn to identify U.S. states, capitals and landmarks. Ages 5+, $17.99


Traditional Game Ideas to Keep the Laughs Coming

Family Talent Show/American Idol Family Edition:  Discover the hidden talents of your family and friends, whether it’s singing, juggling, dancing or joke-telling

Dance Competition:  Solo or duets, crank up the music and see who’s a star!

Musical Chairs with Christmas music

Outside Games:  Work off the pie with Relay Races, Potato Sack races, Plastic Ornament on a Spoon Race, Find the Candy Cane Hide and Seek

Plan Ahead:

The classic tradition of Secret Santa is a cherished favorite that gives us a chance to think of a special, personal gift that doesn’t break the bank.  Think monogrammed, customized, personalized such as ornaments, Christmas stockings, cocktail napkins, a flask or personalized hammer, books, stationery, a cutting board, or anything that shows you have put in some extra thought.

For more personalized gift ideas, shop HERE




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