8 Alternative party and card games that make great Christmas stocking stuffers
Christmas is the time of getting together with friends and family and playing some good old party games. However, it can sometimes be a bit boring playing the same old ones. Here's some quick to learn and easy to play party games that make great stocking stuffers too!
If you haven't heard about it yet, Exploding Kittens is one of the most backed kick starter projects ever.
It’s a face paced, easy to learn party game where the aim is to avoid picking up the exploding kitten.
You'll have a variety of hilariously illustrated cards to help you avoid grabbing the explosive felines and make your opponents do so instead. If you pick up an exploding kitten and don’t have the diffuse card to deal with it, you’re out!
There’s also a NSFW (Not Suitable For Work) edition if you’re looking for a little more adult humour as well as an Imploding Kittens expansion pack which comes with a handy human sized ‘’collar of shame’’ to let you know who’s turn it is next.
- 2-5 players (up to 9 players with 2 decks)
- Suitable for all ages (18+ for the NSFW deck)
- 15-20 minutes play time
- Price: £19.99
Another party card game that combines one of everyone’s favourite creatures with a volatile adjective is Unstable Unicorns.
Unstable Unicorns combines majestic artwork with competitive game play. The aim of the game is to build your personal unicorn army and destroy your unworthy opponents in the process of building theirs. The first person to complete their army wins!
- 2-8 players
- Suitable for ages 14+
- 30-45 minutes play time
- Price: £19.99
Bears vs Babies
Players take it in turns to draft cards and build monsters from an assortment of quirky body parts and band together to defeat the evil baby menace.
It's strange, it's funny, it's simple and easy to play. It has a lovely fury box too!
- 2-5 players
- Suitable for all ages
- 20 minutes play time
- Price: £29.99
A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King
A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King is a fast-paced card game where players battle it out in an attempt to rise to the prestigious position of hand of the king.
Each turn, you’ll send Varys to mingle amongst iconic characters from the series at the kings royal banquet.
Recruit characters and use their skills to gain points and influence, form alliances with other players and race your friends to the most privileged position in Westeros!
- 2-4 players
- Suitable for ages 14+
- 15-30 minutes play time
- Price: £11.99
You’ve Got Crabs!
In You’ve Got Crabs teams pair up to collect sets of crab cards. When you've caught a full set, you’ll need to communicate this to your partner via a pre-agreed secret signal.
If your partner performs the secret signal you'll need to shout 'YOU'VE GOT CRABS!'. If you do, you get points, if another team notices and shouts it before you, you lose points.
It's a very simple yet hilarious team game with ample opportunity for deception. It's quirky box comes with draws to neatly hold all the parts too.
Having crabs has never been so enjoyable!
- 4-10 Players (Team Based)
- Suitable for ages 7+
- 20 Minutes to Play
- Price: £24.99
Timeline is a fast to pick up and easy to play, family friendly card game where your knowledge of history will be put to the test.
Players take it in turns to place their cards in a timeline, laying them down either before or after the cards already on the table, based on what they think happened when.
Place your card in the correct place on the timeline and you won't have to draw another card. Get rid of all your cards to win!
There’s a variety of themed tins, playable as a standalone game and compatible to mix together with other blister packs and sets.
- 2-6 Players
- Suitable for ages 8+
- 15 Minutes to Play
- Price: £10
The rules of Cobra Paw are simple - roll the dice and grab the matching claw fuku tile before you opponents. The first to grab six tiles wins!
There's many an opportunity to laugh out loud and flail in frustration as you beat one another by the skin of your teeth.
Do you have the eyes of an eagle and the reflex of a grasshopper in the wind? If so you'll be good at this game.
- 2-6 players
- Suitable for ages 6+
- 5-15 minutes playing time
- Price: £14.99
Rick and Morty Total Rickall
Total Rickall is based around the popular Rick and Morty episode of the same name.
Parasites masquerading as family and friends have infiltrated the house, inserting memories into everyone’s minds to make them think they’re real. Your job is to work together to figure out which of them are real and which are not, before they overrun the world!
The game can be played in a basic, fully cooperative mode and an advanced mode with two teams.
In the advanced mode players are dealt a hidden role as real or a parasite. Parasite players must try to stay alive until the end. Real players must discover and shoot the Parasites to win.
Shoot too many real players and you all lose. Eliminate the parasites and save the world!
- 2-5 Players
- Suitable for ages 15+
- 30 Minutes to Play
- Price: £13.99
Play something different this Christmas
We hope we’ve shown you some new, fun, quick to play and easy to learn party games that you can use to entertain yourselves, your friends and family this Christmas. Whatever you do, don’t get stuck playing the same old games, there’s a whole world to explore out there! They're all great sizes for a Christmas stocking stuffer too.