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8 best board games to chase the winter blues away

Use this list to find the best board games for Christmas

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by Emma Simon ConsumerAffairs Research Team
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If you're looking for stellar board games that are great for children or adults, we've got you covered. Whether you want to buy a game as a gift or to pry your kids away from their addictive digital devices, this list of eight nifty new board games should give you plenty of entertainment options to help chase away those winter blues.

Wit's End: Trivia, riddles and brain teasers

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  • 2 - 6 players
  • Ages 16 and older

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With 1,200 questions on a wide range of topics, this award-winning trivia game gets adults' and teenagers' brains revving. The arts, culture, current affairs and science categories, plus hard-to-solve riddles, come in different question formats. This creative trivia game keeps you intellectually on your toes for hours on end.

Exploding Kittens: Dynamite cats and cards

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  • Up to 10 players
  • Ages 7 and older

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While the premise sounds a little violent, we guarantee this Exploding Kittens card game is a ton of, well, explosive fun. Similar to UNO, the strategy is to avoid drawing an exploding kitten card. If you do, the results blow up your chances of winning the competition.

Azul: Mosaic-building board game

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  • 2 - 4 players
  • Ages 8 and older

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Calling all wannabe royals! This game is definitely for you. Decorate the king's palace by getting your hands on the most tiles. Place your tiles on the game board and create a colorful mosaic to beat out your fellow competitors. Extra points kick in when you create specific patterns or color schemes.

It’s in The Bag!: Describe, guess and charades

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  • 4 - 20 players
  • Ages 7 and older

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If you dig Charades or Taboo, you’ll love It’s In The Bag! The point of the game is for your team to figure out the words in the bag as quickly as they can. The game has three rounds. The first round gets you to describe a word from the bag with verbal clues. In the second round, you're allowed one word to describe each item. In the third round, you act out the word like in charades.

Photosynthesis: A board game for those with green thumbs

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  • 2 - 4 players
  • Ages 8 and up

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Photosynthesis is a gorgeous-looking strategy game in which players grow their forests across the playing board. Outgarden the competition by watching over your seeds as you strategize the best way for them to blossom into full-grown trees. If you sow your seeds in the shade, as the game warns, you will be "blocked from light and from points.” So don't do that!

The Ladybug Game: Educational for young minds

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  • 2 - 4 players
  • Ages 3 and up

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This adorable award-winning board game came from the imagination of a first grader and is a perfect starter game for small children. Activate your kids’ minds while playing this easy-to-learn game as they help ladybugs find their way home to the rose garden. The bright and vivid playing cards were designed to help young learners with their numbers and colors.

Disney Villainous: A strategic board game

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  • 2 - 6 players
  • Ages 10 and up

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If you've ever caught yourself rooting for the villains in your favorite Disney films, this strategic board game was made for you. Choose an iconic villain like Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty or Ursula from The Little Mermaid and help them achieve their nefarious goals as you navigate the dark tactics behind a triumphant "evil" board game victory.

Squashed: 3D strategy game for tots

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  • 2 - 4 players
  • Recommended for 6 - 15 year olds

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If your children are tired of traditional board games, why not shake things up with a trip to the land of 3D? Squashed is a dice and 3D strategy board game that makes use of a cube-shaped board. Players have to rotate and flip the cube over and over as they try to "squash" their opponents' game pieces. This creative game engages kids' brains and keeps them active at the same time.

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by Emma Simon ConsumerAffairs Research Team

As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Emma Simon is dedicated to creating accurate and valuable content that helps consumers make difficult decisions.