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The Board Gamer Gift Guide

The Board Gamer Gift Guide

Tabletop games have become an increasingly popular Christmas wish-list item over the years, and the selection available has expanded hugely! It can be a little overwhelming choosing the right game for the right person if you have limited experience with Board Games and Card Games, so, The Board Gamer is here to help!

Gifts for the Avid Tabletop Gamer

Buying for someone who already considers Tabletop Games one of the best forms of entertainment and has a collection to match their enthusiasm? If you know what games they already have on hand, a highly regarded board game will always be an exciting gift! If you can't get a peak at the games they already own, a great option is to grab them some accessories to enhance their gaming experience!

Board Game Bags 

Board Game Bags are the perfect way for Tabletop Gamers to securely transport their games. We have all have all sizes and styles to suit! Our Small Board Game Bag comfortably carries 2 standard size games, our Board Game Backpack holds up to 6 'Ticket to Ride' box-sized games and small games and accessories up top and our Messenger Style Bag is 52cm wide x 30.5cm high x 30.5cm deep.

 Board Game Accessories

Board Game accessories are a safe and much appreciated option if you're not confident about what their collection already consists of. Board Game inserts will keep their favourite games looking snazzy and well-organised, game after game! Dice bags are perfect for the Dungeons & Dragons or Pathfinder gamer. A Dice Tower stops dice from rolling off the table or knowing over board pieces and Box Bands help keep games securely shut during transport!


Wingspan is a much-loved, competitive bird-collection, engine-building game for 1–5 players.It is a MUST for any board game collection. It also has two expansions (Oceania and European) which would be the perfect gift for the gamer who already owns the base game!


Root is a game of adventure and war in which 2 to 4 players battle for control of a vast wilderness! It has several expansions available, so no matter how many games they have, they're sure to be missing at least one of the Root expansions!


Possibly the most fitting game for 2020, if anyone you know doesn't already own this game, do them a favour and add it to their collection!

In the standard Pandemic game, several virulent diseases have broken out simultaneously all over the world! The players are disease-fighting specialists whose mission is to treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand.


Games for Kids

Board Games are an often overlooked gift option for children, but with options for all ages, they can end up being one the longest lasting, educational and memory-making forms of entertainment for them!

Hey That's My Fish

Recommended for ages 8 and over, Hey, That’s My Fish! is an engaging, award-winning board game of strategic fish hunting, in which 2–4 players control determined penguins hungry for their next meal on a bustling Antarctic ice floe.

Guess Who

Recommended for ages 6 and over, Guess Who is the guessing game you know and love, with more choices than ever! Narrow down your guesses with yes or no questions like, "Do you have brown eyes?" or "Are you wearing a hat?" Once you have the answer, make your guess


Recommended for ages 4 and over Buckaroo is the saddle stacking game with a moody mule! Kick up some fun, and load up the moody mule for your gold mining trip, but watch out -- he may buck at any second with no warning! Gently saddle him up and load on your gear.

Hungry Hungry Hippo

Recommended for ages 4 and over (although, from personal experience, 2 year olds as well!), Hungry Hungry Hippos is a bit of chaotic fun that everyone can get involved in! Be ready to join in the feeding frenzy when you release all the marbles onto the game base, because all the hippos will be chomping and your hippo will need to move fast! If he chomps the golden marble, you win!

Peaceable Kingdom Games

Peaceable Kingdom are known for their award-winning, engaging and educational games aimed at 3 years and over!

Games for Teens


Catan is the winner of the "Game of the Century" award, which should really tell you everything you need to know! This is a must-have for any budding Tabletop gamer.


In Klask, players must use the magnetic handles under the board to control their playing pieces on top of the board. The object of the game is to hit the ball into your opponent's goal without attracting the white mini magnets or landing your playing piece in your own hole! You'll need fast hands and quick thinking if you want to win this game

Monopoly: The Mandalorian Edition

The perfect edition of Monopoly for fans of The Mandalorian!

  • INSPIRED BY THE TV SERIES: This Monopoly: Star Wars The Mandalorian edition board game is inspired by The Mandalorian live-action TV series on Disney Plus
  • MONOPOLY TOKENS: The Mandalorian fans can play as a favorite character from the series: The Mandalorian, Cara Dune, IG-11, or Kuiil. Each character has a special ability depicted on their Character card
  • THE CHILD: When a player passes or lands on The Child's space, (the character who fans call ‘Baby Yoda’) they take the Child token and can use their character's ability plus The Child's unique ability
  • BATTLE IMPERIAL ENEMIES: Includes an Incinerator Stormtrooper, Death Trooper, and Moff Gideon enemy tokens that can change gameplay and lead to battles. If an Imperial enemy gets The Child, the game is over
  • BUY HIDEOUTS: Buy hideouts and earn Imperial credits by charging rent

Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

Perfect for the Tabletop Gamer who is beginning to venture into the world of more 'time intensive' board games. Gloomhaven Jaws of the Lion is a fully stand alone and cooperative campaign game of tactical combat set in the same unique fantasy world as its predecessor. Players will assume the roles of 4 new hardened mercenaries and work together to fight through a new prequel campaign full of choices, challenges, and twists. 

Small World of Warcraft

The perfect game to get World of Warcraft fans off the computer, and into Board Games! Small World of Warcraft is set on the fantasy world of Azeroth, where the races of the Alliance and the Horde — including Orcs, Dwarves, Trolls, and Worgen — clash in a world-consuming conflict. In the game, players choose combinations of special powers and races from the Warcraft universe, such as Portal Mage Pandarens or Herbalist Goblins, and vie for control of Azeroth. 

Games for the Whole Family


Not only is Codenames a super fun game for all ages to enjoy, but with editions like Harry Potter, Disney, Marvel and The Simpsons you're sure to find the perfect fit for your family!

In Codenames, two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.


For the cat-loving family, look no further than the cat edition of Monopoly...Catopoly! Guaranteed giggles and fun for ages 8 and over.

Buy your favourite cats such as the Tonkinese, the Ragdoll, the Abyssinian, the Sphinx or the Maine Coon. Land on Catnip and collect everything in the centre of the board. Collect Litter Boxes and trade them in for Fish Bones. You may have to pay dog tax to get past the neighbourhood bully, a spike collared bulldog, or worst of all, you may fall in the water and be out for three turns.

Beat the Parents

Take family game night to the next level. Beat The Parents brings kids and parents together for a head-to-head fun-filled family trivia game. Adults answer questions about kids’ stuff, and the kids answer questions their parents should really know. Be careful of landing on wild cards, they can send you flying forward or a long ways back. The first team to get both mover pieces across the board wins. Make family game night one you and your kids will never forget with Beat The Parents.


Whodunnit? Everyone in the room looked shady. Check out these fun twists on the classic mystery game! Are your family members fans of Rick and Morty? Harry Potter? Or maybe they're into the macabre and would get a thrill out of the Dracula edition!


Suitable for ages 3 and over, this is the perfect game for families with kids of all ages! Qwirkle is as simple as matching colours and shapes, but this game also requires tactical maneuvers and well-planned strategy.Earn points by building rows and columns of blocks that share a common shape or colour. Look for opportunities to score big by placing a tile that touches multiple pieces with matching attributes. The player with the most points wins! 108 wooden blocks.

Party Games

Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity game is a party game for horrible people. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.

What Do You Meme?

Think you've got what it takes to out-meme your friends IRL? Compete to create the funniest meme by pairing Caption Cards with the Photo Card in play. A rotating judge picks the best combination each round. Play until you're hungry, at which point stop playing and order a pizza.

Disney Drawsome

You'll be drawing all your favourite Disney and Pixar characters in this hilarious drawing game. Mix it up by drawing each other as Disney characters, seeing how many you can draw in a minute, or even drawing a mash-up of two characters! With a huge range of familiar faces to choose from, there's really no drawing talent required. The person with the most points at the end of five rounds wins!

Friends: The One With The Ball

How long can you last without dropping the ball? Inspired by the Friends episode, “The One with the Ball,” players compete against friends and family to see how long they can last through five ball-tossing, ball-balancing, ball-challenging rounds! With 50 challenges – and the ball! – the game builds momentum until you’re incorporating multiple challenges into your throws like, “Occupation? Dinosaur,” “You Ate My Sandwich,” and “Monica, Monica, Have a Happy Hanukkah.”

Hot Seat

Hot Seat is the adult party game that's all about you.

What's your spirit animal? What's your safe word? What do you refuse to do unless you're drunk? Even more importantly – what do your friends think? Find out who thinks your spirit animal is a drunk alpaca… and who thinks it's an accountant. Are you ready for a round of Hot Seat?

Christmas Shipping Cutoff Dates

Make sure you place your order by these dates for your Christmas purchases!

Final day for ordering in stock products:

10 December - Northern Territory, Tasmania and Victoria

11 December - South Australia and Western Australia

14 December - Queensland

15 December - Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales

Orders placed after these dates are unlikely to arrive in time for Christmas


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Five Economic Board Games we're playing right now

Five Economic Board Games we're playing right now

Here's our pick of the top five economic board game series we are playing right now at The Board Gamer. These games involve an element of making money, controlling resources, trading with friends or building an economy to win the game.

1) Monopoly

Classic for a reason! If you haven't played Monopoly in a while it's a good time to pick it back up. Check out our massive range of themed Monopoly games with different twists and styles to keep it interesting.

2) Terraforming Mars

Acquire cards to complete different actions and track your production and resources as you advance human infrastructure throughout the solar system. One of the highest ranked games on Board Game Geek if you haven't played start with the base game now! There's also plenty of expansions to keep you interested.

3) Carcassonne

Placing tiles has never been so much fun (and so challenging). You'll need to make some big decisions when it comes to placing resources or expanding your city as you build your empire in the southern French landscape.

4) Gùgōng

Become a powerful Chinese family trying to gain influence and power by exchanging gifts with Officials. You will travel around China, sail down the Grand Canal, purchase precious jade, help construct the Great Wall, secure advantages through decrees, influence the game through intrigue, and ultimately, receive an audience with the emperor.

5) Teotihuacan: City of Gods

Command a force of worker dice, which grow in strength with every move. On your turn, you move a worker around a modular board, always choosing one of two areas of the location tile you land on: one offering you an action (and a worker upgrade), the other providing you with a powerful bonus (but without an upgrade). Develop new technologies, climb the steps of the three great temples, build houses for the inhabitants of the city, and raise the legendary and breath-taking Pyramid of the Sun in the centre of the city.

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