Teens, Tweens and Other Hard To Buy For’s – Board Games

Board games for difficult to buy for kids

Do you have someone to buy gifts for, who is just too hard to please? Or who has absolutely everything already?

There are lots of great gift guides out there at the moment, from high street stores to brilliant bloggers, so I thought I’d do something a little different. Inspired mainly by the fact that my own children, now 8 and 10 years old, are no longer very ‘into’ conventional toys any more, I decided to make some lists of alternative ideas.

So, I’m starting with a conventional but broad idea – board games!

As my boys have moved away from action figures, soft toys, and other bits of random plastic tat, board games have moved into focus (when we can get them off electronic gadgets, of course!). It’s a great way to spend time together as a family, especially when the weather isn’t so good. It can also be very educational, and encourage communication and patience too.

We recently reviewed the Wikipedia Game, and we really had fun playing together as a family. Other conventional quiz type games include:

Good old Trivial Pursuit (with various themed quizzes)Articulate   , Scene It?



Lots of TV Quiz Show games including Would I Lie To You, Pointless,  Tipping Point, The Cube, Family Fortunes





Traditional Board Games, some with modern twists and variations, including: Monopoly – so many variations nowadays, Pictionary, Scrabble, Cluedo, Connect 4.


Kids’ Style board games include:
Ker-plunk, Frustration, Guess Who, Jenga, Operation



More modern, crazy, and ‘whatever next’ board games guaranteed to get a giggle:Pig Goes Pop, Gooey Louie, Doggie Doo, Silly Sausage, Pie Face, Googly Eyes,


and finally, my favourite, Speak Out (and a kids’ variation too)

So, are you feeling inspired yet? There must be something for every ‘hard to buy for’ person here!

Would you add any other favourites?

The post contains some affiliate links to Amazon. Forgive me, but it’s Christmas, times are tight! Also, Amazon has great prices on lots of products, as there are a variety of sellers on there. There are plenty of high street sales on at the moment too.

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20 Replies to “Teens, Tweens and Other Hard To Buy For’s – Board Games”

  1. I love Articulate but my favourite board game has to be Balderdash (it’s like Call My Bluff) – the kids have recently started playing it as well which is great!
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  2. We have several of those games! Rapidough is another favourite – a great game for all ages. #KCACOLS
    Rachel George, Ordinary Hopes recently posted…The big faker!My Profile

    1. Oh I haven’t played Rapidough – we’ll have to take a look at that one

  3. I’ve bought the say it don’t spray it game because I think it will be absolutely hilarious on Christmas Day! Love a good game of guess who too even though I’m 35!!

    1. Yes I’m going to buy it too – I can see it being a great laugh!

  4. What a brilliant idea. I’m taking notes. I’ve found it difficult to find board game for all the children, which I’ll be able to play with them more than once. Now they are all tweens and teens it is a lot easier. Off to check out some of your suggestions.
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    1. Thanks Cheryl, hope you find something x

  5. I love board games and there are some great suggestions here. I can’t wait until my boys are old enough to enjoy games like this! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.
    The Mum Reviews recently posted…Should I lie to my children about Father Christmas?My Profile

    1. Thank you so much. Christmas is a great time for family games, isn’t it?

  6. so many great suggestions here! i really want to play the pointless one. got a bit addicted on maternity leave! #KCACOLS

    1. Haha well be my guest Emma!

  7. […] started this gift guide for ‘Teens Tweens and Hard To Buy For’s‘ as our own boys are at that difficult, not really into toys anymore, kind of stage. But […]

  8. I love board games! Especially funny ones like Speak Out! Great suggestions here. #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you, hope you play some fun games this month!

  9. I love a good board game, and my daughter is finally getting old enough to play some of the good ones. Will be getting in on the board game action this Christmas! #TheList

    1. That’s brilliant! Christmas is great for board games!

  10. We love board games and have quite a few of these at home. Olivia is actually using the board of family fortunes to leave me notes around the house. Not sure that was it’s intended use lol! She’s not a fan of game of life for some reason #kcacols
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    1. We bought game of life at a boot sale but haven’t tried it yet! I like the iea of her leaving you notes though!!

  11. We love board games! I got Tipping Point for my husband last year but we were quite disappointed by it as it kept breaking #kcacols
    OddHogg recently posted…Meal Plan Monday – 5th December 2016My Profile

    1. Aw such a shame – I like it on TV!

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