One of the best ways to have fun and spice up those dull holiday get-togethers is to play a simple and fun party game and now with technology you can do it online at !

Here is a short list of great party games to give as gifts and enjoy with friends and family this holiday:

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Say Anything by North Star Games – $16.13 on Amazon

Say Anything is a fun, lighthearted party game for 3 to 8 players, or more if you use teams. The rules are easy to learn, and the game is hilarious. One player asks a question from a card, and everyone else races to write a response and toss it on the table. The question asker secretly selects a favorite answer, which the other players must then guess. Points are awarded, and the question-asker position rotates. I highly recommend this game. It is also available in a family version: Say Anything Family!

Jungle Speed by Asmodee Games – 18.63

A fast-paced game that creates an on-edge feeling. Each player flips a card face up onto a pile. If the image on the card matches another player’s card exactly, the two players race to grab a totem in the middle of the table. The person who grabs the totem first wins the pile of cards in front of the loser. The game continues until one person has all the cards. – (The version linked is from Raving Rabbits- The original Jungle speed is overpriced on Amazon)

Telestrations by USAopoly – $23.18 on Amazon

Telestrations is a variation on Telephone. You know—the game where you whisper a phrase into your neighbor’s ear, who whispers it into her neighbor’s ear, and so on until it is hilariously different from the original. Imagine that, but with drawings (and if your artistic ability is like mine, poor drawings at that). Each player starts with a word, draws a picture based on it in a dry-erase notebook, and passes the notebook to the next player. That player looks at the drawing, jots down a guess at the word, and passes the guess to the next player, who then draws from that guess. This continues until each player gets his own notebook back. Then participants tell the stories of their pictures, and points are awarded. The game is great fun, and going over the stories at the end always has everyone laughing.

Reverse Charades by Gryphon Games – $14.82 on Amazon

Reverse Charades takes the party classic and flips it around. Instead of one person acting out a word or phrase, the whole team acts it out, with one team member serving as guesser. It makes for some interesting group dynamics and allows those who have a bit of stage fright to be comforted by being in a group while acting. This game is also available for your iOS device if you want to go the digital route.

Word on the Street by Out of the Box Games – $20 on Amazon

In Word on the Street, teams compete to claim eight letters to win. On your team’s turn, you draw a category card and come up with a word that fits the category. You then spell the word out and move the letters you use to spell it closer to your team on the board. Then the other team does the same and has a chance to pull the letters closer to their team, thus creating a Tug of War with the letters. When a letter gets pulled all the way off the board, that team gets to claim it. Highly suggested for all the wordsmith families out there. Also available in Word on the Street Junior!

Apples to Apples by Mattel – $15 on Amazon
A party game classic! Apples to Apples has been around for a while now and is a staple in any party game kit. The player serving as judge for that turn chooses a green apple card, which has an adjective on it. The other players, who have hands of red cards, each choose their card that is best described by the green apple card. The judge then selects the red apple card he or she likes the most and awards a point to that player. The judge position then shifts around the table. This game is a great get-to-know-you game and is always full of laughter.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the great party games out there, just a few suggestions to get you started.

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